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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Vision 3D

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 23:01

Hailing from Belgium and singing in French, Vision 3D concoct a clatter that is reminiscent of the razor-sharp slashings of prime Gang Of Four and the off-kilter pulse of the Raincoats but also have a bounce that is like enjoying a perfect day in some sunshine.

Their recently released debut album, titled LP, is an excursion of jittery movements executed joyously. From that album let's listen to "Faut Le Faire" (and of you dig it, check out another song from the album that I included in my most recent podcast.)

What are you listening to tonight?

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Elizabeth Warren Joins Chicago Teachers On The Picket Line

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 19:54

The Chicago teachers strike seemed to move further from resolution late Monday and teachers at the Passages charter school also went on strike, while the striking teachers got support from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who joined them on the picket line on Tuesday. Monday night, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey sent out a statement saying that negotiations had stalled, seemingly on orders from Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Sharkey said that progress had been made to that point—in the first days of the strike, the teachers and the city had reached “tentative agreements on staffing to support homeless students, on staffing for Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and naps for those young students, on letting counselors work with children instead of random assignments like substitute teaching. We won an extension of the charter moratorium and support for programs to address the teacher shortage, especially among teachers of color.”

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Susan Rice: Lindsey Graham 'Is A Piece Of Sh*t'

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 19:53

Pretty hard to disagree with her assessment here, especially after Lindsey Graham's antics this week where he's been described as a Trump apologist and "Olympian Bootlicker", siding with Trump's worst impulses at every turn. And even with a faint whiff of criticism of Trump turning his back on a former ally The Kurds, Graham offered up the suggestion of stealing oil as the silver lining.

Source: The Hill

Susan Rice, who served as national security adviser during the Obama administration, referred to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) as a "piece of shit" during the taping of an episode of the "Pod Save the World" podcast this week.

She made the remark after Tommy Vietor, another former Obama adviser, first used the term to refer to Graham during a discussion about the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya.

"You have to understand Benghazi to understand [President] Trump," said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration who is a host of the podcast.

"Right, because Lindsey Graham isn't just a piece of shit now," Vietor said before Rice interrupted.

"He's been a piece of shit," she said. "He's a piece of shit."

Graham's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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TN County Official Goes Off On Homophobic Rant: 'We've Got A Queer Running For President'

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 18:51

A Sevier County Commission meeting to consider becoming a gun ownership sanctuary degenerated into a homophobic, racist rant after Commissioner Warren Hurst went off on an offensive rant, broadcast by WVLT News.

"It's time we wake up people, it's time, it's past time," Hurst began.

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Reporters Rattle White House Flack Over ‘Lynching’ Tweet

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 18:10

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley asserted on Tuesday that President Donald Trump was not talking about the “dark times” of slavery when he compared the ongoing impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.”

Gidley made the comments to reporters minutes after he defended the president’s remarks on Fox News.

During a press gaggle outside the White House, Gidley was asked if he understood why Trump “could not possibly be a victim of a lynching.”

“The president is not comparing what happened to him to one of our darkest moments in American history,” Gidley insisted. “He’s just not. What he’s explaining clearly is the way he’s been treated by the media since he announced for president.”

“The president is not hanging from a tree,” a correspondent told Gidley.

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In His Own Words: Ambassador Taylor's Statement About Trump's Quid Pro Quo

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 16:35

Here's some of what we've learned from the statement Ambassador William Taylor made to congressional investigators today. The entire statement is embedded below.

By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelenskyy wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani.

He decribes his slow realization that there was both a regular and an irregular policy channel -- the latter, made up of Trump's donor Sondland and Rudy Giuliani.

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Newt Gingrich Goes Full Fascist On Fox's Outnumbered

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:08

The man who might be single-handedly responsible for breaking Congress sat on the Outnumbered couch yesterday and said that Rep. Adam Schiff has "lost his mind." Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich joined the ConservaBarbies plus Jessica Tarlov on the show, and Lisa Boothe brought up the attempted censure of Adam Schiff. The resolution to censure was over Rep. Schiff's parody take in his opening statement last month of Trump's phone call to Ukraine's President Zelensky. They flailing GOP also claim Schiff lied about whether or not he had spoken to the whistleblower. Whatevs. Lisa Boothe asked Gingrich for his take.

GINGRICH: I think he's lost his mind.

BOOTHE: Why do you say that?

GINGRICH: You're the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Your greatest credibility is that you know all sorts of things that other people do not know. To the more sober you are, the more realistic you are, the more disciplined you are, the greater your respect and the greater your authority. And by opening up this hearing by reading something which he claimed initially was what trump had said in the phone call, and then admitted that it was total fiction then he made up, I think that it was remarkably self-destructive.

