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Cheers and Jeers: Thursday

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:51 am
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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE…

Final Appeal: 10 Reasons to Throw Money at Cheers and Jeers 

2. 100% of the proceeds go toward vital food, medicine and sagebrush clearing.

7. You’re investing in a priceless autographed collectible human with an edition size of one. (I should really be housed in that museum where they keep all the Hummels.)

3. I have never taken money from Super PACs, and if they ever offer me any I would certainly turn them down. [Uncrosses fingers]

9. You people started it! Yes you did, by hiring me in the first place back in 2007, Jeez, I mean come on, this is your doing!

4. Sorry about #9. My valerian, kava kava, and lemon balm happy-time supplements haven't kicked in yet, so i’m running on nothing but Dewar’s and horny goat weed at the moment.

10. I'm "small enough to know you, large enough to serve you"

6. Giving me money would be socialism, which would drive the other side bonkers. So it's a unique opportunity to "own the cons." Do it! Do it!

1. Sure, I've been called a "flagrant commie traitor nose picker" by right wing media. But PolitiFact totally exonerated me by deeming the claim only "Partly True."

5. I forget this one. I think it's something something something your own seat on the Supreme Court or $5 off your next oil change.

8. Most important: C&J is a pie fight-free zone.

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Per the Washington Post:

The likenesses of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will appear in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol in marble form, replacing two figures from the Civil War.

Last week, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a measure to swap out the statues of individuals from the 19th century for more modern representations of the state.

The current statues of Uriah Milton Rose, an attorney who sided with the Confederacy, and James P. Clarke, a governor of the state who held racist beliefs, are not being removed because of their controversial past, but rather because of a decision by the state “to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history,” Hutchinson said in a weekly address. The statues of Rose and Clarke have been in the Capitol for nearly 100 years, he said…

Cash, the esteemed country music artist with crossover appeal, hailed from Arkansas. Some state lawmakers were opposed to using Cash to represent the state in Washington because of his troubled past, according to the Arkansas Times.

“Mr. Cash is a great musician . . . but the drugs, the alcohol, the women, that kind of thing . . . no, I can’t hold him up to my children as a model,” state Rep. Doug House (R) said.

But eventually the measure passed.

Bates played an integral role in the desegregation of schools in Arkansas, including guiding the African American children known as the Little Rock Nine as they attempted to enroll in an all-white school.

“The history of the civil rights struggle in Arkansas is an essential part of our story that says much about courage and who we are as a state. Daisy Bates was a key person in that story. She continues to inspire us,” Hutchinson said…

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A couple of hours from now, Attorney General William P. Barr is going to explain to the press what he and his staff made invisible in the Mueller Report. And afterward he’s going to provide copies of the censored document to Congress. If you think this is, among other things, upsidedown, you wouldn’t be the only person holding to that point of view. But then this has been the case since Barr provided his four-page “summary” of the 400-page Mueller Report. A spin job by a reverse Rumpelstiltskin spinning what we presume to be Mueller gold into Trumpian straw. 

The Washington Post reported last evening that the report would only be “lightly” redacted, but later there were reports of “heavy” redactions. Every media outlet could improve their mostly wretched credibility ratings if they would reflect the reality of the redactions in their headlines. 

Here are some suggestions, not all of which originate with me: The Barr Whitewash? The Barr Laundromat? The Lowered Barr Bar? The Barr Bowdlerization? The Barrdlerization? The Barr Exculpation? The Barr Expurgation? The Donald Decontamination? 

Hmmmm. Perhaps they should just make it simple and just call it Barrf. 

The Editorial Board of The Washington Post recommends Barr’s redactions on the Mueller report don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt:

Mr. Barr is essentially asking Congress and the public to take him at his word that his redactions will be proper. There is already cause for wariness about Mr. Barr’s judgment, following reports that those who worked on the Mueller investigation felt that the summary the attorney general released last month inadequately represented their findings. The fact that Mr. Barr rejected the notion that Mr. Trump obstructed justice, even though Mr. Mueller made no determination on the matter, is another concerning sign about what the attorney general is thinking.

More importantly, Mr. Barr works for an administration preparing for all-out war with Congress over all sorts of disclosure, which would be only the latest in a string of bad-faith rejections of federal rules and traditional norms. Regardless of the attorney general’s reputation, he still works for an administration that long ago lost any benefit of the doubt on transparency and fair play.

