Sat
Feb 25 2017
08:09 pm
Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez was elected chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday after a contentious race that highlighted divisions within the party.
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Perez immediately moved to appoint Ellison deputy DNC chair and accepted a hug from his rival on the conference room stage. “I’m asking you to give everything you’ve got to support Chairman Perez,” Ellison told his supporters.

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Sat
Feb 25 2017
07:56 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL
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Entous and Miller again in the WaPo. Sen. Burr admits he helped WH in its attempts to discredit reports of WH/Putin connection. This probe must be moved out of his committee and an independent probe needs to be convened.
Trump administration sought to enlist intelligence officials, key lawmakers to counter Russia stories

The effort also involved senior lawmakers with access to classified intelligence about Russia, including Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees. Through a spokesman, Nunes confirmed that he had spoken to at least one reporter “at the request of a White House communications aide.”

In an interview, Burr acknowledged that he “had conversations about” Russia-related news reports with the White House and engaged with news organizations to dispute articles by the New York Times and CNN that alleged “repeated” or “constant” contact between Trump campaign members and Russian intelligence operatives.

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The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also among those excluded from the meeting, which was held in White House press secretary Sean Spicer's office. The meeting, which is known as a gaggle, was held in lieu of the daily televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room.

When reporters from these news organizations tried to enter Spicer's office for the gaggle, they were told they could not attend because they were not on the list of attendees.

White House blocks news organizations from press briefing

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Fri
Feb 24 2017
12:21 pm

I am not a big shopper but JCPenny at West Town is one of my regular places for certain items.

I didn't find a list of stores.

JCPenney plans to shutter as many as 140 stores in the coming months, the latest traditional retailer to announce closings.

The department store chain did not disclose how many jobs would be cut, but it said it is also offering early retirement to 6,000 full-time employees.

Because it will hire to fill those buyout positions, the company said it expects a net increase in hiring, even counting the job cuts from closed stores.

JCPenney to close up to 140 stores

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Fri
Feb 24 2017
05:51 am

At Louisville Point Park again yesterday. There were at least 10 herons nesting on a small island, and at least 5 more on the point across the cove. We didn't see the eagles this time. Click image for a larger view of this heron carrying a stick for its nest. See also the last photo of est. 500+ gulls on a sand bar.

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Thu
Feb 23 2017
06:51 pm
By: cafkia  shortURL

On the 18:00 news, Scott Pelley just reported that a claim that 45 had made was easily proven false. What he did NOT do was describe what the Cheeto-in-Chief had done as lying. He proved the claim was a lie but he would not call it a lie.

Why?? Trumplethinskin has made it clear that he hates the media and that is not going to change. Why are they still protecting him? Why not say clearly and unequivocally to the American people (those that still watch the news) that he cannot be trusted to speak or otherwise communicate the truth?

You want to know how the United States ended up with an amoral idiot in the Oval Office? Read the first paragraph.

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Thu
Feb 23 2017
02:49 pm

In the time that I have been incorporated in physical form on this planet, Dr. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eloise Dupree and many others have also existed physically for all or part of that time. I feel strongly confident that all of them were/are significantly and demonstrably less racist and anti-semitic than DJT. It would appear that he is congenitally incapable of forming or expressing any thought that does not contain some significant element of falsehood(s). He lies like I breathe.

The Cheeto-in-Chief is IMNSHO, a terrible speaker. He would not know a complete sentence if you wrapped one around a brick and hit him with it.

Continued...

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Bill Gates: "Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things. If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you'd think that we'd tax the robot at a similar level."

Bill Gates interview...

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from NBC ...

Nearly two-thirds of Americans, divided sharply along party lines, are worried that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years, according to results from the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.

Poll: Majority of Americans Worried About War, Feel Favorably Toward NATO

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Wed
Feb 22 2017
01:56 pm
By: CE Petro  shortURL

I was checking in on some news and blogs and noticed Kevin Drum at Mojo posted the Washington Post had a message for Donald Trump.

So, I went to WaPo myself, and sure enough, there it was. Here's my snipping of today's front page:
WAPO Message.PNG

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Wed
Feb 22 2017
09:27 am

College Board, the organization that runs the Advanced Placement program, released a report today with the "Percentage of the Class of 2016 Scoring a 3 or Higher on an AP Exam During High School, by State."

Tennessee ranked 41st when not including District of Columbia, 42nd if you want to include District of Columbia.

According to the report, 11.9% of Tennessee public high school graduates in the class of 2016 scored a 3 or more on an AP Exam. The national average is 21.9%.

Oh by the way, of the 10 states with the highest ranking, 9 were blue states in the 2016 presidential election. Dang elitist.

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Rep. Marsha Balckburn is arguably more batshit crazy than Jimmy Duncan, but at least she isn't afraid to meet with constiuents in a town hall meeting.

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Tue
Feb 21 2017
05:09 pm

Watch this...

We'll wait.

Now, read this...

OK, then.

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Tue
Feb 21 2017
05:11 am

We were over at Louisville Point Park a couple of weeks ago and saw a mature Bald Eagle. We watched it for about half an hour. We've been back a couple of times and haven't seen it again. But, we were there yesterday (this time with a camera) and saw what we think is an immature, second or third year Bald Eagle? (The "eagle eye" Mrs. spotted them both times.)

Click on the above photo for a few more pics of it. These are extreme crops of photos taken from about 1/4 mile away across the cove, so there's not a lot of detail but that's the best we could do. There are also pics of some of the other birds we saw, including herons, gulls, kingfisher, bluebird, and a pine warbler(?). In the last photo, it's hard to see but there are at least 10 herons nesting in the treetops on a small island.

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Mon
Feb 20 2017
05:45 pm

Trump's redeeming value to America is that he makes George W. Bush look like a genius. That's something, I guess.

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Mon
Feb 20 2017
03:04 pm
By: cafkia  shortURL

More idiocy than I can stand!

Jim Wright does Gawd's work in breaking down the painful linguistic idiocy that is DJT's normal speaking pattern. Is there seriously anyone out there honestly trying to defend or justify this clown?

I really wish there was a planet B.

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It may be some other things, my personal view is it is for the most part distracted driving related. Cell phones, etc.

from CNN ...

The National Safety Council released estimates Wednesday that 40,200 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. It would be the first time that more than 40,000 people died on U.S. roads since before the Great Recession.

She called for stricter seat belt laws, more enforcements of speed limits, and increased restrictions on cell phone use in vehicles. The National Safety Council also has proposed ignition interlock devices for convicted drunk drivers, to prevent drunk driving deaths.

Traffic deaths expected to have hit troubling milestone

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from NBC ...

In Nolensville, Tennessee, nearly 20 employees at Bradley Coatings, Incorporated — a commercial painting company — were laid off after participating in the nationwide strike on Thursday, NBC4 reported.

The company's attorney, Robert Peal, said in a statement obtained by the news station that all employees were told they risked termination if they skipped work on Thursday, but 18 did so anyway.

Employees Across U.S. Fired After Joining Day Without Immigrants Protest

I think the best way to deal with businesses politically is to no longer accept bids for work from them.

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