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Jimmy Carter Hospitalized After Fall

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 14:58

Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized after he fell at his home. According to a tweet from the Carter Center, he suffered a "minor pelvic fracture" and is under observation.

This is the third time Carter, age 95, has fallen in recent times, according to the AP. He first fell in the spring and required hip replacement surgery. Carter fell earlier this month and despite receiving 14 stitches, traveled the next day to Nashville, Tennessee to rally volunteers and help build a Habitat for Humanity home.

Just last week, the Carters became the longest-married First Couple in history.

We wish President Carter a rapid and pain-free recovery.

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Mark Levin Says There Hasn't Been A 'Hint Of A Scandal' With Donald Trump

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 14:19

Conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin is a special kind of delusional snowflake. There is unwitting delusion (aka FOX viewers, Qanon supporters, MAGA hat wearing rallygoers) and then there is willing delusion (FOX hosts, conspiracy bloggers and conservative radio talk show hosts). Mark Levin falls into Bucket 2.

In this clip he actually claims that Donald Trump has not been involved in ANY scandals. Not one. Not even a hint.

First he starts with Obama and JFK. Then he plugs his book and mentions that Founding Fathers had affairs. Then he talks about how he wishes he could ask Mitt Romney questions.

And with regard to Donald Trump he says - with a straight face - "While he has been President, there has not been a hint of a scandal. Not a HINT."

It must be nice to live in fantasyland where up is down and the moon is made of cheese and chocolate is healthy and truth isn't really truth.

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Reports: Amb. Taylor's Testimony Cements Quid Pro Quo: 'A Sea Change'

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 14:01

According to people in the room where it happened, Ambassador William Taylor submitted a 15-page statement which clearly outlined how military aid was withheld as pressure so that Ukraine would investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

CNN reports that both parties confirm that Taylor testified that "security aid to Ukraine could have been held up in part because of a push for Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation that could help Trump politically."

There's more:

Can you say quid pro quo? Say it louder: QUID PRO QUO.

Reactions were swift after committee members left the SCIF:

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Dems Outraged After Trump's 'Lynching' Tweet, Graham Stands By His Man (UPDATED)

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 12:01

Really, the question I'm asking is, "What took him so long?"

President Snowflake finally went there, placing his foot on the third rail of racial rhetoric, and compared his own self-constructed implosion to...wait for it...a lynching.

On Hallie Jackson's show, Hans Nichols called the called it "that ugly comparison." Honey, "ugly" doesn't begin to describe it. Let's try more accurate words, like "unhinged," "violent," "triggering," or "traumatizing" towards the entire Black population in this country. But it's fine. Nichols is gonna just maybe "ask him what he meant by that word" if they have the chance at some point today. (Spoiler: He meant what he said.)

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Fox Guest Complains About Warren's Wealth Tax: $50 Million ‘Not As Big As You Think’

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 11:12

Underneath Fox guest Peter Morici’s complaint that Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s tax plan unfairly taxes those with “only” $50 million was the suggestion that rich people deserve more.

Fox & Friends hosted economist Peter Morici this morning to provide what host Steve Doocy called “a reality check” on Warren’s plan for a wealth tax of two percent annually on assets worth above $50 million and a 3% tax on every dollar of net worth over $1 billion.

“Think about it this way,” Morici said. “Suppose you have assets of $50 million, so you meet her threshold. And then you earn this year another $50 million and you invest 25 [million] of it. On that 25, you’re gonna pay another 1% a year for the rest of your life.”

“So you if you’re a 30 year-old woman, you’re facing an 85% marginal tax rate on that wealth,” Morici continued. “And, by the way, she wants to couple this with a 70% income tax on these people. So in the end, they basically, if they make a buck, they’re gonna have to pay $1.20.”

Doocy worked to amp up the outrage: “Let me see if I get this straight. If you make a buck, you’re going to have to pay $1.20. So you just stop making money, you start paying the government, just hand over fist,” he said. But, apparently, this 30 year-old woman would be just fine with her $75 million.

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Stephen Colbert Recommends Another Place To Hold The G7

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 10:06

I don't know if you have to be familiar with East Coast banquet halls to laugh at this, but this Late Night segment tickled my funny bone.

Of course! Frank's Banquet Hall, in Paramus, New Jersey!

"Frank's is the perfect place to discuss global crises and enjoy a fondue fountain. Instead of breaking the Emoluments clause, why not break open some lobster claws at our seafood buffet?

"When you have your G7 at Frank's, you'll say, 'Gee, seven types of salad dressing!"

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Maddow To New York Times: 'Can We Have The Last Four Years Back?'

