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TX Rep. Vicente Gonzalez Flips His Endorsement From Castro To Biden

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 11:46

Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat from the 15th District, had previously endorsed Julián Castro for the Democratic primary for president back in March. Well, that has changed. He is now rescinding his support and publicly backing Joe Biden.

But, it has nothing to do with Castro's nasty attack on Biden from the third Democratic debate, held earlier this week.

Gonzalez made the announcement about his change of heart regarding who to support for the 2020 election on CNN this morning, telling Jake Tapper:

“I think at this point in time we need to narrow the field and unite as Democrats to defeat Trump in November 2020, and that’s why I believe — I’m moving my support to Vice President Joe Biden.”

The Castro campaign responded to Gonzalez's announcement with the following curt statement:

“González is entitled to endorse whichever candidate he feels represents his values.”

Will Castro continue to lose support and bow out gracefully? His attack on Biden didn't earn him any favors.

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Area Arsonist To Award Fire Starting Merit Badge

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 11:00

Strategic hire AG Bill ‘Low’ Barr wants to give his team of brigands and seditionists an award for subverting the rule of law to install the Virgin Mayor of Keg City to the SCOTUS:

NYTimes: Justice Dept. to Honor Team That Worked on Kavanaugh Confirmation Process

“Next month, Attorney General William P. Barr will present the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service to those who worked ‘to support the nomination’ of the judge, according to an email reviewed by The New York Times. …

“That team being awarded includes prosecutors and lawyers from the department’s tax division, the environment and natural resources division, the civil appellate section and several United States attorneys offices. …

“Typically, the distinguished service honor, the department’s second highest, is given to employees who worked on significant prosecutions, rather than on judicial nomination processes. In addition to the award to the Kavanaugh nomination team, 10 other distinguished service honors will be presented this year. Those recipients include the prosecutors who worked to end a bid-rigging conspiracy against the Defense Department.”

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After He Threatened Beto O’Rourke, Fox Helps Republican Cain Play The Victim

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:26

After coming under a great deal of criticism for threatening Beto O’Rourke on Twitter, State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-TX) got a big dose of Republican Rehab from Fox News host Brian Kilmeade.

In case you missed it, Cain tweeted, “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis," in response to O’Rourke’s statement during the last debate, “"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47." O’Rourke, a former Congressman from El Paso, has been particularly emphatic about gun control and banning assault weapons since the mass shooting there. However, he was talking about a mandatory buy-back program, not just a seizure. Kilmeade could not be bothered to tell that to viewers.

Guest hosting for Tucker Carlson last night, Kilmeade set the tone before Cain opened his mouth by characterizing O’Rourke as a whiner out to get Cain.

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Trump Lashes Out At NYT Over New Kavanaugh Allegations: He Should Sue Them 'For Liable'

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:21

The New York Times may have buried the lede in a story about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which alleges that the FBI failed to speak with at least 25 witnesses about latest Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations, but that didn't stop Trump from lashing out at them on Twitter this morning, and urging Kavanaugh to sue them "for liable" in a tweet that he later deleted and then corrected after being mocked mercilessly for the mistake.

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The New York Times Is Destroying Democracy, Part The Infinite

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:21

We need to talk about The New York Times.

What the hell is happening over there? As Seth Meyers demonstrates above, the editors and headline writers over at the Old Gray Lady really work hard to normalize Donald Trump.

And now, they've published an article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that is almost as disturbing in the framing as it is in substance.

To wit, the article addresses accusations of sexual assault made by Deborah Ramirez during Kavanaugh's time at Yale. At the time of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, The New York Times was very, very careful to say that they were unable to corroborate Ramirez's statements. Remember too, that the entire 'investigation" that the feds did into Kavanaugh was rushed and incomplete to force his confirmation as quickly as possible.

But now, a year later, The New York Times, based on original reporter by New Yorker journalists, has confirmed that Deborah Ramirez was assaulted by Kavanaugh at Yale, as she said. But look how they framed it:
So he was a popular guy at Yale, and therefore, why wouldn't he pull out his penis at unsuspecting (and apparently, unpopular) females? Seriously?

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Why Carbon Dioxide Has Such Outsized Influence On Earth's Climate

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 10:00
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite makes precise measurements of Earth’s carbon dioxide levels from space. NASA/JPL

Jason West, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I am often asked how carbon dioxide can have an important effect on global climate when its concentration is so small – just 0.041% of Earth’s atmosphere. And human activities are responsible for just 32% of that amount.

I study the importance of atmospheric gases for air pollution and climate change. The key to carbon dioxide’s strong influence on climate is its ability to absorb heat emitted from our planet’s surface, keeping it from escaping out to space.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 09:01

The Rude Pundit: The debate was mostly uninspiring, but there were a few good moments, and all our candidates are still miles better than Trump.

JoAnn Williams: Dystopian fantasies like The Handmaid's Tale are getting a little too close to reality these days.

Green Eagle: After the border migrant camps, "relocating" California's homeless people is the next logical step along the road to fascism.

Hackwhackers: The RNC is withholding valuable polling data from its own candidates when it contains bad news for Trump.

