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Monday Night Acoustic Funk: Calum Graham, "Whiskey Sunrise"

Little Green Footballs - 11 min 56 sec ago

Can acoustic guitar be funky? Calum Graham makes a damned good case for the proposition.

Guitar TAB : https://calumgraham.com/guitar-tabs

CDs and Downloads available at : https://calumgraham.com/track/984628/...

https://www.calumgraham.com

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Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/30OgCz...

Instagram : http://instagram.com/calum1234

Shot in the Distillery District of Toronto on November 6th, 2016

Video by Joanna Glezakos
https://vengenza.ca

Recorded on a Furch Baritone Guitar:
http://www.furch.cz/en/

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Open Thread - Best Metro PSA's Ever?

Crooks and Liars - 34 min 22 sec ago

Tengrain at Mock Paper Scissors highlights several of these Los Angeles PSA's for proper behavior on public transport. Click the link for more.

You can't not watch, which is the whole point.

Open thread below...


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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Railroad Jerk

Crooks and Liars - 1 hour 4 min ago

Morning niceties exchanged around the office this morning consisted a lot of me saying "What did I do this weekend? Laundry. Lots and lots of laundry."

What are you listening to tonight?


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Open Thread: Trump Lies About Fallen Soldiers & Actual Presidents

Balloon Juice - 2 hours 19 min ago

There is nothing this person will not lie about. THANKS, REPUBLICANS!

Trump was responding to a question about why he has not yet made remarks about the four special operations servicemen killed in Niger almost two weeks ago. Trump, speaking from the Rose Garden in a surprise press conference with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he plans on contacting the families soon.

“If you look at President [Barack] Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I am able to do it,” said Trump. “They have made the ultimate sacrifice. So generally I would say that I like to call. I’m going to be calling them. I want a little time to pass. I’m going to be calling them.”…

The office staff is having a little trouble finding those phone numbers, y’see. And they tore the place up looking for the roll of stamps, but how often do letters get sent, these days?

Look, those soldiers will be just as dead during the off-season, but there’s only so many days suitable for a few rounds of golf. The man has his priorities.

“President Trump’s claim is unequivocally wrong,” a former Obama official said in a statement to ABC News. “President Obama engaged families of the fallen and wounded warriors throughout his presidency through calls, letters, visits to Section 60 at Arlington, visits to Walter Reed, visits to Dover, and regular meetings with Gold Star Families at the White House and across the country.”

“President Bush wrote all the families of the fallen, and called and/or met privately with hundreds if not thousands,” a spokesperson to former President George W. Bush told ABC News.

An aide to President Bill Clinton also called the claim false. “He did call the families of fallen soldiers while in office,” the official told ABC News.

Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff and a longtime scheduler for Obama, told ABC News, “It is unconscionable that a president would dare to ever portray another as unpatriotic, which is essentially what he was doing.” …

He may be squatting in the Oval Office, but Donald Trump will never be “a president”.

(Also, too, if glum-faced Mitch McConnell had the political sense of my little dog, he’ve tried to distract his “leader” before he dug that trench any deeper — by faking a heart attack, if necessary. Nobody outside the 27% believes your ‘No True Republican’ bullshit, McConnell.)

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(Trump would probably explain that he prefers soldiers who don’t get wounded and suck up money that could better be spent on tax cuts shiny new weapons.)

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New Jersey Teacher Caught On Video Telling Students To 'Speak American'

Crooks and Liars - 2 hours 55 min ago
New Jersey Teacher Caught On Video Telling Students To 'Speak American'

Video taken this past Friday at Cliffside Park High School in New Jersey shows a female teacher telling her class to "speak American" and stop speaking Spanish. In the video, the teacher says:

"Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American."

Wait, who is fighting for people to speak a certain language? What is "speaking American" exactly? If a person is American and they are speaking a language, is that not "speaking American"? Is American a language?

I have so many questions.

Oh, but my biggest one is this: When will this teacher be fired?

NJ.com reports that students pulled the fire alarm on Monday at 11:30am and hundreds of students came out of school with teachers. The high school student council president said that the board of education was planning a "closed session meeting" to discuss the incident.

This is Trump's America. So most likely she will be promoted to Vice Principal or something.

