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Trump Threatens Iran, Who Knew Saudi Arabia Was Part Of NATO?

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:47

This past weekend, Saudi Arabia's oil fields were hit with a drone attack.

The Trump administration publicly blamed Iran for being the culprits, even though the Houthi insurgency have taken credit for them.

Houthi Forces in Yemen have warned of more to come, but the U.S. does not believe they were responsible,

The Houthi rebel faction in Yemen warned on Monday of more attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, two days after strikes that interrupted much of the kingdom’s production heightened tensions between Iran and the United States and raised fears of a wider armed conflict.

And with Trump's track record of lying, even about inconsequential and meaningless things like weather maps, how can the administration be trusted at all to tell the American people the truth?

So far they have offered up no evidence to point the attacks to Iran.

Sunday night Donald Trump tweeted out a serious military threat against Iran.

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AM Joy Guest: Joe Biden's Attitudes On Race Will Neutralize Trump's Racism

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:14

Joe Biden was asked a debate question about his thinking on the legacy of slavery, the responsibility of white people to address it, and if it has changed from his statements on the matter from 40 years ago. He responded with gobbledy-gook, ending in the assertion that Black people don't know how to parent, and need to park their children in front of the TV and record player more, and that sometimes social services needs to go in and help them do that. We are still talking about this because of the answer Joe Biden gave, not because we are fixating on something unimportant, before anyone throws out "We have to stop eating our own!" or "This is why Trump will win!" deflections.

Author Anand Giridharadas joined Joy Reid on Saturday to expand on his justifiably angry tweetstorm in response, wherein he called Biden's answer "appalling," "disqualifying," and "racist." The discussion with Reid that followed was one of the most in-depth and high-level analyses of what is happening with Biden, race, racism, and the Black community that (in my admittedly less important white lady opinion) has happened thus far.

After explaining the difference between flagrant racism (the kind with the white hood) and insidious racism ("Can I touch your hair?") Giridharadas told an alarming story about what happened after he tweeted his response to Biden.

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Trump Freaks Out On Twitter About 'Impeaching' Kavanaugh 'Over Made Up Stories'

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:00

President Donald Trump on Sunday lashed out at Democrats who have called for the impeachment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

After fresh evidence of sexual misconduct came to light over the weekend, several Democratic presidential candidates said that they support the impeachment of Kavanaugh.

By Sunday afternoon, Trump fired back on Twitter, comparing the case to the impeachment proceedings he is facing.

"Can’t let Brett Kavanaugh give Radical Left Democrat (Liberal Plus) Opinions based on threats of Impeaching him over made up stories (sound familiar?), false allegations, and lies. This is the game they play. Fake and Corrupt News is working overtime!" he ranted.

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The Music Club Remembers Ric Ocasek, 1949-2019

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:24

Those of us who came of age when The Cars rose to prominence? We just lost the composer of our young adulthood. As Tengrain says, "I’m always going to think of The Cars (and Blondie) as the bands who rescued us from disco in the late ’70s and early ’80s." NBC:

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York at age 75...

Ocasek and his band were inducted into the Rock Hall in 2018. The institution described the band as "hook-savvy with the perfect combo of new wave and classic rock."

The band had 13 top-40 singles, including radio staples like "Good Times Roll" and "Just What I Needed," and Ocasek went on to a successful producing career after The Cars broke up in the late 1980s.

He'll be missed as much for his fabulous producer credits, as well.

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Reality Check: Trump's Number Are Weak -- Except Against Socialism

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:03

In his Reality Check segment, New Day's John Avlon explains that Trump's tweeting about "fake polls" means the numbers must not be looking so good.

"But that's despite a CNN poll from June that found a majority of Americans think trump will win re-election and there's a lot of confidence coming from the White House. They point to the power of incumbency, a huge money advantage and at least, to date, a strong economy.

"But go back to the data and you'll see that there is real reason for Trump to be nervous. First, he's the only president in the history of the Gallup poll never to hit 50% approval. That's despite the lowest unemployment rate in nearly 50 years. That's not all. A new CNN poll shows a stunning six in ten voters say that Trump doesn't deserve a second term, with a dismal 39% approval rating. Dig deeper and you will see a stark enthusiasm gap. A recent Washington Post/ABC poll found 27% of folks strongly approval of Trump's performance, while 48% strongly disapprove. Another poll, 53% of registered voters say they would definitely vote against him.

