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More remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger



The Department of Defense said “additional remains” of Miami Gardens husband and father Sgt. La David Johnson were found in Niger, where Johnson and three other sergeants were killed in an Oct. 4 ambush.

A statement from DOD Chief Spokesperson Dana White read, “On Nov. 12, 2017, a joint U.S Africa Command military investigation team discovered additional human remains at the site where Sgt. La David T. Johnson's body was recovered following the Oct. 4 attack. Today, we can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sgt. Johnson.

“The department continues to conduct a detailed and thorough investigation into the deaths of Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, and Sgt. La David T. Johnson. We extend our deepest condolences to all of the families of the fallen.”

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a longtime friend of Johnson’s family, wondered Tuesday why the White House doesn’t issue a full report on the attack instead of the information dripping out to the media: “He left a gold star family. And to learn about his final moments on TV and in the newspaper is a shame for this nation.”

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-gardens/article185814158.html



I cannot imagine what this poor family must be going through.

BREAKING: Roy Moore Banned From Gadsen Mall for Trolling Teens:



This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people—including a major political figure in the state—who told me that they had heard, over the years, that Moore had been banned from the mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. (A request for comment from the Moore campaign was not answered.) Several of them asked that I leave their names out of this piece. The stories that they say they’ve heard for years have been swirling online in the days since the Post published its report. “Sources tell me Moore was actually banned from the Gadsden Mall and the YMCA for his inappropriate behavior of soliciting sex from young girls,” the independent Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson wrote on his Web site on Sunday. (Wilson declined to divulge his sources.) Teresa Jones, a deputy district attorney for Etowah County in the early eighties, told CNN last week that “it was common knowledge that Roy dated high-school girls.” Jones told me that she couldn’t confirm the alleged mall banning, but said, “It’s a rumor I’ve heard for years.”

Greg Legat, who is now fifty-nine and living in East Gadsden, was, from 1981 to 1985, an employee at the Record Bar, a store that was in the Gadsden Mall. By the early eighties, Legat told me, the mall was “the place to be. There were no empty stores. And lots of kids came around. Lots of teen-agers. You went there to see and be seen.” Legat met his wife, Jo Anne, there. She worked at a restaurant called Orange Bowl. Legat remembers that parents dropped their kids off at the mall, typically unchaperoned. Teens filled the place.

Legat says that he saw Moore there a few times, even though his understanding then was that he had already been banned. “It started around 1979, I think,” Legat said. “I know the ban was still in place when I got there.” Legat recalled a Gadsden police officer named J. D. Thomas, now retired, who worked security at the mall. “J. D. was a fixture there, when I was working at the store,” Legat said. “He really looked after the kids there. He was a good guy. J. D. told me, ‘If you see Roy, let me know. He’s banned from the mall.’ ” Legat recalled Thomas telling him, “If you see Moore here, tell me. I’ll take care of him.’ ” Legat said that his boss, Eddie Hill, also told him to look for Moore. A phone call to Hill’s number was not returned.


Reached by phone on Saturday, Thomas, who lives in the nearby town of Southside, declined to discuss the existence of a ban on Moore at the Gadsden Mall. “I don’t have anything to say about that,” he said. A former manager of the mall, who began working there in the late eighties, confirmed the existence of a ban list, but did not recall Moore being on the list during the manager’s tenure there. Barnes Boyle, who is eighty-six, also managed the mall, from 1981 to 1998. His wife, Brenda, told me that Moore was a longtime acquaintance of his—they went to the Y.M.C.A. together often—and that he planned to vote for him. The recent allegations against Moore, the Boyles thought, are likely liberal propaganda and, as Brenda put it, “a sign of the times.”



https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/locals-were-troubled-by-roy-moores-interactions-with-teen-girls-at-the-gadsden-mall?mbid=social_twitter

BREAKING: Mitch McConnell "I believe the women." Moore should step down. UPDATED

https://twitter.com/thehill/status/930109363498504192


That means this little press conference is a doozy:

https://articles.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/roy_moore_alabama_sex_claims.amp


UPDATED:

MOORE RESPONDS:

https://twitter.com/MooreSenate/status/930128259035082756

Well, Katha Pollitt NAILED IT! "I Hate People Now."


The other day, a friend of mine, a liberal Democrat, said that he had to admit his life hadn’t changed since Trump was elected. Well, I said, It’s only been eight months. Give him time!

