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Taliban militants kidnap a member of Provincial Council from Samangan-Baghlan Highway
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Democratic National Committee votes against climate change debate at San Francisco
[Mercury News] Democratic National Committee members shot down an effort to hold a climate change-focused presidential debate Saturday, in a victory for party leadership and a defeat for activists demanding a stronger focus on the environmental crisis.

Party delegates voted 222 to 137 against allowing candidates to participate in a debate dedicated to the topic, after a heated floor fight interrupted by protesters chanting "We can’t wait!" and "Failure of leadership!"
as they stepped over feces, discarded used hypo needles, and homeless sleeping in urine-filled doorways....
The bitter dispute at the party’s annual summer meeting in San Francisco threatened to reignite criticism on the left that Democratic leaders are squelching debate on one of the most important issues to young voters. And the delegates opposed a climate debate even though many of the presidential contenders have come out in favor of one.

The vote came at a time when world leaders are ringing the alarm over massive fires in the Amazon rainforest ‐ a disaster pointed to repeatedly by activists to stress the dire threat climate change poses.

"If an asteroid was coming to earth, there would be no question about having a debate about it," argued Chris Reeves, a DNC member from Kansas. "But with this existential crisis facing the world, we all sit and wring our hands."

Opponents of a debate agreed climate change is an existential threat but said it didn't make sense to elevate the environmental crisis over other key issues, like gun violence, immigration or white nationalism.

"Think about the fact that they're gunning down people who look like me out on the streets," said Alma Gonzalez, a DNC member from Florida. "I would love to have a debate on the fact that we have domestic terrorism in this country."
Posted by: KBK || 08/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "If an asteroid was coming to earth, there would be no question about having a debate about it,"

Aad of course the asteroid would continue relentlessly on its path regardless of how much debate was offered up. But don't go telling true believers that their blather is powerless to alter reality...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/25/2019 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Chicago '68 redux?
Posted by: Lex || 08/25/2019 0:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Chicago '68 redux?

The protestors won't even have to bring their own poop. They can pick it up off the streets.
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/25/2019 0:53 Comments || Top||

#4  The only debate would be just how stupid are the climate deniers. But that could go on for weeks.
Posted by: Bobby || 08/25/2019 9:53 Comments || Top||

#5  It's settled science after Baraq bought his beach house.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/25/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  "Watermelons of the World, Unite!"
Posted by: magpie || 08/25/2019 10:25 Comments || Top||

#7  I think Bobby is basically right.

The debate would have become a 'who can be the most extreme' contest and subsequently it would be fodder for people to make fun of the Dems.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/25/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Even the DNC knows climate change is an election-day loser. Better they say nothing until after the election.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/25/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia's propaganda gives viewers a choice.
Posted by: 3dc || 08/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Home Front: Politix
Julian Castro: ‘I Applaud’ News Outlets for Calling Trump ‘Racist’
[BREITBART] Presidential candidate Julian Castro (D) on Thursday praised news organizations for calling Trump a "racist," saying he believes news outlets must "call a spade a spade."
"I am Cornhoolio!"
"I applaud news organizations that have recognized the need to call a spade and spade and use the word racist," Castro told BuzzFeed. "I believe he is."

Castro, the former San Antonio mayor who was former President Barack Obama
My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world. I hope you'll join with me as we try to change it...
’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, also said "in some ways, journalism in the Trump era is more challenging than ever" and urged establishment outlets "to stay focused on newsworthiness and not to let a fascination with oddity, or simple timeliness, overtake news judgement about what’s important for readers."

"The fact that the president just went back on his word to do universal background checks should be front page and these other moves by Trump are likely designed to distract from that," he continued.
Posted by: Fred || 08/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The La Raza racist would.
Posted by: Phinens Dingle9259 || 08/25/2019 0:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Eh... isn't the term 'call a spade a spade' very racist in itself?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/25/2019 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Nah, CF, just call it a "bloody shovel".
Posted by: AlanC || 08/25/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#4  IOW, he's happy to have MSM as the official propaganda outlet of the Democrat Party.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/25/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Standard MSM Pundit Reaction: "I feel, no, I FEELZ THE RACISM!" becomes "That there is a 97% Consensus that there is Racism (by his opponents) means that it is an incontestable FACT!!"
Posted by: magpie || 08/25/2019 10:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Reminds one of the NY Times staffer's comment in that internal staff-wide NYT meeting at which the editor Dean Basquet announced that the Times would be pivoting ("the story changed") from Russiagate to All-Racism-All-The-Time:
"I just feel like racism is everything."
Posted by: Lex || 08/25/2019 12:13 Comments || Top||

#7  Did somebody say La Raza?

Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/25/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

Ocasio-Cortez: Electoral College is ‘Affirmative Action’ for Rural Americans
[BREITBART] Rep. Alexandria Boom Boom Ocasio-Cortez
Dem represntative from da Bronx in Noo Yawk and leader of the Mean Girl Caucus in Congress. One of the Great Minds of the 21st Century, she is known as much for her innaleck as for her dance moves. She is all in favor of socialism, even though she's fuzzy on the details...
(D-NY) continued her verbal assault on the Electoral College, this time smearing the Constitutional system that guarantees big states don’t have undue influence in electing the president as an “electoral affirmative action” scheme for rural Americans.