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Open Thread: Everything’s Bolder in This (Mal)Administration…

Balloon Juice - 5 hours 2 min ago

In a terse letter to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) — leaders of the House oversight committee — President Donald Trump’s congressional liaison Marc Short declined to indicate whether any administration officials had used personal email accounts or messaging services, despite reports suggesting such communications were common in the West Wing.

“The White House and covered employees endeavor to comply with all relevant laws,” Short wrote in a two-page reply delivered late last week and obtained Monday by POLITICO.

Short’s statement comes despite recent revelations that several senior aides to President Donald Trump routinely used private email addresses and personal devices for government business. Among the current and former aides who POLITICO found at least occasionally relied on private email addresses were Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Gary Cohn and Reince Priebus.

In a similarly brief letter, Short also declined to provide records in response to a separate inquiry by Gowdy and Cummings into the use of costly private air travel by top administration officials.

The White House’s limited responses set up a potential confrontation with Gowdy, a hard-nosed prosecutor with subpoena power and a track record that includes sharp criticism of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state. Cummings said last week that he hoped the committee would subpoena any information that the White House declined to provide, as have other Democrats…

Anybody want to bet that Witchfinder Gowdy will take more than a token interest in Lawyer Short’s curt dismissal of his mighty prosecutorial powers?

At least now we know why so many high-ranking Repubs have suddenly started wringing their pale plump hands over the reckless, out-of-control Trump cartel’s totally unprecedented “takeover” of the GOP — suddenly it’s in the Party’s interests to pretend they had nothing to do with this gang of thieves and con artists. Shocked! they are shocked! that there might be gambling going on in their personal branded casino!…

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Reefer Madness- Not Only Insane, But Literally Killing People

Balloon Juice - 5 hours 56 min ago

This should surprise NO ONE:

Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health.

“After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D. Livingston, Tracey E. Barnett, Chris Delcher and Alexander C. Wagenaar.

The authors stress that their results are preliminary, given that their study encompasses only two years of data after the state’s first recreational marijuana shops opened in 2014.

While numerous studies have shown an association between medical marijuana legalization and opioid overdose deaths, this report is one of the first to look at the impact of recreational marijuana laws on opioid deaths.

Marijuana is often highly effective at treating the same types of chronic pain that patients are often prescribed opiates for. Given the choice between marijuana and opiates, many patients appear to be opting for the former.

From a public health standpoint, this is a positive development, considering that relative to opiates, marijuana carries essentially zero risk of fatal overdose.

The reason it is important to separate “medical” marijuana and recreational marijuana usage is that “medical” marijuana is a lot of the time shit, and second, those being perscribed medical marijuana are probably a small subset of the population and in such bad shape they are probably also on other pain pill regimens.

Regardless, this is a good thing, and why the lying murderous fucks in big Pharma and the people they have paid off oppose legal marijuana.

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Trump Blames 'Generals' For Telling Him Obama Didn't Call Family Members

Crooks and Liars - 6 hours 58 min ago

When held accountable by the press for claiming Obama didn't call family members of our fallen soldiers, Trump blamed his military generals for telling him so.

Earlier in the Mitch and Trump presser this afternoon, Trump was asked why we haven't heard anything from his administration on the deaths of four U.S. Green Berets, Trump lied and said President Obama and other presidents didn't call family members of our fallen troops.

This is obviously false.

NBC's Peter Alexander, knowing the truth asked this about ten minutes later.

"Earlier you said President Obama never called families of fallen soldiers. How can you make that claim," the NBC reporter said.

Trump stammered and said, "I was, I was told he didn't often and a lot of presidents don't, they write letters. - Excuse me Peter. I do a combination of both. Sometimes it's a very difficult thing to do, but I do a combination of both."

How f**king difficult is it to take a few minutes out of your golf game or your Fox news viewing and pay your respects to families that have suffered the ultimate loss? What a cretin.

And can the man speak English?

"President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes and maybe sometimes he didn't. I don't know, that's what I was told. All I can do is ask my generals," he replied.

So what "generals" told him President Obama never contacted any family members of our fallen soldiers? I'll bet it is none. And I'll give you odds.

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Proof of Life: Pics from the Seattle Meet-Up

Balloon Juice - 7 hours 2 min ago

From first-class party promoter Casey L:

The Seattle BJ Meetup was terrific, except that the Guest of Honor, Yutsano, apparently went to the wrong Elliott Bay Brewery. There is more than one, and we were at the one in Burien; possibly our Absent Host went to the one in Lake City :(

We did have a good turnout- 12 people! – and I’ve attached some photos. Maybe you’ll get more from other attendees.

