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San Francisco State University grad (Psychology).

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Freedom Caucus founder Rep. Jim Jordan forced to have town meeting when constituents show up

Daily Kos
February 20, 2017

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) decided to skip the in-person town hall meeting this week.
So his constituents figured out his schedule, and took the town meeting to him, as chronicled by Dave Weigel on Twitter.

Things got heated, fast, as the crowd waited to confront him about a variety of things, looking at all the signs in the crowd, but particularly climate change and Obamacare.

He's telling the crowd: "It's time to change Obamacare, and bring back insurance that actually empowers you, actually empowers you and not Washington, D.C."
He has a hard time actually getting that sentence out over the crowd's shouts of "Lies."

He was really committed to the lying part, not just telling the crowd "our plan intends to bring back insurance that's affordable," (there isn't a plan in the first place) and this one, on Medicaid and what's going to happen to rural hospitals.

The question is a smart one - repealing Obamacare and killing the Medicaid expansion, turning it into a block grant - would be devastating to rural hospitals that rely on that funding.

Jordan not only refuses to answer that question, he says that "defunding Planned Parenthood would free up money for them," as Weigel paraphrases.


Trump administration halts California's plans for high-speed rail & infrastructure improvements

Daily Kos
February 20, 2017

The orange-Republican administration has said all kinds of things it will do to make the United States "great again."
Anyone with half a brain cell knows that this administration has very little interest in actually coming through on any of his campaign promises.
It's almost like he is pathologically compelled to do the opposite.
For example, rebuilding our infrastructure.

In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric - and in the process pretty much killed hopes for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon.

"It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy," Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday.

The hope in California was to begin creating jobs through much needed infrastructure work and upgrades.
Our country's infrastructure, as many already know, is not only an issue of needing basic maintenance, we need to modernize virtually everything.

California has already spent $150 million on planning to go electric, but without the federal and matching funds, the overall $1.98 billion project will go into limbo.
As for high-speed rail, a $64 billion (and counting) endeavor that is still not fully funded, it's viability would take a big hit if bullet trains went no further north than the South Bay.

As a community member pointed out over the weekend, the issues concerning infrastructure programs and this new government are endemic to how fast this administration has been at turning our government into an even slower-moving entity.
At best, Chao is impeding progress and at worst, she is politicizing our country's transportation system.

Demand an Independent Investigation of the Trump Administration's Collusion with Russia

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon)
via Credo Mobilize
February 20, 2017

It's now clear that the Trump campaign, transition team, and administration have had very questionable contacts with the Russian government.
In particular, General Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador about the easing of U.S. sanctions on Russia may be a violation of criminal law and ethical standards.

The American people deserve to know the truth about what really happened and who was responsible.

As an early supporter and top advisor to the Trump campaign, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is too close to the situation to conduct the investigation the American people deserve.

Sessions must recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor.
That's why I started my campaign on Credo Mobilize.com.

My petition, which is to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, says the following:

"The American people deserve an impartial, objective, comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation into all credible allegations concerning the relationships between Donald Trump and the Russian government.
Appoint a special prosecutor without delay."

Tell Attorney General Sessions: Appoint a special prosecutor without delay.
Click here to sign the petition:

Repeated refusals by the White House to come clean with the American people make a fully independent investigation absolutely critical.
Sessions must recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor ti investigate these critical questions:
- Did Michael Flynn break the law when he talked to the Russian Ambassador?
- Did the Trump campaign contact Russian intelligence services?
- What is the relationship between Trump's team and the Russian government?
- What did Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump know, and when did they know it?

There is also a strong likelihood that other members of President Trump's team were involved in similar conduct - and important questions remain unanswered about the role Trump campaign officials may have played in Vladimir Putin's efforts to help Donald Trump win the election.

To maintain the confidence, credibility, and integrity of the Department of Justice, we need a special prosecutor to conduct an impartial, objective, comprehensive and thorough investigation as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support.

Sen. Jeff Merkley

(NOTE: As of 5:45 PM (E.T.) today, more than 150,000 people have signed Sen. Merkley's petition)

Donald Trump is the first American President to___________?

ever be accused of raping a 13-year-old girl?