There may be no satisfying end to this national saga until an independent referee steps in to sort out the controversy. Reggie Walton, a U.S. district judge, raised on Tuesday one possibility for further review. Accusing Mr. Barr of creating “an environment that has caused a significant part of the public ... to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency,” the judge raised the possibility that he would demand an unredacted copy to review whether the Justice Department’s omissions were warranted. We hope he follows through. Mr. Walton could ensure that the redactions followed Freedom of Information Act procedures and were not influenced by political considerations.

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Welcome to Kagro in the Morning: the podcast Trump wants to disrupt with the “release” of the “Mueller report.”

Well, not exactly. I guess the trick is that Barr will have a press conference to lie about it at 9:30 or so, and then after all the reporters transcribe his crap, they’ll give some phony document to Congress, so they can complain about it and all the reporters can call them sore losers.

Unless someone at the White House hit the wrong button on their computer, and ended up accidentally including Trump’s full confession in there.

Don’t rule it out. And don’t rule out that it happened when Trump sat on the keyboard.

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David Waldman brings us Wednesday’s message, broadcasting from the kitchen/nave of St. Kagro’s Cathedral, (somehow still under constant renovation). Meanwhile, generous donations are pouring in for Notre Dame, and Louisianan black churches. Notre Dame’s fire seemed so destructive, probably because its designers preferred it burning rather than Paris burning. Luckily for everyone, a pioneering architectural historian managed to laser scan the Cathedral’s architecture. Notre Dame is now promised to be even more beautiful than before, but should that be the goal? Well, it is to the sponsors of the 2024 Olympics, where visitors will be able to check out the new Cathedral, just down the Seine from the new Arc de Trump. Richard Spencer hopes the Notre Dame fire finally spurs the white man into action. Good luck on that! Greg Dworkin counts down the hours before the release of William Barr’s second Mueller report obfuscation. Conservatives that are interested in the truth are interested in reading the actual report. If Congress wants the report enough, they can get it. Trump 2020 spends $1 in every $5 donated on lawyers. Several people have said that several children have had sex with Alan Dershowitz; Alan is certain that no one saw him. Donald Trump purports that he vetoed the resolution to end US participation in Yemen’s Civil war. Congress.gov wants to see receipts. Gop congressmen pretended they watched Trump’s wall being built, when they didn’t. A pro-Brexit group pretended to see violent migrants sneak into Britain, when they didn’t. Voters know who to blame for immigration policy. Joan McCarter reports that top House Democrats are demanding White House documents on their plan to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities. William Barr told immigration judges to deny bond hearings to asylum seekers. Republicans love measles, but unfortunately can’t keep them to themselves. Watch your mouse around Facebook; Amazon is taking notes.

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On the Road and In Your Backyard

Apr. 18th, 2019 09:00 am
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Good Morning All,

On The Road and In Your Backyard is a weekday feature spotlighting reader submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, please share your part of the world, whether you’re traveling or just in your locality. Share some photos and a narrative, let us see through your pictures and words. We’re so lucky each and every day to see and appreciate the world around us!

Submissions from commenters are welcome at tools.balloon-juice.com

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the pictures!

 

Yet more on a wonderful treasure of humankind. This community is just amazing.

Today, pictures from valued commenter Wag.

I’d like to share photos from our trip to Notre-Dame last spring. One of my favorite places in the great city of Paris

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

The Spire

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

Notre-Dame

A gargoyle on one of the towers of Notre-Dame

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

Notre-Dame

The Nave of the Cathedral

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

Notre-Dame

The stained glass was exemplary

Taken on 2018-03-29 00:00:00

Notre-Dame

Please light a candle for Notre-Dame, and hold her in your heart

 

Thank you so much Wag, do send us more when you can.

 

Travel safely everybody, and do share some stories in the comments, even if you’re joining the conversation late. Many folks confide that they go back and read old threads, one reason these are available on the Quick Links menu.

 

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New DNS Hijacking Attacks

Apr. 18th, 2019 10:13 am
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DNS hijacking isn't new, but this seems to be an attack of uprecidented scale:

Researchers at Cisco's Talos security division on Wednesday revealed that a hacker group it's calling Sea Turtle carried out a broad campaign of espionage via DNS hijacking, hitting 40 different organizations. In the process, they went so far as to compromise multiple country-code top-level domains -- the suffixes like .co.uk or .ru that end a foreign web address -- putting all the traffic of every domain in multiple countries at risk.

