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Trump Says He Will Sue Everyone in Wisconsin - revealed by Andy Borowitz

MILWAUKEE (The Borowitz Report)—In a sharply worded post-election threat on Tuesday night, the Republican Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump said that he intended to sue the entire population of Wisconsin “for everything it’s worth.”

In his terse remarks, Trump departed from the customs of political concession speeches by failing to congratulate the evening’s winner or thank his supporters, instead sternly warning the people of Wisconsin to “lawyer up.”

“By the time my attorneys are through with you, I’m going to own your entire state, lock, stock, and barrel,” he said. “Not that I want to own it. Wisconsin is a freaking dump.”


I have another high five story about feeling the Bern. This time at a Symphony performance

I'm excited about the win in Wisconsin, I won't even worry about this story being not so different from my post office story of a couple of days ago, it has a LGBT aspect as well that was quite wonderful in front of a deeply Southern audience

I went to a Symphony performance tonight and left at intermission, the pieces I went to hear had been played, and I wanted to get home to watch the results of the Wisconsin voting.
Before the orchestra started the Maestro turned to the audience to tell us that the main cellist in the orchestra died of cancer. Great sadness. Tomorrow 22 cellists will perform at her funeral at a Universalist Fellowship. He then said, as his last comment: “15 members of her family are in the audience tonight, including her wife.”

During intermission, before I hightailed out, I went to the bathroom to check the phone for how Bernie was doing. When I read the numbers I saw in the mirror that I got this big shit eating grin on my face, my eyes got big too, and a woman next to me, washing her hands, asked me what was up.
I showed her the Bernie Wisconsin numbers and told her that this made me very happy.

I swear to you she high fived me, said she  was a member of the mourning party of the cellist, and that she was going back in to bring them the good news because they are all Bernie supporters.

I can’t make this stuff up. And I will continue to spread my joy about feeling the Bern and who knows, there may be more recounting of my experiences .

Don't miss it like I did....the theme for April's contest is pinned at the top

I looked in periodically over the last few days to see what's happening about the theme, did not find it, and then it all but reared up and bit me.

I like the theme of "water" and LOVE the examples CC posted.

Postal Clerk going postal in a positive way for Bernie

A small package to my grandson who is making his way in New York / Brooklyn and who lives in a tiny sublet was way-layed because his mailbox did not hold the package. When he went to the post office where it was supposedly held they had sent it back to me.

Imagine me at the counter with a 40 something burly black postal clerk listening to my story and then prepping to re-send it, with the counter for the new postage going as I held my credit card in hand. I looked at him and said: “I would not even try again, but it’s a Bernie shirt I made for my grandson, and the vote is coming in New York”.

His hand went up in high five anticipation, and we followed through on it as he said: “More power to the cause. You actually are the person who was harmed here and I will be able to re-send this at the expense of the post office.” I smiled, and said thank you.
He then said he was following the potential problems with super delegates “who may not follow the will of the people” and also said he did not understand why so many black women did not know they would be better off with “our” candidate.

This was followed with another heart felt high five which I originated.

Photo is thank you selfie grandson took in front of a mirror wearing his Bernie shirt.

This won't happen in NC, so, sometimes, for the sake of mental health, you wait it out and laugh.

Reminiscing: Going back to a time when our Senators mostly were Adults.

This graphic doesn't say what the vote was, but it was 97-0. This was Pres. Reagan's choice in an election year to replace Lewis Powell. Unlike Garland, though, Kennedy graduated cum laude from Harvard. Garland graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. No Republican and no Democrat called Kennedy's qualifications into question.

Tonight's the night in my opinion. The decline of the Donald has begun a freefall

His lunatic self let himself get caught in the verbiage of Tweety's pushing.
Mr. Trump has started shoveling a grave for himself by saying women ought to be penalized / prosecuted in some yet undefined way if they get an abortion
(whether he rescinded it later to put the onus on abortion doctors is irrelevant)
and then to answer the question if men who get women pregnant should also be punished with a "No".

This was in my opinion the stop in time when asinine statements, and shocking revelations of skin thin thought processes have turned and will no longer provide a new climb in the polls.

I predict the reverse will happen, they will go down now, and he will lose Wisconsin for starters.
I have been waiting for the worm to turn and I think this will do it.

I don't agree with a DU thread in progress that MSNBC let us down by pushing this issue into the forefront of tonight's long individual interviews as the most important thing. I think it was just that important, and new info, and needed to be featured on the front burner.

The back pedaling the Donald did by later blaming the doctors simply indicates he caught on and tried to wipe the stain off the floor.

“What is wrong with North Carolina” musing editorial by Ronnie C. Rouse

For me there was a time being born and raised in the state of North Carolina carried a great sense of pride. If you take a moment to reflect on it, we’ve got everything that you could ever ask for. Great eating, breathtaking scenery, amazing sports teams, and a diverse population. North Carolina as a whole is steeped in tradition and has rightfully substantiated it’s place in American history. We’re the home of The Lost Colony, the place where Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional, and where The Wright Brothers first took flight. Not to mention we’re the home of Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player that has ever lived.

“And in 2016, it appears that we’ve got it wrong again.”
But to be truthful, we have been known to be tardy when it comes to getting on the right side of history. We were the last state to pass an ordinance of secession during The Civil War. The University of North Carolina, which Michael Jordan attended, just started integrating African-American students in 1955. The city of Greensboro is known more for the 1960’s Woolworth sit-ins and the 1979 KKK “Greensboro Massacre” than as the home of Loretta Lynch, the first female African-American US Attorney General. And in 2016, it appears that we’ve got it wrong again.

