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Cracked reviews the Trump administration like a TV show



Bonus points for pointing out how absurd half of the things going on are, and how if they were actually on a TV show, we'd dismiss them as ridiculously unrealistic.

Irony is officially dead

This came across my Twitter feed today:

https://twitter.com/calvinstowell/status/834241109102645249

Is there a thread listing DINOs who are vulnerable?

A friend of mine over on Twitter was asking for a list of DINOs that are not really standing against the Trump machine or upholding Democratic or progressive principles and are vulnerable in 2018. Is there a single thread or list that anyone can link for thos representatives that should be primaried and are vulnerable in 2018?

National Day of Action for Electoral Reform

The Twitter feed @FairVoteCanada linked to a Google doc with a listing of actions taking place across the country:

https://twitter.com/FairVoteCanada/status/829704303430422529

Now, I'm a bit annoyed with the Twitter feed, because they've been retweeting some National Post articles that are short on fact and long on smarm re: ERRE, but I do agree that action is a good idea to hold Trudeau to his promise. The excuses he and his cabinet have been peddling have been pretty flimsy, and it's time to hold the LPC accountable to their promises.

Here's a link to the list of actions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c9AR6iLPH_zqH8N81iBhaqpeZJ5fkNlH-GbWIqpXVF8/edit

And I'll be at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto for sure.

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

Source: Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/



I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

(x-posted to Canada forum)

Trudeau abandons pledge on electoral reform

From the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-abandons-pledge-to-change-voting-system-before-2019-election/article33855925/

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.

“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.

Trudeau repeatedly promised – both as a campaigning Liberal leader and as prime minister in a speech from the throne – to get rid of the current first-past-the-post voting system in time for the 2019 federal election.

The Liberals have since given themselves some wiggle room, saying they would not go ahead without the widespread support of Canadians.

Canadians made their views known through the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform, town halls held by MPs from all parties, the travels of former minister Maryam Monsef and a much-maligned online survey called MyDemocracy.ca.

The mandate letter shows that Trudeau and do not believe those consultations have produced their desired – albeit undefined – level of support for electoral reform, let alone any clarity on a preferred replacement.


I've already called my MP about this. Her parliamentary mailbox was full, but I was able to leave a message at the constituency office.

This is so disappointing and incredibly frustrating, when this was one of the Liberals' major planks, and to see Trudeau just toss it away is ridiculous. This needs to be brought back on the table right away.

If you need to find your MP's contact information, look here: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/Compilations/HouseOfCommons/MemberByPostalCode.aspx?Menu=HOC

Exclusive: President Trump's Supreme Court Pick, Confirmed

Source: Independent Journal Review

Two high-ranking administration sources have confirmed to Independent Journal Review that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick is Colorado Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Speaking on background, an administration source instrumental to the SCOTUS selection process tells IJR, “Yes. It is Gorsuch. 100 percent. The Hardiman thing is a head fake.” Thomas Hardiman is the other Judge Trump was considering for the vacancy, who is also in Washington, D.C.

A second source within the Trump administration confirmed IJR's reporting.

Gorsuch, at the age of 49, will become one of the youngest SCOTUS appointments in history. Gorsuch reportedly cried when he found out about Justice Scalia's death. The Colorado native attended Harvard Law with former President Barack Obama and is a firm Constitutionalist.

Gorsuch has made some past statements that seem to indicate how he would make major Supreme Court decisions. Most notably, he has praised the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s dedication to “textualism,” or the interpretation of laws based on the actual text rather than trying to decipher the “intent” of lawmakers or other potential consequences.

To the delight of Trump supporters and conservatives, Gorsuch has also routinely sided in favor of religious liberty. He famously sided with Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor when they claimed Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate violated their religious beliefs.

Read more: http://ijr.com/2017/01/790802-exclusive-president-trumps-supreme-court-pick-confirmed/



Great. A very young Scalia fanboy as Trump's SCOTUS pick (probably).

Something big is coming.

I'm reminded of this interaction from Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night:


DAN: Rebecca isn't here, Isaac isn't here, there's a strangeness about this day.

DAVE: 30 seconds live.

DAN: Eli's coming.

CASEY: Eli?

DAN: From the Three Dog Night song.

CASEY: Yes.

DAN: Eli's something bad. A darkness.

CASEY: "Eli's coming, hide your heart girl." Eli's an inveterate womanizer. I think you're getting the song wrong.

DAVE: In ten--

DAN: I know I'm getting the song wrong, but when I first heard it, that's what I always thought it meant, and things stick with you that way.


Something's going to happen. Something big. Something that the GOP and Trump will tell everyone we need to rally behind. Will the GOP create it? Maybe, if they have to. It's far more likely they'll find something that is about to happen, let it happen, and exploit it for political gains. Uniting the country behind a strong leader, etc... We've seen it all before under Bush Jr.

Everyone has to stay vigilant, and everyone needs to make sure that they know what's happening and what's changing. There are going to be changes. I've seen this post circulating on Twitter about resisting a fascist totalitarian regime, and one of the first things you need to do is track all of the small things that change, the things that are normalized. Look around on Twitter for it, it's usually accompanied by a terrifying list of things that have been changing almost imperceptibly.

Eli's coming.


Gorillaz release first new song in 6 years, unapologetically anti-Trump: Hallelujah Money

Keep an ear out for lyrics about walls matching KKK marches in the imagery behind.

We should not be surprised about Trump's nominations, but angry

I've seen a few posts expressing surprise and concern over how unqualified Betsy DeVos is for Dept. of Education, or about the conflict of interests regarding Sec. of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

Just to be clear: This is not a bug, this is a feature of these nominees. It is exactly what the GOP intended. They have very few explicit goals for their time in office, and they come down to two different categories:

#1: Nominees like DeVos. These are people who are massively unqualified for the role that they have been nominated for. They are dogma driven, uninformed, and incapable of managing a complex portfolio. Again, this is intended. These nominees are selected in order to cause the department they are heading to buckle and crumble so that the small gov't Tea Partiers and GOP hard line can point at it and say, "Yup, see? Gov't can't do this, let's privatize it and leave it to free enterprise. Business can do this better than government." We're going to see attacks on many departments such as the department of Education, EPA, Housing and Urban Development, NEA, etc... All of those departments that the right loves to hate, many of which just happen to assist poor and at-risk segments of society.

#2: Nominees like Tillerson. These are the foxes guarding the henhouse. Their main job is to loot the larders and make way for big business. They will be super-efficient at their jobs, and they will plow through regulations like a hot knife through butter. We will see taxes fall for corporations in the name of "job creation." They will remove environmental protections and any regulations that may get in the way of businesses doing exactly what they'd like, and we'll see, again, that mostly it is at-risk communities that will be put in further risk so that the profit motive goes unhindered.

This really should surprise no one, it's been the stated goal of the Tea Party since its inception. Don't be surprised, be angry. Call your representative and let them know you wish for them to stand up against corporate control of major gov't departments. Take the fight to Trump and his new band of deplorable nominees.

Did Trump drain the swamp? He had to, he brought his own swamp with him, and it's bigger and better than the swamp that was there before. The best swamp. Believe it.
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