"We should know that national numbers don't mean a whole lot, right? Let's look at Trump's approval rating in key swing states. In Florida, Trump's got a 44% approval rating, despite 54% of folks saying they're financially better off than in 2016. How about Pennsylvania? 42% of Keystone State voters say Trump is doing a great job. Michigan, where Trump won by 10,000 votes, his approval rate down to 44%. Wisconsin, where a September poll showed that Trump is at 45%.

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Trump And Pompeo Now Blame Iran For Attack On Saudi Oil Fields

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:02

Another day, another scary approach to foreign policy from the Orange Cheeto. Joe Scarborough talks with Richard Haas about whether Iran had anything to do with the drone attacks on Saudia Arabian oil fields -- as now being stated by Mike Pompeo and Trump on Twitter. And to make it even worse, Trump is going to take Saudi Arabia's word for it!

"As I was checking my notifications, my question was, does Yemen really have the capability to strike the Saudis' two most important oil facilities from that distance? First of all, I find that hard to believe. At the same time, Richard, give us your insights. Would Iran really be so brazen? Would Iran really be so reckless? A country that survived since 1979 that actually launched attacks on these refineries, knowing that they could expect the same in return if they did?"

"The fog of war is particularly thick this morning," Haas said.

"The Houtsis have certain capabilities, largely supplied by Iran, and one way to think of this is, this could be revenge against Saudi Arabia because of its policy in Yemen. It's high level bombing that caused all sorts of civilian casualties, years of civil war there. That's one potential context.

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Spy Vs. Spy: Yahoo Reports Russians Cracked FBI Encrypted Communications

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:33

In the week following the news that a top-level U.S. source in Russia was extracted from that country, another breaking story.

Remember when Obama seized two estates on Maryland's Eastern Short and booted Russian "diplomats" out of the country shortly before Trump was inaugurated? We now have this Yahoo News story to give us the specifics on why that happened, and it has wide-reaching implications.

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WATCH: Kids Confront Philly Cops As They Terrorize Innocent Black Student At Bus Stop

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:33

A group of children called out Philadelphia police officers who said that they wanted the kids to be "shaking" from the confrontation.

Video posted on social media over the weekend shows a white officer telling a shirtless African-American boy to get in his police cruiser.

The video was posted by Twitter by a user named Asia who claimed to be a student waiting for her bus.

"Start walking," the officer says as one of the students explains they are at the bus stop.

"Something is obviously going on out here," the cop insists.

"Ah, y'all so cute," one of the student says.

"He didn't do nothing," one student shouts at the officer.

"He just rolled up on him," another student notes.

"This Happened in Philadelphia,Pa on Thursday. A group of school kids and I were waiting for the bus at the bus stop when a cop car came to us," Asia wrote on Twitter.

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James Corden's Viral Takedown Of Bill Maher: 'Fat-Shaming Is Just Bullying'

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:31

Maher's 'tough love' on the obesity epidemic in the United States got called out for what it is by fellow late-night host James Corden.

Source: Yahoo

Bill Maher decided to make fun of fat people on his late-night show and claimed a little bit of shaming may be good for people, but James Corden hammered him for it, in the perfect way.

The host of “The Late Late Show” used his platform to criticize Maher’s statements that suggested were should do more to fight the obesity epidemic and stop celebrating that America is overweight.

“Fat-shaming doesn’t need to end; it needs to make a comeback,” Maher said. “Some amount of shame is good.”

So Corden, decided to address the comments and slammed his counter-part for saying something that could be harmful.

“There’s a common and insulting misconception that fat people are stupid and lazy and we’re not,” Corden said. “We get it, we know. We know that being overweight isn’t good for us and I’ve struggled my entire life trying to manage my weight and I suck at it.”

“Fat-shaming is just bullying,” he said into the camera... “and bullying only makes the problem worse.”

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:01

Civil Commotion: When Republicans need talking points, they're quite happy to just make stuff up.

A Tale Unfolds: A South African blogger finds the role of "Christian values" in US politics rather puzzling.

