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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
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Joe Biden to support Conor Lamb with March 6 visit to area

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/03/01/Biden-to-support-Conor-Lamb-with-March-6-visit-to-area/stories/201803010124

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette March 1, 2018
By Chris Potter

Former Vice President Joe Biden is visiting the region on March 6 in an effort to support Democrat Conor Lamb, one week before a special election in the 18th Congressional District.

Mr. Biden will appear at two events: a rally with union members at a training center for carpenters, followed by a 6 p.m. event at Robert Morris University’s Yorktown Hall.

“Conor Lamb will be a champion for the working people of southwestern Pennsylvania,” Mr. Biden said in a statement. “He’s not afraid to say the word 'union.' I know he will stand up for the people of his district, whether it means protecting Social Security and Medicare, or fighting to create good, quality jobs you can support a family on.”

A visit from Mr. Biden, who has said Mr. Lamb has “a genuine chance of winning” the March 13 against Republican Rick Saccone, has been anticipated for weeks. He was last in Pittsburgh in mid-February as part of a book tour. And while he didn’t address the race specifically, he did urge Democrats to reconnect with voters on economic issues.

More at link

Local Democratic organizers are inviting all interested parties to attend the 6 p.m. Rally. I've received invitations even though I'm not in the 18th District. However I have contributed to Conor Lamb's campaign and I'm sure that's why I received the invitation. It's open to the public. The special election for the 18th Congressional seat is next Tuesday, March 13th.

SCOTUS Justice Alito asks for responses to GOP bid to block new Pa. congressional map

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2018/02/28/Samuel-Alito-GOP-bid-block-new-court-drawn-Pennsylvania-congressional-map/stories/201802280163

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Feb. 28th, 2018 1:01 PM
Authors: Jonathan Lai and Liz Navratil, Harrisburg Bureau

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Wednesday asked participants in a key Pennsylvania gerrymandering case to respond to a request from top Republican lawmakers that the nation’s highest court step in and block the new congressional map.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, and House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling overturning the previous congressional map and imposing a new one.

Justice Alito gave participants in the case until 3 p.m. Monday to file their responses.

He made a similar move a few weeks ago after Mr. Scarnati and Mr. Turzai filed a similar request to step in and stop the Pennsylvania Supreme Court from overturning the state’s congressional map. In that first request, Justice Alito sought responses from the parties in the case before denying the request without comment and without referring it to the whole court to decide.

Experts are calling this a long shot because Judge Alito's previous ruling was on an almost identical argument which was later denied a hearing.

Michael Li, a redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University, has also maintained that the request is unlikely to succeed.

“If you’re a Republican defending a map and you can’t even get Justice Alito to refer the thing to the whole court, that’s a pretty weak challenge,” he said. “And this go round, it’s even weaker.”

So it's just another delaying tactic and the Judge Alito will decide whether to hear the case next Monday March 5th.

I'm designing my new poster for the "March for Our Lives" March

What do you guys think? Is it too much?

The Church Ladies' bulletins (Humor)

Please don't anybody get offended, this is just silly stuff! My friend who's a nice older woman is always forwarding me her emails and sometimes they're good enough that I've posted them here on DU.

So these are snips taken from various Church Bulletins, where lack of copyediting or proofreading skills have created some unintended but (possibly) funny results.

They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins!
Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters.
These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins
or were announced at church services:


The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.


Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.
Proceeds will be used to cripple children.


The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water.
The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'


Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those
things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.


Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.


Miss Charlene Mason sang, 'I will not pass this way again,'
giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.


For those of you who have children and don't know it,
we have a nursery downstairs.


Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.
They need all the help they can get.


Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church.
So ends a friendship that began in their school days.


A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.
Music will follow.


At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?'
Come early and listen to our choir practice.


Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several
new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.


Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased
person you want to be remembered.


The church will host an evening of fine dining, super
entertainment and gracious hostility.


Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.


The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.
They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across
from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.


The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would
lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.


Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.
Please use the back door.


The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church
basement, Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.


Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.
Please use large double door at the side entrance.


And this one just about sums them all up:

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:
'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours...

How much is your "favorite" Republican worth?

I've just spent a few hours on a click-baity website called Celebrity Net Worth, so now you don't have to.

I've looked up the net worth* of lots of prominent GOP members including people who are currently serving in Congress and White House. So OK the numbers may be off by a little bit because people tend to keep their financial info private.
I think this website did a little guessing, but here's what they say. (Listed in no particular order.)

