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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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"Congress Is Going to Force Transparency on This President"

“Congress Is Going to Force Transparency on This President”: House Democrats Prepare to Turn Trump’s Life Upside Down

Inside the White House, advisers are justifiably terrified of the prospect of two (or more) years under the microscope of the House Oversight Committee. And Democrats are just getting started.

by bigail Tracy

November 8, 2018 8:00 am


With the midterm election over and the House set to fall back under Democratic control, Capitol Hill is already reorganizing itself in anticipation of a hellacious new reality. “Tomorrow will be a new day in America,” Nancy Pelosi declared on Tuesday night, shortly after Fox News, CNN, and other political scorekeepers made the call. “Today is about more than Democrats and Republicans,” she continued. “It is about restoring the Constitution’s checks and balances to the Trump administration.” The threat was not lost on Trump. “If the Democrats think they are going to waste taxpayer money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of classified information, and much else, at the Senate level,” the president shot back on Twitter. “Two can play that game!”

Trump may sound defiant—may even welcome the chance to make Pelosi his foil for 2020—but inside the White House, advisers are justifiably depressed by the prospect of two (or more) years under the microscope of the House Oversight Committee. The Trump administration, after all, has produced scandals at an alarming rate, from a campaign that remains under investigation by the Justice Department to corruption investigations into a half-dozen Cabinet officials, to the firing of Jeff Sessions. Most controversies have been swept under the rug by Republican lawmakers who dutifully looked the other way. Now, Democrats are ready to make Trump’s life hell. “Congress is going to force transparency on this president,” one Democratic congressional aide told me. “Once there is transparency, I am sure there are going to be a lot of questions that flow from that.”
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Wielding the power to subpoena documents, administration officials, and Trump associates, House Democrats can pursue any and all lines of inquiry their Republican colleagues ignored. And there will be little Trump can do to stop them. “It seems that the prospect of oversight and investigations has already gotten very much into the president’s head, since it was very much a focus of his election commentary,” Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel to Barack Obama, told me. “The White House can be affected by these matters in a range of ways, including the way it staffs up, allocates resources, and sets legislative strategy, but the impact is magnified if the executive is obsessed with his perception of the threat, as he may already be.”
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Impeachment—a liberal wet dream and Democratic Party nightmare—is on the back-burner for now, at least until Robert Mueller returns with his Russia report. Pelosi, who has been in Congress long enough to remember how the Clinton impeachment trials backfired for Republicans, said Tuesday that such a drastic move would “have to be bipartisan,” and that “the evidence would have to be so conclusive.” Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who is set to take over as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and would take the lead on initiating impeachment proceedings, released a statement promising “accountability” and “oversight,” but not much else. (On Wednesday afternoon, after Sessions was fired, he vowed to use his power to protect Mueller’s office from political interference.)

But there is much that is likely to happen in the meantime. California Congressman Devin Nunes, the bumbling, sycophantic chair of the House Intelligence Committee, will pass the gavel to ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California, who has promised to deploy the full resources of the committee to get to the bottom of the Russia affair. He has also been forthright in his contempt for Nunes, who he accused on Tuesday of having run interference for the administration. “The majority went further by being complicit in the president’s attacks on the independence of the Justice Department, on the men and women of the F.B.I., on our intelligence community,” he said, after handily winning re-election in his district. “So we also need to restore the relationship between our committee and the intelligence community and law enforcement.”

Schiff has signaled the committee will wait for the special counsel’s office to deliver its findings in the Trump-Russia investigation, which is believed to be nearing its final stages. But there is no guarantee that even lawmakers will have access to Mueller’s eventual report on the investigation, given that he has no D.O.J. mandate to report to Congress—unlike Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Even if Mueller’s report is made accessible, a number of questions could still go unresolved.


Longer article at the link, really worth the read.

I heard from a source - Ray Donovan on SNL- over 100M Americans got off our ...

butts and voted. Now we start building for 2020. Its not just about getting cheetolini out of the White House. We need more local government and more state legislatures and elected state offices.