The hackers' victims include telecoms, internet service providers, and domain registrars responsible for implementing the domain name system. But the majority of the victims and the ultimate targets, Cisco believes, were a collection of mostly governmental organizations, including ministries of foreign affairs, intelligence agencies, military targets, and energy-related groups, all based in the Middle East and North Africa. By corrupting the internet's directory system, hackers were able to silently use "man in the middle" attacks to intercept all internet data from email to web traffic sent to those victim organizations.

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Cisco Talos said it couldn't determine the nationality of the Sea Turtle hackers, and declined to name the specific targets of their spying operations. But it did provide a list of the countries where victims were located: Albania, Armenia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Cisco's Craig Williams confirmed that Armenia's .am top-level domain was one of the "handful" that were compromised, but wouldn't say which of the other countries' top-level domains were similarly hijacked.

Another news article.

Bagpipe Ferret #406

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6:02 "The Straight and Yellow" by Dublin Harpers from Shenanigans

8:53 "Again for Greenland" by Runa from Ten: The Errant Night

13:09 "Porthole of the Kelp" by Larry Mallette and Kevin Kane from A Stroll in the Park

16:50 "Mo Nion O" by Ciana from Loneliest Road

21:21 CELTIC FEEDBACK

23:18 "Tell Me Ma" by Ravens Three from Flight

27:34 "Carrickfergus" by Rose Rock from Aire Loom

30:56 "Randy Dandy O" by Rambling Sailors from Kenways Favorites

32:47 "St. Kilda's Wedding" by Matthew Dickerson from When I'm Happy and I Know It

35:09 "Bold ODonohue" by Irish Whispa from Irish Whispa

37:55 CELTIC PODCAST NEWS

39:32 "Smugglin' Men" by Raglan from A New Dawn

42:31 "Whup! Jamboree" by The Kilt Lifters from Pour Another Round

45:06 "Funeral Dirge" by Master Bones Jangle and The Voodoo Island Cannibals from Sail Into the Wind

47:56 "Summer in Dublin" by Bangers and Mash from Quicksand Cafe

51:27 "The Pumpkin's Fancy / Andy Renwick's Favourite Ferret (feat. Ken Petrie)" by Haggis Rampant from Burly! Haggis Rampant Plugged In

55:54 "The Parting" by Scooter Muse from Saddell Abbey

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Repubs don’t tell jokes, Ted; Repubs are jokes…

And finally… Click on the tweets below for the entire extremely NSFW thread:

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Grace Gedye at The Washington Monthly writes—The Tax Day Outrage You Don’t Know About. Conservatives love to lament wasted taxpayer money, but cuts to federal workers are costing the U.S. billions:

If you like to leave things until the last minute, you probably know April 15 as the day to squint at a 1040 tax form or rush through TurboTax. In the past, conservatives have also used this occasion to rally against Big Government, or to write listicles chronicling “six of the more infuriating ways that [tax] money has gone to waste.”

But the lesser known fact about Tax Day is all the money that doesn’t come in. ProPublica estimates that every year, the public misses out on $18 billion in revenue thanks to a whittled down workforce of government tax auditors. Hamstrung by eight years of budget cuts, the Internal Revenue Service has shed staff dramatically. As of 2017, the organization had 9,510 auditors—a third less than it had in 2010. That means fewer bookkeepers to investigate shady claims or to go after people who don’t bother to file taxes. No wonder the department’s inspector general estimates that the amount of lost revenue has gone up by at least $3 billion each year.

It’s just one example of how politically popular calls to cut federal workers often don’t pan out to be the straight-forward, belt-tightening measures they’re pitched to be.

“It’s been two years since we’ve hired anyone,” one Department of Labor bureaucrat told Rachel Cohen, writing for Washingtonian. “We’ve lost 25 percent of our staff, and our employees know nobody is being hired—but we’re not allowed to admit it.”

That Trump’s bureaucracy is riddled with vacancies is intentional. Soon after taking office in 2017, the president announced a freeze on hiring federal workers. He reversed that decision 79 days later, but Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney (now doubling as his acting Chief of Staff) solicited recommendations on how to rebuild the executive branch “from scratch.” Mulvaney said that Trump wanted to start with “a literal blank piece of paper.”