House Intelligence Committee won't investigate conversations between Michael Flynn & Trump

Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2017

"Progressive Group Calls For Rep. Devin Nunez To Resign Post Over Comments About Trump's National Security Advisor"

A California progressive group says it will demand Rep. Devin Nunez (R-CA) step down as chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee during a protest at his Clovis, CA office Wednesday.

The Los Angeles-based Courage Campaign in a news release criticized comments Nunez made Tuesday the the committee won't investigate comments made between former national security advisor Michael Flynn and President Trump.

Flynn resigned late Monday after news outlets reported that he had misled administration officials about content of the conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took office.

Before Flynn resigned, Nunez said: "It just seems like there's a lot of nothing there."
Afterward, Nunez said he wanted to know why the FBI was recording a then-private citizen's phone calls.

Nunez and the ranking Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), announced last month that the committee would investigate Russian attempts to influence the 2016 elections, and communications between the Trump campaign and Russia.

(Note: For some reason, I was unable to post a link to the above referenced L.A.Times article
To see the article, Google the article's title, which is at the top of this post)

Courage Campaign.org
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Donald trump is running the most conflict-filled, scandal-tarred administrations we've ever seen.
So what are the chairs of the key Congressional oversight committees doing about it?
Absolutely nothing!
Last week, Courage Campaign members made TV and newspaper headlines all over California by protesting in front of the local office of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunez in Clovis - and we're going to keep the pressure on until Congressional Republicans do their job.
None of the key Congressional Republicans are standing up to Trump the way they should, but California's Devin Nunez may be the worst of the worst.
Last Monday, Trump's National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned under reports that he colluded with the Russian government to undermine U.S. foreign policy, lied to the Vice President, and may have even lied to the FBI.
Nunez attacked the FBI for even investigating Flynn's actions in the first place.
Rep. Nunez is either shockingly clueless or actively participating in a cover-up.
Either way, he should resign immediately.

The White House Lying and Stifling Dissent on Yemen Raid is a Step Toward Authoritarianism

Democracy Now
February 15, 2017

Trump's White House has warned journalists and lawmakers against criticizing a botched raid by U.S. commandos on a Yemeni village last month that left 25 civilians and one U.S. soldier dead.
The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports the January 28 assault killed nine children under the age of 13, with five other children wounded.
William "Ryan" Owens, a veteran member of SEAL Team 6, also died during the raid.
The White House continues to claim the raid was a success.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said that anyone who criticizes the raid should apologize to Owens' family.
For more we speak with California Democratic Congress-member Ted Lieu

I want to also ask you about Yemen, Congressman..The White House has warned journalists and lawmakers against criticizing a botched raid on a Yemeni village last month that left 25 civilians dead and one US soldier dead, a Navy SEAL.
Among those critical of the raid was Arizona Republican Senator John McCain.

When you lose a $75 million dollar airplane, and, more importantly, American lives are - a life is lost, and wounded...I don't believe that you can call it a success.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer lashed out at Senator McCain and at journalists for criticizing President Trump's decision to order the raid.

It's absolutely a success...And I think anyone who would suggest it's not a success does a disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens...He fought knowing what was at stake in that mission...And anybody who would suggest otherwise doesn't fully appreciate how successful that mission was, what the information they were able to retrieve was and how that will prevent future terrorist attacks.

But even Senator John McCain -

I understand that..I think my statement is very clear on that, Kristen...I think anybody who undermines the success of that rage (sic) owes an apology and a disservice to the life of Chief Owens.

Spicer's comments came as the United Nations appealed for $2.1 billion in emergency aid for Yemen....The UN warns 12 million people face the threat of famine, brought on by the U.S.-supported Saudi-led war and naval blockade.
Congressman Ted Lieu, you have requested a Pentagon briefing on the raid...Do you call it a spectacular success, as the White House has?

Having served on active duty, I am deeply offended by the comments coming from the White House by a president that has never served in the military and is now attacking people simply because people are raising issues about a military raid...What makes the American military so great is we learn from our mistakes...And what we want to do is learn what happened, not stifle dissent...And that's why I've concluded Donald Trump is a danger to the republic...He is stifling dissent...He is attacking institutions of democracy, such as the free press, such as the judiciary...This what leads us down the road to authoritarianism.
And specifically in Yemen, his White House Press Secretary said that it was a success by all standards...That is simply a lie...We lost a $75 million plane...We lost an American hero...Nine children were killed...That is not a success by all standards...We need to find out more about what happened with this raid...And we do know that the Reuters news agency reported that Donald Trump ordered the raid without adequate intelligence and without adequate ground support or adequate backup operations...We need to find out what happened, not have dissent stifled.