Love, Joy, Feminism: A theologian widely lauded by Evangelicals holds shockingly racist views.

The Rectification of Names: 21st-century socialism should give workers power over the means of production directly, rather than via the state.

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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This Mother Of 4 Understands What It Will Take To Win Back A Red Seat

Mon, 09/16/2019 - 08:00

Were you disappointed that Dan Bishop (R) beat Dan McCready (Blue Dog) in North Carolina's 9th district last week? It wasn't through lack of money. McCready raised $4,707,832 to Bishop's $1,946,247. And turnout was OK for a summer special election-- over 188,000 votes, about 100,000 fewer than last November.

Considering that McCready only lost by 4,000, perhaps a little more effort towards exciting the Democratic base might have won him the race. Instead, he pledged he wouldn't vote for the assault weapons sales ban, said he opposed Medicare-for-All and the Green New Deal and offered Democratic voters little more than his opposition to Trump, which almost won him the race-- but didn't. As is their SOP, his canned DCCC website didn't include any issues at all since the conservatives who control the DCCC hate Democratic values and assume voters do as well and insisted he leave that blank.

Indiana's fifth district is very similar to NC-09 is some ways. It's a pretty red district with no incumbent next year. It's a mixture of suburban and rural counties. Trump won NC-09 54.4% to 42.8% (11.6 points) and he won IN-05 by 11.8 points-- 53.1% to 41.3%. But there is also a very big difference:

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Understanding The Music: Bowie And Queen's 'Under Pressure'

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 23:30

And here's the song:

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Open thread below...

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C&L's Late Night Music Club With Cabaret Voltaire

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 23:01

I think most bands should never attempt Velvet Underground covers. Then again, the Cab’s take on “Here She Comes Now” does go to places quite anomalous.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Joe Biden Gives A Passionate Speech At Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:59

On September 15, 1963, the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed by the KKK in a horrific act of racially motivated violence. The bomb detonated from outside, caving in walls and spraying bricks and mortar onto the over 200 parishioners participating in Sunday services. Four young girls were killed -14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson and 11-year-old Denise McNair. Over 20 people were injured.

It took until 1977 for anyone to be brought to justice, after Alabama Attorney General Bob Baxley reopened the investigation and Klan leader Robert E. Chambliss was finally brought to trial and convicted of murder. He died in prison in 1985. In the 1980's, two other former Klan members, Thomas Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, were finally brought to trial. Both were convicted. A fourth suspect, Herman Frank Cash, died before he could be brought to trial.

Joe Biden visited the church today on the 56th anniversary of the horrific crime, and gave a powerful speech on loss, tragedy, racism and what we need to do to move forward, both from the past and the current racism on the rise in our country.

When my first wife and daughter were killed and my two boys badly injured in a car accident. I faced like many of you a defining moment - walk away from public life or stay?

I chose to stay - before and after.

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Condi Rice Blames Both Sides For Trump's Racism: 'There's A Lot Coming Out Of The Left'

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:54

Former National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice on Sunday blamed Democrats for racism after she was asked about Donald Trump's controversial bigoted statements.

During an interview on CNN, host Fareed Zakaria asked Rice about some of Trump's most racist statements, like telling Democratic congresswomen to "go back" where they came from. And when he said there were good people on "both sides" at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville.

"When you hear Trump, this is a repudiation of everything you were trying to do," Zakaria pointed out.

"The president needs to be a lot more careful," Rice agreed. "Race is a very delicate and raw nerve in America. We have the birth defect of slavery, we have the birth defect of a number of people being treated badly."

"But I tell you," she continued. "You need to be careful, Fareed. It's not all coming out of the White House. I hear a lot coming out of the left of these issues to, that I don't like the language that is being used about people, that because somebody looks a certain way or are of a certain color, they ought to think a certain way. And if they don't think a certain way, then they're really not black."

Rice asserted that "we need to all back off."

"And I think we will all be better off," she added. "I think this is a national project, not a White House project, not a congressional project."

"But by saying that," Zakaria pressed, "do you have a responsibility to not just pretend there is an equivalence here?"

