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Wake up call for Democrats & Republicans: Millennials want third party

Thu, 2017-11-30 00:55

A recent poll indicates something that both parties should have realized when Bernie Sanders, an Independent Democratic Socialist, got the type of support he got from millennials and many disillusioned with both Democrats and Republicans.

Millenials are ripe for the establishment of a third party that speaks to their values and one that mitigates the disaster inflicted on them by both.

A recent NBC poll made it clear that millennials want real change.

A strong majority of millennials — 71 percent — say the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed, according to the results of a new NBC News/GenForward poll.

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Independent millennials who do not lean toward either party and millennials who identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaners were more likely to say a third party is needed (74 percent and 75 percent, respectively) than millennials who identify as Republicans or Republican-leaners (67 percent). Three in 10 Republicans said the parties do an adequate job, compared to a quarter of Democrats and only 22 percent of Independents.

The desire for a third party cuts across both race, ethnicity, and gender, Of note is that Donald Trump's favorability with millennials is only 22%.

Millennials are ripe to start a third party.

I was at the Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders delegate. I interacted with a cross-section of millennials who supported both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Both groups were very dissatisfied with the direction of the Democratic Party. The poll mentioned above infers that the same applies to the Republican millennials.

Most know that young people are very progressive on social issues. Likewise, they have a solid independent thread running through them. That intersectionality means the group is ripe for a good organizer to get in and lay the groundwork and path to building a new and young party. I anticipate that within the next two election cycles a more robust third-party movement will emerge as the continued stagnation continues in Congress. It is just a matter of time.

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Chris Matthews tears into Donald Trump’s inability to discern reality (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-11-30 00:07

Chris Matthews went there. He openly questions Donald Trump's inability to discern reality. Matthews does so in a macabre tone. After all, the man is inciting a nuclear war.

Chris Matthews questions Trump's sanity

"Trump watch Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. The great New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once famously decreed that we are entitled to our own opinions, not to our own facts," Chris Matthews said. "It was one thing for the President to argue that his inaugural crowds were larger than anyone else's. That was simply odd, something to do with his male ego like his bizarre fixation on the size of his hands. But it's when the president turns, to easily known facts versus easily dismissed claims that we have to worry about his ability to discern reality, you know, the kind of reality he needs to grasp when dealing with North Korea and it's ballistic missiles."

Matthews then go into some of the president's bizarre fights with reality.

"So here we go," Matthew said. "What do we make of a person, forget he's president for the moment, who denies it is he there in that camera being recorded? What does it mean when Trump denies the undeniable? That it's him on an Access Hollywood tape? The one for which Billy Bush the other person there was fired. Do we take him as a liar, a lunatic as Kim Jung-un called him or simply a guy with a character problem? What do we discern in Trump when we hear he's out there again pushing the charge that President Obama was born in Kenya and therefore ineligible to be President? Why would he keep doing that? And what about claiming that Ted Cruz's father was in cahoots with Lee Harvey Oswald or that enough of Hillary's vote were people in the country illegally that he Donald Trump actually did win the popular vote?

And then Matthews questions the president's sanity.

"Again what is going on in Trump's head when he says this stuff?" Matthews asked. "Is it a printout of his thinking process? Is it evidence of his inability to discern reality from what he'd like reality to be? And if so, we are in deep trouble. We are facing a nuclear threat from North Korea with a commander-in-chief measurably incapable of deciphering reality."

In other words, the time for the 25th Amendment may be closer than we think.

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Yes, a Government Shutdown Might Be the Best Strategy

Wed, 2017-11-29 16:28

by Mark Trahant

Should Democrats shut down the government? Of course not, right? Twisting Ronald Reagan’s words: In the present crisis, government is not the problem to our solution, government is the solution. Good government.

But how do we get good government in the age of Donald Trump?

One answer is coming from Americans who are signing up for Affordable Care Act in record numbers. Even though the Trump administration canceled its enrollment advertising, 300,000 new people who have signed up for insurance.

The administration and many in Congress want to do away with the Affordable Care Act, but in this public test at least the people are giving a different answer.

Other schemes could wreck the law. The latest Senate plan is to eliminate the mandate requiring all of us to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that change would result in 13 million fewer people being insured. (It also reflects a basic misunderstanding of insurance. There has to be a large pool of people, sick and healthy, young and old, to spread the cost around to make it affordable. Removing the requirement to purchase insurance will let young, healthy people off the hook. The cost of insurance then becomes unaffordable with a mostly older, sicker population.)

Democrats do not have the votes to stop any of this. A decade ago, Senate rules protected the minority and required some level of cooperation. That’s not completely gone, but the weapon of choice for major legislation now is budget reconciliation because it requires only 50 votes. Most legislation requires 60 to avoid a filibuster. Even reconciliation did not work to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Now the debate is tax reform and a core Republican demand to cut taxes. So don’t expect any help from Republican senators who were on the side of the ACA last time around (other than Maine’s Susan Collins). A move that will cut taxes is a line that is nearly impossible to cross. (And for Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who also voted no on the health care repeal, this bill gives her an official green light for oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—an issue she’s championed for years.)

