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Is 2017 Over Yet?

Posted on: January 4, 2017

lucy

As a new year begins and Drumpf’s inauguration approaches a few interesting developments have enveloped us. Things that signal what is to come in the next 4 or 8 years (or forever, who knows.)

Remember when the Rockettes were told that they would have to perform at Drumpf’sjames-dolan inauguration, and then after a public backlash the management and the union (which is meant to protect them, but didn’t) said that participation wouldn’t be mandatory?  It’s not over yet. While kicking for Drumpf at the inauguration may not be 100% mandatory (just, you know, strongly encouraged if you know what’s good for your dancing career), Marie Claire and Rolling Stone report that participation at the White House’s 4th of July celebrations will be obligatory. Madison Square Garden executive chairman James Dolan held a “private” meeting with the dancers, which was secretly recorded by one of the Rockettes.

One dancer said, “I mean, it just sounds like you’re asking us to be tolerant of intolerance.” He paused to consider his answer and said, “Yeah, in a way, I guess we are doing that. What other choices do we have? What else would you suggest?”

“I don’t believe it’s going to hurt the brand,” he said. “And nobody is more concerned about that than the guy sitting in this chair.”

Herr Dolan is very concerned about the brand, and that right there is everything you need to know about Mr. Dolan, ladies and gentlemen.

Then there’s the story of everybody least favorite Moe Joe Scarborough and his love affair with Trump. Joe – and Mika Brzetaedtaisdksnksy – spent New Year’s Eve with Drumpf at joe-and-drumpf Mar-a-Lago. NY Times’ Maggie Haberman tweeted this seemingly innocuous tidbit and Joe had a full on meltdown. Why were Joe’s panties up in such a furious twist? Because some people think schmoozing like that is not appropriate for a journalist. Joe thinks everybody can go eat a bag of Dick Tracies. He says he’s just trying to secure an interview with Drumpf and wants Drumpf to feel comfortable. I don’t know why Joe thinks a politician must feel comfortable with the journalist. Washington Post’s media critic Margaret Sullivan doesn’t either.

Despite all the silliness that’s piling up here — and it is getting almost as tall as Trump Tower — there is a serious principle at hand. It’s this: There should be some distance between journalists and elected officials. If that doesn’t exist, independence and impartiality are sure to be questioned. And rightly so.

And in other media related news – everybody favorite blond right-winger Megyn Kelly has announced that she is leaving Faux News and is going to NBC. This may or may not be bad news for Faux. Her program is their 2nd highest rated, but I think her disappearance from the Faux roster won’t make a difference. The right-wingers hate her because they thinkmegyn-kelly she’s too liberal. So let’s not worry about Faux News. But this is quite the blow to NBC. Their interest is obviously monetary. Kelly has been gracing magazine covers, including Vanity Fair, for months. Because she occasionally asks a tough question of a right-wing politician, a question Hannity and O’Reilly wouldn’t ask – suggests to some on the Left that she is an impartial journalist. Many friends of mine have posted on Facebook how much they do like Kelly. Horseshit. Megyn Kelly is a right-wing nutjob. Just because the Right is now so far to the Right that it’s a dot to us doesn’t mean that she is that far off it. Problem for reasonable people is that the media and public embrace of Kelly legitimizes her Right-wing insanity, which includes declarations that Jesus and Santa Claus were most definitely white and that the Black Panthers are destroying America. Her arrival at NBC – which also gifts us the previously discussed Moe Scarborough and soon Greta Van Susteren  – is certainly creating an odd Right-wing wing at the network. This isn’t good news folks.

Just a tiny bit (very tiny) of good news though. After House Rethuglicans met at night andrethuglicans in private and in secret to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics – a shitstorm hit the fan. After a public outcry and a media firestorm Rethuglicans backed off. Even Drumpf tweeted
a critique. But it’s important to note that Drumpf doesn’t object to gutting OCE. He wants to get rid of it. And he had Baghdad Conway on the boob tube bashing it. Drumpf doesn’t even object to how Rethuglicans tried to do it in secret in a late-night meeting without a single Democrat present. Drumpf only objected to the timing of their actions. So while they have backed off for now, we can expect them to do this again in the near future with full support from the White House.

