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Republican delegate sues to avoid voting for Donald Trump at convention

Source: The Guardian

One of Virginia’s delegates to the Republican National Convention has filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to avoid voting for presumptive nominee Donald Trump at the party convention next month.

The delegate, Carroll Correll Jr of Winchester, Virginia, argued in the suit that being forced to vote against his conscience was a violation of his constitutional rights.

Correll said he would not vote for Trump because he believed the billionaire businessman was unfit to serve as president.

Correll’s suit maintained that state law imposed criminal penalties on delegates who did not vote on the first ballot for the winner of the state’s Republican and Democratic primaries.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jun/25/donald-trump-virginia-republican-delegate-sues-to-avoid-voting-convention

It is only fitting Republicans are consistent here. They are all for matters
of conscience - bathroom use, birth control under health plans, Speaker Ryan's
advice to Congress - in daily legal life, let's see how they handle
conscience at the RNC!

And while we're at it, just out of curiosity, where is the matter of conscience
when it comes to gun control legislation? Oh, conscience is channeled into
prayers for the dead and their families. Right. But very very wrong.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Sat Jun 25, 2016, 07:09 AM (23 replies)

GOP: Delete your presumptive nominee

Daily News Columnist Will Bunch has Philly Attytood!! I urge you to visit Will's column often and participate in Disqus comments section.

"I write these words as a liberal voter and as a student of political science: I fully believe that a principled conservative coming out of Cleveland would probably -- emphasis on "probably" -- have a better chance of defeating Hillary Clinton than Trump does. So, yes, I'm calling for something that would actually make the vision of a more progressive America, which I share with millions of others, a little less likely. But I've seen America borne backwards by right-wing presidents, and survive. I don't believe America, as we know it, could survive a Trump presidency.

At key moments in U.S. history, political figures have risen to the occasion and become profiles in courage. The bipartisan congressional probes of Richard Nixon is one such instance that some of us still remember. It's not too late for patriotic Republicans to again rise to the occasion. Change the party rules in Cleveland. Allow the delegates to vote their conscience on the first ballot -- and dump Donald Trump this summer. I guarantee that history would remember you as heroes."

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jun 14, 2016, 07:18 AM (0 replies)

Donald Trump Thinks The Mafia Is Libeling That Nice, Safe, Healthy Asbestos. This Is A True Story.

Trump explained the true truth about asbestos in a 1997 book with the catchy, not at all derivative title Trump: The Art of the Comeback, where he told Americans they shouldn’t believe the hype about the supposed health problems associated with asbestos, which is “the greatest fire-proofing material ever used.” While those pussies at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration might insist — as job-killing bureaucrats would — that “asbestos is a known human carcinogen” that “can cause chronic lung disease as well as lung and other cancers,” Donald Trump got straight to the obvious truth: Asbestos is wonderful and perfectly safe, so the only people who would ever say otherwise are either hooked up with or duped by the Mafia:

"I believe that the movement against asbestos was led by the mob, because it was often mob-related companies that would do the asbestos removal. Great pressure was put on politicians, and as usual, the politicians relented. Millions of truckloads of this incredible fire-proofing material were taken to special “dump sites” and asbestos was replaced by materials that were supposedly safe but couldn’t hold a candle to asbestos in limiting the ravages of fire."

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Jun 10, 2016, 08:38 AM (3 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Just Shredded Trump And Brought The GOP Nominee To His Knees

Source: Politicususa.com

Elizabeth Warren followed up her speech that dismantled Donald Trump with a series of tweets this afternoon that left the billionaire fumbling for childish insult and blown completely out of the water.

In a series of tweets, Sen. Elizabeth Warren unloaded on Donald Trump this afternoon:

If @realDonaldTrump actually believes every stupid lie he reads on the Internet, we’re in for a truckload of trouble if he’s President.

— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016


Democrats, like Warren, shrug off Trump’s playground taunts and keep coming and coming and coming after the billionaire. Donald Trump has never faced anything like what Democrats are going to be throwing at him.