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:53

Rachel Maddow pointed out last night that the New York Times, which spewed countless stories about Hillary Clinton's emails, very quietly reports the final email investigation report deep on an inside page -- because it found Clinton did nothing wrong. And she rips them for it -- as every principled journalist should, but won't.

She does a remarkable job using a deluge of facts pointing out how the Times, and the media organizations that followed their lead, did such a bad job covering the misinformation that flooded the 2026 campaign. More importantly, the Russians are doing the exact same thing today, and the media is still unprepared to defend our democracy. (The Russians aren't just going after Joe Biden, they're working on social media to deliberately cause division in the Democratic primary.)

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Shocker: Runs Op-Ed Arguing Trump Serves Putin First

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:09

Even Fox News can't turn away from what Donald Trump is doing and who he is serving. In a blistering op-ed for, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh explains why Trump's current actions are bringing an early Christmas to Vladimir Putin.

Citing recent remarks by Rep. Francis Rooney, Marsh wrote, "Even Republicans are starting to recognize that Trump isn’t putting the interests of the United States first."

She goes on to outline four different policy decisions which are not in the best interests of the United States, but certainly are in the interest of Russia in general and Putin in particular:

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'Mike Pence Would Be President By Noon' On A Secret Ballot, Scarborough Says

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:08

In a discussion of Trump's latest poll numbers, Joe Scarborough and Mike Barnicle spilled the beans on how Republicans talk about Trump in private.

"They respond to his presidency what did he do today? So it's tough to get an assessment, I think, from pollsters on people in the poll because they're looking at a presidency that is so mercurial because he's likely to say something today. So there's no measure of his presidency, other than what he does by the moment.

"It's a crazy, crazy presidency. I think Republican senators are going to be a dominant force in this election process because more and more of them -- listen, Joe, you know, we all know, that privately in the cloakroom, they speak very disparagingly of him. And if there was a secret ballot in the United States Senate, I think Trump would lose 90-10, maybe," Barnicle said.

"If there were a -- Mike, if there were a secret ballot in the Senate this morning, Mike Pence would be president by noon. It is that clear they want Trump out, they want Mike Pence in, they want to return to conservative principles, they want a return to conservative issues," Scarborough said.

"They want one day where they're not asked a question they can't answer. One day," Mika said.

"They want to talk about policy instead of Donald Trump trying to loot the federal treasury to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on his Scottish resort or his Irish resort or his Miami bedbug-ridden resort, they want to get back to business and Trump's recklessness won't allow them," Scarborough said.

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More Precious Than Gold? Trump's Fragile Ego

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 09:00

I actually believe Mick Mulvaney is telling the truth, more or less:

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said on "Fox News Sunday" that President Trump was "honestly surprised" at the level of pushback he received from the decision to choose his own Doral resort in Miami as the site of next year's G7 summit, which he walked back Saturday night.

"He was honestly surprised at the level of pushback. At the end of the day, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could. And he was very comfortable doing it at Doral. And I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback...."

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:01

Bark Bark Woof Woof - below the fold;

Diane Ravitch's Blog - NYC: the cost of charter school rent;

d r i f t g l a s s - when you're a Schmidt you're a Schmidt all the way!

Just Above Sunset - perhaps accountability is possible?

The BradBlog - Lev and Igor just tip of Russian iceberg! да!

Steve in Manhattan (@blogenfreude) blogs at, and will make this meatloaf this weekend (substituting chipotle peppers for the jalapeños).

To recommend a link, send it to - we do check it!

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Donald Trump Attacks U.S. Constitution's 'Phony Emoluments Clause'

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:00

Donald Trump is running scared. He is afraid of the Fake News Media, the Whistleblower, Democrats, Windmills and a good hair stylist. Well, now we can add the United States Constitution to the list of things Donald Trump is outwardly attacking because he just doesn't like it.

Yes, the Constitution. Specifically, the Emoluments Clause, which says:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

In plain English, this was put in place to ensure that no foreign government could exert control or influence over an American leader (ie, bribe them) without the approval of Congress.

Donald Trump clearly does not like this clause because it means (or should mean) that he cannot encourage (wink wink) foreign leaders who want to curry favor with him to stay at his overpriced, bedbug-laden resorts as a means of funneling money to his personal bank accounts. You know, BRIBES.

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Music That Is Out Of This World

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 23:30

In 2011, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman played a flute duet, while she was aboard the International Space Station, 220 miles above the earth. They did so to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first human to be launched into space, Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.

The song they played is titled "Bourree," an arrangement performed by Anderson during Jethro Tull's 1969 tour, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon.

And if that did not satisfy your inner nerd, in April 2015, European Astronaut Samantha Christoforetti wore a Star Trek uniform, also while on the International Space Station. She also sent out a tweet with a reference to Captain Janeway of the series "Voyager."

Your open thread is below.

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