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Friday, June 24, 2016

Curtis Tate: TRUMP WHO? HERE'S WHERE KOCH INDUSTRIES PAC MONEY IS GOING IN 2016 @ The Bulletin



[Excerpt]  ... Charles Koch has personally contributed $6 million to Freedom Partners Action Fund, a super PAC that has spent heavily on advertising against Democrats in competitive Senate races in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Nevada. It also has spent on advertising against Clinton.

Unlike ordinary PACs, which are bound by restrictions on contributions, super PACs can receive unlimited contributions so long as the PAC does not give money directly to a candidate or coordinate with a candidate how it spends its money.

KochPAC has helped numerous Republicans in House and Senate races, many of them competitive. Notable candidates receiving $10,000 contributions include Sens. Roy Blunt of Missouri, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Boozman of Arkansas and Rob Portman of Ohio.

Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, who faces a Republican primary challenge in August, received $10,000 from KochPAC. Other House Republican candidates in competitive races also received that amount: Mike Coffman of Colorado, Barbara Comstock of Virginia, Will Hurd of Texas, Lee Zeldin of New York and Frank Guinta of New Hampshire.

KochPAC has supported only one Democrat in the 2016 election, Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota. Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, is a climate change skeptic.

Peterson was one of four Democrats to vote in favor of a Republican resolution of disapproval in December on U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. Those plans largely rely on an increase in renewable energy sources and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels. ... 

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Read more at Oregon's "The Bulletin."

Monday, June 20, 2016

BBC, Take Us Seriously @ Jesus & Mo

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Robert M. Nelson: STATE DEPT. I.G. REPORT ON CLINTON RESEMBLES MACARTHUR ON LUZON @ This Can't Be Happening!

Few people thought back in 1941 that the Japanese military could defeat or pose a serious threat to the US military. Yet, by April 8, 1942, only five months into the war, United States’ forces stationed on Luzon, our Philippine colony, had surrendered to a upstart Asian colonial power, the empire of Japan. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the US commander in the Far East, had fled in ignominous defeat from the colony to Australia a month before. The remaining Filipino and American prisoners of war were left behind and forced in a death march of 65 miles to move to POW camps, where they remained under brutal conditions for the rest of the war. The name “Bataan” has since come to symbolize the depths of depravity following defeat.

Bataan was invoked again by journalists to describe the conditions at the Brooklyn campaign headquarters of then-Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the wake of an improbable and unexpectedly harsh finding by the inspector general (IG) of the State Department. The State Department’s own watchdog found its former boss, Secretary Clinton, to have clearly violated the rules and procedures of her own agency and the legal requirements of the National Freedom of Information Act. Clinton, the IG’s report said, posed “significant security risks” through her decision to use a private email server for professional business while she was secretary of state.

The IG’s report promises to be the centerpiece of the Republican attack on the Democrats in the fall election if Secretary Clinton grabs the party’s presidential nomination.

While her damage-control operation -- a fixture in the Clinton political machine through decades of scandals -- has gone into full gear, and a largely supportive corporate media has predictably tried to play down the import of the IG’s report, there is still a major FBI investigation underway of the same misconduct by former Secretary Clinton, which has included granting immunity from at least one key member of her staff who handled her home communications system -- a staffer who already took the Fifth over the issue at a House hearing. If the FBI were to indict Clinton, her situation would start to resemble General MacArthur’s in the spring of 1942 -- surrounded with no way out but to flee the scene.

Some of Clinton’s mass media friends have attempted, predictably, to link these developments to the continuing assault by what she once called, “ … a vast right wing conspiracy.” The problem with this defense lies in the very nature of the IG process…


For the rest of this article by ROBERT NELSON in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3201

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

She just blew it, again.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dave Lindorff: AN AMERICAN ABROAD: EUROPE, THE US AND THE POLITICS OF PISSING AND BEING PISSED @ This Can't Be Happening!

 Vienna -- As an American visiting Krakow, Poland, where I was last week, it felt weird to read about the inane latest chapter of the culture wars being fought back home over whether states and localities should have the right to bar transgender people from using a public lavatory appropriate to their psychological identity, forcing them instead to use the one that accords with how many X chromosomes they have by birth in their cell nuclei.