What I wanted to say was, How nice for you. Tell it to that undocumented teenage girl who was blocked for a month from getting an abortion while held in a Texas detention center. Tell it to the Muslim family that a Connecticut neighbor of mine saw a white guy shouting at in the Big Y supermarket parking lot: Go back to your own country! Tell it to my daughter-in-law who got the hairy eyeball from a passerby for speaking Spanish on the street to her little girl. (And this was in Bloomington, Indiana, a large and pleasant university town.) Tell it to Myeshia Johnson, widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger, who was dragged through the mud because Trump couldn’t make a sympathy call sound sympathetic. Tell it to the Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders still waiting for power and clean water more than a month after Hurricane Maria.

I didn’t say any of that, of course. I’m working on suppressing my rage.

Unlike my friend’s, my life has changed a lot in the year since Trump was elected. Not materially, except for the fact that my stepson and daughter-in-law moved to Canada partly because, as non-citizens, they worried for their futures here in the US. I mean psychologically. I sometimes feel like I’m a different person now. I’m fidgety and irritable and have trouble concentrating. For months after the election, I could hardly read, except for books about Roman history, which turns out to be full of Trumps: fantastically rich sociopaths obsessed with crushing their enemies.

SNIP

But the main difference is that I hate people now. Well, not all people, of course. Just people who voted for Trump. People who do their own “research” on the Internet and discover there that President Obama is a Muslim and Michelle Obama is a man. People who use the n-word and can’t even spell it right, because—have you noticed?—Trump supporters can’t spell. Well-off people who only care about lowering their taxes. People who said they couldn’t vote for Hillary because of her emails. Excuse me, sir or madam, can you explain to me what an email server even is? People who didn’t believe Trump would bring back coal or build the wall or Make America Great Again, but just wanted to blow things up. Congratulations! We are all living in the minefield you have made.


https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/11/07/year-one-my-anger-management/


Yeah, she nails it. I hate the Trumpsters. And I hate the "After Hitler, our turn" crowd even more.

So Tell Me, FUCKING AGAIN, How The Democratic Party Has To Change.

Tell me again some shit about Nancy Pelosi being too old.

Tell me again about Tom Perez being lackluster.

Tell me again you don't know what we stand for.

Tell me again how we've got to change to suit you to vote for us.

Tell me, as I kept the poll open last night and threatened the Republican watcher with a judge's order as every voter voted.

Tell me again. Please.

Why Should Any Candidate in 2018 Fail to Release Their Taxes?

Can anyone explain that to me?

John Lewis Reminds Us Why He Got His Head Bashed In:

https://twitter.com/repjohnlewis/status/927985311526858752

Superdelegates and the Congressional Black Caucus. I'm Taking the CBC's Word on This.

The CBC, representing millions of people in America is vehemently opposed to eliminating the Superdelegates. I defer to them:



In a letter sent to both the Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, the CBC is expressing its resolute opposition to two key reforms demanded by Sanders in the run-up to the Democratic convention: abolishing the party’s superdelegate system and opening Democratic primaries up to independents and Republicans.


"The Democratic Members of the Congressional Black Caucus recently voted unanimously to oppose any suggestion or idea to eliminate the category of Unpledged Delegate to the Democratic National Convention (aka Super Delegates) and the creation of uniform open primaries in all states," says the letter, which was obtained by POLITICO. "The Democratic Party benefits from the current system of unpledged delegates to the National Convention by virtue of rules that allow members of the House and Senate to be seated as a delegate without the burdensome necessity of competing against constituents for the honor of representing the state during the nominating process."

The letter — which was also sent to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz — follows a Wednesday CBC meeting where members discussed for over an hour the impact of eliminating superdelegates on the African-American community, according to CBC Chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.).

https://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/bernie-sanders-black-caucus-superdelegates-224502


The toll on African-American voices in the DNC would be devastating. I trust PoC to speak on this issue and the impact it would have on their communities.


Winning the Bernie Way: SNL

This is very well done: Baldwin and Larry David are hysterical.

Posted by VermontKevin | Sun Nov 5, 2017, 09:46 AM (4 replies)

Don't Insult My Intelligence By Suggesting I Was Hoodwinked by Clinton:

Part of a larger thread that puts paid to the notion that HRC voters were somehow duped by the DNC into voting for HRC.


https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/926459545169334272

https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/926459705748271105

https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/926459810077388800

https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/926460220049674240

https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/926460412782137344

I never would have voted for Bernie in the primary. And not because of Clinton.
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