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“Some people don’t like change, but you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”

–Elon Musk

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  1. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Good morning.

    Americas' Mayor seems to have provided the smoking gun.

    Housekeeping question. Is the time stamp on our posts a bit off, or was that just really good weed?

  2. kwtreekwtree says:

    If we're all doing the time warp again, can we just go big and jump to the left ….all the way back to 2016?

     

     

     

    • DENependent says:

      Isn't that rather like asking a genie to go back to the seconds before the avalanche hit you instead of wishing to go back before it began? There was at least eight years of the present state of affairs building up if not 30 years.

      The way we were hit was almost as bad as it could have been. We were hit with the metaphorical rock being carried by the snow. In order to avoid this we would have to go back to before that crook Yeltsin appointed Putin and figure out how to help Russia avoid being looted. Plus do something about media in America and the regulatory capture of the whole of the USA.

    • itlduso says:

      I'm afraid that on New Year's Eve this year I'll be wishing to repeat 2019 rather than facing what portends to be a truly awful 2020 for America.

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    It's going to be an interesting day …

    Lawmakers also expect to hear closed-door testimony Friday from Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled from her post in May. She arrived at the Capitol shortly after 10 a.m.

    And plans for next week …

    When former National Security Council official Fiona Hill testifies before Congress on Monday, she is expected to tell lawmakers that President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland actively avoided her and the NSC process and ran their own Ukraine policy, a source familiar with Hill told CBS News.

    U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, a key figure in the Ukraine controversy, bucked the State Department on Friday and announced he would appear before House investigators under subpoena next week. ["Gordon Sondland, the embattled U.S. ambassador to the U.S., has been formally noticed to testify on Wednesday, two sources confirm."]

    [Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman were granted bail yesterday, but] may be “stuck in limbo” for a few days as the court processes their paperwork and pretrial services can approve co-signers and third party custodians. They’re scheduled to appear before a judge in New York next Thursday.

     

  4. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    And just in case you are worried … good news.  Colorado apparently has TWO sites prepared for … well, just about anything from "deadly epidemics, economic collapse, nuclear war or political upheaval." 

    While the article focuses on the West Virginia site, it also notes " The organization also has two sites in Colorado. It’s working to set up a fourth in Wisconsin. The motto: “Prepare for the Worst — Enjoy the Present.”

    At Fortitude Ranch, the cabin is for vacationing. The shelters are for surviving.

  5. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    “The ability to recruit partners to fight radical Islam in the future has been virtually destroyed.”
    ~Lindsay Graham (today)

    It’s really unfortunate there isn’t a governmental body that could do something about this

  6. unnamed says:

    Heard a blurb that Crisanta Duran is ending her campaign.

    • 2Jung2Die2Jung2Die says:

      Also just heard Alice Madden's ending her Senate campaign. Not surprised on either front, but sort of sad about Madden, who's principled and competent.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        I too like Madden. I hope she stays involved somehow.

        Perhaps if Hick really doesn't like the Senate and quits after the first year, Polis can appoint her to the vacancy. Or if Warren selects Thurston as her running mate and they win, the governor can appoint her to his seat.

  7. itlduso says:

    I'm getting ready to hop on the Amy Klobuchar bandwagon. 

    She had an excellent LGBTQ town hall last night on CNN.  She's one of the few that I had the stomach to listen to.  Biden was just old and pathetic.  My heart is still with Mayor Pete, but I don't think this is his year — run and win an Indiana Senate seat and then we'll talk.

    I think Amy Klobuchar is the remaining "top ten" candidate who supports progressive, but not radical, ideas.  She has the prosecutor chops.  She has the Midwest cred.  She's not too young or old.  I think she could garner the votes of disaffected R's and Independents looking to vote for someone other than Trump.  Of course, she's a long shot at this time, (my auto correct keeps warning me about the spelling of "Klobuchar") but maybe she can garner Iowa support and parlay that to NH. 

     

    • itlduso says:

      Bill Maher tonight very nearly anointed Amy Klobuchar as the dark horse candidate in the Dem primary race.

      Itlduso.

      • VoyageurVoyageur says:

        Who cares about Bill Maher?

        amy is a good woman and I've sent her money, as I also did with Harris and Warren.

        but right now, Warren is kicking Trump's butt.