Karl Rove - age 67 - $8 million
Donald Rumsfeld - age 85 - $30 million
Dick Cheney - age 87 - $100 million
George W. Bush - age 71 - $40 million
Dan Quayle - age 71 - $3 million
Mitt Romney - age 70 - $250 million
Arnold Schwarzenegger - age 70 - $400 million
Sean Hannity - age 56 - $80 million
William Kristol - age 65 - $5 million
Paul Ryan - age 48 - $7.8 million
Mitch McConnell - age 76 - $17 million
Joe Scarborough - age 54 - $18 million
Charles Koch - age 82 - $47 billion
David Koch - age 77 - $50 billion
Ann Coulter - age 56 - $8.5 million
Roger Stone - age 65 - $20 million
Rush Limbaugh - age 67 - $550 million
Donald Trump - age 71 - $3.1 billion (does anybody actually believe this?)
Donald Trump Jr. - age 40 - $300 million
Ivanka Trump - age 37 - $300 million
Jared Kushner - age 37 - $800 million
Mike Pence - age 58 - $2 million
Kellyanne Conway - age 51 - $40 million
Betsy DeVos - age 60 - $1 billion
Rex Tillerson - age 65 - $300 million
Rick Scott - age 65 - $220 million
John Boehner - age 68 - $5 million
Steve Bannon - age 64 - $20 million
Robert Mercer - age 71 - $900 million
Steve Mnuchin - age 55 - $400 million
Chris Christie - age 55 - $4 million
Paul Manafort - age 68 - $70 million
Glenn Beck - age 54 - $250 million
John McCain - age 81 - $16 million
Sarah Palin - age 54 - $12 million
Newt Gingrich - age 74 - $9 million
Carly Fiorina - age 63 - $60 million
Rick Perry - age 67 - $3 million
Rand Paul - age 55 - $2.5 million
Steve Forbes - age 70 - $430 million
Rupert Murdoch - age 86 - $13 billion

All these names and many more can be found at this website:

Warning this is very click-baity with lots of "fake news" ads. There are plenty more names I could look up, but I'm getting really tired of this. If anybody else wants to post their favorites on here, feel free.

Edit 2/23/18 to add - please scroll down for more names added below.

The sweet prayer of an innocent child

Strange and hilarious old print ads

I have a dear old friend who's always sending me her "forwarded" emails, and they're usually weird and funny, and sometimes hilarious. So today I got one that's good enough to share with my friends on DU.

It's a collection of old magazine and newspaper ads of products that are either gone, or else marketed completely differently now. Some you might recognize, but the ads are funny because the messages are so politically incorrect. Most of these are from the 1940's and 50's I think. The Atari ad had to be later, maybe from about 1975 or '80.

WSJ is reporting that a former adult film star received hush money from a top Trump lawyer

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / citing New York Times

By Christopher Mele, New York Times

A former star of pornographic movies received a $130,000 payment a month before the 2016 election that was part of an agreement to keep her from publicly discussing a sexual encounter she claimed to have had with now-President Donald Trump, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday afternoon.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that Michael Cohen, who was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization, arranged the payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated a nondisclosure agreement.

Clifford, who was billed as Stormy Daniels in her dozens of videos, said the encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, the Journal reported. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.

In a statement to the Journal, Cohen said of the alleged sexual encounter that “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels.”

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/01/12/The-Wall-Street-Journal-is-reporting-that-a-former-adult-film-star-received-hush-money-from-a-top-Trump-lawyer/stories/201801120207

- More at link -

It's Friday evening - time for the sensational news dump!

Conor Lamb, citing need for new leadership, will not support Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader

Link http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2018/01/08/nancy-pelosi-paul-ryan-conor-lamb-rick-saccone-18th-district-special-election/stories/201801080095

By Chris Potter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1/8/18

Conor Lamb, the Democrat running to replace Tim Murphy in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, said that if elected, he would like to see House Democrats replace Nancy Pelosi as their leader.

“I think it’s clear that this Congress is not working for people,” said Mr. Lamb on Monday morning, as some initial polling data was circulating and national interest in the race continues to swirl. “I think we need new leadership on both sides.”

His support for new party leadership “is not personal,” added the former federal prosecutor. But he said that after speaking with people in the district, “It’s more about the fact that I expect leaders to get results, and the result of our Congressional leadership has been to have people in the district dissatisfied with their performance.”

While such questions may seem premature — the special election won’t be held until March 13 — the race is widely seen as a potential bellwether for how the 2018 elections will affect control of Congress. And Ms. Pelosi, a favorite target of Republican attacks, was all but certain to be frequently mentioned in campaign rhetoric.

- More at link -

Pennsylvanians will recall that the 18th Congressional District is running a special election in March 2018 to elect a new Representative for Tim Murphy's seat. Murphy resigned in November due to personal issues (an extra-marital affair) and staffers' claims of sexual misconduct. The 18th CD is one of the gerrymandered PA districts that favors GOP candidates, southwest and southeast of Pittsburgh. This could be a good opportunity for Democrats.
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