All this means government shutdown is looming and may be the Democrats’ best strategy. Here’s why.

Cutting taxes is all that seems to matter to leadership right now.

Over the next month Congress must do three things: Enact a federal budget for the rest of the year, restore funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and make certain that young people who grew up in this country but lack legal status—the Dreamers—do not have to worry about being deported. (Congress needs to fix the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because earlier this year President Trump signed an executive order removing the protections granted by former President Barack Obama.)

While there is some bipartisan agreement on these three issues, no one is budging yet. Cutting taxes is all that seems to matter to leadership right now.

Republicans will need Democrat votes to pass a budget, especially because the GOP wants more money for the military. And Democrats say fine, as long as there’s more money for domestic programs. That’s the normal barter of politics.

But the other two issues—children’s health and protecting Dreamers—are absolute moral priorities. So no other legislation—including the budget—should be passed until Congress addresses these.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program expired at the end of September. It covers 9 million young people and 370,000 pregnant women whose families are low income but do not qualify for Medicaid. States are keeping the program afloat through the end of this year, but already several states have said they will have to start sending out termination notices to families. CHIP is an example of good government. When the program was launched in 1997, the uninsured rate for children was 14 percent. Today it’s 5 percent.

Protecting the Dreamers is also a moral cause. There is no justification for deporting more than a million people from the only country they have ever known. It’s also a critical economic issue: Imagine a million people disappearing from the work force. Protection for Dreamers, too, is an example of good government.

Democrats cannot back down on either of these issues. If that means shutting down government, then they have my permission. These two issues define what America should be.

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Mark Trahant wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Mark is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota and a member of The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. He writes a regular column at YES!, where he is a contributing editor. Follow him on Twitter @TrahantReports.

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O’Donnell message to Pelosi & Schumer, You have Trump over a barrel (VIDEO)

Wed, 2017-11-29 12:45

Lawrence O'Donnell gave some critical advice to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi for Donald Trump's latest lies and stunt against Democrats. They would do well to heed it as it could force a change.

Lawrence O'Donnell advice to Pelosi and Schumer

O'Donnell message to Pelosi & Schumer, You have Trump over a barrel (VIDEO) https://t.co/8JlCyNwakD pic.twitter.com/eU0Kjve3pW

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 29, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell urges Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to extract a pound of flesh out of Trump to force a change in his behavior. Here is the back story.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer pulled out of a bipartisan meeting with President Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell because in an earlier tweet the infantile president preempted the get together with a lying tweet. It was clear he just wanted a photo-op.

Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2017

Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal.

The president attempted to disparage the two Democrats with a stunt leaving two empty chairs for the photo-op/interview with reporters.

Lawrence O'Donnell's take on what they must do is epic, and one hopes they have the spine to do it.

"For once the idiot presidency that has been firing off lies filled insulting tweets at members of Congress in both parties all year, paid a very serious price today for the idiocy and for the lying," O'Donnell said. "And we can only hope for the sake of the country, for the sake of sanity in government that as a condition for re-entering the White House or any room to participate in any form of conversation with Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will make it an absolute requirement that the president apologize for lying about them and their Democratic colleagues by saying that they want illegal immigrants flooding into our country unchecked and for saying that they are weak on crime and for saying they want to substantially raise taxes."

O'Donnell explains the con Trump will play on Democrats absent them forcing Trump's hand.

"The president the United States is lying that the Democrats want to substantially raise taxes and so if the Democrats reach any kind of legislative deal about anything that does not raise taxes then Donald Trump will play them as suckers and claim that he won in that deal, whatever that deal might be, because it does not raise taxes," O'Donnell said. "Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi did not get played today by Donald Trump. If they and their advisors understand the importance of the moment that Trump has now given them, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will make Donald Trump pay for his lies in a way that is not some petty settling of a personal score, but an important lesson about the real governing questions involved in funding the government."

O'Donnell then expresses the fear that as usual, Democrats will just do nothing.

"America has reason to fear tonight that the Trump insult machine has become so normalized in Washington that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will not demand a retraction from Donald Trump as a condition for dealing with him," O'Donnell said. "And if they don't, the truth will suffer once again. And the future of governance in the country will take yet another turn for the worse."

What do you think?

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NBC fires Today Host Matt Lauer for sexual misconduct in the workplace (VIDEO)

Wed, 2017-11-29 07:51

BREAKING: NBC announced this morning that they fired NBC Today Host Matt Lauer. He is the biggest media personality fired thus far.

NBC Fires Today Host Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment. pic.twitter.com/1A3UAZpvPb

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 29, 2017

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack released the following statement.

Dear Colleagues,

On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company's standards. As a result, we've decided to terminate his employment. While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he's been at NBC News, we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident.

Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences, no matter who the offender.

We are deeply saddened by this turn of events. But we will face it together as a news organization – and do it in as transparent a manner as we can. To that end, Noah and I will be meeting with as many of you as possible throughout the day today to answer your questions.