On Friday, Ocasio-Cortez posted the following 5-point missive on Twitter:

I see Fox News is big mad about abolishing the electoral college.

So let’s talk about it.

1) If the GOP were the “silent majority” they claim, they wouldn’t be so scared of a popular vote.

They *know* they aren’t the majority. They rely on establishing minority rule for power.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 23, 2019

3) LASTLY, this concept that the Electoral College is provides “fairness” to rural Americans over coastal states doesn’t hold any water whatsoever. First of all, virtually every state has rural communities. NY. California. Much of our states are rural.

But very importantly…

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 23, 2019

5) The Electoral College isn’t about fairness at all; it’s about empowering some voters over others.

Every vote should be = in America, no matter who you are or where you come from. The right thing to do is establish a Popular Vote. & GOP will do everything they can to fight it.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 23, 2019

Last week, the socialist lawmaker claimed the Electoral College “is, in fact, a scam” and has a “racial injustice breakdown.”

She wrote: “The Electoral College has a racial injustice breakdown. Due to severe racial disparities in certain states, the Electoral College effectively weighs white voters over voters of color, as opposed to a “one person, one vote” system where all our votes are counted equally.”
Posted by: Fred || 08/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "big mad"?

Is this the Bee?

Where the f--- was this maroon educated?

Le Shitshow continue...
Posted by: Lex || 08/25/2019 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  "Rural Americans", is what Dems say when they really mean "stoopid white people"
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 08/25/2019 0:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Dear little Lexie really shouldn’t try to think — she might break something. My dear girl, the Electoral College was the countryside’s price for letting you city folk have a country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/25/2019 1:08 Comments || Top||

#4  It’s a filter when the vote gets close. Like the Senate representing the states and the house representing the populace. The founders looked to provide a balance between often diverging interests, that is, until pres wilson f’ed it up with direct election of senators.

But Occasional Cortex never studied the constitution because she is always shooting off her mouth rather than taking things into serious rational consideration before speaking.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/25/2019 1:16 Comments || Top||

#5  her puppeteer isn't giving her the talking points...this will be fun
Posted by: Frank G || 08/25/2019 2:50 Comments || Top||

#6  Simple fact. No Electoral College, no United States.

Note well - United States

Eight smaller states were not going to join 5 larger states who would in turn dictate to the smaller states their existence, culture, economy, laws, etc. Today the many smaller states are not going to stay with 12 or so metropolitan areas who want to impose their culture, values, politics, economics upon them. Period.

Better you seek independent City States. You realize they are already drowning men, dragging anyone attempting to help them down with them.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/25/2019 8:09 Comments || Top||

#7  Where the f--- was this maroon educated?

Boston university, home of Howard Zinn.
Posted by: Raj || 08/25/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Even in 1776 the Founding Fathers knew better than to let New Yorkers run the show.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/25/2019 10:06 Comments || Top||

#9  I’m always curious how so many people fail to note the punctuation of the opening of our founding Declaration of Independence. Great care was given to its form and few note that in the first line, they described the document as a product of the united States of America. A clear display of their belief in the union of sovereign States united in common purpose.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/25/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#10  Majority Rule: A Lynch Mob is very democratic, everybody but the hanged person voted for the execution!
Posted by: magpie || 08/25/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Another year or so before Obama Center breaks ground in Chicago
The fight to stop or modify the proposed Obama Center in South Chicago is still going on.

The fight (ironically the anti Center protagonists are community organizers) is centered on two federal requirements. One involves compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the various regulations, court rulings, memos, etc. that go with it. The second involves compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the regulations, etc.

The Chicago City planning department has the lead on compliance with these requirement. The department currently estimates the end of the NHPA compliance process by the fall of this year and end of the NEPA process by the spring of 2020 (typically, sponsors of projects underestimate the time required for both the NHPA and NEPA processes.

There will almost certainly be a required modification of current plans and that will delay construction for at least a few months after the end of the NEPA process.

summary by LG
Posted by: lord garth || 08/25/2019 03:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The minaret with the muezzin on loudspeakers seems to be an issue. The residents want hip-hop
Posted by: Frank G || 08/25/2019 9:06 Comments || Top||

#2  either the above or all the armored D-9’s are all in Israel and Acme Construction won’t leave home without them.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 08/25/2019 16:18 Comments || Top||

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  Taliban militants kidnap a member of Provincial Council from Samangan-Baghlan Highway
Sat 2019-08-24
  Afghan Special Forces storm the hideout of a key ISIS facilitator of suicide bombings
Fri 2019-08-23
  Gaddafi-loyal commander killed by pro-Haftar forces
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  Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer
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  Another prayer leader killed near Quetta
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