 

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104 Responses to "Is 2017 Over Yet?"

Good picture on top- you’ve captured my expression!

Bit too cheery IMO, but still good article (though I loathe pink).

Pussyhat. It’s a smirk of a name for a bright pink, knitted cap with little ears poking up from either side. Meow.

But don’t be fooled. All over America, knitters are casting on with a vengeance, making enough Pussyhats for an estimated 200,000 women who will gather in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 — the day after Donald J. Trump’s inauguration — to march in support of women’s rights.“I don’t know what else to do but march,” she said. “I don’t know if it will do any good. I just need to be with my people.”

I get it, which is why I am going to the march — and knitting like a nut. The act has to be one of the quietest protests one can make. You do it with your hands and barely make a sound, all the while thinking there will be plenty of steam coming out of those little pink ears as they make their way past The White House.

http://www.seattletimes.com/life/lifestyle/knitting-a-movement-why-youll-see-pussyhats-everywhere-in-january/

@1, I’ve been doing that for a while…

@5, I’m lost, what is “dabbing”?

Great post DYB! Especially love this: “Megyn Kelly is a right-wing nut job.” and the rest of your take-down of her. Also, the photos & cartoon you inserted are perfect and hilarious.

Am also wondering what is going on with NBC news. It looks like they’re trying to get some of Faux’s market, I guess.

I don’t like that MSG company. A lot of people in L.A. are pissed at them over issues pertaining to their takeover and remodel of the Los Angeles Forum. They brag and brag about the amount of $ they spent on it, but when people complain about the insanely dangerous stairs leading down to the restrooms, no one can find anyone to talk to. You just get a voice recording, and they don’t respond to messages. No matter what time of day or night you call, I have been told by some inspectors, you cannot talk to a live employee. It sounds like its run along the same pattern of Dumps companies.

We went to see Bad Company & Joe Walsh last year. I didn’t want to go because I have never liked the Forum. Really uncomfortable and horrible acoustics. The Dudes insisted I go with them, so I did. What I had heard about it was correct, the place is more uncomfortable than ever. The tiniest seats I have ever sat in and no room for your legs. My arms and shoulders were literally touching the people on either side of me and my legs were so cramped that my knees would have touched the head of the person in front of me if I didn’t sit with my legs in a turned in and bowdlerized manner. It was worse for the Dudes who are taller, and have muscular dystrophy. Everyone around us was complaining and we were all chatting together about it. MSG put some mega buck baffle sound type arrangement on the ceiling, and the sound was improved, but not anywhere near Grand Ole Opry or Gibson level acoustics.

Their dangerous steep stairs were not improved at all. For some reason, there was no handrail all along the steep stairs you have to go down to get to your seats. There was literally no room for one since they put in more seats. They didn’t even have the mini rails that some places have next to the end seats. And you’re going up and down in the dark. If you’re going to fall, you’d have to grab at one of the seats–if they happen to be empty–and at the person sitting in them if not. No way is this legal.

The bathrooms have not changed at all. I (and others) naturally assumed they would do away with them and build new ones, but no, there are a few Disabled restrooms on the main level with ARMED GUARDS in front of them! Hubs, who clearly gimps, tried to use one and was turned away because he wasn’t in a wheelchair! I lost my shit and let them have it after I saw both my disabled guys panting up those dangerous restroom stairwells. I told them that they turned away legitimate disabled men with Blue placards!?!? I was furious. I hope someone sues them, I really do. I guess I should complain to the City of L.A. because MSG sure doesn’t give a shit. Oh, I forgot to explain about the restrooms. You go down the longest, steepest, slickest stairway, down into the bowels of the building, to a restroom with not enough stalls (so people jammed together trying to queue), tiny stalls that have doors but no locking mechanism (can you believe this!?!), and hardly any soap. Doesn’t this remind you of what Dump’s places would be like? So I wasn’t surprised when I read the company was screwing their Rockettes over this stupid inauguration. They clearly have no ethics.

