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Great thought! eom

You might not see me posting much

for the next couple weeks.

No, it's NOT a political statement of any kind, nor have I been PPRed or put on a time-out, nor is this any kind of a "Good-bye DU!" post. It's simply going to be logistics.

I'll pretty much be confined to my Smartphone (yes, I FINALLY got one) and I am still learning how to use it. Plus, I have fat fingers.

Just wanted to let you know. There's nothing sinister in the works. Please keep the torch burning for me! I'll certainly be watching the "news," and K & Ring posts, even if I don't respond with a post.

YES, WE WILL! Love this group!

EgyptAir flight MS804: 'We cannot exclude anything,' says Egypt PM – live updates

Source: The Guardian

MarineTraffic, a shipping tracking website, has put together an updated video on the ships joining the search in the Mediterranean for the missing plane.

Greek aircraft have joined the sea search for the missing plane, according to the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville.

Quentin Sommerville ✔ ‎@sommervillebbc
Greek Armed Forces have deployed a military C-130 aircraft and one early warning aircraft EMB-145 H in #MS804 search 1/2
11:20 AM - 19 May 2016
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Quentin Sommerville ✔ ‎@sommervillebbc
Another Greek C-130 is also heading to the area as well the frigate Nikiforos Fokas. A helicopter (1 Super Puma) is also on its way. 2/2
11:20 AM - 19 May 2016
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There has been an unconfirmed report that the plane came down 130 miles off the Greek Island of Karpathos.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/may/19/egyptair-plane-cairo-paris-live-updates

What To Expect In The Democratic Primaries In Kentucky And Oregon

From 538's Harry Enten. I'm hoping that results for Hillary will be better than this, but a dose of reality won't hurt. The consensus is that whatever happens tonight will still not change the dynamics of this primary and Hillary will ultimately be the Dem nominee.


Today’s Democratic primaries in Kentucky and Oregon are the last meaningful ones of the month.1 Hillary Clinton is a slight favorite in Kentucky (with 55 delegates at stake), and Bernie Sanders has a good shot at taking Oregon (with 61 delegates at stake). Overall, Sanders probably won’t make much of a dent in Clinton’s lead of 280 elected delegates, because all Democratic primaries allocate their delegates proportionally. Unless Sanders wins by a very large margin, which is unlikely, he won’t pick up many more delegates than Clinton will.

Kentucky doesn’t line up particularly well for either candidate demographically. My colleague Nate Silver’s demographic model, released in late April, projects that Clinton will win the state by about 2 percentage points. Why? In the last general election with an exit poll in every state (2008), whites made up about 75 percent of Barack Obama voters in Kentucky. That’s good — but not great — news for Sanders, who has done better with white voters than nonwhite voters. Blacks, meanwhile, made up about 25 percent. What could turn the tide for Clinton is that Kentucky is a closed primary, which means only registered Democrats can vote. Sanders has done better among unaffiliated voters in open primaries. There’s been limited polling in Kentucky, but the last poll released there (in early March) had Clinton ahead by 5 percentage points.

Oregon is different. Nate’s demographic model gives Sanders an edge of about 15 percentage points. That’s because whites made up about 90 percent of Obama voters in the 2008 general election. Keep in mind too that Sanders won next door in the Washington caucuses in March by about 45 percentage points. Clinton is expected to do better in Oregon because, unlike Washington, Oregon is a primary and is closed to non-Democrats. I should note that the only two polls taken this year, including one taken this month, have shown Clinton ahead, so it’s possible that she’ll pull it out.

I don't believe that THIS was the intended result ...

The scandal-mongers must be aghast!

I Was One of the Most Ardent Hillary Haters on the Planet…Until I Read Her Emails http://bluenationreview.com/i-was-a-hillary-hater-until-i-read-her-emails/

I have a confession to make: In 2008, I was one of the most ardent Hillary Clinton haters on the planet. I was ferocious about how much I didn’t want her to win the primaries, and I rejoiced the day she gave her concession speech.
Her tenure as Secretary of State, of course, led to the bogus email scandal, which in turn led to the slow-​drip release of the emails on her home server. ​I decided I was going to read them.​

In those emails, I discovered a Hillary Clinton I didn’t ​even ​know existed​.​

I found a woman who cared about employees who lost loved ones. I found a woman who, without exception, took time to write notes of condolence and notes of congratulations, no matter how busy she was. I found a woman who could be a tough negotiator and firm in her expectations, but still had a moment to write a friend with encouragement in tough times. She worried over people she didn’t know, and she worried over those she did.

And everywhere she went, her concern for women and children was ​clearly ​the first and foremost ​thing on her mind.

Much more at the link ...

Sanders, Clinton opening campaign offices in Missoula and Helena


I'm delighted to see that my birth state is getting some attention from the Dem candidates.

HELENA -The two Democratic candidates for president clearly aren't ignoring Montana any more.

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are opening campaign offices in the state.

The Clinton campaign opened an organizing office in Helena on Friday and the Sanders campaign said it plans to open its Montana headquarters in Missoula on Saturday.
Clinton organizers say they plan to eventually have three offices in Montana for the campaign.

