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  • Everything to Know About the #BelieveSurvivors Walkout in Solidarity with Christine Blasey Ford

    09/24/2018 1:55:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Cut ^ | September 23, 2018 | Opheli Garcia Lawler
    On Friday morning, Donald Trump tweeted that Christine Blasey Ford should have reported her assault sooner if it was as “bad as she says.” Ford came forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and since then, she has been endlessly harassed, threatened, and her credibility has been repeatedly questioned. Now, there will be a national #BelieveSurvivors walkout on Monday, in solidarity with Ford and in protest of Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s what to know. The walkout will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST. The walkout will begin on Monday, September 24, at 1:00 p.m. EST (10:00...
  • Brett Kavanaugh and pals accused of gang rapes in high school, says lawyer Michael Avenatti

    09/23/2018 8:26:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | September 23, 2018 | Kate Feldman
    Lawyer Michael Avenatti told the Senate Judiciary Committee late Sunday that he has multiple witnesses who can say Brett Kavanaugh participated in gang rapes of drunken women during high school. We are aware of significant evidence of multiple house parties in the Washington, D.C. area during the early 1980s during which Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge and others would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a train of men to subsequently gang rape them, Avenatti said in an email to Mike Davis, chief counsel for nominations for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Avenatti did not disclose...
  • Memorys frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter (More excuses for Blasey-Ford)

    09/22/2018 5:35:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | Malcolm Ritter, The Associated Press
    She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, its possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s believe what they say. And which one of them believes his or her version more strongly is no tipoff to what really happened. Confidence is not a good guide to whether or not someone is telling...
  • Wilbur Ross ordered to give deposition in 2020 census case: report

    09/21/2018 7:13:55 PM PDT · by Rabin · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/21/18 | JUSTIN WISE
    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has been ordered to be deposed due to his decision to reinstate a citizenship status question in the upcoming 2020 census. A U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York "Secretary Ross must sit for a deposition because his intent and credibility are directly at issue, had an unusually strong personal interest and that he went through with this action despite "strong and continuing opposition" from the U.S. Census Bureau there is a heightened risk in the current political climate that the question will lead to a lower response rate because of...
  • Did Kavanaugh Accuser Send SAME Letter About Gorsuch

    09/18/2018 2:00:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 110 replies
    The Black Sphere ^ | September 18, 2018 | Kevin Jackson
    Lets face it, the Democrats pick bad poster children. Michael Brown, Jr is the face of the Black Lives Matter movement. And Hillary Clinton ,the wife of a rapist appears to be the mother of the modern-day Womens Movement. Porn star Stormy Daniels heads up the #MeToo movement, while her porn attorney plans for a presidential run on the Democratic ticket. And now they have a new poster child, this one part of the plot to bring down men. Professor Christine Blasey Ford finally came forward as anonymous to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault 36 years ago, when...
  • Joe Scarborough: Trump Is Worse For America Than The Attacks On The Twin Towers

    09/14/2018 12:13:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 14, 2018 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    There is truly nothing sacred anymore. Not awards shows. Not sporting events. Not John McCains funeral. Not even 9/11. MSNBCs Joe Scarborough has declared that President Trump is a far graver threat to the idea of America than the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. It all began with a tweet to a column he wrote in The Washington Post on the eve of 9/11. Trump is damaging the dream of America more than any terrorist attack ever could, Scarborough tweeted....
  • Lake Georgetown park worker fired following viral video of her screaming at driver

    09/12/2018 5:38:20 PM PDT · by BackRoads775 · 20 replies
    https://www.kens5.com ^ | 09/11/2018 | Hana Adeni
    The Cedar Breaks Park, Lake Georgetown gate attendant is seen on a video yelling at a driver trying to leave the park. A representative told KVUE the attendant no longer works at the park.
  • George W. Bush Raising Money to Maintain Trump Cover-up (Textbook definition of delusion)

