“U.S ‘beating the drum’ of pressure on Iran” ~John Brennan

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The scene of the attack in Damavand, near Tehran [BBC]

“On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced a purge of longstanding members of the Defense Policy Board, a group of foreign policy experts who advise the Secretary of Defense and his team about specific issues when they want outside opinions. … They will be replaced by Trump loyalists.” ~ Per Heather Cox Richardson

Regarding this business of Trump’s installing ‘loyalists’ in all the civil service positions to gum up the works for Biden: just practically, that’s not going to work.

First of all, he waited until very late to essentially fire dozens of institutional types who will not go quietly, some of them will sue. None of it will be fully adjudicated before January 20, 2021. …


McConnell expects Trump to lose, and therefore, for him to spend political capital to support Trump by forcing through a bill which would put his own leadership position at risk after the election, to me, doesn’t make any sense,” Ian Shepherdson

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Senate leader Mitch McConnell

“…in the absence of a coronavirus relief bill, poverty is growing. Depending on the scale they use, researchers say 6 to 8 million Americans have slipped below the poverty line. Republican strategists appear to be willing to deepen the recession if it means crippling an incoming Biden administration. According to a report in Bloomberg, Republicans are setting the stage to kill future federal spending. If Biden is elected but the Republicans hold the Senate, they will refuse any aid to address the coronavirus crisis, thus hoping to cripple a Democratic presidency from Day One.” …


“…but none of them were put in jail.”

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Truancy Measures

“Harris also championed state legislation under which parents whose children were found to be habitually truant in elementary school could be prosecuted, despite concerns that it would disproportionately affect low-income people of color.” ~ Lara Bazelon

In 2010, Harris introduced measures fining parents of truant elementary school aged children up to $2000 and potential jail time for failing to get their kids to class. Governor Schwarzenegger signed it in September. This set liberal hair on fire. In 2011, Harris addressed it directly in her inaugural:

“We know chronic truancy leads to dropping out, which dramatically increases the odds that a young person will become either a perpetrator or a victim of crime. Folks, it is time to get serious about the problem of chronic truancy in California. Last year we had 600,000 truant students in our elementary schools alone, which roughly matches the number of inmates in our state prisons. Is it a coincidence? …


‘They are dying, that’s true, and it is what it is.’ ~Donald Trump

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Meme via Facebook

…certainly be pushback on Trump’s actions on legal grounds. But, with Senate Republicans out of negotiations, Republicans can frame legal pushback as Democrats objecting to the relief Americans so desperately need, even though the Democrats have been pushing for a relief bill for almost three months, and it is the Republicans who have been unable to produce one.’ ~Heather Cox Richardson

So I’ve heard a good deal recently from ostensibly middle-class white folks across the country that people staying home to collect that big $600 a week instead of returning to work are ‘laying up’: very ‘Donald Trumpian’ of you all. Folks who are not in imminent danger of losing their homes, not in danger of being unable to feed their kids, not about to lose their health insurance. …


carryin’ signs, mostly say ‘hooray for our side…’” ~ Buffalo Springfield, 1968

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NYC Protesters June 2, 2020

“I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down…”

I went down to Union Square early Tuesday to spend some time with my friend. I traveled from Washington Heights at the far north end of Manhattan on the subway, which — to be honest — has been a real pleasure, if you must travel, since the MTA started steam cleaning the trains every night after the Covid-19 shutdown was instituted. For the most part, there are a handful of people on the trains wearing masks and keeping their distance, which New Yorkers will admit, suits us fine. …


What Governor Ron DeSantis seeks to prove continues to baffle. [Doctor] “…tells the Tampa Bay Times that state officials have told him they’re planning to remove probable causes of death from the examiners’ report…”

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Florida Governor on the Suncoast talking about COVID-19. (Source: WWSB)

For the past nine days, no reports from the medical examiners have been made available to the public, and there’s no indication of when they will be released in the future.”

It is no secret that Florida has huge elderly communities living in all manner of homes and assisted living facilities. It is no secret that these folks are the most vulnerable and among the most likely to die from this lethal virus, owing to their weakened immune systems and all the other age related illness that come with advancing age. …


New York City is the only place I want to be.

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Me in Manhattan last week

Preface: As I write this I am painfully aware that there are people in New York City — in the borough of Manhattan — who do not have even a moment to be circumspect. To contemplate gratitude. I’ve been in more than a few dire situations in my life, not the least of which is that I was the lead reconnaissance driver for the Red Cross in the city of New Orleans in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. Every single day someone’s life — their actual survival — rested on the choices and decisions I made. …


How do you like them apples?

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Bernie Sanders very very bad day

A young man who was simply aghast at my article Returning To My Premise: Iowa Was as Good as It Gets For Bernie Sanders was quick to pound his prideful chest after the Nevada caucuses: ‘Do you like apples?’ he declared. And yes, I do know the Good Will Hunting reference. I even know the reference Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were referencing when they made the reference in Good Will Hunting. I doubt that this young crusader for howdy doody’s big boy prize does, though. …


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Michael Bloomberg

I start by saying that there will be ideologues, activists and many people deeply invested in identity politics who will take extreme exception with some of what I have to say in my analysis. Without a doubt, some who are easily triggered to unhealed wounds are going to make all sorts of assumptions about the writer that are based in their own bias, not in any knowledge of my own lived experience. Hear me when I tell you that, simply because I have arrived at some different conclusions, does not mean that I am impervious to your lived experience. …


If she can critique others so harshly, critique Warren just as harshly.

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Michael Bloomberg & Elizabeth Warren

Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA): a legally binding contract that establishes a confidential relationship. The party or parties signing the agreement agree that sensitive information they may obtain will not be made available to any others.

Notwithstanding Elizabeth Warren’s feigned self-righteous indignation when she attacked Michael Bloomberg like a perturbed rattlesnake in the recent Democratic debate, he was legally constrained from making the unilateral action she was demanding — releasing all parties involved in NDAs through Bloomberg’s company — and Warren knew that. Hers was a stunt intended to corner Bloomberg in a way that she believed would make him look weak and indecisive. …

About

Gayle Leslie

Author of “Dwelling in the Vast Divine.1 & .2" Political consultant, policy wonk. https://www.amazon.com/Dwelling-Vast-Divine-1-Serialized-Memoir/dp/1495477746

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