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

53 min 25 sec 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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New Jersey Teacher Caught On Video Telling Students To 'Speak American'

2 hours 44 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? 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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Trump Blames 'Generals' For Telling Him Obama Didn't Call Family Members

6 hours 47 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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Trump Tries To Lie About Obama Not Calling Familes Of Our Fallen Soldiers

8 hours 22 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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'Spooktacular Halloween' Party At Fort Bragg Draws Criticism

8 hours 52 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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Trump Dumps On Mitch During Live Presser

9 hours 24 min ago

Let's get one thing out of the way immediately: today in Washington is about one thing and one thing only, directed at an audience of two:

Today is about getting Charles and David Koch to re-open their change purse for the Republican Party.

That's why the so-called president declared Obamacare "over."

That's why Mitch McConnell reminded everyone in the Rose Garden about the judicial appointments, including Neil Gorsuch (theft).

But keeping Donald Trump on script is a hard thing to do, isn't it Mitch? Mitch?

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Trump Takes No Blame For Legislative Failures: 'I'm Not Going To Blame Myself'

9 hours 50 min ago

During a quick presser before a cabinet meeting, when Trump was asked about his legislative failures, he took zero responsibility: "I’m not going to blame myself, I’ll be honest. They [Congress] are not getting the job done.”

Trump will always narcissistically avoid blame for any of his administration's shortcomings.

Karoli has a great post up detailing how Trump lied about cutting off ACA's subsidy monies and what it means. Are you surprised?

Trump was then asked about Steve Bannon's war on GOP and Leader Mitch McConnell.

He started off by saying what great relationships he has with the Senate and then backed up Bannon's point.

Trump said, "But but we're not getting the job done and I'm not going to blame myself. I'll be honest. They are not getting the job done."

He continued, "We've had health care approved and then you had a surprise vote by John McCain. We've had other things happen and they're not getting the job done and I can understand where Steve Bannon is coming from and I can understand, to be honest with you, John, I can understand where a lot of people are copping from because I'm not happy about it and a lot of people aren't happy about it."

Then he went on to say how "We need tax cuts."

In Trump's mind he's already the greatest president of all time and has done more in Congress than anyone.

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Trump Declares 'There Is No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore'

10 hours 20 min ago

During today's (uncritically streamed by greedy cable networks) photo op with sycophants and bloodsuckers his cabinet, Donald Trump declared Obamacare dead.

"Obamacare is finished, it's dead, it's gone," Trump declared. "You shouldn't even mention it. It's gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore."

He's absolutely right. When he signed the executive order raising premiums for everyone in order to take cost-sharing reduction assistance away from poor people, he ended any resemblance of the vision President Obama had for getting affordable healthcare to people.

This is TrumpCare, or perhaps more accurately, TrumpKills. So for one sentence buried in a giant pack of lies, Trump got something right.

But he got far more wrong, and intentionally so. He is lying when he says things like this:

"I knocked out the CSRs. That was a subsidy to the insurance companies. That was a gift that was frankly, what they gave the insurance companies just take a look at their stocks. Take a look where their stock was when Obamacare was originally approved and what it is today.

You'll see numbers that anybody if you invested in those stocks, you'd be extremely happy. And they have given them a total gift. They have given them you could almost call it a payoff. It's a disgrace. And that money goes to the insurance companies.

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Mike Pence Is A Calculating Gay-Bashing Koch-Toady, But You Knew That

10 hours 29 min ago
Mike Pence Is A Calculating Gay-Bashing Koch-Toady, But You Knew That

The New Yorker has taken the most un-NYer person alive, Mike Pence (A man so wooden that termites salivate when he enters a room), and profiles him. We presume they do this as some sort of lesson of what we may get when (?!) Trump is removed from office.

We present some clips:

  • Pence, who has dutifully stood by the President, mustering a devotional gaze rarely seen since the days of Nancy Reagan
  • Joel K. Goldstein, a historian and an expert on Vice-Presidents who teaches law at St. Louis University, refers to him as the “Sycophant-in-Chief.”
  • Pence exudes a low-key humility, but, McCawley told me, “he’s very ambitious, even calculating, about the steps he’ll take toward that goal.”
  • There was so little to do in the way of entertainment, (his brother) Gregory Pence recalled, that “we sometimes got in the car with our parents on Friday nights and followed after the fire truck.”
  • Mike Pence’s childhood nickname: Bubbles, because “he was chubby and funny.”

Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie alerts us to a couple of passages in the article (which I have not finished reading) that might be considered warnings that Bubbles is exactly what we think he is:

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Hilarious 'Tribute To Pumpkin Spice Latte' From Last Week Tonight

10 hours 52 min ago

The biggest laugh this weekend was this bit from Last Week Tonight, highlighting the TV news media's insistence on promoting the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte as some sort of seasonal requirement.

Don't miss the clap back to Tucker Carlson concern trolling the unhealthy aspect of the beverage.

And also the Ewww factor with Neil Cavuto. Because Ewwww.

The War on Christmas is coming, so get your PSL's while you can.

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Fox And Friends: Trump's Sexual Assault Is 'Child's Play' Compared To Weinstein

11 hours 35 min ago

Surprisingly, "Fox and Friends" brought up Trump's past sexual assault history and the Access Hollywood tape. They tried to make it about "the left" accusing Trump to "distract" from the Weinstein case but really, who buys that? Weinstein and Trump are literally two peas in a pod: powerful perverts whose money and threats of legal action have protected them from the consequences of their abuse of women.

But of course, Fox and Friends has to defend Trump.

So they bring on conservative talk radio host and Trump supporter Larry Elder, who immediately counter-attacks and makes this startling claim: "Oh, for crying out loud -- whatever Donald Trump has done is child's play compared to this."

In conservative circles, what is the minimum number of women assaulted by a man for him to be held accountable?

Fox and Friends was disturbed that Hillary Clinton brought up Trump's sexual assault. Conservative outlets have been ignoring the similarities between Trump and Weinstein and instead focused on Weinstein's past donations to Democrats.

Larry's first salvo was weird even for him.

Elder replied, "Nice try, first of all President Trump has not admitted to being a sexual assaulter at all so that's hashtag "fake news."

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Everyone Using The Internet Is Screwed, Part Infinity

12 hours 11 min ago

I hate to start the week with an "everything is awful" post, but really. Those of us who thought we'd done the right thing by joining LifeLock in the wake of the Equifax breach got a hard smack from John Oliver last night. At the ten minute mark of the video above, Oliver highlights this exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Equifax CEO Rick Smith:

SENATOR WARREN: According to filings with the SEC, Lifelock purchases credit monitoring services from Equifax. And that means, someone buys credit monitoring through Lifelock, Lifelock turns around, and passes some of that revenue, directly to Equifax. Is that right, Mr. Smith?

RICK SMITH, EQUIFAX: That is correct.

Of course, Rick Smith "retired" from Equifax recently amid the scandal of leaking our financial and personal information in a huge data breach, so he's been sufficiently punished, right? Wait, there's more:

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Isikoff: Russian Trolls Were Ordered To Watch House Of Cards

12 hours 53 min ago

CNN's Chris Cuomo introduced Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff, who broke the story that Russian trolls were forced to watch "House of Cards" to learn about American politics.

Isikoff said an independent Russian TV station tracked the source down, a man identified as Maksim.

"What's interesting about him is, he was part of the English language department of the Internet Research Agency," he said.

"Now, that's the same St. Petersburg troll farm that has been suspected or believed to have placed those Facebook ads, the 3,000 ads, $100,000, that Facebook just recently disclosed that it discovered was on its platform. And the English language department was the sort of elite section of the Internet Research Agency.

"They were more polished, more studied. They spent -- what really leaps out is how meticulous their operations were. Maksim talks about how they -- you know, every comma was reviewed by his bosses to make sure it was in the right place, so it sounded like an American posting by Americans. primarily what he was doing was placing comments on the websites of major news organizations. The Washington Post, and others."

Then Isikoff showed that he really doesn't understand online media. He said he didn't know how many people actually read the comments, and he's skeptical about the potential impact.

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Rex Tillerson Massages Trump's Ego, But Still Wants To Stay In Iran Nuclear Deal

13 hours 53 min ago

Rex Tillerson told CNN's Jake Tapper that the U.S. should stay in the Iran nuclear deal, but then stroked his boss' ego by saying Trump did as well.

On Friday, Trump decertified the Iran deal as a precursor to leaving it all together.

Trump said, "Importantly, Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal, so today, in recognition of the increasing menace posed by Iran, and after extensive consultations with our allies, I am announcing a new strategy to address the full range of Iran's destructive actions..."

“In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated,” Trump said.

On this morning's CNN State of the Union, host Tapper brought in the embattled Secretary of State to discuss this move.

Tapper played clips of Trump's national security team all confirming that the U.S. should stay in the Iran deal.

Tapper asked, "And [Gen. Mattis] said staying in it was his course. It sounds like you agree with that as well, that you would not want Congress to immediately impose sanctions that would end this deal."

