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Ted Lieu snaps at DOJ spokesperson for pushing back against speedy Trump indictments

This gets all so confusing.

Tom Boggioni October 16, 2021

Ted Lieu snaps at DOJ spokesperson for pushing back against speedy Trump indictments


Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) expressed his frustration with both the Department of Justice and the entire criminal justice system that is allowing members of Donald Trump's inner circle to avoid congressional subpoenas on Saturday.

Late Friday, DOJ spokesperson Anthony Coley pushed back at President Joe Biden after he insisted Attorney General Merrick Garland's move forward with all due haste and charge Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon with criminal contempt for ignoring a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

As the Guardian's Hugo Lowell tweeted, "Justice Dept spokesperson Anthony Coley pushes back at Biden re Bannon referral: "DOJ will make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions based solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop."

That, in turn set, Lieu off, who fired back on Twitter on Saturday afternoon in a predominately all-cap tweet using some of Coley's own words.





So, the Proud Boys are -speaker announces that many of them are single and "looking for house wives.

I listened and the boy with the blow horn actually said that!

At the Proud Boys’ ‘Fall Love Fest’ rally in LA yesterday, speaker announces that many of them are single and “looking for house wives.”




In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population

Gov Abbott is out messing with peoples lives--no masks, vaccine bans, abortion ban, etc. and we see he can not even care for the people of his state.

In South Texas, aging water system meets growing population



A man casts a net into a canal, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in McAllen, Texas. Canals used to deliver water in many parts of the Rio Grande Valley lose anywhere from 10% to 40% of the water they carry to seepage and evaporation, according to the Texas Water Development Board, making water a growing concern amid climate change and rising demand that scientists predict will lead to water shortages in the region by 2060.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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McALLEN, Texas (AP) — On a scorching afternoon in South Texas, Sonia Lambert looked out at an open-air canal that carries mud-green water from the Rio Grande to nearby towns and farmland, losing much of it to evaporation and seepage along the way.

“That will be someone else’s problem,” Lambert said, referring to her upcoming retirement as head of an irrigation district near the U.S.-Mexico border.

In the Rio Grande Valley, a canal system designed more than a century ago for agriculture still delivers water to the region’s lush farmland and fast-growing towns and cities. Today, the canals lose as much as 40% of the water they carry, waste that experts say could contribute to steep water shortages in coming decades as the population grows and climate change intensifies droughts.

“As this region continues to become drier due to climate change, water supplies will be greatly reduced,” said Guy Fipps, a professor of irrigation engineering at Texas A&M University who has studied the water system since 1998.

State water officials predict that over the next 50 years, demand for water in the area’s cities and towns will double. For decades, McAllen developed at a dizzying pace, with newcomers drawn to a large free-trade zone and jobs in health care, education and retail. Between 1990 and 2020, McAllen and the neighboring cities of Edinburg and Mission grew sixfold to nearly 871,000 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Similarly, the Mexican cities of Reynosa and Matamoros across the border mushroomed after U.S.-owned assembly plants were established in the mid-1990s. ...................................

Key to Biden's Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

Source: nytimes

The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change.

Oct. 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — The most powerful part of President Biden’s climate agenda — a program to rapidly replace the nation’s coal- and gas-fired power plants with wind, solar and nuclear energy — will likely be dropped from the massive budget bill pending in Congress, according to congressional staffers and lobbyists familiar with the matter.

Senator Joe Manchin III, the Democrat from coal-rich West Virginia whose vote is crucial to passage of the bill, has told the White House that he strongly opposes the clean electricity program, according to three of those people. As a result, White House staffers are now rewriting the legislation without that climate provision, and are trying to cobble together a mix of other policies that could also cut emissions.

A White House spokesman, Vedant Patel, declined to comment on the specifics of the bill, saying, “the White House is laser focused on advancing the president’s climate goals and positioning the United States to meet its emission targets in a way that grows domestic industries and good jobs.”

A spokeswoman for Mr. Manchin, Sam Runyon, wrote in an email, “Senator Manchin has clearly expressed his concerns about using taxpayer dollars to pay private companies to do things they’re already doing. He continues to support efforts to combat climate change while protecting American energy independence and ensuring our energy reliability.”

