Climate denier hero Dana Rohrabacher is, like Donald Trump, a favorite of Vladimir Putin.
Now Republicans are pulling support from Rorhabacher’s re-election campaign.
The Republican Party’s top funding group for congressional races will not spend money to support two Orange County Republicans.
The Congressional Leadership Fund is responsible for gathering and dispersing multi-million-dollar checks from the GOP’s biggest donors and will spend $12 million on cable television ads in Southern California.
However, Dana Rohrabacher and Mimi Walters from suburban Orange County will not get any ad buys on their behalf, the Los Angles Times reports.
Rohrabacher is famous for his pro-Russian views and has been called “Putin’s favorite congressman.”
As the GOP struggles with how to spend its money, suburban California Republicans are at great risk, the paper reports, “because of the state’s exorbitant advertising costs.”
“Money saved in the costly Los Angeles media market…
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Saudis Must Cough Up Billions to Settle Khashoggi Case – Astute News
Yesterday 22 Senators signed a request to Trump to investigate the Khashoggi case under the Global Magnitsky Act. The Trump administration has 120 days to finish the investigation and to report back to the Senate. Any person or organization found to be involved in the kidnapping and possible murder of Khashoggi could then come under U.S. sanctions.
Those 120 days are the time-frame for Erdogan to use the thumbscrews the Saudi fuckup in its consulate in Istanbul handed him. The Saudi clown prince Mohammad bin Salman will get squeezed like never before. It will cost him billions to purchase the video of the Khashoggi killing the Turkish government claims to have.
Erdogan will not be the only one to profit from the issue. The Senate move gives Trump enormous leverage over the Saudis. He will use it.
Trump loudly claimed that he personally closed a $110 billion deal in which the Saudis purchase more useless weapons. There never was a ‘deal’, only some non-binding letters of intent.
Sen. Harris grills FBI director until he admits White House limited Kavanaugh investigation
So the sham investigation went forward and the FBI didn’t interview nearly two dozen former classmates of Ford, Kavanaugh, second accuser Deborah Ramirez, and Kavanaugh’s friend Mark Judge, witnesses who said they had corroborating information. Sen. Kamala Harris and millions of women (and ally men) want to know why these corroborating witnesses were not interviewed. That leads us to this moment, with FBI director Christopher Wray sitting before former prosecutor Harris at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Wray’s first appearance before any Senate committee since the sham investigation. Sen. Harris wasted no time getting to the facts of the matter: the White House most definitely limited the scope of the investigation and did NOT investigate any allegations of perjury by Kavanaugh’s, something that should have been disqualifying by itself.
AGR; NO Surprise that 45 lied yet again. He claimed that he did not limit the investigation, when in fact, he did. And then Republicans covered it all up, by claiming they did a complete investigation, and keeping the report TOP SECRET.
DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen is a pathological liar
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen is a pathological liar. She lied about the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy, tweeting back in June that “we do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”
Back here in reality, she signed off in it. The day after that lie, she again lied about family separation, this time to reporters during a White House press briefing, asking “why would I ever create a policy that ever does that.” But you did, secretary. You kidnap children. She’s still lying about it, this time to Congress during a Senate hearing earlier Wednesday:
“We do not detain children,” she says as Trump officials have a record number of migrant kids under custody. “We do not detain children,” she says as Trump officials are expanding a so-called “temporary” prison camp for migrant kids by the thousands in the Texas desert. “We do not detain children,” she says as Trump officials seek to eviscerate court standards in order to detain kids indefinitely. “We do not detain children,” she says as Trump officials continue to have more than 100 separated migrant kids in custody, in blatant violation of a federal judge’s order.
Kirstjen Nielsen is a shameless liar, and administration officials are so comfortable with this pathological Trumpian dishonesty that liars like Nielsen can go in front of Congress, blatantly lie to their faces, and carry on like nothing without any repercussions their party. She’s a disgrace, and the Republican legislators enabling her are a disgrace. She needs to resign, her enablers need to be voted out, and we need to get in a new Congress that will finally hold those who threw children into cages accountable.
via Daily Kos DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen is a pathological liar
United States Did It Again: Warplanes Use White Phosphorous Munitions in Syria « Aletho News
The Human Rights Watch has warned about dangers coming from the use of WP in urban areas. According to Steve Goose, arms director at Human Rights Watch, “No matter how white phosphorus is used, it poses a high risk of horrific and long-lasting harm in crowded cities like Raqqa and Mosul and any other areas with concentrations of civilians.”