    09/12/2018 8:56:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 12, 2018 | Jonathan Chait
    George W. Bush, who declined to endorse Donald Trump (or anybody) in 2016, and made muttered elliptical criticisms of the 45th president, has thrown himself into the task of covering up Trumps many crimes. Bush, reports Politico, is raising money for candidates who are committed to maintaining the cover-ups. To be sure, Bush doesnt put it that way, and almost certainly doesnt think of it that way. But it is syllogistically true. The Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress have followed a course of non-oversight, blocking disclosure of Trumps tax returns, allowing him to to be paid by figures...
  • Antifa group organizes for revolutionary violence against the local government

    09/12/2018 8:37:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Far Left Watch ^ | September 11, 2018
    The militant rhetoric from the far-left is escalating at a dramatic pace. Calls for violence against Trump supporters have now turned into calls for attacks on government facilities and agencies. Serve The People – LA, a violent Marxist group that has doxed and threatened people in their community for supporting Immigration and Customer Enforcement (ICE) is now using their Twitter and Facebook accounts to organize for “revolutionary violence against the local government”. In a blog post they recently published and shared with their three thousand Facebook followers and fourteen-hundred Twitter followers they reference their desire for “violence” numerous times:(POST-AT-LINK) These...
  • Trumps policies reminiscent of Operation Wetback (If only that were true)

    09/08/2018 10:26:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Express-News ^ | September 9, 2018 | Alfredo Torres Jr.
    I was having breakfast one early morning with a friend, who just completed his computer science degree. He was enthusiastic about his field of study and bragged about the successful opportunities awaiting in the burgeoning field of apps, smart phones, and driverless cars. We debated our career choices when he facetiously ridiculed my choice of study history. Why history? he asked. What is so interesting about studying what is dead and long gone? Its a common question asked by people about my profession. What my technocratic friend (and others like-minded) do not understand is that the dead sometimes have...
  • Anonymous Wont Scare Off Diehard Trump Supporters (This is how the Left sees you)

    09/08/2018 5:43:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Los Angeles Progressive ^ | September 8, 2018 | Berry Craig
    The anonymous New York Times op-ed piece trashing Trump sent Democratic hopes soaring. The loyal opposition prayed the story would steel the spines of Republican bigwigs to speak truth to power and finally fess up that the emperor has no duds. Instead, White House insiders are falling all over themselves to deny authorship. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the rest of the GOP brass are still aboard the Trump clown car. The root of the problem is the presidents amorality, warned the unnamed author, who claimed to work for the president and allying himself or herself with like-minded colleaguesto thwart...
  • Dont Let the Loud Bigots Distract You. Americas Real Problem With Race Cuts Far Deeper

    09/06/2018 1:02:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | September 6, 2018 | Professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Princeton University
    In a recent viral video, an unidentified white woman in line at a grocery store in Oregon, dressed in a floral romper and black knee-high boots, overheard a black womans phone conversation. She believed this black woman was trying to sell food stamps illegally. The exchange became heated, and the white woman was told, in no uncertain terms, to mind her business. Oh, it is my business, the white woman responded. Because I pay my taxes. She then said something that, quite frankly, stunned me: Were going to build this wall. This was not an oddly timed statement about her...
  • Trump Court Will Bring Fundamentalist Version of Sharia Law

    09/04/2018 9:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Los Angeles Progressive ^ | September 4, 2018 | Ralph E. Shaffer, professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona.
    As President Donald Trump packs the Supreme Court with justices adhering to his fundamentalist brand of social conservatism, the return to an era in American history when questionable religious standards were the law of the land in most states is fast approaching. Women, ethnic minorities, and gays are about to undergo a reversal of the gains made by decisions of the high court since the 1950s. In less than two years, Trump has taken the opportunity to nominate two staunch social conservatives to the court. Justice Neil Gorsuch merely filled the vacancy created by the sudden death of Antonin Scalia,...
  • Chelsea Manning, Ronan Farrow and Ta-Nehisi Coates on terror and bravery at Antidote (Australia)