Tillerson replied, "I do agree with that."

And then he started his massive Trump-stroking operation.

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Bombshell Expose: Big Pharma Wrote Bill That Crippled DEA Fight Against Opioid Epidemic

14 hours 53 min ago

A joint investigation with CBS 60 Minutes and the Washington Post uncovered how Big Pharma rewrote the enforcement rules the DEA used to fight the opioid epidemic. Morning Joe talked to Washington Post reporter Scott Higham, who co-wrote the story with Lenny Bernstein.

Higham talked about Joseph T. Rannazzis, a DEA whistleblower.

"My partner on this story, Lenny Bernstein, was trying to get answers to questions about why so many people were dying from opioid overdoses and where were all these drugs coming from. A lot of phone calls, kind of gumshoe reporting, checking out court records, calling as many people as he could," he said.

"He came across this guy who had been forced out of his job at the dea, Joe Rannazzis. He ran the division that oversees the pharmaceutical industry at the DEA. He felt that he could not do his job at the height of this epidemic and he was forced out of his job in the face of intense pressure from the pharmaceutical industry on Capitol hill That was reaching into the DEA, that was reaching into the Department of Justice.

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Mike's Blog Round Up

15 hours 53 min ago
Mike's Blog Round Up

What Would Jack Do: In response to the Las Vegas massacre, Republicans promise swift and decisive action against.....abortion.

Green Eagle: Here's a nasty little episode from Roy Moore's past.

The Mahablog: Harvey Weinstein types exist all across the political spectrum. No one should turn a blind eye to an abuser just because they like his politics.

Miscellanea Agnostica: Trump is showing strong leadership in fighting one war -- however, it's a war that doesn't exist.

Bonus link: This Britisher finds the US a bit confusing.

Blog round-up by Infidel753. Tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.

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2018's Most Important Primaries

15 hours 53 min ago
 2018's Most Important Primaries

If you've been with Blue America for enough years, you'll remember the excruciating battles we backed for Donna Edwards, Beto O'Rourke and Matt Cartwright when they took on corrupt old conservative Democrats in, respectively, Maryland, Texas and Pennsylvania. All three, running as reformers and progressives, prevailed. But there is nothing in politics more difficult, no task more painful-- and few as important-- as taking on an entrenched incumbent of one's own party.

Each of those districts was solidly blue and the only possible accountability for bad behavior could come in the form of a primary. No Republican was ever going to beat Al Wynn in Prince George's County (D+28), Sylvestre Reyes in El Paso (D+17) or even Tim Holden in northeast Pennsylvania (D+4).

All three had become untreated cancers on the Democratic Party but the institutional party circled the wagons around each to ward off the reformers. It was very painful for each of them, especially Matt and Donna who were screamed at and lambasted by the Democratic Party leadership. Pelosi and Hoyer raised money for the incumbents and spread malicious and malevolent lies about the challengers. 

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Open Thread - Monty Python And The Necessity Of Idiots

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:30
Open Thread - Monty Python And The Necessity Of Idiots

Open Thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With David Nance

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 23:00

After a ton of self-released and micro-label cassettes, singles and CD-R's, Omaha's David Nance's first "real" album, More Than Enough, dropped on people's ears last year. It's was quite a great listen too. Classic rock in the sense that he uses the standard instruments and approach to write a really good song but also a bit twisted and steeped in the stranger fringes of "rock music." Something like Tom Petty befriends Pere Ubu or the Swell Maps take the place of the E Street band to back up Bruce Springsteen are a couple of the impressions me and a few friends had when first hearing him.

His latest record, Negative Boogie, sticks with the same sort of thing. The main difference is that instead of a recording it all on some rickety 4-track Tascam cassette tape machine like what he's done in the past, him and his band went into a big time recording studio to lay it all down. It makes the sound even bolder than before.

What are you listening to tonight?

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Jennifer Rubin Whacks Republicans For Failing To Act As A Check On Trump

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 22:00
Jennifer Rubin Whacks Republicans For Failing To Act As A Check On Trump

I hate to break it to The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, but she'd better not hold her breath waiting for members of her party in Congress to grow a spine and do the right thing when it comes to Trump. They're more worried about their own reelection campaigns than they are protecting the country from this loose cannon in the White House.

During a discussion about Trump's recent attacks on the media and our free press this week -- one of which was during a meeting in the Oval Office with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, where Trump said “It is frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write, and people should look into it.” -- CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter asked Rubin to weigh in on his remarks, and the conservative writer didn't hold back.

STELTER: Jennifer, you wrote about this for the Washington Post. What was your reaction to that sound bite?

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