@3, Love!

Cats, left you a msg on last thread.

@5 & 6, I don’t get what dabbing is either. Was he wiping his nose on his shirt or something? What a bizarre little episode.

I still don’t get it:

@7, Socal, what a horrible experience you and your men experienced at that concert! I don’t understand how they get away with such hazardous conditions. If this is what the world is like with regulations and oversight, what is going to happen if (when?) Trump and his minions succeed in letting the corporations run wild over the rest of us in the name of profit and greed?

@8, got your message. Thanks for that, I was afraid I upset or offended you, which was never my intent. You have such spirit. You say you are not a leader but in the days to come it will be people like you who stand up and speak out and don’t conform when it makes no sense to you. Rock on, Socal! I hope I have the courage to follow your lead.

{{{Cats}}}!

Cats, I hope I can follow your lead and be sensible and logical when necessary.

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NOTE: America’s Best Christian – Betty Bowers was responding to this tRump tweet:

Jackie Evancho’s album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance.Some people just don’t understand the “Movement”

I put the tRump tweet txt in there so y’all don’t have to go to his twitter feed and get cooties or anything.

The Betty Bowers tweets are hilarious. Do you suppose the woman pictured is the actual tweeter?

For annie, info on dabbing here, and here.

Mrs. Betty Bowers – America’s Best Christian is really Deven Green. It does look like it’s Ms. Green.

“However, the Republican majority made other changes to increase its power, including giving legislators’ staff members — not just lawmakers themselves — the authority to subpoena and question anyone they want. This could be particularly problematic for activists who support causes that members of congress oppose, such as climate action. “After spending six years demonstrating their eagerness to spend taxpayer money on wasteful, politically motivated witch hunts, Republicans are giving themselves additional tools to do more of the same,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York, the top Democrat on the House Rules Committee (via BloombergPolitics). “Freely handing out the power to compel any American to appear, sit in a room, and answer staff’s invasive questions on the record — without members even being required to be present — is truly unprecedented, unwarranted and offensive.” http://billmoyers.com/story/morning-reads-gop-house-gives-staffers-power-subpoena-anyone-mnuchins-bank-broke-foreclosure-laws/

Good piece by Mr. Pundit on how the Dems in the Senate better step it up and use what tools they have, i.e. the filibuster.

Democrats will have to gird their loins and hike up their pants to get ready for the shit storm that’s coming their way for the crime of just trying to desperately prevent the whole country from sliding off the mountain on a hill into the wasteland below.

@18: It’s going to take someone with cajones to stand up to this and refuse to appear. Then it will take requiring the media to actually show Joe or Jane average american being hauled off to jail and let the country see that.

Meant to mention that I got an email from Prolix. He spoke to his doc who told him basically he had the flu and it’s going to take some time to get over it. His doc said it might take him up to two weeks to get over the mess. So, send him some well-wishes but don’t expect him to be around very much.

Yay for the state of Cali! Don’t take any crap from his administration!

@17, oooh, thanks for finding that Fredster. She rocks!

@18, how can that even be legal? A regular citizen can subpoena other citizens? What crap.

Fredster, I saw that about Cali. I think they should band together with NY and any other blue state and push their anti-rethug agenda. There’s more power in numbers.

@24: I agree with you about the blue states getting together. Strength in numbers.

@18, wonder if the Senate needs to pass that also before the staff subpoena’ing becomes law?

Guess we need to make sure all our Congresscritters’ offices are on speed-dial or in our smartphones.

@7, that is appalling! A complaint should be filed. I know it’s a lot of work. Discrimination against persons who need accessibility is vile and low. No one should get away with it. File now before the Usurper starts to trash the ADA. You can also file with the state of California (info below).

How to File an ADA Complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice

You can file an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint alleging disability discrimination against a State or local government or a public accommodation (including, for example, a restaurant, doctor’s office, retail store, hotel, etc.) online, by mail, or fax.

https://www.ada.gov/fact_on_complaint.htm

Calif info links:
http://www.dor.ca.gov/DisabilityAccessInfo/CCC-Sec-54-thru-55-2.html
http://www.dor.ca.gov/DisabilityAccessInfo/Title-24-of-CCRs.html

@26: Luna it looks like it’s just in the House for now. Don’t know if the Repubs could pass this in the Senate or not. Might not have the votes.

