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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Does anyone else notice

That the Senate is still in recess, awaiting call if the chair;
And the extension that passed the House is NOT yet passed in the Senate.

And that with Feinstein gone, we now have 49 votes, not 50. Which means the Senate might have trouble passing it.

Now what?

Four more hours till midnight. And no Senate vote yet.

UAW Update

Just watched UAW President Shawn Fein address live on facebook.

As of noon today, another 7,000 auto workers will hit the picket lines. Fein called for strikes to begin at noon today at the FORD ASSEMBLY PLANT IN CHICAGO, and the GM Assembly Plant in Lansing, Michigan.

This brings to 25,000 the total number of UAW workers on the picket lines.

Fein asked for ALL workers to come join the picket lines to demonstrate against corporate greed- said all UAW supporters are welcome to come walk a picket line, just like Joe Biden did. He said Stellantis gave a new offer just moments before the press conference today, and that's why he was late to the facebook briefing. The Stellantis offer is being studied- and includes movement on several of the UAW's proposals- but they still are not at a point to settle.

more: https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/strikes-could-idle-more-detroit-three-auto-plants-friday-2023-09-29/

'Nothing good about it': DOD official says shutdown 'horrible' for US, good for Russia and China

Nothing good about it’: DOD official says shutdown ‘horrible’ for US, good for Russia and China

Stars and Stripes-

WASHINGTON — A government shutdown would harm U.S. defenses, hurt troops and be welcomed by Russia and China, a top Pentagon official said Tuesday.

“It’s just horrible. There’s really nothing good you can say about it,” said William LaPlante, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and sustainment.

LaPlante, who is a leader in matters such as military contracts, materiel readiness, the acquisition workforce and the defense industrial base, made his remarks during a discussion with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank that focuses on national security.


Here's where abortions have increased so far in 2023.


Seventeen states now ban most abortions, including Georgia and South Carolina, which have laws on the books against terminating pregnancies after six weeks. Despite hurdles, some patients are still able to get care elsewhere.

Abortions increased during the first half of 2023 in states bordering restrictive states and in those with protective laws, according to recent data released last week by the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research organization.

Hours after the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the country’s nearly 50-year-old constitutional right to abortion on June 24, 2022, a heavy-hearted state Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) was talking to a group of organizers. “Even though we knew it was coming, it was just devastating,”

..In Michigan, where voters in 2022 made abortion a constitutional right, there were 2,560 more abortions in the first half of this year.


F-18 military jet crashes near San Diego, fate of pilot not known

Source: NBC News

A fighter jet crashed north of San Diego late Thursday night, with the fate of its pilot not immediately known, authorities said.

The accident involving an F/A-18 Hornet, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, happened at 11:54 PST, the base said in a statement.

Read more: https://www-nbcnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna101784?amp_js_v=0.1#webview=1&cap=swipe

More details
The crash site is "on government property east of the air station and there are no indications of damage to property on the ground," the Marine Corp statement added.

A San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helicopter helped in the search between 3:48 a.m. and 4:21 a.m. and ground crews were on the scene near Interstate 15 until 6 a.m., officials said.

The F/A-18 Hornet is one of the Marine Corps’ most commonly used crafts.

Proverbs 21:15

Proverbs 21:15

15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

Trump indicted in Georgia over attempts to overturn 2020 election

Source: Washington Post

Former president Donald Trump and 18 others were criminally charged in Georgia on Monday in connection with efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in the state, according to an indictment made public late Monday night.

An Atlanta-area grand jury indicted former president Donald Trump and 18 of his associates on criminal charges related to their efforts to overturn Trump’s 2020 election loss in Georgia, according to documents made public Monday night.
The charges came after a high-profile investigation, led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D), and a marathon day in which multiple witnesses were spotted at the Fulton County Courthouse, signaling that investigators were closer to unveiling an indictment — Trump’s fourth since leaving office. The grand jury returned an indictment at around 9 p.m. Monday but the document was not made public until about two hours later.

Read more: Link to source

19 charged in 41 felony counts.