In the first photo, from right to left:

Beautifulplummage, Bonnie, Filbert, Lurker1, Lurker2, HG Wolf (Heidi), Connie (Bonnie’s twin sister), and part of MikeJ’s face

Left to Right: HG Wolf, Connie, MikeJ, and Bumper

That’s me, CaseyL, on the left.

A couple latecomers, Susan and Roger (The Lodger).

We had a great time, but are really sad Yutsano wasn’t there. Hopefully next time!

Good-looking crew — thanks, Casey!

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Progressives Should Be Fighting Back on Obamacare

Kevin Drum - 8 hours 2 min ago

Donald Trump a few minutes ago:

Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone. You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.

Needless to say, this is just the latest part of Trump’s campaign to prevent people from signing up for Obamacare. Cut the signup period in half. Eliminate outreach. Eliminate advertising. Shut down the website periodically on weekends. Cut CSR subsidies in a way that makes people think benefits have been cut. Tell everyone Obamacare is dead.

When Republicans started passing photo ID laws, progressives fought back with campaigns to get people registered to vote. Because of this, ID laws probably had only a very small effect on the election. Are progressives doing the same thing for Obamacare? It sure seems like there ought to be a huge campaign to publicize the Obamacare signup period and help people get through it. This might help fight some of Trump’s doomsaying and keep signups high. This in turn will keep Obamacare healthy despite Trump’s best efforts.

Is this happening anywhere?

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Bannon rallies the GOP base against McConnell's establishment: 'This is our war'

Daily Kos - 8 hours 9 min ago

Heading into his big Monday meeting with Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got a nice shout out from his nemesis Steve Bannon. The Associated Press writes:

Steve Bannon, back at Breitbart News after helping Trump win the presidency and serving in the West Wing, is committed to dumping McConnell, R-Ky. In a speech to religious conservatives Saturday, Bannon put on notice some of those incumbents who are at risk of a challenge from his flank of the party. He said the lawmakers possibly can avoid that wrath if they disavow McConnell and meet other conditions.

“This is our war,” Bannon said. “The establishment started it. ...You all are gonna finish it.”

The White House wasn't offering much pre-meeting love either.

The senators’ weeklong recess also drew criticism from the White House: “They’re on another vacation right now. I think that we would all be a lot better off if the Senate would stop taking vacations, and start staying here until we actually get some real things accomplished,” Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said.

Trump piled on the misery of Senate Republicans at a Monday morning cabinet meeting, saying pointedly, "They're not getting the job done." But by Monday afternoon, he gave a whiplash performance alongside McConnell in the Rose Garden, assuring reporters that he was totally lockstep with Senate Republicans.

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Trump Tries To Lie About Obama Not Calling Familes Of Our Fallen Soldiers

Crooks and Liars - 8 hours 33 min ago

When asked why he hasn't mentioned the four Green Berets that were killed in Niger over ten days ago, Trump told the press he wrote some letters and then claimed Obama and other U.S. Presidents "didn't make calls."

Ten days ago, the NY Times and other news outlets reported that four of our Green Berets were killed in Niger.

Since then we've heard nothing about this tragic incident from the Trump administration.

On October 11th, MSNBC's Mike Barnicle wanted to know why Trump was obsessed with ESPN hosts and the NFL while ignoring these fallen heroes. he did not receive a true answer.

During today's presser with Mitch McConnell a reporter asked, "Why haven't we heard anything from you about the soldiers that were killed in Niger?"

Trump said, "I've written personal letters. They've been sent or they're going out tonight, but they were written during the weekend."

He continued, "I will, at some point during the period of time call the parents, the families."

It's been almost two weeks, Donald. There is no stated period of time for a U.S. president to wait to pass on condolences to families that lost their loved ones serving our country.

Then he started to think about it more and as usual, he had to lie to make himself appear better.