I swear I did not know about this until the other day when I first heard something about it.

If I get one friggin piece of mail from the Sen. Democrats and it has his name on it, it’s going back (I’ll pay the postage) and I’ll scrawl all over it “Get someone with a D behind their name and not someone who says he’s an Independent.

@29> Ugh. Bernie Bros are still out in full swing. And they don’t believe the Russians had anything to do with the election either. It’s Bernie Bros and the Right-Wing. New best friends.

@24> I agree on NY and Cali, and other blue states, banding together. NYC and San Fran, for example, have already been declared safe cities by their mayors. (Though it should be noted that some parts of NY are very conservative, including Long Island, which went heavily for Drumpf.)

On Sunday I’ll be going to a meeting of a group called Action Thru Change. Last meeting they had NYC mayor Bill De Blasio was one of the speakers. On Sunday NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be speaking. The goal of this is to discuss how NYers can fight Drumpf and Drumpfism. They get big names involved in this organization, so that’s good.

@29, what exactly has Sanders accomplished as a senator? Don’t see him accomplishing anything now. If he is supposed to be the savior of the middle class, we’re doomed.

@31, I love Schneiderman! He’s a firecracker when it comes to trump. DYB, please let us know what you learn on Sunday.

Is Bernie still a Democrat, or did he swing back to “I”? Either way, I hope he gets challenged by a Dem in ’18. I would actually donate for that.

Luna, that is awesome! Thanks so much for doing that! I feel lazy not looking that up myself. Will get right on it.

@29,

The Sanders promotion shows that Democrats appreciated his presidential campaign

The hell we did!

If they send me anything I’m going to follow your lead, Fredster. In the meantime I’m calling my Rep and Senators to voice my opinion. Unfortunately the Amazon-Microsoft-techiebrodudes who are making Seattle unlivable went strongly for Bernie. Also my new Federal Rep was a Bern-delusional; retiring one (alas) wasn’t. Our Senators weren’t either, so they’ll like to hear from a non-Berndeluded.

@31, sounds promising.

@29, what HAS Sandersnista accomplished as a senator? Besides talking tens of thousands of supporters in swing states into voting for someone other than the Democratic candidate and thus shilling for the retags?

Oops. Meant rethugs not retags. Damn autocorrect.

I don’t quite know what Sanders has actually accomplished. No doubt he’s signed on to many bills over the years, but has he initiated any legislation that’s passed that does not involve renaming post offices?

So far when people tell me Sanders is at least always consistent on the issues and always on the right side of issues I say two things. 1) During one Vermont debate when asked about marriage equality he said it was a states right issue. So clearly, when it was politically necessary, he threw consistency out of the window. So he’s as flexible as any politician. And 2) it’s easy to be consistent on issues when you’re the Senator from Vermont and nobody actually cares where you stand on things. Sanders was the cranky grandpa of the Senate that everyone largely ignored until 2016 when he became the Messiah. The Bern is still strong with many. I wish they’d see a doctor about that rash.

@33: He was always an “I” when listed on the Senate website. He was only a Dem so he could run for Prez and use the Dem resources.

DYB: That group sounds interesting. I hope y’all get results.

CNN is promoting a townhall they are doing with (or for) Bernie. I won’t watch because I can’t stand him, but I am curious what questions could possibly be asked and how many times he’ll answer with “the top 1/10th of 1 percent…something something…oligarch…”. I’m sure he’ll tell the audience how much the Democratic party sucks a few times. You know he will.

@39: I’m sure he’ll tell the audience how much the Democratic party sucks a few times. You know he will.

And if he does then the Senate Dems need to strip him of that “outreach” title they just gave him.

