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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse spelled it out for us. We need to be competitive in the Supreme Court.

We can win the House, we can win the Senate, we can win the WH, but if we are underrepresented in the Supreme Court, in today's politics it doesn't matter. If you did not see the Senator's live presentation I've posted a video. It's only 24 minutes and it's a must see.

Given Senator Whitehouse's presentation regarding dark money and anonymous Amicus benefactors to RW issues, we must fight back. If we win back the Senate and WH, it's time to take off the gloves and take back our country. No more trying to be accommodating and working across the aisle. We've played that game since Ronald Reagan and it has done absolutely nothing for us. Yes we've passed bills, but these dark money RW groups fund amicus briefs to present to the courts to overturn those that impede their agendas. In some cases purposely losing in lower courts so they can appeal to higher courts, and eventually the Supreme Court, where a 5-4 majority ruled in their favor.

Now we are completely toothless. We have no standing in the SC. It's 6-3 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs. We must increase the seats on the SC. Even if we increase it by 2 we're still disadvantaged 6-5.

But it gives us a fighting chance. If we don't do something every single progressive, socially enlightened law passed in the past 40 years will be challenged. What really opened my eyes was when the Senator stated 80 RW Amicus briefs had been heard by the SC and all 80 won. That is horrifying

I know Joe Biden is not on board with increasing the Senate, but we must. If we don't, even with Republicans in the minority in the American population, they will rule.

Excerpt from Sen Whitehouse's presentation.
But there is another piece of it, and that is not what’s ahead of us, but what’s behind us. What’s behind us is now 80 cases, Mr. Chairman, 80 cases under Chief Justice Roberts that have these characteristics. One, they were decided five to four by a bare majority. Two, the five-to-four majority was partisan in the sense that not one Democratic appointee joined the five. I refer to that group as the “Roberts Five.”

It changes a little bit as–with Justice Scalia’s death, for instance – but there’s been a steady “Roberts Five” that has delivered now 80 of these decisions. And the last characteristic of them is that there is an identifiable Republican donor interest in those cases, and in every single case, that donor interest won. It was an 80 to zero, 5 to 4 partisan rout, ransacking.


Link to full transcribed Sen Whitehouse Presentation:
https://www.exposedbycmd.org/2020/10/13/senator-whitehouse-calls-out-dark-money-networks-behind-amy-coney-barretts-scotus-nomination/


Video, Full Presentation.

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1968 Ford Mustang, Lime Gold, brand new. Cost about $2,800.



The whole Trump MOB is nothing but scammers, grifters, cheats and criminals.

Okay, I'm having a brain fart. I can't for the life of me remember how to

access "My Journal".

I hate when this happens, you absolutely know something and completely forget.

Where do we stand now on a VP Pick?

Back on April 25th I posted a poll with possible VP Candidates for Joe Biden.

Kamala Harris was the overwhelming favorite with Elizabeth Warren coming in second.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213347175

Here's an updated list. I removed Klobuchar, Whitmer and Porter. Let's see where we stand now.

If you select "Other" please post your pick.

Thanks

The simplest and best site I've used is https://postimages.org/

https://postimages.org/

It is sooo easy.

1. Go to their page
2. Click on "Choose Image"
3. Open your picture file
4. Double Click on the picture you want
5. A new page will open on postimage
6. Copy the "Direct Link"
7. Paste the direct Link in your email, post, whatever.

You do have to have the picture in your picture file, so copy the picture from imgur and save in your picture file.

Just my musing on giving hearts.

On one hand giving hearts to the more "popular" DUer's is to show appreciation for what they bring to our community, be it humor, animal /pet related posts, interesting stories, their daily insights, political analysis and opinion, or just great folks who post alot. We see their names and we know them. We give them hearts just like we would to our friends.

On the other hand, we have the less active posters and newer members who are not as well known. They post occasionally even though they may read DU everyday. I'm sometimes surprised when I see a low post count, and yet the person has been registered on DU for 10+ years. Or the newbies who haven't quite yet got their feet wet and found their place among our more prolific posters.