Andy

The national purge continues of men that take advantage of women. It is about time.

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O’Donnell turns Trump stunt into GOP excoriation & Democratic narrative win (VIDEO)

Wed, 2017-11-29 00:51

Donald Trump screwed up again with a failed stunt, and Lawrence O'Donnell made him pay for it. O'Donnell turned the table on the empty chairs stunt in Trump's attempt to disparage Minority Leaders Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. O'Donnell's analysis flipped the narrative. He showed what analytical journalism looks like in one well-designed segment.

Lawrence O'Donnell puts on a journalism analysis clinic w/ Trump stunt

Lawrence O'Donnell flipped the script on Donald Trump, the man who supposedly is one of the best controllers of the narrative. The stunt failed. O'Donnell turned the opening of his show into a clinic on how one should do journalism, fact-based analysis, and opinion.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer pulled out of a bipartisan meeting with President Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell because in an earlier tweet the infantile president preempted the get together with a lying tweet. It was clear he just wanted a photo-op.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/935513049729028096

Meeting with “Chuck and Nancy” today about keeping government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes. I don’t see a deal

The president attempted to disparage the two Democrats with a stunt leaving two empty chairs for the photo-op/interview with reporters. And that is where Lawrence O'Donnell flipped the narrative on the president.

"The President of the United States held a photo-op today with the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader of the United States Senate to declare that they, the three of them are incapable of governing," O'Donnell said. "McConnell is the leader of 52 Republican Senators, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate. Paul Ryan is the leader of 240 Republican members of the House of Representatives, the majority of the House of Representatives. And they held a meeting today to publicly declare that among the three of them, the President, the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House, they are incapable of convincing all of the members of their party in the Senate and the House to vote for anything."

O'Donnell got even more poignant.

"They sat in a room with two empty chairs saying we cannot possibly govern without the guidance of Nancy Pelosi who they wish was sitting in one of those empty chairs," O'Donnell said. "And they were saying they could not govern without the guidance of Chuck Schumer who they wish was sitting in the other empty chair. "

O'Donnell said it made sense since Pelosi has more governing experience than Ryan and McConnell combined.

Trump probably thought he had a winning narrative. Lawrence O'Donnell turned it completely around with the proper analysis. Now, why can't Democrats do this for themselves?

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Here are three presidents who are embarrassing their countries

Tue, 2017-11-28 18:08
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These presidents are embarrassing to their countries. But Trump as leader of the free world eats the cake. None of the others have been credibly accused of groping women or being disrespectful to women.

Nicolas Maduro: He will dance, sing, and even eat on live television. Maduro has even been seen eating an empanada while giving a presidential speech.

Donald Trump: He likes being the center of attention. With an "Excuse me!," he pushed Dusko Markovic aside during a NATO meeting. And of course one cannot forget the tape with Donald Trump in a lewd sexual conversation with Bill Bush explaining that he has assaulted women by grabbing their private parts.

Enrique Peña Nieto: He is well known for telling stories at formal events. And they are usually always about love and romantic kisses. "A beautiful girl was approaching. Of the many fine women of Lagos de Morelos, so many women, and she planted a kiss on my mouth.

These are obviously desperate ways to call for attention. But electing Donald Trump even as one knew exactly the embarrassment that he is, places the responsibility on those who elected him. The same applies to Nicolas Maduro and Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Trump ensuring the apathetic youth become the angry vote

Tue, 2017-11-28 15:59

Trump and the Republicans are passing policies that will undoubtedly activate a base that is sometimes not reliable., the youth It is as if they have a death wish. But do they have an ally in the media to attenuate the expected anger?

John Young wrote a prescient article titled "The youth vote: from apathetic to angry" where he pointed out that Trump owes his victory to youth apathy or a general malaise regarding ballot choices.

"Things have changed," Young writes. "Observe the surge of young voters turning out for Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington State Nov. 7. Trump and the Republicans are digging a hole among those voters that could leave them on the outs for a generation."

Young enumerates a short if an incomplete list of policies that hurt young people directly and almost immediately.

Consider the tax bill that will award the wealthiest richly and raise taxes for up to 30 percent of middle-class taxpayers. Young voters are straining hard just to project themselves into that middle class. They don't see these tax cuts helping them whatsoever. Consider how these tax cuts will harm college students. For instance, the House-passed bill would treat tuition waivers for graduate students as income.

Meanwhile, the Republicans would repeal the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Hope Scholarship Credit, both of which allow students to deduct some educational expenses from taxes, while ending deductions for interest on student loans. While the Republicans pose and preen for big donors, the 1 percent, and big business, they are making young voters furious.

Maybe the biggest issue that has stirred young voters across the board is net neutrality. It's something that's mostly off the radar for most of the over-50 set. Most assuredly that's not the case with those in the 30-and-under set, who see an attempt to control this public resource, the internet, as an attack on their neighborhood.

There is one caveat that I addressed this morning in my article titled "Pocahontas, NFL & other tweets a part of Trump’s scam and we’re falling for it" that should give everyone pause. I pointed out the following.