I feel bad for poor Prolix, being sick this long. Prolix, sending you healthy vibes across the states—get well…get well…get well…

This is good:

I can’t believe these yahoo’s here. We are going to get a little snow starting tomorrow, most likely the bulk of it after dark and people here are going nuts. May impact driving around for part of a day at most. But the yahoos are running to the stores, wiping out all of the bread and milk and surprisingly (to me at least) bananas! I called the local store I shop at to see if they had any greenish, not-quite-ripe bananas and the guy in produce said they had no bananas. Said they don’t get a truck on Thurs. and they were wiped out. LOL! Like I said, this will probably affect us for all of one day and these people are going nuts. So silly.

I so love this. It blew up in her repubtard face!

Link here.

@45 Love that!

@44, IIRC right after the election, it was reported that Russian officials were definitely happy about the Usurper’s “win.” Guess the only thing that’s changed is that they now now about the upper, upper-level officials instead of merely the upper-level ones.

Russia’s alleged role in the 2016 election

“alleged”? Really, WaPo, how much more evidence do you need to be hit over the head with, or does Putin have something on Bezos?

@47: Honestly I don’t recall (looking around for that thing with Dumbledore again).

editing to add this:

U.S. officials who have reviewed the new report said it goes far beyond the brief public statement that Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued in October, accusing Russia of having “directed” cyber operations to disrupt the U.S. election, and concluding, in a reference to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, that “only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

What the hell. I mean, we can’t get a do over so: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Oh, Fredster, I didn’t mean that to be a slap at you at all — it was my frustration at the MSM now coming out and noting the Russian officials celebrating now when it was reported before. But it does make some difference that they have the higher-ups now. I didn’t word that quite right in my impatience.

Need to find where I saw that earlier report….so many parts to this coup-hack.

Any other country, and the U.S.A. would be yelling about the travesty of democracy and how elections need to be re-held.

Sigh. Yeah, I know…. more wishful thinking.

OK, here is one source from November, with video and take a look at the smirk on that guy’s face as he announces Hillary conceding. That looks like “hey, that investment paid off” to me. Or maybe he’s just an evil goon. Or both.

Russian parliament applauds Donald Trump US president win as Putin drinks champagne

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/560653/Putin-champagne-Russia-Trump-US-president-duma-applause-video

@52; should have showed this tweet:

the key parts of Snowden’s story, although endlessly repeated in the media as fact, do not check out.

http://www.newsweek.com/why-obama-wont-pardon-edward-snowden-nsa-538632

Hey everybody!

I’m still plugging away at this flu thing. Sooner or later I will get it right. I feel like I’m just one flu hovering the cuckoo’s nest. See, being sick has even affected my ability to make a good pun.

This is Trae Crowder’s new video. Beware, lots of adult type language.

Fredster, our local Ingles was completely out of bananas today too! Weird.

Hey Prolix! Good to hear from you. Don’t push yourself too hard.

Prolix!!! 🙂

@55, that was cute!

Prolix, take care of yourself! We miss you!

@55 LOL! “It’s like having leukemia…going into remission… and then getting hit by a truck of turds”. Ain’t that the truth.

Glad you’re feeling better, Prolix.

Let me do this now and I’ll go back and read:

@49 Oh I kinda knew what you meant Luna. And I wasn’t trying to get snarky with you either. I was trying to say that it appears they are giving more detailed info this time.

Whoa! Now this is very interesting.

Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation’s leading intelligence experts, resigned Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team because of growing tensions over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies.

Woolsey’s resignation as a Trump senior adviser comes amid frustrations over the incoming administration’s national security plans and Trump’s public comments undermining the intelligence community.

@56: Oh noes! Is someone trying to create a banana cartel and control the flow of bananas into the U.S. ? 😝

I hope some really good things to this woman. I really admire her.

I called both my Senators today. I told the answering machine at Lankfords office that I WAS a Republican before this election. I also called Dick Durbin’s office & told them I wanted to make my voice heard with a Dem Senator in a state who also had illegitimate electors. Okla had 3 – Illinois 1

Love it! He could be from Oklahoma!

