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Human101948's Journal
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December 29, 2015

Republicans are sabotaging our government at home and overseas...

Remember when the Republicans were screaming about this during the Bush debacle?

Senate Republicans Are Blocking Obama's Judges at a Nearly Unprecedented Rate

The Senate has confirmed just nine judges nominated by President Obama so far this year. It's the slowest pace of confirmations in more than half a century, on track to match the 11 confirmations in 1960.

"It's still like pulling teeth to move nominations," says a senior Democratic Senate aide. "They're being held by a number of different Republican senators for every reason under the sun. None of which have anything to do with the actual qualifications of the nominees."

With Republicans in charge of both branches of Congress, odds are slim that Obama will sign major domestic legislation during the last two years of his presidency. Even keeping the government's lights on and selecting a new House speaker have required protracted fights in this dysfunctional Congress. But judges are still one area where a hamstrung president can leave a mark, as district and circuit court judges who win confirmation receive a lifetime appointment.


America’s Empty Embassies
...American diplomats have made remarkable progress across a number of fronts, from
climate change to checking Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Such success depends on making common cause with our allies, an effort
led by America’s ambassadors. And yet, thanks to Senate politics, dozens of
ambassadorial nominations have been delayed unnecessarily. At one point in
2014, nearly a quarter of the world’s countries lacked an American
ambassador, and even today, despite some efforts to approve candidates, a
dozen nominations have not received congressional action — including
nominees to represent the United States in strategically vital countries like
Mexico, Norway and Sweden.

Some of these are still early in the nomination process, but several have
received overwhelming bipartisan support in committee, only to see their
candidacy halted on the Senate floor.


December 28, 2015

Outrageous Christie puff piece from NPR...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has wanted to be president of something from an early age. In high school, he was president of his class in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.

At the University of Delaware, he was president of his dorm and ultimately president of the student body. It was there that the political style of the ambitious and sometimes unorthodox Republican presidential candidate first began to take shape.


Total ass kissing puff piece. Not one word about how his corrupt practices were evident even then...

1. The College Dick: Christie's Reign Begins

Political patronage is a Christie habit that stretches back yearsas does his talent for consolidating power. Both of those characteristics were on display in 1983 when he was elected student president at the University of Delaware. Building a political party that included his future wife, Mary Pat Foster, Christie dominated the elections. The following year, Christie's brother, Todd, was placed in charge of the election committee, and Mary Pat ran unopposed for president to succeed Christie, who was preparing to go to law school but continued to pull the levers on a beta version of his political machine. His classmates could spot a budding backroom dealer. And even then, Christie loved to gloat.

Richard Abbott, University of Delaware student, writing on April 27, 1984, in the school newspaper:

"When [one] witnesses the appointment of the president's friends or even his brother to committee chairmanships, one begins to wonder.... Something is lacking in our student government. It is known as representative democracy.... It is unfortunate that this same system will most likely continue next year, propped up by Chris Christie's anointed successors. As Mr. Christie stated, 'We're not having an election this year, we're having a coronation.' "


December 26, 2015

For U.S. Merchants of death it's Christmas all year long!

U.S. Foreign Arms Deals Increased Nearly $10 Billion in 2014


WASHINGTON — Foreign arms sales by the United States jumped by almost
$10 billion in 2014, about 35 percent, even as the global weapons market
remained flat and competition among suppliers increased, a new
congressional study has found.
American weapons receipts rose to $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7
billion the year before, bolstered by multibillion­dollar agreements with Qatar,
Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Those deals and others ensured that the United
States remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last year,
controlling just over 50 percent of the market.
Russia followed the United States as the top weapons supplier, completing
$10.2 billion in sales, compared with $10.3 billion in 2013. Sweden was third,
with roughly $5.5 billion in sales, followed by France with $4.4 billion and
China with $2.2 billion.

December 22, 2015

Tweety plugging El Trumpo coverage on MSNBC...

Geez, give it a fucking break!

December 21, 2015

Apple CEO tells whoppers in interview

“It’s skill,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in response to a question on “60 Minutes” Sunday from Charlie Rose as to why the company’s products are made in China.

Rose clearly wasn’t buying it. “They have more skills than American workers? They have more skills than German workers?” he pressed.

“The U.S., over time, began to stop having as many vocational kind of skills,” Cook explained. “I mean, you can take every tool and die maker in the United States and probably put them in a room that we’re currently sitting in. In China, you would have to have multiple football fields.”


And then he goes on to make excuses for his company's massive tax dodging.

December 21, 2015

Krugman: Dumb and Dumber

But how can this be happening? After all, the antiestablishment
candidates now dominating the field, aside from being deeply ignorant about
policy, have a habit of making false claims, then refusing to acknowledge error.
Why don’t Republican voters seem to care?


December 18, 2015

Hillary's data director too lame to search Bernie's data base....

Seriously, do all of you guys with your knickers in a twist about this really believe that Hillary's staff is too honorable to peek into Bernie's files when the door is left wide open? This is politics, and there is always a lot of skulllduggery going on beneath the surface. Details are not necessarily known by the candidate, but information discovered is often used by the campaign.

Let's not get too involved with infighting over this or Hillary's past peccadilloes.

Save the energy and emotion to prevent a President Trump or Presidente Rafael Eduardo Cruz.

December 17, 2015

Jeb is an idiot; Climate change edition

Describing Mr. Obama’s remarks at a news conference in France, Mr.
Bush said, “He basically says, ‘Look, the discussion is over, anyone who
disagrees with my nuanced, sophisticated views is an idiot.”’
“I just disagree with that,” Mr. Bush added...

....“Obama said today the streets of Miami are flooded and fish are falling on
them,’’ Mr. Bush said. “I live there. I don’t know what he’s talking about.’’


The city of Miami Beach floods on such a predictable basis that if, out of curiosity or sheer perversity, a person wants to she can plan a visit to coincide with an inundation. Knowing the tides would be high around the time of the “super blood moon,” in late September, I arranged to meet up with Hal Wanless, the chairman of the University of Miami’s geological-sciences department. Wanless, who is seventy-three, has spent nearly half a century studying how South Florida came into being. From this, he’s concluded that much of the region may have less than half a century more to go.


Flooding has become an expensive problem for places such as Miami Beach, which flood for several days twice a year as a result of king tides. The coastal city is on track to spend around $500 million to install 80 pumps and raise roads and seawalls across the city. The Herald reported that while the city has flooded for decades during king tides, it has been getting worse.
A Hollywood resident, Robin Rorapaugh, told the Miami Herald’s Public Insight Network in October 2015 that king tides had grown in her neighborhood and that "anyone who doubts climate change should witness the sea come through the storm drains — fish were swimming in the street..."

...We also found video evidence that supported Obama’s point. A Sept. 28 TV news report featured video showing a fish swimming on Cordova Road in Fort Lauderdale.


Politifact rated Obama's statement as half true based on the fact that the fish reports were not about Miami streets proper!

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