West Virginia’s other senator, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, said she was “vehemently opposed” to the clean electricity program because it is “designed to ultimately eliminate coal and natural gas from our electricity mix, and would be absolutely devastating for my state.”

The $150 billion clean electricity program was the muscle behind Mr. Biden’s ambitious climate agenda. It would reward utilities that switched from burning fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, and penalize those that do not.............................................

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/climate/biden-clean-energy-manchin.html

Oh crap!!! crap; crap.


Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, has told the White House he opposes the clean electricity program, several officials and lobbyists said.Credit...T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times
Coral Davenport


Anti-Vax Flat Earth Preacher Rob Skiba Dies From COVID-19

Source: Crooks and Liars

10/15/21 4:51am

"The one scenario that really does appear to be coming into focus is the likelihood that within I’d say 2 to 3 years or so... one of us will probably be dead," Skiba posted to Facebook to those getting vaccinated.

Skiba was calling vaccine mandates the "mark of the beast" from Revelations way back in 2012. He thought COVID-19 vaccinations were dangerous, posting on Facebook, "To those who disagree with my position on our current situation... One of us is right,” he wrote.

Rob Skiba made a really bad bet.

Rob Skiba, an influential figure in flat earth and Christian circles, has died of COVID-19, colleagues announced on Thursday. He had been fighting the virus since at least late August, when he began exhibiting symptoms after “Take On The World,” a biblical flat earth conference. “He has been sick since coming back from TOTW,” a Facebook friend posted in early September, adding that Skiba had been hospitalized for low oxygen levels. One of the country’s most prominent advocates of Flat Earth Theory, Skiba was also skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines and some of the illness’ treatments. On the first day of the Take On The World conference, Skiba authored a Facebook post suggesting that the COVID-19 vaccines were dangerous.

‘To those who disagree with my position on our current situation... One of us is right,” he wrote. “Unless YHWH miraculously intervenes, based on what I’m seeing/hearing, the one scenario that really does appear to be coming into focus is the likelihood that within I’d say 2 to 3 years or so... one of us will probably be dead. Truly, I take no joy in saying this, nor will I if I'm the one still standing.”......................

Read more: https://crooksandliars.com/2021/10/anti-vax-flat-earth-preacher-rob-skiba?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

A really bad bad bet!


"When the press accuses a new father of being "MIA" for going on parental leave to bond with a child

The article goes on to say he now has been appearing on TV shows......

When the press accuses a new father of being “MIA” for going on parental leave to bond with a child, it sends exactly the wrong message to working families.


Can Pete Buttigieg have it all?



10/14/2021 03:31 PM EDT


While U.S. ports faced anchor-to-anchor traffic and Congress nearly melted down over the president’s infrastructure bill in recent weeks, the usually omnipresent Transportation secretary was lying low.

One of the White House’s go-to communicators didn’t appear on TV. He was absent on Capitol Hill during the negotiations over the bill he had been previously helping sell to different members of Congress. Conservative critics tried (unsuccessfully) to get #WheresPete to trend and Fox News ran a story on October 4 with the headline: “Buttigieg quiet on growing port congestion as shipping concerns build ahead of holidays.”

They didn’t previously announce it, but Buttigieg’s office told West Wing Playbook that the secretary has actually been on paid leave since mid-August to spend time with his husband, Chasten, and their two newborn babies.


Buttigieg’s time away to help care for his children is the latest example of paid leave for new parents becoming more common in the United States, even at the highest levels of government.

Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget SHALANDA YOUNG is pregnant and is planning to take “time away from the office to be with her daughter after she’s born in the next few weeks,” according to an OMB spokesperson. Sen. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-Ill.), the first senator ever to give birth in office, took 12 weeks maternity leave when her daughter was born in 2018, though she famously appeared on the Senate floor with the newborn to cast a vote.

UNICEF Study Confirms: The U.S. Ranks LAST For Family-Friendly Policies


Gableman cancels another interview as he conducts his review of the 2020 election for Republicans

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Updated 6:08 p.m. Oct. 14, 2021

MADISON — The former state Supreme Court justice overseeing a Republican review of the 2020 election has pulled back for now on another interview.

The disclosure Thursday offered the latest sign that former Justice Michael Gableman's review is moving slower than Republican lawmakers wanted.