@65> Good for her! I wish HRC and Bill would refuse to attend as well. Or at least HRC. Bill can go because it’s old-standing tradition, but I wish she’d refuse. Although the media would cover it as her being a terrible loser. It’s a lose-lose.

DYB, I disagree. I think it’s a statement of strength for Hillary. I hope to God she isn’t finished fighting. We have to get this show turned around. Someone needs to inject us with some hope juice and the fighting spirit. I wish Bernie and his ilk would go away, but I’m just going to ignore them. I’m a lot more concerned with Dems getting their act together, sucking it up and saying “they are the issues, theses are the principles and things we need to experience life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness – and we are going make them happen the people, Are you with us?” Anyway, that’s where I’m at today. We have to watch the repugs like hawks and fight everything they do and say. How many congressmen have you called today? I’ve made 3 calls. I just met with a dozen women last night and we are committing to hammering out the principles that underlie them so we know what we want and why. Then we are taking this to our local party, then state, etc.

@69> I hear you. I just think considering how silent she has been since election (understandable), her first big public appearance is going to be at Drumpf’s inauguration. Symbolically I wish she wouldn’t legitimize him. (One thing we really do not know if what she plans to do starting January 21st. If she has very concrete plans for political action or if she will just dedicate her time to the Clinton Foundation.)

@66, Good on you! I called both my Senators late last night.

I think (hope?) she is still healing. She has an appearance at a state department event on Tues. I just don’t see her being satisfied with only foundation management. She is the only person who could possibly appear at that inauguration and stay composed. Hey – per post above – I own 3 horses – I could totally do that!

@63, I thought that was extremely interesting, especially the timing. Guess there are limits to how much he could put up with. Unfortunately the rest of #tRump’s picks aren’t that intelligent.

@73, what kind of horses do you have?

I have 2 paso finos & my daughter has a 1 QH

No hope from the Dem Senators. Yet I’m proud that my new Rep raised an objection.

“Although there were at least 5 Democratic Senators attending the joint session, none of them would join a House Democrats in objecting to certification of the Electoral College results.

….several House Democrats tried to object to the results but were ruled out of order because by rule their objections had to be joined by a Senator, “Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) raised the first objection Friday after the joint meeting was gaveled to order. They were among several House Democrats who considered lodging objections on grounds of “voter suppression” or apparent Russian interference in the campaign. But they were hampered by the fact that federal law demands that any objection be sponsored by both a House member and a senator.”

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/01/06/democratic-senators-refuse-join-house-dems-objecting-electoral-college-results.html

contrask, we had had a Morgan and a QH. The Morgan was barely 14 hands and she was my favorite.

Your Paso Finos must be splendid to ride!

The head of Nurses United is a big Bernie fan and yet she believes Trump will be the one to give us single payer. Nurses United may need to find a new leader as this one is delusional. Her reasoning:

“He’s a businessman, he has an international perspective — and his wife comes from a country where they have single payer,’’ said DeMoro, who also is an AFL-CIO national vice president and executive board member. “I think that Donald Trump is not about either party; he’s about something very different. He’s the one who can actually rise above this and do what’s right, and he knows as a businessman, it’s the most cost effective,’’ she said.

http://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2017/01/political-powerful-nurses-union-head-im-counting-on-trump-for-real-health-care-reform-108511

Regarding HRC, recall that this is what she sent out in an email that I got:

Before this year ends, I want to thank you again for your support of our campaign. While we didn’t achieve the outcome we sought, I’m proud of the vision and values we fought for and the nearly 66 million people who voted for them.

I believe it is our responsibility to keep doing our part to build a better, stronger, and fairer future for our country and the world.

The holidays are a time to be thankful for our blessings. So let us rejoice in this season and look forward with renewed hope and determination.

I wish you and your family health, happiness, and continued strength for the New Year and the work ahead.

I look forward to staying in touch in 2017. Onward!

With deep appreciation and warm wishes, I am,

Yours,

Hillary

Bolding above is mine. I think with the “I look forward…” she has something in mind that she wants to do. Exactly what, I don’t know. But I can’t think of the circumstances where I would not want to follow or support her in what she does.

