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

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Big 'flash' seen in the skies over part of Michigan and beyond

Source: Lansing State Journal


LANSING - Police dispatch lines were lighting up with reports of a big flash in the sky on Tuesday night, evidence of an apparent fireball seen over parts of lower Michigan and as far away as Chicago and Windsor.

Lansing-area dispatchers were fielding calls about the phenomenon around 8:20 p.m., and the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids also received calls.

Twitter was jumping with reports about the flash on Tuesday night.

"What is being described as a 'meteor re-entry' caused a large flash of light and loud noise heard across Michigan, Chicago and Windsor," read a tweet from Michigan Bests.




Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2018/01/16/big-flash-seen-skies-over-part-michigan-and-beyond/1038927001/

An Airman of the Cold War fights 60 years later

In 1955 she was kicked out of the Air Force for being a lesbian. At 90, she's fighting back.

By KYLE SWENSON | The Washington Post | Published: January 11, 2018

The barracks were thick with anxious whispers and rumors, but she figured there was nothing incriminating about leaving the air base for a sandwich.

On a Friday night in 1955, Airman 2nd Class Helen Grace James and another female service member left the field after work for dinner in a nearby town. The place was too crowded to sit down, so after getting food the two drove to the wooded area south of where Hempstead Harbor stabs into Long Island. They found a quiet spot to eat. James cut the engine. She was reaching for her sandwich when flashlight beams ignited the car interior. Air Police. From the base. They had been followed.

"They asked us what we were doing," James recently told The Washington Post.

Within a few days, She was arrested and put through hours of humiliating interrogation. The questions were so harsh and disgusting James had to run to the latrine because she felt sick. Finally, after an interrogator threatened to go to her family, James relented. She said she would sign whatever they wanted.
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The experience was not isolated but part of a larger and ugly chapter in American history. She was subjected to a military investigation because she was a lesbian. If she was a lesbian, the U.S. military did not want her in uniform. Long before "don't ask, don't tell," in an era spiked with Cold War paranoia and McCarthyism, the government and military systematically rooted out service members like James.

Now, at 90, she's fighting to right the historical wrong with a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force. The complaint asks the court to upgrade her discharge to "honorable," thus restoring the California woman's rights and honor as a veteran.




More:

https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/in-1955-she-was-kicked-out-of-the-air-force-for-being-a-lesbian-at-90-she-s-fighting-back-1.506214

Roy Moore holds 10-point lead in poll taken after accusations

Source: The Hill

Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore holds a 10-point lead over his Democratic opponent, according to a new poll.

The Emerson College survey found that Moore has the support of 55 percent of the Alabama voters polled, compared to 45 percent for the Democratic nominee, Doug Jones.

The poll was conducted from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, after The Washington Post published its report in which a woman accused Moore of initiating sexual contact with her in 1979, when she was 14 and he was 32.

The poll does show improvement for Jones from the last survey conducted in September. That survey gave Moore a 22-point advantage.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/360121-poll-moore-leads-jones-by-10-points



Sickening.

Just sickening.

Trump Admin Tells Agencies to Strip Contract Provisions Guarding Against Wage Theft

Federal contractors will not face requirements aimed at protecting employees from wage theft and unsafe working conditions under a rule the Trump administration finalized on Monday.

The rule follows a resolution Republican lawmakers passed and President Trump signed in March under the Congressional Review Act, which voided an Obama administration push for more transparent compliance with workplace laws for employees working on federal contracts.

While most of the provisions of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces initiative were never enforced after a federal court blocked their implementation, the Trump administration noted at least one key reform may have made its way into some contracts.

President Obama pushed a rule known as “paycheck transparency,” which required contractors to provide detailed statements on their hours worked and compensation earned. That provision was never enjoined in court, meaning some federal contracts signed in 2017 with an estimated value of more than $500,000 may have already included the requirement. The goal of provision was to ensure employees were protected against wage theft by their employer.

More:

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2017/11/trump-admin-tells-agencies-strip-contract-provisions-guarding-against-wage-theft/142337/


(NO- both parties are NOT the same)

Trump stages NFL protest while ignoring 4 dead Special Forces

Op-Ed: Trump admin stages NFL protest while ignoring 4 dead Special Forces soldiers in Niger

Derek Gannon | 10.09.2017 39 Comments

It was two days after America was still coming to grips with the carnage that was displayed in Las Vegas after a madman holed himself up in a 32nd floor hotel suite of the Mandalay Bay casino and resort. Where the killer, Stephen Paddock constructed some sort of makeshift machine gun nest overlooking a country music festival then smashed two windows and rained down a hail of gunfire on unsuspecting concert-goers killing 58 and maiming upwards of 540.