            After all, in Poland, except for the finer tourist restaurants and hotels catering to American tourists, bathrooms tend to be unisex: men and women enter such a toaleta through a single door into an anteroom, where they find a number of stalls each containing a single commode. In some such facilities, there are also urinals along a wall in the anteroom, allowing men to relieve their bladders while not unnecessarily denying one of the limited number of stalls to any woman in urgent need of relief. Meanwhile, women and men, without a blush, wash their hands side by side in the available sinks in the common anteroom.

            Somehow this system works in Poland and without any reported incidents of indecency or sexual abuse as is apparently so feared by some of America’s squeamishly fundamentalist Christian folk. And remember, Poland is itself a very conservative Catholic country, quite fundamentalist in its own way!

            Now I’m not trying to suggest that Poles are necessarily better or saner than Americans. They do, after all, have a not terribly remote history of having largely supported the slaughter, by occupying Nazis, of the Jews who had lived in their midst for centuries. Indeed Krakow itself was the scene of one such particularly brutal and bloody extermination campaign (it was where the German conman Oskar Schindler set up his slave-labor factory, which allowed him to gain fame for eventually coming around to saving many Jews from a mass grave). And anti-semitism (along with other forms of xenophobia) is still alive and well in the country. But at least the Poles aren’t freaking out about transgendered people sneaking into the wrong loo.

            While sanity regarding public restroom facility use in Europe comes as a welcome relief (the French too have a casual attitude towards sexual privacy in their public facilities, with women frequently stationed in near the men’s pissoire where they collect tips for their janitorial services while men pee against a wall right beside them), other political storms in Europe can display a certain familiarity to a visiting American...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Eric Levitz: THE KOCHS ARE SOURING ON NATIONAL POLITICS @ New York Magazine

John Grant: URINALS AND STALLS, A NEW BATTLEGROUND: GENDER LINES, PROBLEM OF THE 21ST CENTURY? @ This Can't Be Happening!


"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line."
   - W.E.B. DuBois

While I see his position as one of defending bigotry, I sympathize a bit with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory when he tells NPR, "Most people had never heard of this issue five months ago.”

I was one of those people. Until quite recently -- certainly before Caitlin Jenner and going back to the early 1950s when ex-GI Christine Jorgensen had sex re-assignment surgery -- the term transgender meant a person had submitted to hormone treatment and surgery that involved, for a male, cutting off the penis and surgically creating some approximation of a vagina. A male or female who chose to wear clothing of the opposite gender was known as a transvestite. That semantic understanding seems to have gone the way of negro and colored people. It's now a matter of how one feels inside one's body. Somewhere in time a semantic shift occurred in the minds of enough people that it has now reached the level of law where we see a classic battle between a reform-minded, liberal federal government and that old standby of conservatives and bigots, states' rights.

In North Carolina, a law known as HB2 was passed that limits protections for LGBT people and requires transgender people to use public bathrooms that correspond with the gender noted by a physician on their birth certificate. That sounds nice and neat -- certainly to the conservative and bigoted mind. But what if one was born with real, physical ambiguity down in the pudendum area? Or what if a cocktail of chemical hormones and life experience led someone to see and feel him- or herself differently than the working stiff did who noted an infant's gender on a birth certificate -- or for that matter, feeling different about oneself than the socially- and politically-correct views of certain southern, God-fearing conservatives? What if Norman Mailer, who is dead, was wrong when he wrote that little anti-feminist gem I read titled Prisoner Of Sex? Of course, many of us loved the strutting pugilistic Uncle Norman, especially when he protested the Vietnam War; but, then, Norman was famous for being a magnificent, often drunken, asshole.

The Fort Worth school system recently established the right of transgender students to identify their gender as they wished and to use the bathroom of their choosing. Since transgender people tend to want to be private and discrete, this sounds reasonable and compassionate. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, then, publicly damned the system’s superintendent and framed the issue as one of security for young girls vulnerable to lurking predatory males using the ruling to gain access to rape young girls.

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