    09/04/2018 3:33:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 2, 2018 | Alexandra Spring and Steph Harmon
    To be brave, you have to know so you can act. They were South African author Sisonke Msimangs words but could well have been the theme for this past weekends Antidote, a festival of ideas which focused on solutions that saw Chelsea Manning, Ronan Farrow, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Maureen Dowd, Msimang and more speaking out on the Sydney Opera House stages. The event was almost overshadowed by the home affairs departments decision to issue a notice of intention to deny Manning an entry visa on character grounds last week. But her talk went ahead regardless: Manning video-called in from Los Angeles...
  • Trumps irresponsible faithful

    09/02/2018 4:58:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | September 2, 2018 | Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post
    As the late Sen. John McCains departing call to national unity reverberated across America last week, Donald Trumps prediction of violence should Democrats prevail in Novembers midterm elections seemed both discordant and, well, weird. The president issued his dire warning on Monday two days after McCains death to a gathering of evangelical pastors at the White House. Trump warned that if they didnt rally their parishioners to turn out and vote Republican, Democrats will overturn everything that weve done, and theyll do it quickly and violently. What sort of apocalyptic vision guides our commander in chief? What level...
  • Dangerous & poisoned: Critics blast Trump for endorsing white conspiracy theory on South Africa

    08/30/2018 5:00:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Essex Caller ^ | August 30, 2018 | Rosa Lyster and Siobhan OGrady, The Washington Post
    President Donald Trumps promotion of a white nationalist conspiracy theory involving South Africa prompted fierce backlash there Thursday and fresh criticism in the United States that he is compromising American foreign policy to stoke his far-right political base. Former U.S. diplomats and South African leaders denounced Trumps declaration in a tweet late Wednesday that he had instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to monitor the large scale killing of white farmers and the governments expropriations of their land. White nationalist groups have for years spread false claims about the murder rates, which have been widely debunked. Local police data show...
  • What if Trump really did shoot a man on 5th Avenue?

    08/29/2018 10:06:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | August 29, 2018 | Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
    Sept. 3 (AP) President Donald Trump stopped his motorcade in Manhattan today, jumped out of his limousine and shot a man on Fifth Avenue who was shouting anti-Trump epithets. The shooting was recorded by the White House press pool as well as by dozens of bystanders with cellphones and by security cameras in the area. When asked for his reaction, House Speaker Paul Ryan said, We will need more information than is available at this point. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said through pursed lips that he was not going to comment on every up and down with this...
  • SpaceX Dragon Successfully Returns to Earth From the ISS

    08/25/2018 10:57:52 PM PDT · by Rabin · 30 replies
    If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before. That really is the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space. --Elon Musk
  • Trump Presidency Must Be Annulled, Impeachment Is Not Enough, Says Top Economist Robert Reich

    08/25/2018 8:37:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | August 25, 2018 | Jonathan Vankin
    A former U.S. labor secretary who is now a leading economist has called for the annulment of Donald Trump's election victory, calling it 'unconstitutional.' One of the United States leading econominsts, who also served in the adinsitrations of three U.S. presidents including a term as Secretary of Labor, called on Saturday for Donald Trump to be removed from office and for his entire presidency to be declare null and void, as if it never happened. Impeachment isnt enough, wrote Robert Reich, in an article published in Eurasia Review. It should be annulled. According to Reich, if Russia investigation Special...
  • Bill Maher Calls Trump A 'Traitor' In Conversation With Former CIA Director John Brennan

    08/25/2018 2:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 25, 2018 | Kelly Wynne
    Bill Maher, host of HBOs Real Time With Bill Maher, told former CIA Director John Brennan that he considers President Trump a traitor on Friday. Maher was referring to an incident in which Trump absolved Russia of blame, taking the perspective of Vladimir Putin over the accounts of his own intelligence agencies, during a July 16 press conference with the Russian leader in Helsinki. (He later reversed his comments.) "He takes their side and not ours. That's a traitor," Maher said. Maher brought up remarks Brennan made after the press conference. "You used terms like that, after Helsinki, you said...