A stunned America had no idea that a small group of U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets along with their Nigerien counterparts were coming back from a mission in the southwestern region of Niger on that Wednesday when they were ambushed by an enemy force of 50 or more from what is a new wing of the Islamic State called The Islamic State in Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS). The joint Green Beret team was met with withering machine gun and small-arms fire and immediately began to take casualties. Nigeriens took what was reported to SOFREP as heavy casualties and in the midst of all the chaos and were reported to have fled from the ambush leaving the Green Berets alone to fight off the attack.


More:
https://sofrep.com/91421/op-ed-trump-admin-stages-nfl-protest-ignoring-4-dead-special-forces-soldiers-niger/


USNS Comfort is underway

The Hospital Ship USNS COMFORT left Norfolk, Virginia harbor a short time ago, carrying 552 medical personnel, and 70 crew. Comfort is underway now, and headed for Puerto Rico.


http://wtvr.com/2017/09/29/usns-comfort-to-puerto-rico/

Trump violates U.S. Constitution- hard evidence.

Federal Employees Used Government Charge Cards to Expense Rooms at Trump Hotels
| SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 5:25 PM ET



A handful of federal employees used their government charge cards to book rooms at several different hotels operated by the Trump Organization, according to documents obtained by a government watchdog group.

The White House’s National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the documents obtained through a public records request by Property of the People. Also in March, the State Department’s embassy in Panama paid $632 for a stay at Trump’s hotel in Panama City, while the Coast Guard in June paid $186 for a stay at Trump ‘s Las Vegas hotel. Coast Guard employees also charged to their government cards $62 worth of food or drink at the federally owned, Trump Organization-operated hotel in Washington, D.C.

The federal spending raises questions about possible violations of the “domestic emoluments clause” of the Constitution, according to Property of the People. Clause seven of article two of the Constitution prevents the president from receiving “any other emolument from the United States” aside from the salary determined by Congress. Leadership of the organization releasing the documents called on the Justice Department to investigate a potential constitutional violation, saying, “These transactions, charged to official government charge cards, reflect a clear violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause and raise grave questions about the extent to which President Trump’s refusal to divest from his businesses has caused and is continuing to cause violations of the Constitution.”



More:
http://m.govexec.com/oversight/2017/09/federal-employees-used-government-charge-cards-expense-rooms-trump-hotels/141101/

Marquette County Republican Party official blasted for tweet, Facebook post

Source: WNMU Radio

MARQUETTE, MI-- Social media posts from the secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party about protests that turned violent in Berkeley, California are causing an uproar.

Dan Adamini-

On Thursday Dan Adamini tweeted, “Time for another Kent State, perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”

The Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students at Kent State in 1970 during a Vietnam War protest.

Jason Chapman is chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party. He says Adamini’s comments are inexcusable.

“I think it’s highly irresponsible for an officer of the Marquette County Republican Party to suggest that authorities kill anyone to suppress free speech and quell protests,” he says. “I find it disgusting.”

Read more: http://wnmufm.org/post/marquette-county-republican-party-official-blasted-tweet-facebook-post#stream/0



What a shameful thing to say.

180 federal employees sign up for 'civil disobedience' class

from: The Hill

A large group of federal employees have signed up to participate in a workshop on civil disobedience in the President Trump era.

According to a Washington Post report, 180 federal employees have signed up for a workshop featuring expert advice on workers’ rights and expressing civil disobedience.

Dozens of federal workers have reportedly attended a support group for civil servants that serves as a forum for discussing opposition to the Trump administration.

Some federal employees have already expressed defiance against the Trump administration following a gag order, which has since been lifted, that restricted the Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services from contacting the press or posting about the administration on social media.

More:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/317300-180-federal-employees-sign-up-for-civil-disobedience-class

and details at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/31/c65b110e-e7cb-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-banner-low_resistance-0909pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ab585c6d9178

Trumps White House Cited a Nonexistent Reason for Freezing Federal Hiring

One of Donald Trump’s first actions as US president was to sign an executive order (pdf) to freeze non-military federal hiring. The move, White House press secretary Sean Spicer explained at a Jan. 23 press briefing, “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.”

In reality, no such dramatic expansion occurred.

The federal government employs nearly 2.2 million people, accounting for about 1.4% of all employment in the country. That makes it the nation’s largest employer (Wal-mart is second). It’s true that during US president Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the federal government added a little over 120,000 jobs, but that’s about 60,000 fewer than were added during former US president George W. Bush’s administration, and employment by the federal government as share of all US employment is relatively low compared to most of the last 70 years. (The spikes in the following chart represent workers brought on temporarily to conduct the US decennial census.)

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More:

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2017/01/trumps-white-house-cited-nonexistent-reason-freezing-federal-hiring/134814/?oref=river
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