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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Weinstein May Be A Monster, But The Lawyers Who Enabled Him Are The Real Villains

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 09:00
Weinstein may be on trial, but lots of lawyers enabled his misconduct. Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP

Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon

In the greater arc of the #MeToo movement, lawyers have lurked in the shadows, unnamed scribes formalizing agreements meant to stay secret.

But in “She Said,” the behind-the-scenes story of how Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey brought down Harvey Weinstein, the lawyers finally come into view. And it’s not a pretty picture.

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Sunday Morning Bobblehead Thread

Sun, 09/15/2019 - 08:00

I discovered a fun and though-provoking podcast a few weeks ago: Nice Try! where host Avery Trufelman looks at various attempts at creating a utopia. But the problem is, utopias aren't real. Whatever the intent, they inevitably fail, no matter what kind of retconning the scientist at Biosphere 2 says now.

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C&L's Saturday Night Comedy Club: Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 23:01

Please watch out for the holy hand grenade of copyright, which might blow up this YouTube at any moment.

Open thread below...

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1,688 Polling Places Shuttered Since Supreme Court Green-Lit New State Disenfranchisement Schemes

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 21:30

The 2013 Supreme Court decision nullifying federal "preclearance" requirements for states and local governments with a past history of discriminating against minority voters continues to have widespread repercussions as those same discriminatory states and counties methodically undertake efforts to once again make voting a more cumbersome and restricted process. A new Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights report once again seeks to quantify those acts, and once again finds that jurisdictions freed from prior preclearance requirements are shutting down their own polling places at an accelerated pace.

Updating a prior 2016 study, the Leadership Conference was now able to collect data for 757 of the 860 counties previously subject to preclearance. Those counties collectively shuttered nearly 1,700 polling places since the 2013 Shelby County vs. Holder decision; most were justified under claims of "consolidating" polling locations.

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Appeals Court Reinstates Seth Rich Family’s Lawsuit Against Fox News

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 20:00

The family of Seth Rich, the murdered DNC employee whom Fox News tried to frame as the leaker of DNC emails to Wikileaks (in order to get the Russians off the hook) has had its lawsuit against Fox News reinstated thanks to a federal appeals court that reversed a prior decision dismissing it.

You may recall that last year, a federal court dismissed the Rich family’s suit, on technical grounds, in what was hardly a vindication of Fox News’ slimy, untruthful and hurtful reporting.

Today, the federal Court of Appeals reversed that decision with the result that the Rich’s case can now proceed. In its article on this reversal, Politico notes that the court seemed particularly troubled by Sean Hannity’s behavior and Fox News’ tacit acceptance:

The judges also seemed troubled that while Fox retracted [reporter Malia] Zimmerman’s reports and deleted them from the network’s website, related segments from Fox host Sean Hannity’s program remain online.

“To this day, Fox News makes available online at least two videos repeating, almost verbatim, the content of the Zimmerman story,” Calabresi wrote, adding that the court found the videos up as recently as Thursday.

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Donald Trump Goes After Joy Reid After She Destroys His Pathetic Rant In Baltimore

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 16:08

Uh oh, someone is feeling very, very bad about himself this morning.

Joy Ann Reid and her producers put together two hours of the most incisive news commentary each week, with panels that reflect the diversity in America more than any other news show in the US. She's unafraid to put conservatives on her show and demand that they stick to facts and not filibuster with slurs or get the hell out.

After his pathetic speech in Baltimore, Reid certainly had fun at his expense with his old man rants at the wind and light bulbs. This seemed to bother the notoriously thin-skinned Trump, because he decided to launch his not-terribly-original Twitter attack on her.

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The Three GOP Challengers To Trump Wrote A Compelling Op-Ed

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 14:28

The three Republicans challenging Donald Trump for the Presidential nomination for the 2020 election wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post arguing that the cancellation of state level primaries is a mistake - and they are right.

It is not unheard of for the incumbent party to cancel state level primaries in order to save money and negate the likelihood of the current sitting President losing the nomination to another party member. BUT that is only a viable position if their candidate is doing well and is likely to win re-election. As we can see from Trump's dwindling numbers (he is not at 38% approval) and the prospect of an economic downturn (the economy is the only thing really keeping Trump afloat), it is not a lock that he will win in 2020. So why did four states cancel their primaries? Probably fear of nasty tweets.

So far Nevada, South Carolina, Kansas and Arizona have cancelled their primaries. The South Carolina GOP chair stated that "with no legitimate primary challenger and President Trump's record of results, the decision was made to save South Carolina taxpayers over $1.2 million and forgo an unnecessary primary." Mind you, Mark Sanford was the former Governor of South Carolina, serving from 2003 to 2011.

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Frank Schaeffer Shreds Falwell, Jr.: 'Just Another Con Artist Grifter Cashing In'

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 13:57

Jerry Falwell Jr. has not had a good week at all.