Now, 2020.

We can do it.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Nov 7, 2018, 06:36 AM (4 replies)

A Song to Sweep the Polls by ...

Posted by marble falls | Tue Nov 6, 2018, 10:30 AM (2 replies)

Talk Talk - music machine.

Posted by marble falls | Mon Nov 5, 2018, 04:35 PM (0 replies)

Any weavers out thar???

Posted by marble falls | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 05:56 PM (8 replies)

Just in case Megan Kelly still doesn't get it ...


Photo of Minnesota students wearing KKK hoods and blackface prompts investigation
[Yahoo Lifestyle]
Hope SchreiberWriter
,Yahoo Lifestyle•November 2, 2018
Rochester Public Schools in Minnesota is investigating a photo shared on Snapchat of two students wearing KKK hoods and giving a Nazi salute while one wears blackface. (Photo: Sean Baker via Twitter)

The public school district of Rochester, Minn., is investigating a photo which may have originated on Snapchat that appears to depict two students in KKK hoods and a third student in blackface. The students seem to be performing the Nazi salute.

According to MPR News, parents of children in the school district shared the image on Facebook.

Rochester Public Schools says it is “aware of and investigating” a racially-charged image circulating on social media allegedly involving students from John Marshall High School. #rochmn https://t.co/bbbXA7k5nV pic.twitter.com/EvDc5Cg0z1

— Sean Baker (@SeanBakerMN) November 1, 2018

The report goes on to say that one of the alleged students has since been fired from their job at a grocery store and that a person or persons in the photo will no longer be proceeding with the process to join the U.S. Army as their behavior is “inconsistent with Army values.”

“The Army does not tolerate inappropriate behavior by anyone within our ranks, to include recruits who have signed a contract to join in the future,” said Marlene Bland with the 3rd Recruiting Brigade. “It is important for everyone on our team to live and demonstrate the Army values every day.”

Rochester Public Schools released the following statement: “It is important for our community to know that RPS strives to create a welcoming environment for students of all backgrounds and is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from discrimination. The social media post is not a reflection of what our district students and staff believes and feels. We will use this as an opportunity to talk, educate, and grow as a community as we work to become even stronger and more inclusive to all students.”

Posted by marble falls | Fri Nov 2, 2018, 07:53 AM (7 replies)

Mike Pence Tells Rally, 'I'm Kind Of A Big Deal'; Twitter Users Are Skeptical

Mike Pence Tells Rally, ‘I’m Kind Of A Big Deal’; Twitter Users Are Skeptical

One snarky tweet read, “But unlike Will and Oprah, @VP hasn’t brought joy to any person’s life at all.”


By David Moye

Being a heartbeat away from the presidency may have gone to Mike Pence’s head ― because he’s comparing himself to Oprah.

During a campaign rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, the vice president pointed out that Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams has attracted Oprah Winfrey and Will Ferrell to the state to campaign on her behalf.

“Like, I heard Oprah was in town today. And I heard Will Ferrell was going door to door the other day. Well, I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell — I’m kind of a big deal, too,” Pence told the crowd.

“I heard Oprah was in town today. And I heard Will Ferrell was going door-to-door the other day. Well I’d like to remind Stacey and Oprah and Will Ferrell — I’m kind of a big deal, too,” Vice President Mike Pence said at a campaign event for gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp pic.twitter.com/74AsupqST8
— POLITICO (@politico) November 1, 2018

Although Pence was obviously joking since he was paraphrasing a line said by Ron Burgundy, Ferrell’s character in the “Anchorman” films, many Twitter users decided it would be funnier to take his comments seriously.

They were right.