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Julián Castro And Kamala Harris Call For Brett Kavanaugh's Impeachment

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:50

The entire Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing really shows just how badly the Republican Party has destroyed democratic norms and guardrails in their greedy and corrupt grasping for power. PFAW:

Below is a listing of some of the corrupt actions taken by the GOP to achieve this dramatic advance in their assault against American democracy.

Private, pre-nomination vetting of his constitutional views

Kavanaugh was pre-vetted by individuals in the far-right Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation. They had known him for many years and were already deeply familiar with (and shared) his extreme legal beliefs long before he was added to Trump’s list. That’s what the Federalist Society is all about. They were given the power to make the choice because they knew he would rule “the right way” on the issues they care about.

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Ken Cuccinelli Defends Heartless Entry Rules For Bahamians: They Should Be 'Taking Care Of Their Own'

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:07

Acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli insisted on Sunday that Bahamians should help themselves instead of fleeing to the United States after thousands were left homeless by Hurricane Dorian.

During an interview with CBS host Margaret Brennan, Cuccinelli was asked why the Trump administration is making it "harder to flee to this country" for Bahamians who were left homeless by the hurricane.

Cuccinelli, however, argued that the Trump administration is "making it easier" for Bahamians to travel to the U.S.

"The Bahamas is a perfectly legitimate country capable of taking care of their own," the USCIS chief said. "We rushed resources in, whether it was from USAID or the Coast Guard, who were downright heroic."

"I've got to leave it there," Brennan said, concluding the interview, without pointing out that Cuccinelli's orders actually forced Customs agents to refuse entry to Bahamians who were made homeless by the hurricane for not having the proper travel visas.

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Rand Paul Says He'll Support Liz Cheney's Opponent If She Runs For Open Senate Seat

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 13:01

On CNN's State of the Union, Sen. Rand Paul continued to criticize Liz Cheney on her warmongering and said if she ran for the open Senate seat in Wyoming, he would support a different conservative politician.

The two Republican politicians have revved up their animosity towards each other since John Bolton was dismissed from the White House.

Host Jake Tapper discussed Sen. Paul going on a Wyoming TV station to publicly voice his concerns with her possible candidacy.

Tapper asked, "Would you prefer that a different Republican fill that Senate seat?"

Rand discussed a critical op-ed written about Liz in her state and then he affirmed his opposition to her.

"Yes, there is a Senate race, I’m supporting Cynthia Lummis, who is a former conservative congressman," Paul said.

He continued, "That's the only person I know of in the race at this point.”

Earlier today on Meet The Press, Liz Cheney was asked about her harsh statements (pro-terrorist) against Sen. Paul and she did not apologize, but continued their feud.

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Ted Cruz Dismisses Latest Kavanaugh Allegations As Just Another 'Smear' From The 'Far Left'

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 12:05

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos about the latest accusation of sexual assault in the report by The New York Times, which alleges that the FBI failed to interview at least 25 witnesses against now sitting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Rather than defend the fact that the FBI and his committee obviously failed to do their jobs and properly investigate these allegations, Cruz lashed out at Democrats for calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment and dismissed the reporting by the Times as just another liberal witch hunt from the "far left" that's out to get poor Kavanaugh.

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Kellyanne Conway Says It's Unconstitutional To 'Embarrass' Trump With Impeachment Inquiries

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 11:58

White House aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday insisted that Democrats do not have a "constitutional basis" to embarrass Donald Trump by conducting an impeachment inquiry.

Conway made the remarks while speaking to Fox News Sunday guest host Bill Hemmer.

"Complete nonsense," she said when asked about the impeachment proceedings. "They need to get a messaging meeting and they need to read the constitution of the Democratic Party." It is unclear if Conway is aware that there is no constitution for solely for the Democratic Party.

"Americans, the Congress, they work for you," Conway continued, talking over the Fox host. "And they're wasting your money and your time trying to impeach a president where there are no high crimes and misdemeanors."

She added: "Stop the nonsense of harassing and embarrassing this president and the people around him when you have no constitutional or legal basis to do so."

Democrats have argued that they have a constitutional duty to conduct an impeachment inquiry, which is backed up by the Constitution for the entire United States (and confirmed by Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Papers #65) that impeachment is the remedy if the public trust has been abused.

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