Every day there is a new infantile act by president Trump for which the media's hyperventilation goes into high gear. Their inability to understand that the president is playing them like a fiddle is not only depressing but dangerous. And you all, the average American citizens, are about to pay dearly for it lest you all wake up irrespective of the media's dereliction.

The threat that Trump represents to America must not be taken lightly. There are serious stories Americans need to know about that take a backseat to an infantile tweet.

We do not just need activist youth or those that are more informed. We need the youth en masse. That will only happen if the young people are informed truthfully about the damage Donald Trump and the Republicans are doing to their generation (and to most others as well). We must use the power of social media, independent media, and other resources that are more detached from the corporate distribution of news.

So folks, until the temporary destruction of Net Neutrality works its way through the machinations of the corporate boardrooms, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, SnapChat, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, and others are your friends. Use your social media sphere of influence to talk to everyone ensuring you add a bit of news to the conversation. Let them know without being overbearing the specific destructive policies of these tyrants and how it will affect your particular friends.

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Pocahontas, NFL & other tweets a part of Trump’s scam and we’re falling for it

Tue, 2017-11-28 12:27

Every day there is a new infantile act by president Trump for which the media's hyperventilation goes into high gear. Their inability to understand that the president is playing them like a fiddle is not only depressing but dangerous. And you all, the average American citizens, are about to pay dearly for it lest you all wake up irrespective of the media's dereliction.

The threat that Trump represents to America must not be taken lightly. There are serious stories Americans need to know about that take a backseat to an infantile tweet.

The most immediate story is the Trump/Republican tax cut scam. Many journalists like Ali Velshi, the DailyKos site, have been begging to get the attention of more Americans. If the tax cut scam is signed, a full reversal will be next to impossible, and the budgetary shortfalls it creates will be resolved through Republican's favorite tool, austerity via severe cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

New York Times' Paul Krugman wrote a striking piece titled "The Biggest Tax Scam in History" that everyone must read. He points out why the Republican scammers are rushing through the bill, they do not want the economic analysis to cauterize in people's minds.

What will be the impact of the bill?

The core of the bill is a huge redistribution of income from lower- and middle-income families to corporations and business owners. Corporate tax rates go down sharply, while ordinary families are nickel-and-dimed by a series of tax changes, no one of which is that big a deal in itself, but which add up to significant tax increases on almost two-thirds of middle-class taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the bill would partially repeal Obamacare, in a way that would sharply reduce aid to lower-income families and raise the cost of insurance for many in the middle class.

And how does the scam work?

While the underlying structure of the bill involves raising taxes on the middle class, the bill also includes a number of temporary tax breaks that would, at first, offset these tax increases. As a result, in the first few years most middle-class families would see modest tax cuts.

But the operative word here is “temporary.” All of these tax breaks either dwindle over time or are scheduled to expire at some point; by 2027 the bill is, as I said, a tax increase on the middle class used to pay for tax cuts that mainly benefit the wealthy.

Will Republicans succeed with this scam?

So will they manage to pull off this giant con job? The reason they’re rushing this to the Senate floor without a single hearing, without a full assessment from Congress’s own official scorekeepers, is their hope that they can pass the thing before people figure out what they’re up to.

And the question is whether there are enough Republican senators with principles, who believe that policies should not be sold with lies, to stop this bum’s rush.

And there is more.

Republicans have changed the rules where deference was given to the individual states' Senators to green light appointees. Trump is now packing the court with Right Wing Conservatives, some without the necessary judiciary acumen.

There are many other stories that need attention we try to keep in the forefront. The media has fallen completely into the Trump trap used to deconstruct the nation as he uses smoke and mirrors to distract.

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Republican tax plan – This plan is only a tax cut scam

Tue, 2017-11-28 00:41

A few days ago I asked our readers to drop me a few words to let me know your thoughts on the Trump tax cut scam and how it affects you. I got several responses and will continue to post them. Please send your thoughts or personal story to info@egbertowillies.com.

This plan is only a scam

This plan is only a scam. It’s taxing away trillions from Medicare/Medicaid to give back people at the top.  It will cost ME more. Why?  Because I pay double state tax on income., that deduction is gone.

I also own a home where property taxes will be capped at 10k. I’m already paying close to 8k, just on my principal home.  The most devastating part of this plan, it raises health care costs; then makes premiums AND co-pays non-deductible.

I’ve been disabled since an accident in my late 50’s and I already had 30 working years in. Thank you, God, at that time my medical coverage was good, my co-pays minimal, and my additional YEARS of physical, speech and occupational therapy copays were deductible. Otherwise, with this tax scam, I would have lost my home.

Please stop this giveaway, to the rich.. America's tax plan should support all of us, not 1% and corporations.  Corporations have untaxed trillions offshore. They are not making jobs or supporting infrastructure, they are hoarding and pushing up stock prices.

