Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday's Mud

Related: Sunday's Muck 

Kind of a set, aren't they?

Let's get right into it then:

"A gunman clad in all black, with a ballistic vest strapped to his chest and a military-style rifle in his hands, opened fire on parishioners at a Sunday service at a small Baptist church in rural Texas, killing at least 26 people and turning this tiny town east of San Antonio into the scene of the country’s newest mass horror....."

They come like clockwork do these mass shootings, and this one while Trump is in Asia (the look is an I can't believe I have to do this look!).

Here is what they are saying about the suspect and where it happened, along with what we know so far about what happened.

"Blame the media. Blame millennials. Blame the president. Everyone is looking for a culprit to fault for what official forecasters predict could be a record low turnout in Tuesday’s mayoral and City Council elections. Vital issues such as the future of Boston Public Schools, affordable housing, and the safety of the city’s streets are at stake, but that may not be enough to shake voters from their apathy....."

RelatedBoston’s mayoral candidates make their closing arguments

Marty is working the Haitian vote.

Also see:

City Council hopefuls prepare for Tuesday

Framingham will elect its first mayor

Sorry for the apathy regarding it all.


Commerce secretary has stake in firm tied to Putin orbit, report says

You can read the fine print if you want.


Using tax legislation to overhaul health care still being discussed, Ryan says

They need that pile of money for the tax cuts.

RelatedToo much pain, not enough gain in GOP tax plan

Then take a pill.

"Virginia candidates in final sprint before Election Day" Associated Press  November 05, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year, and the contest is viewed by many as an early referendum on President Trump’s political popularity.


"According to a Washington Post-ABC News survey, President Trump is the only president dating back to Harry S. Truman whose approval rating at this point in his presidency is net negative — by 22 points. The next-worst recorded in that time was for Bill Clinton, who had a net positive of 11 points by this time in his presidency. Trump began his presidency with modest expectations on the part of a public that was divided coming out of last year’s contentious election. The public sees Democrats acting mostly as an opposition party, rather than offering ideas....."

You can forget about impeachment unless it is in your dreams.

Democrats are eager to prove they can harness anti-Trump energy into success at the polls, while Republicans are looking to show they have a winning blueprint in a blue-leaning state.

Democrat Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist and the state’s lieutenant governor, spent Saturday in voter-rich northern Virginia, where Democrats have run up huge leads in recent statewide elections. He attended rallies with union members, immigrant groups, and others where he sought to use anti-Trump energy as a motivating factor.

Still playing identity politics?

Northam said he felt strong enthusiasm from his supporters and said he was heartened by the high number of absentee votes that had been cast so far compared with four years ago, particularly in Democratic-leaning areas. Northam predicted overall turnout Tuesday could surpass 50 percent, which would be a significant increase from previous gubernatorial contests.

The fix is in, 'eh?

In a separate development, Northam’s campaign said it has evidence that automated social media accounts — or bots — were used to inflame online chatter about a controversial TV ad launched by a progressive group that’s backing Northam.

That ad, which depicted a white Republican Ed Gillespie supporter in a pickup truck bedecked with a Confederate flag chasing children of different ethnicities, was sponsored by the Latino Victory Fund and ran for just two days last week on Spanish language stations, but it generated howls of outrage from the campaign of Republican rival Ed Gillespie and his surrogates and supporters.

They denounced the spot as being ‘‘disdainful of millions of Virginians,’’ called on Northam to disavow it, and then condemned him when he declined. Gillespie appeared on ‘‘Fox and Friends’’ and called the ad ‘‘an attack on all Virginians.’’

The Latino advocacy group stood by the ad as a response to a series of ads from Gillespie that began airing in September and seemed to link illegal immigrants with the violent Latino street gang MS-13. Those ads also have drawn widespread condemnation for being racially insensitive and for seeking to whip up fear about immigrants. 

It's all what side you are on. If you are on the "left" it is okay to hate and use violence.

A New York Times/Siena College poll released Sunday found that Northam holds a modest 3-point lead over Gillespie, 43 percent to 40 percent....."


Wisconsin’s Walker to run for third term

So who sent the message to Rand Paul and where the hell was his security?

"Kentucky’s Republican House speaker has resigned his leadership position after acknowledging he settled sexual harassment claims from one of his staffers last month. Jeff Hoover announced his decision Sunday. Hoover said he will remain in the Legislature....."

What else is new, 'eh, ladies?

100 years ago, Susan B. Anthony voted illegally

How brazen of her.

"Brazile says she found no evidence that Democratic primaries were rigged" by Philip Rucker Washington Post  November 06, 2017

WASHINGTON — Former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile said Sunday that despite a joint fund-raising agreement between the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, there was ‘‘no evidence’’ that the 2016 presidential primaries were rigged. 

She is backtracking so she must have been threatened.

Brazile’s successor, Tom Perez, said in a separate television interview Sunday that the DNC is working to earn back the trust of voters.

Good luck with that.

The comments came as Brazile details the fund-raising agreement in her new book, writing that it was ‘‘a cancer’’ that disadvantaged Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who ran as a Democrat during the primaries, because it gave Clinton’s campaign a measure of influence over some DNC operations in exchange for helping the party raise money.

Still, asked Sunday on ABC’s ‘‘This Week’’ whether the primaries were rigged in favor of Clinton, Brazile told anchor George Stephanopoulos, ‘‘I found no evidence, none whatsoever.’’

She literally stole the nomination.

