RummagingBedouin

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  1. Makes sense for Trump to pick Tillerson. He has close ties to Putin ( In 2013, the Kremlin bestowed the country's Order of Friendship honor on Tillerson.) and with Putin doing his best to elect Trump it looks like the US might become a client state of Russia. Cabinet hearings should be interesting. http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/309823-mccain-tillerson-ties-to-putin-a-matter-of-concern McCain is the first Republican to raise questions about the potential nomination, and Tillerson could fail to make it through the confirmation process if just three GOP senators join a united Democratic opposition. “I’d have to examine it,” McCain said of the potential nomination. “You want to give the president of the United States the benefit of the doubt because the people have spoken. But Vladimir Putin is a thug, bully and a murderer, and anybody else who describes him as anything else is lying.”
  2. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/10/1609497/-Dems-won-prez-and-senate-votes-rigged-system-screwed-us-Let-s-use-same-system-to-win-Supreme-Court Surprising no one, we find that Russia effectively staged a coup and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in on the gambit, and we know that The New York Times covered for them all. If there was ever a need for the Electoral College to spring into action, it’s this year, especially given Hillary Clinton’s dominant popular vote victory. But barring that, there is something Democrats now NEED to do: Confirm Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court before swearing in the new Senate. We’ve explained before how this would happen, and yes, this would be absolutely legal:
  3. http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2016/12/trump-remains-unpopular-voters-prefer-obama-on-scotus-pick.html 40% believe he won the popular vote. 14% believe Clinton is connected to a child sex ring. 32% aren't sure. 39% think the stock market went down during the Obama years. 67% think unemployment increased during the Obama years.
  4. Glenn's wife, Annie, was, and is, an inspiration to many as well. My stutter has caused problems for me but hers was debilitating. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/12/09/to-john-glenn-the-real-hero-was-his-wife-annie-conqueror-of-disability/?utm_term=.d3b46f71eeaf
  5. I'm sure these problems are being thought about and how to solve them. Drivers of cars or trucks make value judgements. For example, if a dog or little kid runs out in front of the vehicle the driver has to make a decision as to what to do and it might involve more than just slamming on the brakes. How does a driverless vehicle respond? There are any number of situations that can occur that a value judgement has to be made. Not sure I want a computer algorithm making those judegements.
  6. Any 80's list without Metallica is absurd.
  7. RIP. God, what a year.
  8. How I miss Lennon. Just Give Me Some Truth. Walking across Abbey Road. God. Imagine. I visit Strawberry Fields whenever I go to New York. The unexpected emotional punch I felt the first time I stood at the Dakota where he was shot. Hearing of Lennon's death from Howard Cosell of all people, on Monday Night Football.
  9. Climate change denier, Scott Pruitt, to head EPA. Christ, how many eons will it take to undo the damage the Trump years will bring? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/07/trump-names-scott-pruitt-oklahoma-attorney-general-suing-epa-on-climate-change-to-head-the-epa/?hpid=hp_no-name_no-name%3Apage%2Fbreaking-news-bar&tid=a_breakingnews&utm_term=.ac6da0cdc7b5 In a move signaling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, President-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting against the agency he will now lead. Pruit, who has written that the debate on climate change is “far from settled,” joined a coalition of state attorneys general in suing the agency’s Clean Power Plan, the principal Obama-era policy aimed at reducing the U.S.’s greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. He has also sued, with fellow state attorneys general, over the EPA’s recently announced regulations trying to curtail the emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the oil and gas sector.
  10. Like I said . Right wing coup.
  11. Same here.
  12. Man, would this cause a ruckus. http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/6/1606610/-With-Biden-in-the-chair-on-Jan-3-the-Senate-can-confirm-a-renominated-Merrick-Garland-Here-s-how
  13. Leland Sklar has played on more than 2,000 albums. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/leland-sklar-mn0000237873/biography
  14. Looking at the peeps Trump has appointed and is thinking about appointing I'm starting to feel like there has been a right wing coup and not a shot fired.
  15. So, who masterminded all of this?