C. Parisi. New Milford, CT 06776

There is still time to kill the Trump & Republicans' tax cut scam. Contact your politicians here. Let them know you do not want to be a part of their evil machinations.

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Velshi & Ruhle smoked Trump for lie about bringing back overseas jobs (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-11-27 16:11

Donald Trump is busy tweeting. He is lying to those who would believe that he has done more in 10 months than any other president and that he created this booming economy. He also claims that he is bringing back jobs from overseas.

Well, as reported by Raw Story, our journalists are acting their part, somewhat at times.

CNN White House correspondent Joe Johns on Monday noted that President Donald Trump’s latest claim about accomplishing more than any president is far less than truthful.

In a tweet over the weekend, Trump praised himself, claiming that he had “possibly done more than any 10 month President.”

Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2017

But Jones pointed out on Monday that Trump had failed to pass any major part of his legislative agenda so far this year.

Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle made it clear to the audience that Donald Trump's claim he is bringing back overseas jobs is as well a lie. The president tweeted the following a few days ago.

After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Then back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing even more jobs and companies back to the USA!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017

Velshi & Ruhle exposes the president's lie

Velshi & Ruhle smoked Trump for lying about bringing back overseas jobs (VIDEO) https://t.co/Q9LvmM0fDE pic.twitter.com/BE3SFgos2R

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 27, 2017

"Last Friday he tweeted 'After Turkey call I will be heading over to trunk National Golf Club Jupiter to play golf quickly with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. Then back to Mar-a-Lago for talks on bringing, even more, jobs and companies back to the USA!'" Stephanie Ruhle said. "Here's my question; Where are those jobs? President Trump, Ali Velshi and I cover business and the economy especially as it relates to politics every single day. So if there are companies coming back specifically, and not just pledges, Foxconn may be coming here."

"Jim Renacci said this the other day from Ohio," Velshi interjected. "He said the president's you know bringing all these jobs back. What are we talking about?Tell me where they are. We'll go. We've got reporters. We'll go. We'll find out what these are. We don't know about these.

"So please sir," Ruhle continued. "We're not being biased here. We would absolutely love to cover these. We would love to cover administrative, excuse me, wins of this administration and people in this country specifically those forgotten Americans are desperate for those jobs."

"We know what jobs, in general, are being created," Velshi said. "And we give the president that every month. We, every month for all of our history we talk about what the unemployment numbers are. While on his trip to Asia by the way the president tweeted, this was on November 14th, 'I will be making major statement from the White House upon my return to DC time and date to be set.' That happened right during my afternoon show, 3 P.M. Eastern. This was it. It was no new announcements on trade in his speech at the White House. He told everybody, 'I'm going to be making new announcements' and there just were no new announcements."

"So President Trump when you're ready to make them we're all ears," Ruhle said. "And those who say what about the thousands of jobs that get created every month, guess what, win lose or draw, they always get created. They were created last administration."

Good job Velshi and Ruhle.

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Left Over Turkey Shepherd’s Pie (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-11-27 14:35
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Here is something you can make with all that leftover turkey and mash potato. And it makes a new and tasty dish, Shepherd's pie. Why not try it instead of wasting all that good food sitting in the refrigerator after Thanksgiving.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan.
  • Add one cup pearl onions
  • Add three small diced carrots
  • Cook for five minutes
  • And a pound of leftover turkey
  • Cook until brown
  • Sprinkle a tablespoon of all-purpose flour over the mixture.
  • Cook for an additional three minutes
  • Add one tablespoon of olive oil
  • Add 1 cup of frozen peas
  • Add a generous amount of thyme
  • Add some salt
  • Add some black pepper
  • Add 3/4 cups of chicken broth
  • Simmer for five minutes
  • Separate the mixture into four small bowls
  • Add any leftover mash potato on the top of the mixture in each bowl
  • Bake in the oven for twenty-five minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Don't forget we do this all over again for Christmas. Here are a great Cornbread Dressing / Cornbread stuffing recipe and how-to. After all the good eating over these very long holidays, remember to spend the new year eating healthily.

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Trump team playing like fools to fool you into accepting a tax cut scam

Mon, 2017-11-27 12:38

This morning I read Robert Reich's piece titled "Fools or Knaves" that details the Trump administration machination to pass their tax cut scam. They intend to do so even though all the experts know it will decimate the middle-class in a few years, explode the debt, and cause the onset of interest rate hikes.

Reich starts his article with an essential truth about truth and those who corrupt it.

One of the most dangerous consequences of this awful period in American life is the denigration of the truth, and of institutions and people who tell it.

There are two kinds of liars – fools and knaves. Fools lie because they don’t know the truth. Knaves lie because they intend to mislead.

I will be honest; I had to look up the word "knaves" as it was absent from my vocabulary. Reich went on to point out that all prestigious nonpartisan organizations who studied the Trump tax cut scam say it would raise taxes on those making $75,000 or less a few years after its inception. But the lower taxes for business and the wealthy remain. In other words, the Trump tax cut scam is genuinely a tax cut scam.