Over the last 24 hours, Warren has shredded Trump in a major speech and on Twitter. The Republican nominee’s response has proven her correct. Trump is an empty-headed, selfish, buffoon who is unfit to be president.

Read more: http://www.politicususa.com/2016/05/25/elizabeth-warren-shredded-donald-trump-brought-gop-nominee-knees.html

Go, Lizzie Warren, GO!!

Nicely timed to grab some headlines while the State Dept email topic
was released this morning.

I'm beginning to think we have a Ticket here!
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed May 25, 2016, 03:23 PM (40 replies)

What is a good reliable web-based email client?

My account at mail.com is down again. Haven't had these issues in a few years.
But it's been 24 hours. A couple years back they changed available addresses and I lost
one account there. Never recovered anything from it, it was so quick.

It is a major pain to migrate my personal business account to another place. And even
then how do you re-archive account contents. Can't be done to preserve the original email
headers I think.

Fortunately I use separate accounts for other things, but most of those are not
used at all so I have no idea if they're reliable.

Is gmail any good?

Yahoo mail now offers the capability to integrate all Yahoo mail accounts into one.
Boy that would be confusing. And I don't want personal business with my family account.

Can you integrate just two Yahoo accounts?

So I'm seeking a free non-Yahoo email provider that is reliable.

I'd be interested to hear others' solutions to their voluminous email.

Thanks all!

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Thu Aug 6, 2015, 04:21 PM (7 replies)

All is Not As Well As They Keep Telling Us

Corporate jobs require corporate applications.

For the self-employed, without recent outside the home work history
and recent references, one cannot complete the applications and
submit them.

Small businesses seem lazy. They only want specific experience. When
did jobs become a laundry list of tasks, skills, performance, relentless
striving every hour of every working day forever before and after this
job that pays $9 an hour?

Time was you have a degree, you apply. It's assumed you work hard, know
how to type, use a computer, relate well to people, want to contribute to
the business and help it grow. You're not a low-life. Now everyone is treated
like a closet low-life.

Who would want to work for these paranoid types anyway?

I've spent hours reading self-employment books by guru Bob Kiyosaki. I know he's
written books with Mr. Trump, but I ignore that part, because I need to improve
my motivation and desire to be responsible for my own business, my own bottom
line. That standup sense of self, that spring in your mind and step is what makes it
happen for me.

The barriers from the corporate world are absolutely ridiculous. According to them, I lack
the skills and background to work in a pet store. Seriously? I could manage the stupid place
but can't get my foot in the door because I haven't owned a cat or dog. The employees that
are in there are the laziest simpletons in town. They can barely sweep the floor, and lack
the confidence to manage anything.

The job world is sick. Very sick. America's productivity is kaput.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 07:54 PM (10 replies)

Auschwitz Guard Convicted Of 300,000 Counts Of Accessory To Murder

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served at the Auschwitz death camp has been convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Jul 15, 2015, 06:59 AM (2 replies)

Senator Rand Paul's Libertarian Environment Voting Record

2014 Score = 0%
Lifetime Score = 9%


Ron Paul always argued, let the environment be litigated in court. Can YOU put up the
bucks to tackle multinationals in Federal Court???

I always refer to him as Ayn Rand Paul. Pro-corporate, pro-profits, anti-people, anti-regulation.
Coal, Oil, Gas.
Posted by bucolic_frolic | Mon Jun 29, 2015, 07:20 PM (2 replies)

Origins of the Republican Party and Economic Roots of the Civil War

Perhaps some would be interested in learning more about the opposition party.
This is my quick take. A lively thread might teach us something useful in the struggle.

Origins of the Republican Party

Civil War history is not my forte. So playing fast and shallow with my opinion ... Conventional wisdom says the Civil War was about slavery. But that was a sideshow, albeit a very moral one. In "Rule by Secrecy" author Jim Marrs clearly states that Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was a timely political move to prevent Russia (***see corrections in thread below***), with its troops in Mexico City, and Britain with its Atlantic Fleet doing business with the South, from entering the conflict on the side of the Confederacy. Neither power could politically weather a European storm on the side of slavery.