Eck named state director of Clinton Montana campaign http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/09/eck-named-state-director-clinton-montana-campaign/84145038/

HELENA — Rep. Jenny Eck has been named as state director of the Hillary for Montana campaign, officials said Monday, adding she will lead a team that will engage Montana voters in conversations about Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The longtime Montana resident has worked as interim director for Carol’s List, an organization dedicated to electing progressive women in Montana. Eck worked in consumer protection at the Montana Attorney General’s Office.

In the 2008 Obama campaign, she was the volunteer coordinator for Lewis and Clark County. Eck then worked as a legislative researcher for the Montana Democratic Party before becoming committee secretary to the House Judiciary Committee.

Supporters who want to know more about Hillary for Montana can visit HillaryClinton.com/Montana.

THe Big Dawg will be campaigning for Hillary in Billings on May 20. http://www.kbzk.com/story/31952326/bill-clinton-to-visit-billings

Hillary Clinton campaign to open Sacramento office


SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Hillary Clinton campaign announced they will open an office in downtown Sacramento Saturday afternoon.

A grand opening event is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. at 1414 K Street. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, is expected to attend.

The Democratic presidential candidate, or her husband former President Bill Clinton will likely visit the region in the next month, according to Clinton's Northern California press secretary, Arielle Goren.

Clinton visited campaigned in the Los Angeles and San Francisco area last week.

Christina Aguilera, John Legend to Perform at Hillary Clinton LA Concert


Star-studded event is slated for June 6 at the Greek Theatre

Hillary Clinton will return to Los Angeles on June 6 for a fundraising concert at the Greek Theatre featuring Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Martin and Andra Day.

The star-studded event is slated for June 6 at the Greek Theatre, on the eve of California’s June 7 primary, with Clinton expected to attend the concert.

This isn’t the first time Clinton’s campaign has used musical superstars for its fundraising events. Day, Elton John and Katy Perry performed at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on the Democratic frontrunner’s behalf in March.

Tickets for the event start at $45, with money raised going to support the Hillary Victory Fund, which backs Clinton and other Democratic efforts.

LA Times endorses Hillary Clinton

The Times couldn't resist a snark. The title of their endorsement reads as follows: For all her faults, Hillary Clinton is vastly better prepared than Bernie Sanders for the presidency

Sheesh! Even those of us who strongly support Hillary recognize that she isn't perfect. But as a US Presidential candidate, she comes very close, IMO. But on the whole - snarks and all - it's a good endorsement.

Edited to add link: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/endorsements/la-ed-democratic-presidential-endorsement-20160426-story.html

Yet even though he has proved a far more formidable challenger than we — or Clinton — expected, Sanders lacks the experience and broad understanding of domestic and (especially) foreign policy that the former secretary of state would bring to the presidency. Although Sanders has tapped into very real and widespread anxieties about economic inequality, deindustrialization and stagnant economic growth, his prescriptions are too often simplistic, more costly than he would have us believe and unlikely to come to pass.

The Vermont senator has made the race more substantive and has forced his opponent to address issues that might otherwise have gone undiscussed, but in the end he has offered little reason to believe that he would be able to enlist recalcitrant Republicans in Congress in accomplishing his priorities. Rather, he told the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times, he would say to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell: “Hey, Mitch, look out the window. There’s a million young people out there now. And they’re following politics in a way they didn’t before. If you want to vote against this legislation, go for it. But you and some of your friends will not have your seats next election.” If only it were that simple.

By contrast, Clinton, for all her faults — and they range from a penchant for secrecy to a willingness to modify her positions to suit the popular mood to a less-restrained view of the use of military force than we are entirely comfortable with — is vastly better prepared than Sanders for the presidency. She has The Times’ endorsement in the June 7 California Democratic primary.

Clinton may seem inauthentic to some or to lack that drink-a-beer-with-me quality that voters often look for in a candidate. But she has a grasp of the complexities of government and policy that is unmatched by any of the other candidates who ran for president this year — or by most candidates in most years. She is sober and thoughtful, in possession not just of the facts she needs to make her arguments but of a depth of experience that undergirds her decisions. These qualities are reassuring in juxtaposition to a primary opponent who does not offer, at the end of the day, a serious alternative and, and a likely opponent in the general election who is unprepared, unsuited for the job and dangerous.

Amy Schumer Shows What Hillary Clinton Can Expect as First Female President

On her Comedy Central show this week, Hillary Clinton supporter Amy Schumer embodied everyone’s biggest irrational fears about the first female president.


Amy Schumer has made no secret of her love for Hillary Clinton, expressing her support close to a year ago and dancing with the candidate on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a few months later. On Thursday night, she did her best to put to rest any clichéd worries about a woman in the Oval Office.

After a Veep-inspired opening in which we learn that “Amy Schinton” has been elected the first female president of the United States, Inside Amy Schumer launched into a sketch that summed up every man’s biggest fear about what might happen if someone of the opposite sex is in charge.

“I got my period on my first day?” Schumer’s president character says after discovering she also has 200 million new Twitter followers. “OK, OK, OK, you can handle this. It’s not ideal for the first day. It’s not amazing. But you can do anything. You’re the president.”
Later, while meeting with an Israeli official, she snaps at him for taking the last piece of chocolate. “You’ve been eating all of them, you could have just at least asked me!”
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