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McGinty top Dem. recipient of Marcellus Shale $$$ for last 2 reported years.


A handy dandy guide to the money drilling interests have lavished on PA legislators. When your sales tax goes up because our gutless, supine legislature won't pass a severance tax, here's where the blame lies.
Recipients | Marcellus Money
Recipient Name/Recipient/TypeParty/Grand Total
Granted that Republicans - especially Corbett- received lots of cash, take a look at the many Dems who also accepted $$$ from Marcellus Shale.

Of all the Democratic recipients for the two most recently reported years - 2013 and 2014, guess who is at the tippy-tippy-top of the list?

None other than current PA Senate candidate, Katie McGinty. She took in a tidy $72,600!

And yet she's running as a champion of the environment. She clearly is Marcellus Shale's favorite in the Dem. primary!

Park Ridge/elitist/white Chicago suburb!Not"the south"

Wow, Janey! You win the internets' daily award for exaggeration!!!!!!!! Also for being geographically challenged! As in suburban Chicago is not the south.

ONE time, HRC took ONE classmate to a Sunday service at her family's own Methodist church in the snooty, country-club level Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. I looked up HRC's home address at that time on Zillow - homes there described as in a country-club type of neighborhood.

Oh my God!!!! The horrors!!!! The dangers!!!!! The threats of violence!!!!!! I mean rich white Methodists!!!!! Who knows what they might have done????

(Actually, my grandparents were Methodists - and they took me to their Methodist church when I visited - albeit their church was in a poor coal-mining community, not a wealthy suburb). I used to BEG them - please, grammy - not a Methodist Church! Can you at least get me body armor?

HRC probably only took her black classmate once because the black classmate found the services remarkably boring!

And yet Hillary survived - it was prequel to BOSNIA!

And you have the chutzpah to describe this single incident at her own family's church as "desegregating churches in the south as a teen".

Janey, Janey, Janey - get a grip!

Not to mention "fired" as one of her 4 most frequent identifying terms.

I immediately thought of the ignominious circumstances under which she departed her job as an investigator for the Watergate committee, re her removing/hiding files relevant to and establishing precedent for Nixon's right to legal representation.

If anyone has any other explanation for the presence of the word "fired" as 1 of the 4 most frequent descriptive terms, along with "unethical", "behavior", and "lies", please share that explanation.

She was targeted re this incident in 2008, and it's still out there, in those clouds the Hill supporters are studiously ignoring, and positioned to be thrown at her if she is the candidate.

scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation by stealing Judiciary Committee files on the only precedent case that could have stonewalled their plot and drafting a legal brief that, according to Mr. Ziefman, "was so fraudulent and ridiculous Hillary would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge."

Wonder if I can still quote Shakespeare?

I mean he's male and I'm female, so any admiration I claim to have for him is suspect, right?

Plus he's dead and I'm (still) alive - so there's that.

But maybe I can quote the female characters from his "Histories, Tragedies and Comedies"? I do have Yale's excellently foot noted publication of the Complete Works. Except what if the female character is not white? Cleopatra? And I am not currently in a mixed race relationship or marriage. So dare I even be reading or thinking about, let alone commenting on Anthony & Cleopatra? Othello and Desdemona?

Oh, it's just so confusing. I must needs repair to my fainting couch. Where are my pearls? I must have my pearls!

Salon: Hillary Clinton and the ISIS Mess (by Jeffrey Sachs)

The author of this Salon article is Jeffrey Sachs. Who is he?

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past seven years: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011). ). His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013).

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including membership in the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.

Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years at Harvard University, most recently as Director of the Center for International Development and the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Here are excerpts from his longer and very detailed article:
Hillary Clinton's speech on ISIS to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) showed clearly what to expect in a Clinton presidency: more of the same. In her speech, Clinton doubled down on the existing, failed U.S. approach in the Middle East, the one she pursued as Secretary of State. The CIA-led policy in the Middle East works like this. If a regime is deemed to be unfriendly to the U.S., topple it. If a competitor like the Soviet Union or Russia has a foothold in the region, try to push it out. If this means arming violent insurgencies, including Sunni jihadists, and thereby creating mayhem: so be it. And if the result is terrorist blowback around the world by the forces created by the US, then double down on bombing and regime change.

Thanks to America's misguided policies, we now have wars and violence raging across a 5,000-mile stretch from Bamako, Mali to Kabul, Afghanistan, with a U.S. hand in starting and stoking the violence. Libya, Sudan, the Sinai, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are all cases where the U.S. has directly intervened with very adverse results. Mali, Chad, Central African Republic, Somalia are some of the many other countries indirectly caught up in turmoil unleashed by U.S. covert and overt operations.

