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Do you think Mueller is talking to Trump's rape & harassment victims?

I hope so.

I would like to hear that Mueller is paying a visit to Jeffrey Epstein too.

It could put stink on his brand, so rich and even middle class people wouldn't be caught dead at his resorts, golf clubs, or whatever, especially if any of the allegations from underage women pan out.

A tale of two photos: Is Franken accuser's photo shopped?

As someone who messes around with Photoshop quite a bit, I agree with the author of this post.

These are just a few snippets, but her detailed analysis is pretty persuasive.

The most convincing to me was the odd shape & darkness of the shadow on Al's face, and when she pulled up the brightness on the photo, you could see the angular rather than smooth edge of the woman's hair and light where it should be in the shadow.

This doesn't mean her accusation isn't true, but it does go to credibility.

But then thereís this photo, offered by Frankenís second accuser, Lindsay Menz, who went to CNN with the story, as evidence that Franken groped her rear at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. According to CNN, Franken said he did not recall the photo-shoot, which is plausible considering that he would have had his photo taken with dozens if not hundreds of people at the event. Menz originally posted it on Facebook.


My opinion is that this was originally a picture of Franken alone against this same background, to which Menz was added in such a way to make them appear very close together. It would have been easy to do compared to the Tweeden one. Why? The background is simple (makes a huge difference), the dark figures contrast well against it (except in two places, about which more later, but also makes a huge difference), and the light is diffuse, so the shopper doesnít have to worry about placing shadows precisely.


What if we treated war criminals in our midst the way we are doing to sexual harassers?

I don't mean individual soldiers or CIA agents, hell not even generals.

I mean the politicians, think tank shills, and the bankers, oil company execs and the like actually ordered up the wars because leaders of other countries wouldn't make deals on their preferred terms (which are essentially unconditional economic surrender).

Do you think we would have very many more bullshit wars if everyone who sold and bought the war lies on Iraq, Libya, Syria, and on on were hounded from public life or at least reminded every time they open their mouth that their actions led to the deaths of thousands of our troops and over a million people in other countries?

Or those who backed or fomented coups against democratically elected governments to protect the business interests of that same handful of elites, whether neocons, neoliberals, who were lying about terrorists, spreading democracy, or R2P?

Or failed to use the same level of creativity to prosecute Wall Street for economic crimes that they have to hold some prisoners at Guantanamo Bay indefinitely for NO crimes?

I am glad we are flushing out those who thought they could sexually harass others with impunity.

I'd like to see the same methods used for bigger fish who have harmed far more people.

Why is it if we lie to Congress, we go to prison, but if they or president lie to us...

they have immunity?

BIG DONOR: "I told Pelosi and Schumer, if you attack the rich I'll cut you off!"

This deserves a response here.

This guy has a right to do what he wants with his money.

But the rest of us have a right to decide if this is the kind of veto power we want the party to give big donors.

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You know what Republicans who don't like Trump can do?

Work day and night to get rid of the electoral college by campaigning for the popular vote interstate compact that neuters the electoral college.


Remember FDR?

His name is hardly ever mentioned by party leaders anymore.

As I tell my college students, they could have run his corpse in '48 and he still would have won.

If they dug him up and ran him today, he would probably STILL win, just not by as much (the media largely being silent about him apart from his role in World War II).

Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing 'Left in the Cold' at DNC

Source: Common Dreams

Sparking concerns that party leadership is making the same mistakes that have rendered them increasingly powerless and without an inspiring vision, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is reportedly carrying out a massive staff shake-up in which veteran progressives are being purged and "left out in the cold."

"This doesn't bring the party together, it deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck," James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter who was ousted from the DNC Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter Thursday.

According to Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News, Zogby is hardly alone.

"[S]everal key longtime officials have lost their posts" since the staff changes began," Seitz-Wald writes, a fact that many have interpreted as "retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez."

Read more: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/10/19/concern-progressive-purge-bernie-wing-left-cold-dnc

Do Democrats think they can win by further turning their back on progressives and double down on corporate compliance?

Hillary DID win the popular vote, but did party leaders notice their crushing losses in the House, Senate, and state houses?

If party leaders continue with this behavior, they may find they're escorting their own base out the door and into a third party along with progressive politicians who put their constituents who voted for them ahead of Wall St's demands for bailouts, trade, deals, no prosecutions, wars for them, and austerity for the rest of us.

PIC: the only way Trump's chief of staff can succeed

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