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Alabama basketball player charged with murder

Darius Miles of the Alabama men's basetball team is one of two men charged with muder after an incident Saturday night.

https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/15/us/darius-miles-murder-charge-university-of-alabama-basketball/index.html
Posted by Doc Sportello | Sun Jan 15, 2023, 10:23 PM (0 replies)

Robert Reich: Democrats should unite with moderate Republicans to elect a Speaker

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Does this mean the rest of us have to sit back and allow a tiny minority of extreme rightwing Maga House Republicans controlled by Donald Trump to hijack congressional Republicans, who in turn will hijack the entire House, and thereby hijack much of Congress?

No. There’s an alternative, and House Democrats and the few remaining “moderate” Republicans should take it: come together to make someone like Michigan’s moderate Republican Fred Upton or Ohio’s David Joyce the speaker of the House.

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Given that the likeliest alternative will be a Speaker Kevin McCarthy beholden to the extreme Magas, either Upton or Joyce should be elected speaker. What should Democrats ask for in return? A power-sharing agreement similar to the one agreed to in the last Senate, in which each party got the same number of seats on all committees.

The deal will enable the government to function and will simultaneously repudiate the Maga extremists. It’s a good deal for America.


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I agree with Robert Reich. Are repubs liars and terrible? Yes, but I think this move would be the best alternative to having MAGAts in control for the next two years and the best path to having at least a somehwat functioning government going forward.


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jan/05/house-democrats-moderate-republicans-unite-speaker
Posted by Doc Sportello | Thu Jan 5, 2023, 10:30 AM (27 replies)

Neal Katayal: Senate should take over Jan 6 committee

Should Dems lose the House. Just now on Ari.
Posted by Doc Sportello | Mon Nov 14, 2022, 06:39 PM (14 replies)

Another try: S+C+A+R+R: Unusual and captivating music video

Posting here after screwing up the first posting in music appreciation. I couldn't find out much about this artist but I can't stop listening and watching this hypnotizing video that one reviewer called addictive, creepy and catchy.

Discovered it on the Coping episode of Off the Air:


Posted by Doc Sportello | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 09:37 PM (0 replies)

S+C+A+R+R: Unusual and captivating music video

I couldn't find out much about this artist but I can't stop listening and watching this hynotizing video.
EDIT: I posted the wrong video link. Correct one now.

Discovered it on the Coping episode of Off the Air:




Posted by Doc Sportello | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 09:22 PM (1 replies)

This may go down as an historic night for Democrats

The House is a tie and the Democrats have a 50-50 chance, according to MSNBC, to keep their majority. No, Dems didn't win senate races in OH, FL, NC where there were hopes but they still have a good shot at keeping the Senate. All of this in a year where Biden had low polling numbers and there is high inflation. Most pundits, even Dem ones, there were predictions of a 25 seat or more loss for Demcrats in the House.

And the old meme about parties with incumbents getting creamed in mid-terms has proven to be not only false here, but according to Kornacki only a couple of modern elections would have had this outcome. Lots of votes and outcomes to be determined, but like 2018 this may eventually turn out to be not a good night but a great one for Democrat.
Posted by Doc Sportello | Wed Nov 9, 2022, 12:10 AM (9 replies)

Kornacki listing several possible Democratic pickups in the House

Can't name all of them but in Texas, PA, Mi, Ohio and several in California all have repub districts that Democrats are leading in. We may not lose the House if they pull out wins.
Posted by Doc Sportello | Tue Nov 8, 2022, 11:19 PM (2 replies)

'The truth is they're vulnerable': inside America's mobile home crisis

New documentary "highlights a cross-section of mobile home-owners and the system that aims to ruin them".

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A Decent Home, Sara Terry’s unflinchingly intimate and troubling documentary about the crisis that is roiling the nation, tells this ever-pervasive story on a refreshingly human scale.
Terry spent six years working on her film, which follows bands of residents at a quartet of mobile home parks under threat by developers looking to jack up rents – sometimes by more than 50% – or repurpose the land for more lucrative use. Moving a mobile home can cost up to $20,000, which makes it easier for landlords to get away with inflicting steep rent hikes.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/oct/25/a-decent-home-sara-terry-documentary

Posted by Doc Sportello | Tue Oct 25, 2022, 09:37 AM (22 replies)

Perhaps Tribel isn't such a great alternative to Twitter

https://twitter.com/travisakers/status/1584359435765710849
Posted by Doc Sportello | Mon Oct 24, 2022, 08:28 AM (13 replies)

Forbes: Beto closing gap against Abbott

FWIW, here's the take on the race:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2022/10/23/surprise-poll-orourke-closing-gap-with-texas-gov-abbott/?sh=30987ced2cd6
Posted by Doc Sportello | Sun Oct 23, 2022, 12:05 PM (6 replies)
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