Until today, Clinton has not acknowledged the roots of the conflict in the region, including the disastrous role that the U.S. has played, including under her watch as Secretary of State. She has not been a mastermind of it, but has been a loyal backer carried along by the CIA, the broader military-industrial-intelligence complex, and the conventional neocon thinking in DC. That's no doubt good for her national politics. It's hard to run for President as an opponent of the permanent U.S. security state. Being a card-carrying member of the U.S. security establishment is the mainstream media's definition of a "serious" candidate.

Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders are learning this for all their troubles. O'Malley and Sanders wisely and correctly support an America that works with other countries and with the UN Security Council to build peace in the Middle East rather than an America that continues to indulge in endless and failed CIA adventures of regime change and war. While Clinton arrogantly demands that other countries such as Russia and Iran fall squarely behind the U.S., O'Malley and Sanders recognize that it is through compromise in the UN Security Council that we can defeat ISIS and find lasting solutions in the Middle East.

Post-Gazette's Rob Rogers wins national editorial cartoon award!

Pittsburgh/southwestern PA is fortunate to have an editorial cartoonist of his caliber commenting on our local as well as state, national and international goings on. And I'm proud to be one of his FB friends! He certainly keeps our county and state politicians on their toes!


Rob Rogers, the Post-Gazette’s editorial cartoonist, has won this year’s Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning. Given by the National Press Foundation, the prize is named for Clifford K. and James T. Berryman, the father-son team of editorial cartoonists for The Washington Star.

The winning portfolio included cartoons about police facing cellphone video cameras, the Charlie Hebdo killings in Paris, the campaign between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, the stand of Pope Francis on climate change and the proliferation of gun sales in the United States.

The judges said, “Rogers has a vivid visual style that invites you in. He tackles really heavy issues with a light-handed visual touch. He leaves no confusion about his point of view; he knows what he wants to say.”

The Berryman award carries a $2,500 prize. Mr. Rogers will attend the NPF awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in February. The Post-Gazette cartoonist received the 2000 and 2013 Thomas Nast Award from the Overseas Press Club and the 1995 National Headliner Award. In 1999 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

HRC will depress hell out of Dem.turnout;destroy down ticket D candidates.

I'm a lifelong Democrat with tons of political & social connections in my urban community. I'm both an elected and an appointed official (Judge of Elections and member of building code appeals board). I'm an officer of my local American Association of University Women branch. I'm a retired staff attorney for the state legislative Dem. caucus who keeps in touch with my former colleagues. I do not know a single man or woman who supports Hillary. When her name comes up in political discourse, people get pained expressions on their faces. Negative things are said about her and Bill.

If she is at the top of the ticket in the general election, Dems up and down the ticket, from local school board to state legislators, to federal offices, will be victims. As many pundits are predicting, it will be a combination of (1) depressing the vote turnout of those who see no significant difference between her and whomever the GOP puts up, and (2) generating a high turnout of those who distrust her and/or will relish the opportunity to vote against her.

Very powerful post,

As witnessed by the repetitively bitter and predictably fact free responses you've provoked.

As a SEIU member since 1993, I have never been polled about any political endorsements.

And our SEIU pensioners/retirees haven't had a COLA since 2002. Up until then there were Cost of Living Adjustments every 4 to 6 years.

'68, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '98, '02.

Now it has been 13+ years without a COLA. And our wimpy state SEIU website advises:
"You should plan that your pension payments will never increase in retirement."

And what have we seen during those 13 COLA-less years? A huge fucking transfer of wealth to the One Percent.

What an amazing coincidence that those are the exact years in which the Clintons increased their wealth from being "flat broke" to quote Hill, to have a personal net worth of over $80 million.



PA Senate candidate Sestak Discusses Paris Terror Attack, ISIS, & Needed Strategic Changes

Interviewed this morning on MSNBC
Published on Nov 15, 2015

Former Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak discusses the terror attack in Paris and the needed strategic changes to defeat ISIS. http://JoeSestak.com

Fred Thompson - ex U.S. Senator and film actor dies

Source: BBC News

Former US senator Fred Thompson - who mounted an unsuccessful bid for the presidency as well as acting in films and TV - has died at the age of 73. His family said he had been suffering from lymphoma.

As a lawyer, he served as chief Republican counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee that investigated President Richard Nixon. The son of a used car salesman first achieved fame as a young lawyer for a Senate committee during the Watergate hearings in the 1970s.

His questioning of former Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield uncovered the president's secret tape recording system. He asked the vital question: "Mr Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?"

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world/us_and_canada
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