Earlier this week, a long, detailed, receipts-laden report dropped on Jerry Falwell Jr. and his lovely wife Becki, detailing how Falwell was using university resources for his own gain, how he bullied campus staff at Liberty University, and how he often bragged about his sexual prowess to anyone who would listen. Additionally, there were photos of Falwell and his family partying it up (with margaritas and drinks!) at a Miami nightclub, which would ordinarily be no big deal, except that Liberty U has some serious rules about dancing and drinking.

After that report came out, Reuters reported that Falwell Jr. called a student "retarded" and blasted the school's police chief as a "half-wit." Presumably he wasn't doing this while bragging about the size of his penis, but you never know, since he was reported to brag about it to anyone nearby.

Oh, and he reportedly sent photos of his wife in a French maid's costume to a whole bunch of people in a group text instead of just sending them to Ben Crosswhite, his trainer, whom he set up in business with his own private gym. Who does that? Falwell Junior, apparently.

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Rep. Jackson Lee: Impeachment Inquiry Is Moving Forward

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 13:34

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Joy Reid this morning that regardless of any difference in nomenclature, there is no disconnect between the committee and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“We are very pleased with the framework of which we are operating under, that the speaker agrees with,” Jackson Lee said, which is “legislating, litigating and investigating.”

“Our litigating is to, in fact, move us forward more intensely in the investigation,” she said, with “witness after witness after witness.” As an example, she cited litigation to compel former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify before the committee.

Jackson Lee thinks obstruction of justice is “the most stark and devastating” of the potential accusations in any articles of impeachment. She was referring to Trump’s efforts to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, then trying to cover it up, Trump’s attempts to get then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself and take the investigation away from Mueller and, of course, the firing of FBI Director James Comey. “All of that is in the wheelhouse of high crimes and misdemeanors,” she added.

McGahn would be a central figure in any obstruction of justice investigation.

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'Liberty State' Secessionists Peddle Their Christian Separatist Vision To Voters

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 10:55

The people promoting the creation of a “Christianity-based” 51st state carved out of what is currently eastern Washington have begun moving beyond just talking about it and planning for it. Now they are promoting it to the voters they need to convince to secede from Washington state—talking to local reporters, setting up booths at county fairs, and adamantly denying their extremism.

Liberty State representatives held a press conference on Tuesday in Moses Lake in which they depicted themselves as completely mainstream conservatives who are simply tired of urban, liberal Seattle dictating politics in their conservative counties—and adamantly denied that they are far-right extremists intent on creating a religious Christian state in which nonbelievers could be put to death.

“When both are a plague to each other because of natural cultural differences, and both would be much happier without the other, there’s only one solution that works very well for both sides,” said Liberty State spokesperson René Holaday. “And that is the amiable formation of the new state of Liberty that both sides agree would be the best win-win situation.”

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'Trump's African-American' Has Left The Building - And The GOP

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 10:31

Donald Trump’s attacks on the congresswomen of color in The Squad were the breaking point for the man Trump once referred to as “my African American.” Gregory Cheadle has not only broken with the Republican Party, he’s running for Congress as an independent.

“President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme,” Cheadle told PBS Newshour. “Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.”

Cheadle is calling out the “pro-white” agenda of Republicans, and he’s come to have second thoughts about his initial response to being called “my African American” by Trump. “I’m more critical of it today than I was back then because today I wonder to what extent he said that for political gain or for attention.” Don’t wonder! You can really be sure it was 100% for political gain and/or attention! And, to be fair, Cheadle is running for Congress for the fifth time—attention might be a wee bit of a motivating factor for him, too.

Oh well. Trump still has Diamond and Silk … at least for now.

Published with permission of Daily Kos

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Andrew Yang's Real Platform: School Privatization

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 09:30

During Thursday's debate ABC News moderator Linsey Davis asked Andrew Yang one question that dropped the veil on his true motives for running for office. Forget UBI, Yang is Silicon Valley's school privatization missionary.

DAVIS: Here in Houston, the school district is facing yet another year of spending cuts. Like schools across the country, the system faces many challenges. One of them, thousands of students are leaving traditional public schools and going to charter schools.

You're the most vocal proponent on this stage for charter schools. You have said that Democrats who want to limit them are, quote, "just jumping into bed with teachers unions and doing kids a disservice." Why isn't taxpayer money better spent on fixing traditional public schools?

This is the first I've heard that Andrew Yang is a reformy school privatizer! All that blather about universal basic income is just smoke to cover the underlying motives and also the reason Silicon Valley loves him. And his answer to her question confirms it.

YANG: Let me be clear, I am pro-good school. I've got a kid, one of my little boys just started public school last week and I was not there because I was running for president.


So, we need to pay teachers more, because the data clearly shows that a good teacher is worth his or her weight in gold.


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Mike's Blog Round Up

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 08:01

Mock Paper Scissors: The Republicans' win in NC-09 is actually terrible news for them.

Class Warfare Blog: Capitalism is destructive unless heavily regulated. A lot of money is being spent to stop you from figuring that out.

Stonekettle Station: What exactly would "winning" mean in Afghanistan? Bolton and Trump, each in their own way, are the worst possible guys to be dealing with that problem.

Progress Pond: North Carolina has the worst Republicans. Do they represent the party's future?

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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