On March 23 The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, better known as House Bill 2, was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) less than 12 hours after being introduced by the North Carolina General Assembly. Numerous critics are now referring to the bill as the most Anti-LGBT bill in the United States. The first lines of the bill say that it is “A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR SINGLE SEX MULTIPLE OCCUPANCY BATHROOM AND CHANGING FACILITIES IN SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC AGENCIES AND TO CREATE STATEWIDE CONSISTENCY IN REGULATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.” So you’re probably thinking, “what’s the big deal”?

“It’s more than just some LBGT legislation that the language of the bill suggests.”
Many believe that this is simply a law that is made to make sure that people are using the restrooms and facilities related to their biological sex. It is much more than that. One of the things that a lot of people fail to realize is some of the actual underwriting of the bill itself. It’s more than just some LBGT legislation that the language of the bill suggests. For starters, the law now declares that state law overrides all local ordinances concerning employment, public accommodations and wages. That means should your county or city officials choose to raise minimum wage in your local municipality, now they can’t. The more affluent counties that can afford and wish to pay employees more are no longer allowed to under this “LBGT law.”

So where’s the discrimination in wanting men to use a men’s restroom and vice versa? Where’s the discrimination in protecting our children from sexual predators that may want to enter the privacy of their bathroom? For one, people who identify as transgender seem to be more likely to be assaulted in a bathroom or locker room. Concerning sexually predatory behavior, the previous Charlotte ordinance that protected those who identify as LGBT does not protect sexual predators from prosecution. Charlotte passed an ordinance that did not allow businesses to discriminate against gay, lesbian or transgender customers in addition to long-standing protections based on race, age, religion and gender. The North Carolina General Assembly overturned it and it now applies statewide. For example, now if you have had sexual reassignment surgery to become a man, law mandates that you have to use the same restroom as someone’s mother, wife, or daughter. The law also allows businesses to refuse to serve people who identify as gay, lesbian or transgender since they are no longer protected under said law.

The financial backlash of this has the potential to be utterly catastrophic. According to the Human Rights Campaign, the state is now at risk of losing $4.5 billion in federal funding because it is in direct violation of the federal non-discrimination act Title IX. Numerous global companies and entities such as, but not limited to, the NBA, Apple, Dow Chemical, IBM, Google, and Bank Of America have openly expressed deep concern and distaste for the law.

North Carolina has been making great leaps and strides progressively in recent years but once again, it seems like we take two steps forward and twenty steps back.

The law goes into effect April 1.

This is not the North Carolina I’m proud of.



Something Is Going Seriously Wrong at Arizona Polls Today

Nathan Wellman / US uncut

Arizona’s primaries aren’t even done yet, and there’s already legal action being taken as a result of incompetence or possibly even intentional sabotage.

Leaders from the Arizona branch of the Democratic Party have confirmed that its lawyers are officially making an inquiry after multiple Democratic voters showed up to the polls only to find that they were listed as independents, Republicans, or had no party affiliation at all.

Many voters wound up having to wait in line under the hot Arizona sun only to find that they were ineligible to vote for the candidates of their choice. To add insult to injury, the polling locations have been so poorly planned that many voters had to wait in line up to four hours before finding out that their information had been improperly filed.

Poll workers have been giving out “provisional ballots,” according to 12 News. It’s unclear at this time as to whether these ballots will actually count in the Arizona primary, and whether intentional or not, it could result in the disenfranchisement of Arizona voters. Some frustrated residents are taking to YouTube and social media to voice their frustrations.

full story here:

Pope Francis Fires Vatican Ambassador to U.S. Who Set Up Meeting With Kim Davis

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò is a staunch conservative and was vocally opposed to same-sex marriage throughout his five-year tenure as the Vatican’s nuncio (ambassador) to the United States.

He also sent an anonymous invite to Ms. Kim Davis, of anti-equality fame, to the Pope’s DC visit. While people, here and elsewhere, initially thought this was a coup for Davis and bigotry, Pope Francis turned the other cheek.

And now word comes that the incident is prompting The Vatican to replace Vigano. A friend of the Pope’s claimed he was blindsided by the meeting, and the move caused the Vatican to distance itself from Viganò, leading many to believe the Pope would quietly replace him as his “statutory retirement age” was approaching. Viganò turned 75 in January; when bishops and archbishops reach that age, they are required to submit a letter of resignation to the Vatican.

Interestingly, the Pope is thinking about replacing the social conservative warrior with an advocate of immigration.

ill be replaced by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, a French-born clergyman who is currently the nuncio to Mexico, Catholic magazine America reports, citing Sandro Magister, a blogger who covers the Vatican.
The Vatican is not expected to confirm the news until the Obama administration has agreed to the new nuncio’s appointment, the magazine notes, but it adds that “reliable sources” expect an official announcement before Easter, which falls on March 27 this year. Because of his experience in Mexico, Pierre may well emphasize immigration issues.

In addition to being the current nuncio to Mexico, Pierre was the nuncio to Uganda (1999-2007) and Haiti (1995-99) and is widely recognized as one of the Holy See's most accomplished diplomats.

Another small step in Pope Francis effort to modernize The Vatican.

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