Never bring a Mike Pence to an Oprah fight
— Mario (@MarioLipkin) November 1, 2018

There is only one man who can pull that off pic.twitter.com/g0mivjWsXb
— Steve Ruffley (@steveruffley) November 1, 2018

But unlike Will and Oprah, @VP hasn’t brought joy to any person’s life at all.
— Matthew Gellert (@MatthewGellert) November 1, 2018

With all due respect Mr. Vice President, I am not a Democrat and I voted for you. I pray for you and the President everyday. However I watched Oprah this morning and it was a class act. I feel that even mentioning it just makes you look fearful. Makes Republicans look weak.
— ReallyColette/Mama2G (@TheMama2G) November 1, 2018

But that wasn’t even Oprah’s or Will’s point. They weren’t there because they were a big deal. Playing different games here. Narcissism versus Generosity.
— Cristina Ampil (@CristinaAmpil) November 1, 2018

Yeah, when you have to remind them.....says it all.
— ABF (@progressiveABF) November 1, 2018

In 1927, Donald Trump's father was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens

In 1927, Donald Trump’s father was arrested after a Klan riot in Queens

By Philip Bump

February 29, 2016

(The Washington Post)


This piece has been updated.

When he was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday whether he would condemn the praise of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, Donald Trump declined to disavow Duke's comments.

"I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay," Trump said. "I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. I don't know, did he endorse me? Or what's going on. Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists."

In 2000, Trump declined to run for president as a member of the Reform Party because the "Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep." As Trump himself noted on Twitter, he also disavowed Duke in a news conference earlier this week.

But this incident also brings to mind another report, unearthed in September by the technology blog Boing Boing.

On Memorial Day 1927, brawls erupted in New York led by sympathizers of the Italian fascist movement and the Ku Klux Klan. In the fascist brawl, which took place in the Bronx, two Italian men were killed by anti-fascists. In Queens, 1,000 white-robed Klansmen marched through the Jamaica neighborhood, eventually spurring an all-out brawl in which seven men were arrested.

One of those arrested was Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd. in Jamaica.

This is Donald Trump's father. Trump had a brother named Fred, but he wasn't born until more than a decade later. The Fred Trump at Devonshire Road was the Fred C. Trump who lived there with his mother, according to the 1930 Census.

The predication for the Klan to march, according to a flier passed around Jamaica beforehand, was that "Native-born Protestant Americans" were being "assaulted by Roman Catholic police of New York City." "Liberty and Democracy have been trampled upon," it continued, "when native-born Protestant Americans dare to organize to protect one flag, the American flag; one school, the public school; and one language, the English language."

It's not clear from the context what role Fred Trump played in the brawl. The news article simply notes that seven men were arrested in the "near-riot of the parade," all of whom were represented by the same lawyers. Update: A contemporaneous article from the Daily Star notes that Trump was detained "on a charge of refusing to disperse from a parade when ordered to do so."

Posted by marble falls | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 07:32 PM (8 replies)

Cautionary Tale 1939: When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City

When 20,000 American Nazis Descended Upon New York City

By Marshall Curry


In 1939, the German American Bund organized a rally of 20,000 Nazi supporters at Madison Square Garden in New York City. When Academy Award-nominated documentarian Marshall Curry stumbled upon footage of the event in historical archives, he was flabbergasted. Together with Field of Vision, he decided to present the footage as a cautionary tale to Americans. The short film, A Night at the Garden, premieres on The Atlantic today.

“The first thing that struck me was that an event like this could happen in the heart of New York City,” Curry told The Atlantic. “Watching it felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone where history has taken a different path. But it wasn’t science fiction – it was real, historical footage. It all felt eerily familiar, given today’s political situation.”

Rather than edit the footage into a standard historical documentary with narration, Curry decided to “keep it pure, cinematic, and unmediated, as if you are there, watching, and wrestling with what you are seeing. I wanted it to be more provocative than didactic – a small history-grenade tossed into the discussion we are having about White Supremacy right now.”

“The footage is so powerful,” continued Curry, “it seems amazing that it isn’t a stock part of every high school history class. This story was likely nudged out of the canon, in part because it’s scary and embarrassing. It tells a story about our country that we’d prefer to forget.”

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Posted by marble falls | Thu Nov 1, 2018, 04:04 PM (3 replies)
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