Also indicted were two Georgia-based lawyers advocating on Trump’s behalf, Ray S. Smith II, and Robert Cheeley; a senior campaign adviser, Mike Roman, who helped plan the elector meeting; and two prominent Georgia Republicans who served as electors: former GOP chairman David Shafer and former GOP finance chairman Shawn Still.

DeSantis vows to 'start slitting throats' of federal workers on Day One of presidency

DeSantis vows to 'start slitting throats' of federal workers on Day One of presidency

Federal workforce group calls the comments "disqualifying."


It has become a common trope for politicians: provide red meat to constituents by promising to reduce the size of the federal workforce. A top presidential candidate this week echoed that proposal, but used some novel language to describe his potential actions.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is in a distant second place in most polling of the 2024 Republican presidential field, told supporters in New Hampshire he would slit the throats of federal bureaucrats on his first day in office. The governor has frequently used fiery rhetoric and has not shied away from high profile fights, but the comments were met with swift pushback.

“We’re going to have all these deep state people,” DeSantis said at a barbecue in Rye, N.H., when speaking about the federal bureaucracy, according to reporting from New Hampshire Public Radio. “We’re going to start slitting throats on day one.”

Conservatives have frequently accused the federal workforce—particularly during the Trump administration—of engaging in shadow operations to prevent the implementation of right-wing initiatives, often referring to those efforts as the “deep state.” DeSantis in particular has based the foundations of his campaign around the notion that government—and private corporations—have become too “woke,” and vowed to dismantle public institutions he sees as perpetuating those efforts.

Gov. DeSantis’ threat to ‘start slitting throats’ of federal employees is dangerous, disgusting, disgraceful, and disqualifying,” AFGE President Everett Kelley said. “These public servants deserve respect and commendation from our nation’s leaders. No federal employee should face death threats from anyone, least of all from someone seeking to lead the U.S. government.”

More: http://govexec.com

Vacancies raise concerns about military readiness.

Military nominees still stalled by Tuberville hold, with Senate gone until September

Vacancies raise concerns about military readiness.

ASHLEY MURRAY , http://govexec.com | JULY 31, 2023

Despite warnings from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that vacant top military positions affect readiness, Congress is heading into its August recess with hundreds of defense nominees on hold as Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville continues his protest against the Defense Department’s abortion leave policy.

As of Thursday, 301 military nominees had not yet reached the U.S. Senate floor for approval, normally a smooth and quick process for the upper chamber, which approves the nominees in large blocs.

Tuberville is blocking the nominations in response to a policy that supports service members’ travel for “non-covered reproductive health care.” The administration instituted the directive after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

Roughly 80,000 female service members are stationed in areas where reproductive services, including elective abortions, are severely restricted or not available, according to a RAND analysis.

More: https://www.govexec.com/defense/2023/07/military-nominees-still-stalled-tuberville-hold-senate-gone-until-september/388970/

Traverse City opens formal investigation

City has received multiple complaints regarding bigoted policies of the salon which may be in violation of city ordinance. An investigation is now underway.

“ City Receives Discrimination Complaint Regarding Local Business

The City of Traverse City has received multiple notifications of discriminatory language issued from a local business within the City of Traverse City. Several notifications referenced the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance, adopted in 2010, that states; It is the intent of the City of Traverse City that no person be denied the equal protection of the laws; nor shall any person be denied the enjoyment of his or her civil rights or be discriminated against because of their actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight, marital status, physical or mental disability, family status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

“We are disheartened to hear of any discriminatory behavior in our region. As a community, we are responsible to take care of one another and speak up for one another. The City of Traverse City has valued itself on providing a safe environment for all people,” stated Traverse City Mayor Richard Lewis.

“The actions of one business owner do not reflect the values of the citizens of Traverse City. Regardless of any court cases decided since then, city residents voted almost two to one in support of protecting LGBTQIA+ rights in 2011. That is who we are. We are a community who welcomes all and stands with neighbors, especially our LGBTQIA+ folks as they find themselves under attack,” said Traverse City Mayor Pro-Tem Amy Shamroe.

The City’s attorney will investigate this matter based upon the relevant legal standards including the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance as well as recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and State legislation.”


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