He’s hardly the first president to push for an overhaul of the executive branch. Bill Clinton’s ‘Reinventing Government’ initiative called for eliminating hundreds of thousands of government positions, and he followed through. Regan and George W. Bush pressed for cuts too. Sometimes the rationale is belt-tightening; sometimes it’s making government more competent. Often, it’s both. But simply cutting the government work force, both in executive agencies and in Congress, often achieves neither aim. [...]

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trump's ag gave him a heads-up, cleared him, let him see the information, held on to it for a month, still won't release it all, then had trump announce the press conference which will be held *before* america gets to see the still-incomplete report. pic.twitter.com/vNfByZG8W1

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 17, 2019

BLAST FROM THE PAST

On this date at Daily Kos in 2008—Pelosi, At Papal Mass, Demonstrates Pro-Choice Politicians Not Prohibited From Receiving Communion:

Why is there a persistent belief among many that the Roman Catholic Church denies Communion to people—especially American politicians who are pro-choice and members of the Democratic party—who don't adhere to every tenet of Church doctrine?  

Because many reporters are lazy and don't bother to figure out the facts.  Four years ago American Bishops voted on a proposal to deny communion to politicians, and the proposal was rejected 183-6.  And why has the issue come up?  Because conservative political activists who are also Catholic have tried to make it an issue.  For them, Church doctrine is only relevant on issues of the crotch.  The Just War doctrine, economic justice, capital punishment, none of those things matter.  No, the only things that matter for them are abortion, homosexuality and human conception.  And they're trying to use the Church for their partisan political goals.

And as seen by idiotic questions from reporters like this, they're at least succeeding with some dimwitted media types. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin has Notre Dame news and olds. Yemen resolution vetoed (maybe). Waiting on Barr's book report. Joan McCarter notes Gop rush to "own libs" by catching measles. Barr’s habit of disregarding law & stuff. Fake news: "the wall," Brexit video.

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The well-publicized measles outbreak in the United States has hit New York City intensely. People who are unvaccinated, either out of anti-vaxxer sentiment or, more frequently, lack of understanding of the safety and importance of vaccinations because of the prevalence of anti-vaxxer sentiment, have contributed to hundreds of cases of the disease over only a few months. Last week, New York City officials ordered mandatory vaccinations in four areas of Brooklyn. Officials hope they can shut down this outbreak by targeting the predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities hit hardest by this outbreak.

It is important to note here that officials and others say that there is no religious doctrine underlying the low vaccination rates in these communities. Instead, the amount of contact ultra-Orthodox communities have with Israel, which has also had measles outbreaks, has combined with what NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot called “a small group of anti-vaxxers in these neighborhoods. They have been spreading dangerous misinformation based on fake science” to unleash a very scary health problem. The outbreak itself has also revved up the contentious conversation between people that read and understand science and people that are both terrified of their government and educated just enough to believe they understand science and medicine more than scientists and medical professionals do.

Sign warns people in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to be aware of signs of measles

Website Ars Technica reports that five women have filed a lawsuit saying that city officials have overstepped their bounds, arguing that the outbreak is not serious enough to warrant this response. However, while one can definitely argue about the merits of a case against the government requiring people to get medical injections, the lawsuit also alleges that “the MMR vaccine has significant safety concerns.” That is false. In fact, it is the fundamental and erroneous flaw in anti-vaxxer ideology.

The mandatory vaccination decisions have come after months of declarations of states of emergency in New York and other states. This is not the first lawsuit filed against official actions to stop the disease’s spread. After Rockland County, New York, officials ordered unvaccinated children be kept out of school, they were hit with an anti-vaxxer lawsuit from parents who want to send their unvaccinated children back to schools.

Measles in a country with the capacity to get people vaccinations and medicine is considerably more manageable than it is in places such as, for example, Madagascar, where 1,200 have already died and over a 115,000 have been diagnosed with the disease. And yet, even in our well-developed country, with all of our medicine and technology, we have hundreds of cases, with many more still predicted to be on the way. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials have said that all vaccinations will be covered, either by individual insurance or through subsidies from the city.

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Last week it was reported that Donald Trump had “mulled over” the idea of nominating his daughter, Ivanka, for the position of head of the World Bank. It was just the kind of dumb thing you could imagine Trump mulling over. Today, the Associated Press reports that Trump didn’t mull anything over: He straight-up asked if Ivanka Trump would run the World Bank. Ivanka is touring Africa right now, because being as far out of the United States as possible when the shit hits the fan is what Trumps do. Reports the AP, Ivanka explained that her dad, and America’s blunt object, mulled at her about the World Bank: “Ivanka Trump says her father raised the job with her as ‘a question’ and she told him she was ‘happy with the work’ she’s doing.”