Perez, who took over as DNC chairman after last year’s election and had been a prominent Clinton surrogate, said on NBC’s ‘‘Meet the Press’’ that Clinton won the nomination fairly through a series of primary elections, which were run by states. Perez pointed out that in many of the caucuses, which were run by the party, Sanders bested Clinton.

Nevertheless, he said, ‘‘We have to earn the trust of the voters, and during the process of the Democratic primary, we fell short of that, undeniably. When I hear the word rigged, let’s be very clear. Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary by 4 million votes.’’

In her ABC interview, Brazile also explained her secret deliberations about whether to initiate a complicated DNC process to replace Clinton as the nominee after her near-fainting spell on Sept. 11, 2016.

Brazile writes in her book, ‘‘Hacks,’’ that she had settled on Vice President Joe Biden as the best replacement and had serious doubts during that period about the direction of Clinton’s campaign but did not initiate the process. As party chairwoman, she did not have the power to unilaterally replace the nominee.

‘‘I was under tremendous pressure after Secretary Clinton fainted to have a ‘Plan B,’ ’’ Brazile said on ABC. ‘‘I didn’t want a Plan B. Plan A was great for me. I supported Hillary, and I wanted her to win. But we were under pressure.’’

Brazile said she kept her own counsel during this period and did not talk about it with Biden. ‘‘This was something you play out in your mind,’’ she said.

Brazile’s book is a savage memoir of her experiences with Clinton’s campaign, which she describes as mismanaged and lacking passion.

On Saturday night, after The Washington Post reported on some of Brazile’s allegations and characterizations, more than 100 Clinton staffers signed an open letter disputing the former party chairwoman’s account.

‘‘We do not recognize the campaign she portrays in the book,’’ the letter read.

The letter also read: ‘‘We were shocked to learn the news that Donna Brazile actively considered overturning the will of the Democratic voters by attempting to replace Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine as the Democratic presidential and vice presidential nominees. It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health.’’

Perez said in his Sunday interview on NBC, ‘‘The charge that Hillary Clinton was somehow incapacitated is, quite frankly, ludicrous. Hillary Clinton was a tireless senator, a tireless secretary of state, and a tireless candidate.’’

Brazile said she had no regrets penning a tell-all, and when Stephanopoulos questioned whether her account is helpful to the Democratic Party, she took umbrage.

‘‘George, for those who are telling me to shut up, they told Hillary that a couple of months ago,’’ Brazile said, referring to the release of Clinton’s memoir. ‘‘You know what I tell them? Go to hell. I’m going to tell my story. . . . And I say go to hell because, why am I supposed to be the only person that is unable to tell my story?’’


She is a black woman running scared, and I don't blame her.


"Sunday’s rally drew hundreds of people, including parishioners who attended a weekly Mass given in Haitian Creole. It focused on the Haitian community, but found common cause with immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua who are also living in the United States under the same federal program. Emotions ran high as no decision has been made regarding the program. Haiti continues to recover from a 2010 earthquake that left much of the country in shambles....."

This may come as a shock to you because in this case I am very prejudiced. I give Haitians a blanket amnesty. Next issue.

Massachusetts National Guard unit departs for Puerto Rico

State to assess damage following storm

The moose are loose.

"The group, called Artpodgotovka, was declared an extremist group by a Russian court last week. Its exiled leader, Vyacheslav Maltsev, had called for protests to force President Vladimir Putin’s resignation. Analyst Stanislav Belkovsky suggested that the large number of arrests exaggerated any potential threat posed by the nationalist movement. ‘‘Special services must constantly create threats, so that they have something to neutralize,’’ he said on independent radio station Ekho Moskvy. In a separate development last week....."

That's the muck of hypocrisy from my pre$$ as the fascist tide spreads from Spain into Italy, and now the Germans are on the march (scary).

"Among Russian billionaire investor Yuri Milner’s current investments is a real estate venture founded and partly owned by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser. Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have become a major focus of federal investigations into Kremlin interference in the 2016 election. Federal prosecutors and congressional investigators are examining how Russians linked to the Kremlin turned the sites into garden hoses of bogus news stories and divisive political ads, and whether they coordinated with the Trump campaign. No one has suggested that Milner or his companies had any connection to the propaganda operation [and] there is nothing illegal about foreign state-owned institutions investing in US companies. Milner, 55, studied theoretical physics at Moscow State University before moving to the United States, where he attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1990s and then worked for the World Bank in Washington. He returned to Russia, and eventually teamed with Alisher Usmanov — an Uzbek-Russian oligarch close to the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev — and a former Goldman Sachs executive to build a significant stake in, a Russian Internet company that now trades on the London Stock Exchange....."

The city of sickos?

Russian interference has long been a truism thrown about by my pre$$, but is it true?

You would have to travel back in time to find out.

The foundations are beginning to crack:

"Connecticut legislators are looking to help hundreds, if not thousands, of homeowners whose foundations are crumbling because of iron sulfide in the concrete by creating the state’s own insurance company. The new state budget includes language establishing a not-for-profit company run by a volunteer board to distribute grants for repairs or replacement of deteriorating foundations. It will be funded with $100 million in state bonds over five years. An estimated 30,000 or more homes and condo buildings miniums built from the mid-1980s to 2016 could have failing foundations because of the presence of pyrrhotite. It reacts naturally with oxygen and water, causing concrete to crack and crumble. Many homeowners have been unable obtain insurance. Repairs can cost as much as $200,000."

Now imagine if you had flood damage.

"William C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a vocal proponent of improving the “culture” at big banks, is expected to announce his retirement as early as this week, said two people familiar with the decision....." 

It's all turned to sh!t.