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Trump campaign spent $1 million on lawyers in just three months

Daily Kos - 8 hours 46 min ago

Donald Trump promised he’d create jobs as president. He didn’t mention they’d mostly be jobs for lawyers representing himself and his son in the investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia:

The $1.1 million the campaign spent on lawyers during the third quarter of the year is nearly double what the president's fundraising committee spent on legal fees during the previous three-month period, campaign reports filed Sunday show. They include more than $237,900 to Alan Futerfas, the New York lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, in the Russia probes.

Another $30,000 went to Williams & Jensen, which also has helped the younger Trump in the investigation.

Yes, it’s legal, because Junior was representing the campaign, so it’s a campaign expense.

While the Trump campaign is spending a ton of money on lawyers, it’s raising a whole lot more money, so if he’s still in office at that point he’ll be going to go into 2020 with a major financial advantage over his opponents.

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College presidents call for DREAM Act vote: 'These young people belong here'

Daily Kos - 8 hours 47 min ago

The presidents of George Mason University, Georgetown University, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College have penned a joint op-ed calling on Congress to pass legislation to protect undocumented immigrant youth and students, writing that “we believe, as presidents of colleges and universities, it is imperative that we protect these young people through the passage of the DREAM Act...we cannot ignore the joy they bring to our communities and the degree to which we are strengthened by their presence”:

They have grown up here in America. They’ve gone to grade school, middle school and high school with our children. They are student body presidents, medical students and doctoral candidates. Some serve in high school ROTC and volunteer in their churches. Others help single parents raising younger siblings and tutor their peers as they prepare for college. They are members of our communities.  They have done all the things we expect of our young people, and for their efforts so many have been able to earn places on our college campuses. They want — and deserve — the chance to continue learning and living in America without the constant fear of deportation.

The Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. area is home to approximately 23,000 DACA recipients, and “almost half of all DACA recipients are in school or pursuing a college degree,” according to the op-ed. Nationally, one survey estimates that 45 percent of DACA recipients are in school, with 72 percent of those pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher. “A robust 94 percent said that, because of DACA, ‘I pursued educational opportunities that I previously could not.’”

Undocumented immigrant youth aren’t just tomorrow’s leaders, they’ve already been leading for years, and our nation should embrace them on paper, not kick them out of the only home they’ve ever known.

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Trump and McConnell assure everyone things are copacetic: 'We are together totally'

Daily Kos - 8 hours 52 min ago

There's no way to overstate what a show of desperation took place in the Rose Garden Monday afternoon during a joint press conference between Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

For his part, Trump touted how many tremendous successes he's had—including an "A+" rating from a former Clinton administration official on the administration's response to hurricane relief. But after bragging about his work on judicial nominations—which he boasted "will set records" then moments later said Democrats were "holding up beyond comprehension" (yes, one second, Trump was having tremendous success and, the next second, Democrats were blocking him at every turn)—Trump managed to finally say what they were really there for.

"Just so you understand, the Republican party is very very unified," he said, pointing the finger at Democrats for the GOP majority’s every failure. "When we get things approved, we have to go through hell because we have no Democrat support."

Oh, so perhaps Trump hasn't had quite as much success as he claimed, just a whole lot of “hell.” Anyway, after Trump was predictably all over the place—Puerto Rico, taxes, health care, Democrats—McConnell stepped to the mic to whittle Trump’s blunt instrument into a fine point.

"I think what the president and I would both like to say to you today, contrary to what some of you may have reported, we are together totally on this agenda to move America forward."

Okay, so Trump and McConnell are in it together today. It's only a matter of time, folks.

McConnell also conveniently made sure to tag Trump's appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch as "the single most significant thing this president has done to change America." In other words, forget all our failures, Trump's most important accomplishment is also the ONE thing we in the Senate have managed to do. He’s not wrong, in many ways. But touting your only major accomplishment as the most important accomplishment is like declaring that mud is mud.

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'Deranged animal' Trump lies about calling families of troops killed in action

Daily Kos - 8 hours 59 min ago

Donald Trump showed just how much he honors America’s troops on Monday when asked about the four U.S. soldiers killed in an ISIS ambush in Niger a week ago. Trump said he had written letters to the soldiers’ families which would go out … soon. And he’d get around to calling the families “at some point during the period of time.”