So yes, I truly appreciate our top tier members who provide so much enjoyable, interesting and thought provoking material every single day. But my 50 hearts went to anyone who had less than 3. They are just as valuable members and I'd like them to feel appreciated as well.

Last night was a bloody murder scene.

This was at 11:30 at night. My girl(a 13 yo cat)sleeps at the foot of my bed. I laid down next to her, not real close, maybe 12-18 inches away. Was telling her what a good girl she was, but she was giving me the stink eye. I know that look, "Get out of my face human". So I went to get up.

As soon as I moved, she made her move. One claw caught me on the inside of my right nostril, bridge side. Hurt like hell. I screamed and instinctively put my hand up to my nose. When I took my hand away it was covered in blood. The coverlet was covered in blood, the sheet had blood on it. I got up to run into the bathroom. Left a trail of blood on the (thankfully) wood floor. The bathroom sink and counter had blood all over it. Never saw so much blood in my life.

Couldn't stop the blood. Packed my nose with gauze and tissue. Had a pile pf bloody tissue on the countertop. Then it stopped as quickly as it started.

Spent the next half hour cleaning up the blood.

My darling cat continued to lay on the bed watching me.

She really is a sweet cat, but it was bedtime and she just wasn't in the mood for mom bothering her.

Nose still a little tender this morning, but no more bleeding.


Maurice J. Tobin Memorial Bridge Boston. Forever known to me as the Mystic River Bridge.

I commuted over that bridge to and from Boston for almost 20 years. There may be more spectacular, modern, historic bridges in the world, but to me this was my life, whether going to work, a Red Sox game, an event at the Gardens, shopping in Downtown Boston, volunteering at the Boston Marathon, we got there by going over the "the Bridge".





I don't know where you got your numbers from, but they're off.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election

Hillary Clinton received the 3rd largest popular vote in American history.
She received more popular votes than any other WHITE MALE candidate in American history.

More than GW Bush
More than Bill Clinton
More than GHW Bush
More than Ronald Reagan
More than John Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln.

She received 3,653,906 less votes than Barack Obama did in 2008, an historical Presidential election.
Hillary Clinton received 71,185 less votes than Barack Obama did in his 2nd election in 2012.

Voter turnout was not abysmal. It also was the 2nd highest number of voter participation for the two major candidates.
2008---129.5 million
2012---126.8 million
2016---128.8 million

If you're talking about rate of participation, here's an article

New report finds that voter turnout in 2016 topped 2012
BY REID WILSON - 03/16/17 03:00 AM EDT

More voters cast ballots in November’s elections than when President Obama won reelection in 2012, though the number of Americans who showed up to vote remains well below all-time highs set half a century ago.

About 139 million Americans, or 60.2 percent of the voting-eligible population, cast a ballot in November’s elections, according to data compiled by the U.S. Elections Project. That compares with 58.6 percent of eligible voters who turned out in 2012, but it’s below the 62.2 percent who turned out to help elect Obama for the first time in 2008.

Last year, President Trump won just shy of 63 million votes — enough to secure a majority of the Electoral College, even though he fell almost 3 million votes shy of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The states where Trump and Clinton battled most fiercely also tended to be those where voter turnout was highest. Nine of the 13 states where voter turnout was highest were battleground states.

<<<snip>>>
Voter turnout in 2016 was the second-highest in the past half-century, after the 62.2 percent who turned out in 2008. Voter turnout topped 62 percent in all three presidential contests held in the 1960s, the most recent surge in voter participation.

Voter turnout most recently topped 65 percent in 1908, though among a much smaller population: Women did not get the right to vote until 1920.

more>>>>>
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/324206-new-report-finds-that-voter-turnout-in-2016-topped-2012


Having posted all of the above, I am not denying the HRC Campaign may have made some tactical errors, particularly where she campaigned. But it's time to look forward not back. Enough with the Hillary bashing and the attempts to divide Democrats, Liberals and Progressives, whatever they want to call themselves. We have three objectives, to take over the House and Senate in 2018 and the White House in 2020. That's it. We can only do that if we're united. Look forward not back.
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