This is the same person that believed that proof of her education, her intelligence, and her competence as a business elite was extorting money out of the help when she was a child running a failed lemonade stand. Seriously. Ivanka says she doesn’t think there’s a run for elected office in her future.*

*Fingers crossed for a jail stint!

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“Tongue so firmly in cheek as to protrude from the vulgar bodily orifice” (R.A. Lafferty)

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The first quarterly fundraising reports for federal candidates running in the 2019-2020 election cycle, covering the period from Jan. 1 to March 31, were due at the Federal Elections Commission on April 15 at midnight ET. Because it's early in the cycle, our roundup includes fundraising numbers from every incumbent member of the House (except those who are retiring), as well as all notable challengers. All numbers are in thousands.

Our chart, and an explanation of each column, can be found below. For our companion chart for the Senate, click here.

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Veteran progressive Sirius XM radio host Mark Thompson has been off the air for more than a week. The move came soon after a physical, videotaped altercation that took place in Newark, when an activist approached him after a community event and called him an "Uncle Tom" and a "sell out coon." Activists with ties to the far right quickly seized on the video and are reportedly using the incident in an attempt to get Thompson fired from his Sirius XM radio show. The dispute stems from a larger campaign by black advocates to target a number of black progressives, including Joy Reid, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roland Martin, Malcolm Nance, and the Rev. William Barber, among other Trump critics.

"If Thompson is purged on such a thin basis, it will encourage further mischief," warned columnist Richard Rosendall in the Washington Blade. Thompson has hosted the show Make It Plain for 18 years, and his was among the first talk shows hosted by XM Satellite Radio when it debuted in 2001. (XM merged with Sirius in 2008.) He became the first black person in the U.S. to host a daily, national show on a progressive/liberal talk format. In 2013, Thompson was honored at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention in July 2013 “for 25 years of crusading journalism and outstanding leadership in furthering the work of civil and human rights.” (Full disclosure: I've been a fan of Thompson's show for years and have appeared on it many times.)

The somewhat obscure group at the center of the conflict is called ADOS, which stands for American Descendants Of Slaves. They are a pro-reparations collective that's active online. Thompson himself has long been in favor of reparations. But while appearing on MSNBC he criticized the group’s tactics for their exclusive focus on Democrats, which then made him a target of ADOS’s attacks.

While ADOS is pro-reparations, it's also anti-immigration. "There is evidence that ADOS is actually advancing a right-wing agenda, and while it calls itself progressive, it pushes anti-immigrant views," Media Matters noted this week. Specifically, Media Matters points out that ADOS’s cofounder serves as a board member of the right-wing front group Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), which despite its "progressive" name is firmly anti-immigrant and has ties to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an extremist group run by white nationalist John Tanton. The Southern Poverty Law Center has tagged PFIR a front group for FAIR. The ADOS website praises President Donald Trump and former President Ronald Reagan for their policy views, while attacking former President Barack Obama.

Also, Ann Coulter is a fan, while other white conservatives have pushed coverage of Thompson's altercation online.

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Less than three months after leaving the job, Ryan Zinke, the most wretched and venal secretary of the interior since James G. Watt held the position under President Ronald Reagan, has landed a job with U.S. Gold Corp., a small Nevada-based mining company. It’s the second job Zinke has taken on since his departure, the first being managing director of the technology and energy investment firm Artillery One, a post he took less than two weeks after leaving Interior. 

At the gold company, he’ll bring in $114,000 a year plus an allowance for personal expenses up to $120,000. The announcement again raises the issue of conflict of interest. In 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order imposing a ban on lobbying by former members of the administration, for their lifetimes for foreign governments and for five years for other entities. Zinke says he won’t be doing any lobbying in his new post.

The reality? Zinke was already working from his government post to make private industry happy, lessening the need for lobbyists to do any nudging.

When he left office in December, Zinke—whose duties at the department included overseeing government leases on public land for the private extraction of oil, natural gas, coal, uranium, and other natural resources—was under investigation for more than a dozen conflicts of interest. The Interior Department’s inspector general scrutinized Zinke’s decision to end a long-term study on the health impacts of coal mining, his travel behavior on the taxpayers’ dime, and other issues.

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