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Retired 3x, living comfortably on the Gulf Coast, biking, beachwalking, lifting free weights, eating mostly properly, keeping my mind active, in my seventh decade, intending to give Methuselah a run for the record...

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Nancy Pelosi Feels the Bern, Faces Pro-Sanders Primary Challenger

More than any other Democrat currently holding elected office, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embodies how out of touch Democratic Party leadership is with voters. Under Pelosi, Democrats lost more than 60 seats in the House of Representatives from 2008 to 2016, and her tenure represents just how corrupt the Party has become.

Following Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential election loss, Bernie Sanders‘ supporters scoffed at Pelosi’s re-election as House Minority Leader. Democrats had abandoned all hope of party reform, and Pelosi made it clear that the Party wouldn’t do much to reverse the drastic losses suffered throughout the Obama Administration. At a private, three day conference with billionaire donors, Pelosi doubled-down on developing Party strategy—without any input from voters.

In a December 2016 interview, Pelosi confirmed she would preserve the status quo, claiming “I don’t think people want a new direction.” At at a CNN Town Hall in February 2017, she again revealed her disdain for progressives, telling a millennial Sanders supporter who asked if the Democratic Party would embrace Sanders’ populist message: “Well, I thank you for your question, but I have to say we’re capitalists—that’s just the way it is.” Pelosi then embarked on a tone-deaf rant, arguing that the solution was to make billionaires and millionaires more empathetic. “We have to change the thinking of people,” she said. “The free market is a place that can do good things.”

Pelosi’s attitude has incited Sanders supporters to recruit progressive candidates to challenge establishment Democrats in their primary elections. Nancy Pelosi’s challenger, employment attorney Stephen Jaffe, recently launched his campaign.

Ricketts vetoes bill that would give ex-felons right to vote after serving sentence

Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have allowed ex-felons to bypass a two-year waiting period and vote as soon as they complete a prison sentence or probation. 

Former felons and others who supported the bill had testified that people who have completed their sentences are expected to rejoin society by being good citizens and paying taxes. Without the right to vote, some lose their energy and enthusiasm to participate in society. 

In his veto letter, Ricketts said that while the rehabilitation of criminals is an important goal, the immediate restoration of voting rights is not the answer. 

About 30 percent of felons commit another crime within a few years after release from prison, he said. While supporters of the bill contend being able to vote increases civic engagement and helps to reduce the risk of committing more crimes, studies have failed to demonstrate a link between restoring voting rights and reduced recidivism, he said.

Democrats will have to wait a bit longer to swell their voting base in Nebraska...

President Trump to eliminate the AMT and the "death tax" among other beneficial changes...

Found on DU, the Democratic Party is a victim! And Russia!...

Stop. Letting. Them. Frame. The. Fucking. Narrative. Don't let them gaslight you!

Was DI down from about 1020 to 1040 this morning?...

... DU was up, and I saw no mention of DI...

But it's the beach.. it's the BEACH... THE BEACH!!!...

Indiana State Professor Fabricated Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes

Muslim professor at Indiana State University lied about receiving threatening emails and being attacked on campus, police say. Azhar Hussain, 56, assistant professor of aviation technology, was arrested on Friday and charged with felony charge of obstruction of justice and misdemeanor harassment, according to Terre Haute’s Tribune-Star.

On March 8, Hussain claimed to have received threatening emails containing anti-Muslim sentiments. And on March 24, Hussain claimed that he was attacked from behind while entering his campus office.   

But the professor fabricated all of the incidents, police say.

Based upon the investigation, it is our belief that Hussain was trying to gain sympathy by becoming a victim of anti-Muslim threats which he had created himself,” Indiana State University Police Chief Joseph Newport said Friday. “It is extremely unfortunate that this situation caused undue concern on other members of the ISU community.”

Berkeley, self-styled "Leader of the Free Speech Movement" accedes to "heckler's veto" from...

... the Left...

Berkeley cancels Ann Coulter’s visit fearing  violent protests

The University of California—Berkeley cancelled an appearance next week by conservative flame thrower Ann Coulter, after the left-leaning campus couldn’t guarantee her safety.

Berkeley, cradle of the modern liberal movement, has been the scene of violent political clashes in recent months and Cal officials said Coulter’s planned event with campus Republicans was too hot to handle, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter,” vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said in an email to student groups the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA.

Free speech for ME, but not for THEE...

Russia racing to reinforce 11-mile border with North Korea...

Russia moves troops, helicopters and armoured vehicles to its border with North Korea as Putin braces for war.
Video footage is said to show one of three trains loaded with military equipment moving towards the 11 mile-long land frontier between Russia and the repressive state.

Another scene shows military helicopter appearing to move towards the North Korean border and manoeuvres across rough terrain by army combat vehicles.

Other reports suggest there have been military moves by road as well.
There have been concerns that if a conflict breaks out Russia could face a humanitarian exodus from North Korea.

The era of strategic patience...

February 6, 2015

Brendan’s post outlines Susan Rice’s Brookings speech today during which she minimized threats to American national security and gussied up as a shrewd “strategy” what has seemed to us mere mortals to be the president’s inability to respond to threats (or, say, 8-hour jihadist mass-murder attacks not caused by obscure movie trailers).

This is not a parody. “The challenges we face require strategic patience and persistence,” wrote the president in the 35-page, long overdue (patience, patience …) National Security Strategy document delivered to Congress on Friday.

Today: Pence: US era of strategic patience with North Korea over
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