Mnuchin continues to insist that the legislation puts a higher tax burden on people earning more than $1 million a year, and reduce taxes on everyone else. “I can tell you that virtually everybody in the middle class will get a tax cut, and will get a significant tax cut,” Mnuchin says repeatedly.

But the prestigious Tax Policy Center concludes that by 2025, almost all of the benefits of both bills will have gone to the richest 1 percent, while upper-middle-class payers will pay higher taxes and those at the lower levels will receive only modest benefits.

So is Mnuchin a fool? His career before he became Treasury Secretary doesn’t suggest so. He graduated from Yale and worked for seventeen years for investment bank Goldman Sachs.

So then why is Trump and Mnuchin content to be knaves.

Apparently, Mnuchin will say anything to retain his power and influence in the Trump administration. He knows he’ll never have anything close to this power again. Mnuchin probably figures: So what if he lies about the true consequences of the tax bills? Trump lies about them, too. So does the Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

He probably assumes most of the public will never know he lied. Even those who know will soon forget. In this era of Trumpian big lies, there are no consequences for lying. But history may not be kind to Steve Mnuchin.

Over the last century, authoritarian and fascist regimes have intentionally and systematically denigrated the truth. The knaves who helped them are remembered in ignominy.

Americans must not allow the passage of the Trump tax cut scam. We allow the knaves to fool us at our own peril. While history, in the long run, will judge Trump and his evil cast in ignominy, living through a rebuilding process from the disaster of its passage would be left to us all as we suffer in the process.

 

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Chuck Todd shows sexist disrespect for Nancy Pelosi / deference to GOP Senator (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-11-27 01:06

Chuck Todd used most of his time interviewing Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senator Rob Portman on a singular subject, the sex harassment scandal gripping the nation. Ironically, he came over like a sexist as he interviewed Pelosi.

Chuck Todd was not shy in the manner in which he badgered Nancy Pelosi in a rather shallow interview, yet, he was deferential to Rob Portman on the same subject.

Chuck Todd badgers Nancy Pelosi in a sexist manner

It is ironic that as Todd is discussing a subject in which men have used their power over women, that he would attempt to manhandle the former Speaker and ostensibly the most influential female politician in the country. Worse, he does it with such ease. He continuously interrupts the former Speaker, badgers her as she attempts to answer his duplicate and pointless questions.

There was a stark difference in the manner in which he treated Rob Portman. He was almost deferential. He allowed Portman to finish his sentences. He even accepted non-answers from Portman unlike from Pelosi. Watching these interviews one right after the other showed the apparent bias in the manner in which he dealt with each politician.

Pelosi may have had the most memorable statement as she called out Chuck Todd for not including the Republican tax bill in his questions. She did not let Todd deter her from giving the truth behind the Republican tax cut scam. She effectively told Todd that he fell into the GOP trap by focusing on one issue.

The Republican tax cut scam is coming to a head probably sooner than later. Ignoring it on a Sunday news program is journalistic malpractice. We must call out the media as we hold them responsible.

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3 “Healthy” Tips about your diets that you should reconsider

Sun, 2017-11-26 23:05
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Several diets claim they are what you need to be healthy. But don’t believe everything that you read.

Here are three “healthy” myths you should reconsider.

  • Dairy products cause breast cancer: No study has been able to prove the link between dairy products and cancer.
  • In a research that takes lifestyle factors into account, like personal diet and exercise routine, being a vegetarian guarantees good health although it is important to include fruits and vegetables in our diet, it’s completely unnecessary to completely eliminate animal products as long as they don’t make up more than 10% of what we eat.
  • An egg equals five cigarettes: Rich in fat, eggs are associated with the narrowing of blood vessels, but it’s not even close to the damage caused by smoking. Studies show that in almost all cases, HDL (the "good") cholesterol goes up, total and LDL cholesterol levels usually don't change, but sometimes they increase slightly, eating Omega-3 enriched eggs can lower blood triglycerides, another important risk factor, and blood levels of carotenoid antioxidants like Lutein and Zeaxanthin increase significantly. As a matter of fact, they are perfectly nutritious and healthy food item.

Now that you know, keep enjoying the foods you love.

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Internet Co-ops are the answer to the attack on Net Neutrality and more?

Sun, 2017-11-26 16:40

This article could not come at a more timely moment. As many are in despair because of the impending Net Neutrality rollback, we know that there is hope even if we are immediately unsuccessful in staving it off.

There are many ways to skin a cat. The attack on Net Neutrality may awaken Americans to take control of more than the internet in the long run.

Sammi-Jo Lee writes in her article titled "How Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us From Net Neutrality Rollbacks" the following.

These locally owned networks are poised to do what federal and state governments and the marketplace couldn’t. One, they can bring affordable access to fast internet to anyone, narrowing the digital divide that deepens individual and regional socioeconomic disparities.

Two, these small operators can protect open internet access from the handful of large ISPs that stand to pocket the profits from net neutrality rollbacks that the Trump administration announced Nov. 21. That’s according to Christopher Mitchell, who is the director of Community Broadband Projects, a project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Mitchell, who has been tracking and advocating community-owned broadband networks for a decade, hopes that this will be the moment when people rebel against the administration’s attack on net neutrality and expand rural cooperative and municipal ISPs.