But according to Trump, Trump is way ahead of the presidential curve, because “the traditional way, if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I’m able to do it.” That’s right, folks, Donald Trump is The Most Empathetic President Ever who has broken with tradition by calling the families of troops killed in action. Or, as a former White House deputy chief of staff put it:

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When reporters followed up on Trump’s claim that Obama never made those difficult phone calls, Trump responded “President Obama, I think, probably did sometimes, and maybe sometimes he didn't, I don't know, that's what I was told.” Okay, sure, you deranged animal.

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Midday open thread: Impeachment, Russian trolls and Florida Man

Daily Kos - 9 hours 2 min ago
  • Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is The man from the past:
Cartoon by Tom Tomorrow - The man from the past

  • What you missed on Sunday Kos …
  • If you have any dirt and are in need of $10 million, PLEASE respond:

Hustler founder Larry Flynt is running a full-page ad in Sunday’s Washington Post offering a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of President Trump, Fox Business reports.

For some Russian trolls, “House of Cards” was real life.

A man identified only as “Maxsim,” who said he worked for a troll factory formerly known as the Internet Research Agency in 2015, told TV station Rain that employees were taught about the American political system by Frank and Claire Underwood.

The agency was also linked to a Russian social media campaign that pretended to be associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

A man who was arrested after police mistook the glaze on his Krispy Kreme doughnut for crystal meth has received a $37,500 settlement.

Daniel Rushing, 64, sued the city of Orlando after he was arrested in December 2015 on drug charges. Law enforcement had spotted four small flakes of glaze on his floorboard and thought they were pieces of crystal methamphetamine.

  • Remember, this is the guy charged with bringing peace to the Middle East:
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The federal government’s long campaign to try to choke off rampant conspiracy theories about the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy is threatening to end this month in massive confusion, if not chaos.

Within the next two weeks, the National Archives is legally obligated to release the last of thousands of secret documents from government files about the assassination, most of them from the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department. [...]

The CIA has not confirmed or denied reports that it has appealed to Trump to block the release of some of the files on grounds that the documents might still somehow endanger national security if made public. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin feeds our weekend Trumpster fire headline habit. Fox News = Weinstein Co. (and the Trump Org.). Sex trafficking operations that used TV/film production to pay the costs of the boss’s molestation habits. How & why Facebook ruined America.

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'Spooktacular Halloween' Party At Fort Bragg Draws Criticism

Crooks and Liars - 9 hours 3 min ago

Apparently this was the image chosen to advertise a children's Halloween party at Fort Bragg, I can't imagine why little white kids in blackface as 'darkie' minstrels manipulated on strings by a white woman would cause offense, can you?

Source: WTVD

The image shows a puppeteer appearing to manipulate two children posing as puppets wearing black face makeup. The picture was used to promote a "Spooktacular Halloween party" set to happen later this month. The caption on the Facebook post urged those attending to get their costumes ready.

"It's sending the wrong message to kids," said another local, James Pearson. "White people control black people, you know? That's the way I perceive it."

Fort Bragg's MWR Facebook page has since taken the photo down. It issued an apology saying the photo should not have been posted and does not represent the views of its organization.

Despite that apology, the Bingham family finds the post offensive and continues questioning why it happened.

"How can you expect us to want to support this installation and organization when you have no respect for our people?" asked Tammi Bingham.

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Seven out of 10 Americans are telling Trump he's delusional on Obamacare sabotage

Daily Kos - 9 hours 13 min ago

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Popular vote loser Donald Trump still seems to be operating under the assumption that no one is going to blame him when he destroys Obamacare. On this, as on most things, Trump is delusional.

Seven in ten Americans (71 percent) think President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the current health care law work while one in five (21 percent) say they should do what they can to make the law fail so they can replace it later. The vast majority of Democrats (93 percent) say the Trump administration should do what they can to make the law work, as do about three-fourths (74 percent) of independents. Republicans are more divided in their opinions of what the Trump administration should do next. About half of Republicans (48 percent) say President Trump and his administration should do what they can to make the law work while 43 percent of Republicans say the administration should do what they can to make the law fail.

Now, the Kaiser Family Foundation didn't ask people whether they thought Democrats in Congress should do what they can to make the current health care law work, because Democrats in Congress can't do that. They can do everything in their power to try and force Trump to do the job a president is supposed to do—faithfully uphold the law—but that's about it. This is all on Trump and his fellow Republicans.

By the way, Obamacare gets majority support in this survey, again, with 51 percent of respondents in favor of the law.

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