        Amy is actually trailing that idiot Yang in most polls.  

        Yes, she needs to put all her chips in Iowa and at least finish in the top three there.

        policy wise, she is infinitely better than Warren.  But Elizabeth is raising Mon ey and kicking butt.

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          I too sent Amy money and I too am disappointed with her polling numbers. She is smart, she is competent and she takes sane and rational public policy positions.

          Unfortunately, she is not flamboyant making unrealistic promises or promising to hand out a lot of free stuff which is what moves poll numbers. (Andrew Yang's $1,000 per month checks for all adults come to mind.)

          Amy should put all her chips in Iowa. But her only real chance is if Biden falters and has to drop out.

  8. harrydobyharrydoby says:

    Wow!  Trump heard his master's voice and didn't waste any time obeying:

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    Vladimir Putin with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani at the Trilateral summit on Syria held in Ankara on September 16, 2019

    Question: With due consideration for the US presence in Syria, I would also like to ask how you assess the US presence on Syrian territory?

    Vladimir Putin: Regarding the presence of the US Armed Forces, it is common knowledge that their presence on Syrian territory is illegal. And we hope that the decision to withdraw US service personnel from Syria, made by President of the United States Donald Trump will be implemented completely.

  9. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Maybe Pear or Moddy can confirm the rumor mill this morning but I was told Rudy's bffs, in addition to bribing officials in California and Nevada for marijuana licenses, contributed to Mike Coffman while they were on their spending spree.  

    Factbox: Who are the Giuliani associates charged with trying to influence U.S. elections? 

    Prosecutors identified two other men, Andrey Kukushkin and David Correia, as conspirators in an alleged scheme that aimed to funnel $1 million in donations to politicians and political candidates in Nevada, New York and other states to benefit a planned marijuana business funded by an unnamed Russian businessman.

    Kukushkin, 46, is a Ukraine native now living in San Francisco and a veteran of the cannabis business. 

    He was a vice president of a Russian hedge fund, Renaissance Investment Management, before getting into the business of growing and selling marijuana in the United States, according to news reports, legal records and corporate records. One report in Forbes Russia said Kukushkin started with investments in dispensaries in California and Nevada, and quoted him as saying he now made $60 million in revenue annually. 

    Kukushkin made an initial court appearance in San Francisco on Thursday. His bail hearing will continue on Friday.

  10. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    "hear closed-door testimony" pisses me off.

  11. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Of course they did.  Maybe someone could ask Cory about this.

    Exclusive: Turkey Bombs US Special Forces in Syria Attack, Apparently by Mistake

    A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria, days after President Donald Trump told his Turkish counterpart he would withdraw U.S. troops from certain positions in the area.

    Newsweek has learned through both an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and senior Pentagon official that Special Forces operating on Mashtenour hill in the majority-Kurdish city of Kobani fell under artillery fire from Turkish forces conducting their so-called "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish fighters backed by the U.S. but considered terrorist organizations by Turkey.

  12. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    I'll see your seven patriots at Stop the Madness and raise you a few thousand for Greta….

  13. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Barr drops in to see Rupert when he's in town and next thing you know… (shall we start an over/under on Chris Wallace?)

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Gotta’ wonder what the “no pro quo” on this deal’s (not) gonna’ be? . . . 
       

      . . . Nice little media empire you gots here Rupert. Donnie Twoscoops tells me he tinks it’d sure be an awful shame if sumtin’ ever happuns to it; awful awful shame he says . . . .

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      I was googling about Smith last night, and his feud with Fixed News goes all the way back to '16. You may be right about Wallace. He's done some take-no-prisoners interviews with members of the Sad-ministration on the network. That has not endeared him to the people who write his paycheck. 

      • kwtreekwtree says:

        My guess is that the Barr -Murdoch visit was about the Fox polls that show growing public support for impeachment. You know how $rump feels about his “ratings”. 

        Still f*cking outrageous that the government’s top lawyer is pressuring a news network about its news. 

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          I agree, it would be beyond outrageous if he was pressuring a news network . . . 
           

          . . . but, instead he chose Murdock’s FOX.

          It’s more like an evil karma reach around.

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