“The FCC is basically taking the regulations off of big companies, but local companies can still offer high-quality internet access at good prices,” Mitchell says.

Establishment of local co-ops for services and products after an unbearable encroachment by government empowered corporations may just be the bill to start a significant change in our economy. The Plutocracy better look out. They may add gasoline to a burgeoning movement.

I cover a lot of these issues in my book "As I See It: Class Warfare the Only Resort to Right Wing Doom." Political economist and historian, Dr. Gar Alperovitz, covers solutions to several of these issues in his books "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy" and "The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism & State Socialism." I interviewed Dr. Gar Alperovitz a few years ago where he laid out the migration from the undemocratic corporation to cooperatives and collectives where workers partake of the profits they created as opposed to the spoils going to the few as unearned income.

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Nancy Pelosi calls out Chuck Todd for lousy interview on Meet the Press (VIDEO)

Sun, 2017-11-26 12:39

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went toe to toe with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press as he asked her about several issues with Congressmen and sexual predation. But at the end of the interview, she made it known she was disappointed that Chuck Todd got conned into not addressing the tax cut scam by the Republicans. She let him have it.

Nancy Pelosi called out Chuck Todd on Meet the Press

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In what can only be called a badgering interview, Chuck Todd spent most of his time with repetitive questions about the sexual harassment scandal with Nancy Pelosi. The Minority Leader, after answering Todd's repetitive questions ad nauseam attempted to create her segue to the Republican tax cut scam.

"But I am here to talk about something also transformative in our society," Pelosi said. "And that is this tax bill that Republicans have put forth."

"And I want to get into this," Todd replied disingenuously. "But there seems to be a political paralysis here in trying to figure this out."

"It isn't," Pelosi replied. "We are moving. This week we will pass bipartisan legislation."

Chuck Todd continued to press the subject on the sexual harassment issue. Then suddenly told Pelosi that there was no more time.

"You mean we are not even going to talk about taxes?" Pelosi objected. "You see. You have fallen into the place.:"

What did she mean by that? Once again Chuck Todd and the mainstream media have shown they cannot walk and chew gum at the same time. They left an issue that could be voted on shortly hanging while given all the time to an issue where the due process will be slow but necessarily thorough.

But Nancy Pelosi would not be denied. She said her piece.

"They are doing something that is going to increase the debt enormously," Pelosi continued. "It is going to be a  job killer. And it is going to raise taxes on the middle-class.  And that has a big impact on the individual lives of all Americans. And really we should be spending more time on that."

A taken aback Chuck Todd came back with a silly response.

"Do you think this other issue isn't as serious?" Chuck asked.

Pelosi showed why she was one of the most effective speakers.

"Look," a frustrated Pelosi said. "As a woman, a mother of four daughters. I think it is enormously important. But I think that we have to have a balance in how we go forward because this is giving them cover. There are so many reasons why we should be concerned about the Republican majority in Congress."

Chuck Todd closed the interview. Pelosi is heard saying, "That's disappointing."

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Did Jeff Bezos really earn his $100 Billion making him world’s richest?

Sun, 2017-11-26 02:02

Our system teaches us as Americans, as westerners that the wealthy like Jeff Bezos, are deserving of their accumulated wealth. They've worked hard, and that is the reason they are rich. Here is why that just isn't the case.

Jeff Bezos had a great idea. He perfected selling books online and moved on to various other products, making Amazon what it is today. But is his concept worth him having $100 billion of wealth? No, it is not. In as much as many want to believe in some Ayn Randian existence, it is false. That we created an economic system predicated on that fallacy hurts most and is unsustainable over time.

Bezos idea was neither insular or solely implemented by himself. Moreover, the genesis of Bezos' concept did not just originate in his mind. The existence of the Internet created by the American tax dollars, the presence of online selling predated Amazon, and the technology thousands of engineers and scientists built made the idea possible.

An economic system is neither divine or immutable. Our system is humanmade and designed to favor a few. We can transform it. But to change it first requires that we unshackle our mindset. We must acknowledge our worth to society and our economy. Human capital is more important and valuable than financial capital. Movers of financial capital, bankers, stock brokers, etc. are not more valuable than those who produce products and services that are useful to humanity, teachers, engineers, doctors, scientists, nurses, and many other professions.

The rules in our capitalist society where one can enrich themselves by monetizing and not equitably sharing the spoils for an idea, the distribution of product and services, not necessarily their own or one they did not solely create is proof positive it is an immoral system. The fact that a small percentage of people's wealth can grow at a rate faster than that of the vast majority means that mathematically, the system has to collapse. As people, like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and others accumulate the wealth at a pace faster than the growth of the economy, we get the reality the majority of Americans are going through, stagnant wages and the inability to accumulate wealth.