Fort Sumter was not about slavery. It was an economic event, after the deep South's endurance of 40 years of heavy U.S. tariffs on northern manufactured goods, raising costs to the south. Succession had been threatened before, it just wasn't organized or widespread, it was a state by state event.

The roots to understanding all this is in the creation of the Republican Party. Northern lawyers for manufacturers and railroads wanted protectionism and needed a front man for the new political party. Abe Lincoln was a railroad lawyer paid 4 figure fees to defend railroads, a huge sum in those days. He was given prime acreage in Iowa (but don't quote me), gifts that would launch ethics investigations today. And Lincoln was a gifted mind. He could talk eloquently about freedom and opportunity. To the masses, it sounded like civil rights, jobs, and prosperity. His business backers knew it was about profits and monopoly. Exploitation and enslavement to the system was not yet in the lexicon.

That's what sets the rules for society. Little groups of lawyers. Antitrust? Free markets? Marketing and pricing? Inheritance taxes? Tax code loopholes? Tax code complexity? (Blame the tax lawyers). Somehow these exploitative rules are never removed and rarely simplified. Only business seems wealthy enough to challenge the tax code and buy political influence to reduce regulations.

If you take nothing else away from this diatribe, search and learn the origins of the creation of the Republican Party. Lincoln was the first political front man, whether he was in on it, or not. Within 20 years, Jay Gould and that bunch were playing with gold and money, influence that reached into the Grant administration.

Think, people, think. Exploitation is about to wratchet up a few notches in 2015. The 1% are reaping the rewards and motivating with the stick.

I strongly recommend Thomas DiLorenzo's The Real Lincoln

And this article:


Posted by bucolic_frolic | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 08:16 PM (6 replies)

What is to be done?

Members here focus on issues, candidates ... problems run deeper.
The party didn't recruit well, nor support their candidates in message, coordination,
training (from a WAPO article today).

Any party is filled with party faithful. New ideas are stifled, suppressed, shelved
in favor of the establishment with tried and true if old ways of doing things.

You gotta say this for the Tea Party: they brought in fresh, younger blood and energy.

The Democratic Party needs an infusion. Every nook and cranny should be scavenged for
energy and drive and ideas. Each county, ward, precinct. The old ward leaders know talent,
ideas should be shared, gathered, catalogued, sent up the chain of command.

We're beaten on money, GOTV, and this time on candidates, message, electability. GOP managed
their flock from DC, less on this, more on that, nothing radical, mainstream. They blamed Obama
to a fault, ditto ditto. Repetition generates buzz and energy. It was a whisper campaign, it always
is with them.

What did our consultants do? Message tweak? Or manage email fundraisers? I've been drowned by
candidates' emails for 9 months. Did it do any good? Did they win an extra race? Okay, VA & NH were
salvaged. Thank God for that.

Where is the permanent spinmeister class at the DNC? Does it change with every election, do the people
at the top of the ticket flush the operatives in favor of their own?

This election from a D standpoint was as ineffective as John McCain. Remember McCain and Mitt controlled
their own organization, made their own calls. They flopped. They selected poor running mates. Obama had
Axelrod and Plouffe. And technology.

The Republican victory was managed from Washington, RNC and all. Why can't we be competitive?

Corporate Triumphs, Progressive Victories and the Roadmap for a Democratic Revival

But come January, the big question for Obama will be whether he is willing to use his veto pen to thwart the GOP’s reactionary legislation, or whether he will try to find compromises to provide some semblance of bipartisanship. Liberals and progressives might want to send tens of thousands of veto pens to the White House to remind Obama that he’s still the president, even if a weakened one.

Meanwhile, there is much for liberals and progressives to do at the local level, where their allies have in the past year won a growing number of victories by candidates for mayor and City Council in New York City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and elsewhere. More and more cities will push to adopt minimum wages, paid family leave and other progressive measures.

November 5, 2014

by Peter Dreier

Posted by bucolic_frolic | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 06:58 PM (2 replies)
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