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Which Bob Dylan song title or lyrics best express your feelings about Trump?

From "Positively 4th Street"

No I do not feel that good when I see the heartbreaks you embrace
If I was a master thief perhaps I'd rob them
And though I know you're dissatisfied with your position and your place
Don't you understand, it's not my problem?

I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment I could be you
Yes I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes
You'd know what a drag it is to see you

Russian Provocation: Bluster or Genuine Peril?

February 17, 2017
(Updated 7:18 PM, ET)

CNN -- There's a Russian spy ship off the coast of Connecticut.
Crammed with eavesdropping equipment, the Viktor Leonov has loitered in these waters before, but it's current visit is the latest in a string of provocations.

The last few years have seen dangerous Russian "fly-bys" of US warships, close encounters in the skies, when Russian military aircraft have flown with transponders switched off, and the occasional Russian submarine hiding in Swedish waters.

Earlier this month, according to the Pentagon, four Russian jets flew in an "unsafe and unprofessional" manner near a US Navy destroyer in the Black Sea.
Perhaps the Leonov's visit was a message "If you turn up on our coast..."

Such provocative acts could easily lead to unintended consequences at a time when, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, channels for avoiding misunderstandings are frozen.

And that risk also applies in Syria, where Russian and US bombers fly above a fluid battlefield in pursuit of very different objectives.

In recent years, Russia's military has become more assertive and more capable, directed by the Kremlin to probe for weaknesses, sow uncertainty and exploit opportunities.

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Prosecute Veteranian who killed her neighbor's cat with bow and arrow (PETITION)

Animal Legal Defense Fund
February 16, 2017

In April, 2015, Kristen Lindsey, a Texas veterinarian, shot and killed a cat with a bow and arrow.
Her action came to light when she posted a photo of herself on Facebook, grinning as she dangled the still-impaled cat by the shaft of the arrow.
In the caption she bragged: "My first bow kill, lol..The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through it's head.
Vet of the Year Award...gladly accepted."

Vet of the Year?
Hardly...In a blog post before the killing, Lindsey wrote that her current interests include:
"killing things or trying to kill things (animals, a full glass of whiskey, hangovers etc.")

The photo provoked international outrage, especially when it came out that the cat, an orange tabby named Tiger belonged to Lindsey's neighbors but had gone missing.

Reaction to Lindsey's act was swift...Her employer, Washington Animal Clinic, fired her.
Her alma mater, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Studies, "decried the grotesque actions and comments contained in Lindsey's post."

A grand jury investigated the killing but, in June 2015, found there was "insufficient proof" to charge Lindsey with animal cruelty.
The Austin County District Attorney's office then closed the case, claiming it could not confirm where the cat was killed, whether the cat had an owner, and whether the cat was killed "in a cruel manner."

Now, new information has come to light that confirms that Lindsey's actions were criminal cruelty and opens the door to prosecution:

- Lindsay acknowledged in a signed affidavit ..that the killing occurred on her property in Austin County, Texas.

- Although the District Attorney's office cited American Veterinary Association (AVMA) guidelines for humane killing in it's finding that Lindsey may not have killed the cat "in a cruel manner," the AVMA released a statement rebutting the DA's analysis.

- Lindsey claimed the cat she killed was feral...Texas Penal Code Section 42.0929(a)(2) includes feral cats under it's definition of protected "animals"
Texas Penal Code Section 42.0929(a)(2) prohibits killing an animal "without the owner's effective consent."
If the cat was feral, there was no way to get the "effective consent" of a nonexistent owner.
But Lindsey's neighbors, who were out of town when the killing occurred, identified the cat in the photo as their cat "Tiger," based on his distinctive markings.
Also, "Tiger" had been a patient at the Washington Animal Clinic - Lindsey's former employer.
In either case, Lindsey lacked an "owners effective consent."

Given this new information, Animal Legal Defense Fund wrote the Austin County's District Attorney's office requesting that it reopen the case

Don't let this cruel, sadistic deed go unpunished, please sign the petition to prosecute Kristen Lindsey:

For information about Animal Legal Defense Fund, go to:

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