I cover a lot of these issues in my book "As I See It: Class Warfare the Only Resort to Right Wing Doom." Political economist and historian, Dr. Gar Alperovitz, covers solutions to several of these issues in his books "America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy" and "The Next American Revolution: Beyond Corporate Capitalism & State Socialism." I interviewed Dr. Gar Alperovitz a few years ago where he laid out the migration from the undemocratic corporation to cooperatives and collectives where workers partake of the profits they created as opposed to the spoils going to the few as unearned income.

We must rid ourselves of the indoctrination we've been under since this country's inception and fortified by the Powell Memo when the progressive mobilization started to take hold and Americans started understanding how the corporate state was taking advantage of them. If we fail to do that, then welcome to indentured servitude.

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Why I do not hate Cuba and no person of color should nor their white allies should

Sat, 2017-11-25 16:38

Many people look at Cuba through a communist vs. democratic lens. I see it through a racial lens purposefully. You know, if a democratic state is ostensibly oppressing one, then what good is a democracy? Cuba was never a democracy for the vast majority of its citizens and specifically people of color.

I am sure though he could not say it as President of the United States, Barack Obama likely felt precisely the way I did about Cuba and acted accordingly within the confines of U.S. law. Americans are programmed to hate Cuba given the stories of many Cubans who were hurt by the Castro regime.

America's policy towards Cuba was vindictive and likely did more harm to Cuba than anything the Castro regime's brutality for those who opposed the revolution could. I am not going to get into complete historical detail here because all the information is readily available in online encyclopedias. I merely want to give the proper narrative.

I get tired of our government, most recently Donald Trump, acting as if the dictatorship in Cuba is any different than the dictatorships America supports throughout the world. In fact, Fulgencio Batista, the dictator overthrown by Castro's revolution, was no less vicious to those who opposed him and his policies that created massive wealth and income disparities. Of course, these variations followed the American color line modal as well. In other words, people of color in the aggregate were much less well off. They were either relegated to entertainment or menial jobs. Lest we forget, Fulgencio Batista was America's dictator and as such his criminality and his vicious attacks on his people got a pass.

For those who continue to use the Castro regime's oppression, incarceration, and downright violence against the opposition, one must note that many in the United States have felt that oppression for centuries right here in this "democracy." Our history and our present should dictate a level of humbleness lest we lose our ability to criticize credibly.

One must remember that Castro did not want to have a negative relationship with the U.S. Because he overthrew an American puppet that maintained a vicious form of capitalism, he was shunned by Washington, specifically President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Castro was intent on nationalizing all the ill-gotten land by the plutocracy.

Cuba's partnership with Russia was logical. Knowing that the United States, a superpower would likely lay waste to his government in the long run, what else could he have done?

The Cold War had no concern for the socio-economic-racial angst in Cuba or elsewhere. But here are some results rarely discussed. Under Cuba post-Batista, people of color while previously relegated to menial jobs became doctors, lawyers, engineers, and other professionals that were exported throughout the world. When a democracy and economic system consign a particular segment of its population to a life of less than, one should not be surprised when they seek an alternative. That alternative was better for many Cubans. It gave them a dignity they never had. And in the process, it created a healthcare system that covers every Cuban who all now have better medical outcomes than those in America.

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Could Hillary Clinton really become President before Trump’s term expires?

Sat, 2017-11-25 02:24

A Republican legal expert posits the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidency after the 2018 midterms and before the end of the Trump first term as president. How realistic is this? Here it goes.

It is becoming very clear as the Russia investigation continues, that President Trump is an illegitimate president. Even more disturbing is that the rot surrounds the president, vice president inclusive.

As reported by Bill Palmer of the Palmer Report,

Despite a whole lot of wishful thinking, various legal experts have confirmed that there is nothing in the Constitution that would allow the election result to be “nullified” under any circumstances. However, a respected legal expert – and a Republican no less – is proposing a different method for installing Hillary into her rightfully elected role as U.S. President.

Richard W. Painter is a Law Professor at the University of Minnesota and the former chief White House ethics lawyer for the George W. Bush administration. More recently he’s become a leading voice in exposing Donald Trump’s crimes in office, even while staunchly remaining a Republican. On Wednesday evening, he posted this tweet: “Not sure why Clinton isn’t running for a House seat. Dems could elect her Speaker. Then ….. It’s Mueller time.”

Not sure why Clinton isn't running for a House seat. Dems could elect her Speaker. Then .....

— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 23, 2017

It's Mueller time ...

— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) November 23, 2017

It is clear what Painter was implying as stated by Palmer.

Painter didn’t flesh out his thoughts any further, but it’s clear where he’s going with this. If Hillary Clinton is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, and if the Democrats win the majority in the House in that same election cycle, and if the Democrats then elect Hillary as Speaker of the House, and if Robert Mueller’s investigation provides enough evidence for Donald Trump and Mike Pence to be impeached and simultaneously removed, Hillary Clinton would in fact become President of the United States based on the order of succession spelled out in the 25th Amendment.

Of course, this is a long shot. But wasn't Trump a long shot as well?

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