@79: Well she’s certainly been hitting the pain meds or something similar.

Are y’all following this stuff with the shooting at the Ft. Lauderdale airport? At least 5 dead 8 injured according to ABC.

Here’s our new “Outreach” leader for the Democratic party:

“Look, you can’t simply go around to wealthy people’s homes raising money and expect to win elections,” the Vermont senator, who gave Clinton a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination, told NPR’s David Greene in an interview airing on Morning Edition. “You’ve got to go out and mix it up and be with ordinary people.”

“The Democratic Party swallowed the bait,” he argued. “They became hooked on big money.”

“I happen to believe that the Democratic Party has been not doing a good job in terms of communicating with people in cities, in towns and in rural America, all over this country,” he said.

Cities, towns and rural. She won by three million effing votes, idiot!!

http://www.npr.org/2017/01/06/508385203/bernie-sanders-says-trump-won-because-democrats-are-out-of-touch

GAgal, I just read that too, at another source. I used to like NNU until a few years back when they went weirdly non-evidence-based in their political support. They are not a very large organization, though they are more visible than others. The ANA (American Nurses Association is by far the largest tho I can’t find numbers right now). I do know most other nurses’ union orgs backed Hillary strongly.

And where was Bernie when it was time to question the EC vote today? Yeah, rhetorical question.

And can I just say this new slogan “Make America SICK again” is stupid. There’s a lot more to health care than being “sick”. Big fail IMO.

Ok – did you guys see this – please call Ryans office:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/1/6/1617728/-Not-a-democracy-Speaker-Ryan-dispatched-a-security-team-to-block-delivery-of-a-massive-PP-petition

I am done with this – we should be rioting in the street right now for this complete disregard or peoples needs.

@83> OMG, I’m gonna pull my hair out. Sanders is a fucking idiot. Talking to Sanders and his Bros is like talking to Trump and his supporters. Facts don’t matter, just spin. For all the nonsense I keep hearing Bernie Bros say about him being a no-nonsense sort of guy, he is remarkably impervious to facts and logic.

That Nurses United person is drunk and she needs to go home.

Besides all of the other insane bs going on today, wikileaks has announced on twitter (I won’t ever post anything of his) that he is going to post a database of all verified twitter users with their real names, families, addresses, and financial info. I shit you not. I saw it. I can’t publicly express what I hope happens to this vile piece of shit.

That Dem Outreach person has been awfully silent about the Russian hacking. Putin got your tongue, Bernie?

I can’t stand bernie nader or his new sidekick, keith nader. Ditto for jill nader and her dumb cousin gary nader. Thanks for ruining the world as we know it, assholes. Hope you’re all the first ones to pay the horrible price.

Did the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter carry his gun in his checked bag? That would be legal.

….The shooter reportedly flew in from outside Florida, picked up his luggage at baggage claim, loaded the gun in the bathroom, walked out, and opened fire, according to the county commissioner. Police have so far confirmed at least five dead and eight injured.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/6/14194776/fort-lauderdale-airport-shooter-gun-luggage

Uh-oh, good thing the Orange Puppet isn’t in office yet, or he’d nuke Mexico.

Just think about this – James Comey had seen the classified version of the report that came out today so he knew Putin was definitely hacking, etc. to interfere in the election. Then, he released the letter about Hillary’s emails anyway. Obama needs to fire his ass NOW!!!

Also about Comey. The FBI was the only agency of 17 that would not sign off on the original statement from Clapper in early October. Then a couple of weeks later, his letter to Congress was “leaked’. Fire him! I don’t care if Trump hires him back or not. (He won’t) Comey needs to be investigated along with the rest of them.

Get all better soon, Prolix!
Pretty please.

GAgal and Luna, thanks for all the tweets!

So if you want to read the sanitized, unclassified version of the report on Russian hacking, or as they call it: ODNI Statement on Declassified Intelligence Community Assessment of Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent U.S. Elections then you can go here.
That takes you to a page with the link and it downloads a pdf document.

Well this is interesting. Have you heard anything on this DYB?

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