The announcement that Gableman had put off the interview came three days after Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul announced he considered Gableman's plans for the interview unlawful.



................Gableman contended last year without providing evidence that the election was stolen. More recently, he said he doesn't understand how elections work.

Gableman has said his review is not meant to overturn the election results but help guide legislators as they consider voting legislation.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester, has given Gableman a taxpayer-funded budget of $676,000. Gableman was supposed to be done with his work this month but has recently said it will take longer.

Read more: https://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/politics/2021/10/14/gableman-cancels-another-interview-gop-review-2020-election/8453265002/

Maddow gave a long segment on the WI taxpayer "audit" tonight. This is her second report on the WI audit.

Headline should include “stupid, ignorant traitor” among other things: Wisconsin GOP review of 2020 election beset by “glaring errors” from former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman - The Washington Post




Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child contracts Covid

Keep suing over and over.


Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child contracts Covid
Shannon Jensen is seeking an injunction ordering the Waukesha School District to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Covid guidelines.


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Oct. 11, 2021, 12:57 PM CDT / Source: Associated Press
By The Associated Press

WAUKESHA, Wis. — A parent has sued a southeastern Wisconsin school district after her son contracted Covid-19 from a classmate.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Shannon Jensen filed the lawsuit in federal court against the Waukesha School District and school board on Oct. 5. Jensen is seeking an injunction ordering the district to comply with U.S. Centers for Disease Control Covid-19 guidelines.

According to the lawsuit, the board in May removed a student mask requirement and other Covid-19 mitigation measures. One of Jensen’s son’s classmates allegedly came to school with symptoms in September and didn’t wear a mask. Jensen’s son was seated next to the sick student and was wearing a mask but still became infected. Jensen’s other two sons later tested positive as well.

In an email to the Journal Sentinel, Waukesha School District Superintendent James Sebert declined to discuss the lawsuit.

Anti-Trump Republicans to back vulnerable Democratic lawmakers in 2022 congressional races

Source: Reuters

October 14, 20216:53 AMUpdated 2 hours ago

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A group of anti-Trump Republicans on Thursday will endorse a slate of Democratic lawmakers facing tough races in next year’s midterm elections, in a bid to stop the Republican Party from retaking control of Congress.

The officials, dismayed that most elected Republicans now embrace former President Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen, told Reuters they are also backing vulnerable Republicans, including Representative Liz Cheney, who have rejected Trump’s voter fraud allegations.

The Renew America Movement (RAM), formed by centrist Republicans after a mob of Trump supporters stormed Congress on Jan. 6 to try to stop lawmakers from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden’s election victory, concedes that Trump and his conspiracy theories now have an iron grip on the party.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll from August, 30% of U.S. adults agreed that the “2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump.” That included 61% of Republicans, 19% of independents and 10% of Democrats................

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-republicans-idUSKBN2H41BH



'Huge problem': Passengers are bringing a record number of guns to the airport, TSA says

I will never understand America's obsession with guns. Never.

'Huge problem': Passengers are bringing a record number of guns to the airport, TSA says

By Gregory Wallace and Pete Muntean, CNN

Updated 1913 GMT (0313 HKT) October 13, 2021

(CNN)Airline passengers are bringing guns to the airport in numbers never seen before, and it is a "huge problem," the Transportation Security Administration chief told CNN.

Security and law enforcement officials are at the same time dealing with an unprecedented surge in belligerent passengers who are straining the systems designed to keep air travel safe.

TSA reports catching 4,650 firearms at checkpoints in the first 10 months of the year -- a majority of which were loaded. That number surpasses the full-year record of 4,432, set in 2019.

Those unruly passengers are also at previously unseen levels.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that airline crews have reported 4,724 incidents this year, including 98 in the last week. It has opened more than 880 investigations; in a typical year, it conducts about 180 investigations.
The penalties for attempting to bring a firearm through a checkpoint start at about $2,500 for an unloaded weapon and range up to $10,000 for a loaded weapon. Penalties are higher for subsequent offenses, although Pekoske said they rarely see repeat offenders. The agency can also revoke PreCheck membership, local authorities may criminally prosecute, and in the Pittsburgh area, TSA says a sheriff's department has agreed to revoke concealed carry permits for individuals who try to bring a gun through a checkpoint. ..........................
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