In 2015, the United States used depleted uranium (DU) in Syria. DU is not banned by an international treaty but its use runs counter to the International Humanitarian Law (IHW). Article 36 of the Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions requires to ensure that “any new weapon means or method of warfare does not contravene existing rules of international law.” It says “General principles of the laws of war/IHL prohibit weapons and means or methods of warfare that cause superfluous injury or unnecessary suffering, have indiscriminate effects or cause widespread, long-term and severe damage to the natural environment.” In 2012, the UN General Assembly tried to adopt a resolution restricting the use of DU. The move was supported by 155 states, with 27 abstaining and four, including the United States, voting against.
The American military has used cluster bombs against civilians in Yemen. The US is not one of the 102 states parties to the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, which prohibits the weapons that open in the air, dispersing multiple bomblets or submunitions over a wide area. Many submunitions fail to explode on initial impact, acting like landmines for years. The Pentagon refuses to give cluster munitions and American field commanders are authorized to use them at their discretion.
The US continues to run biological programs, operating more than 20 laboratories around the world in blatant violation of the UN Biological Weapons Convention. An opinion paper published on Oct. 4 in the journal Science, written by an international group of researchers claims the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is potentially developing insects as a means of delivering a “new class of biological weapon.”
In 2011, US police used tear gas and other chemical irritants against Occupy protesters. Tear gas is prohibited for use against enemy soldiers in battle by the Chemical Weapons Convention but it’s all right with America’s law enforcement agencies using the dangerous substance against their own people.
AGR; The US illegally invaded and is occupying Syria without having been attacked by that country.
There was No declaration of war.
There was No formal notice of war.
There is No Constitutional basis for this illegal invasion and occupation, just like Vietnam, or countless other countries that the US has invaded, bombed, and occupied.
And yet, those politicians responsible are not held accountable, and they keep on being voted in, which makes the voting public just as responsible as those warmongering politicians.
If you make sure that service, both for you and for others, is the driving force behind your creations, and stay open to receiving the many, many supports the universe wishes to provide you in that service, you will always be expanding into your highest life expression. ~Archangel Gabriel through Shelley Young
Trump’s FEMA failing again – Citizens without water and food for days from Hurricane Michael
And a NYTs article from yesterday pointed out similar dire conditions.
He was in a working-class neighborhood called Millville, where many residents said they were becoming desperate for even basic necessities. Mr. Foster, 60, and his 99-year-old mother had no car, no electricity. The food had spoiled in his refrigerator. The storm had ripped off large sections of his roof. He had no working plumbing to flush with. No water to drink. And as of Friday afternoon, he had seen no sign of government help.
“What can I do?” he said. “I’m not angry. I just want some help.”
Brock Long the FEMA director is counseling patience but really there is no reason not to have tent cities established for basic supplies of food and water that serve as distribution centers for people in need in the surrounding areas. Helicopters can do pallet drops of water and meals. We know how to do this. All it takes is leadership, money and commitment.
For his part, Governor Scott seems more distant and inattentive than with last year’s Hurricane Irma. His answer, “everyone just needs to help each other, right now”.
Kavanaugh proves one of the nine justices is not like the others
Kavanaugh didn’t so much ask questions as make statements. The types of statements that should have come from the government’s attorney, not a justice. When he did ask questions—well, here’s an example of a “question”:
Is that presumption based on what we think was really going through Congress’s mind at the time or is it based on a constitutional overlay, because what was really going through Congress’s time [sic] in 1996 was harshness on this topic. Is that not right?
Kavanaugh didn’t even pretend he possesses the independence required for a justice.
Neil Gorsuch, by contrast, pivoted back to Justice Stephen Breyer’s question when he felt it had gone unanswered, and made queries that, unlike Kavanaugh’s, didn’t presume an outcome. His questions were also consistent with conservative legal beliefs—as distinguished from partisan policy positions.
For example, Gorsuch asked whether, in the event the government had been aware of an immigrant eligible for mandatory detention for 30 years and chosen not to act, it could still take that person into custody 30 years later. In other words, “Is there any limit on the government’s power?”
Justices often pose hypotheticals, detailed grammatical questions bearing on statutory interpretation, and comparisons to other cases and statutes. They may nudge an attorney to explore an argument or to respond to the opposing party’s argument. What they don’t do is argue the case for the attorneys before them. Until Kavanaugh.
Oneness No Matter What | Heavenletters
Listen to Me. Losing your life, your livelihood, your memory etc. are not at all the most you are made of. In no uncertain terms, I am not telling you to forfeit your life. Just don’t hang on to it so forcefully as if your present outer life on Earth is the sum and substance of you and is all that counts.
You are greater than your current life on Earth. You are not your work. You are not your body. You are not your legs, you are not even your mind. You ponder your present outer life. This is not the most significant role you play in your present life. You are greater than all of these.
You are truly more than anything you appear to be and perceive yourself to be on Earth. You cannot be one whit less than I say you are, for you are nothing but Infinite! You are One with Me.
Hurray! There is no one and nothing that can cut Our Oneness in two. Oneness is!