Friday, March 10, 2017

Gorsuch's Victims & Pre-Hearing Update - March 16th telebriefing

Supreme Court Campaign Member Briefing: Gorsuch's Victims & Pre-Hearing Update (RSVP Now)
Thursday, March 16 @ 7:00pm Eastern Time (6pm Central / 5pmMountain / 4pm Pacific)
We're continuing to uncover more and more about the trail of pain left by Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Gorsuch has an extreme judicial philosophy that puts him even farther to the right than the late Justice Antonin Scalia and poses an urgent threat to Americans' civil rights and liberties, equality for women and LGBT people, voting rights, the environment, workers' rights, disability rights, consumer protections, you name it.
Gorsuch's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing will begin on March 20In advance of the hearing, we're hosting a special telebriefing on Thursday, March 16 to update our members about some of the real stories of Gorsuch's victims and our campaign to STOP his confirmation.
The call will take place at 7pm Eastern Time (6 Central / 5 Mountain / 4 Pacific) on March 16.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Republicans, what's your beef?

The following was shared over at the CenterForInquiry forum, it's well written, concise and directly addresses all those whiny Tea Partiers and Alt-rightwingers and other shrill elements of the Republican establishment with their incessant victimology crying about all their imagined horrid loses at the hands of Obama and the enlightened crowd of empathic humans who believe in multi-culturalism and believe that there's a difference between Personal Truths and Universal Truths and who believe science is the best way to understanding this physical world we exist in - and that spiritual truths are matters of the heart and soul - not the physical world!  
The sad reality is today's religions demand mindless obedience and disregard for physical truths along with contempt for anyone outside their particular tribe. 
It's within the halls of science where you'll find a community of informed, skeptical, ambitious people dedicated to ferreting out the best understanding evidence will allow.  Science is filled with people who believe that we need each other to keep ourselves honest and that enlighten self-interest beats the destruction caused by the greed blinded self-interested totalitarianism of the Trump/Republican collusion. I pledge my allegiance to the intellectually enlightened crowd!  
But I've digressed, here we try to figure out exactly what the GOP is complaining is all about. (attribution 'anonymous' - feel free to copy and share)
A Trump supporter said: 
“We suffered under Obama for 8 years. Now it’s your turn.
Over the last 8 years, I was wondering: Why have you suffered so?
Gays and lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits of which they had been deprived. Has this caused your suffering?
When Obama took office, the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?
We have 82 straight months of private sector job growth - the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?
Especially considering where the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?
Obama has taken unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?
Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Bar Bannon from NSC. Bannon is national security risk - SIGN PETITION

Mr. Bannon, the man who headed Breitbart the extreme right wing's Alt-news outlet which has a dependence on fabricating lies, maliciously slandering all perceived opponents and mixing in a high degree of hate mongering and conspiracy ideation into their fake news outlet also happens to have been instrumental in Trump's successful insurrection of hatred driven lies.  It's hideous enough that Trump has made this political operative, who wants nothing so much as to destroy our government by turning it into an absolutist white-supremacist nightmare, is now being rewarded with a seat on the NSC.  Now that goes beyond the pale.

Petitions don't mean much, but its something, and with enough numbers they can matter. Only thing for sure is that not raising our voices will guarantee we lose all.  No one is watching out for us, it's down to us citizens banding together and stepping it up if there's any hope of saving America from the oligarch's boundless avarice.  Think I'm kidding?  Get informed:

It’s not too late to block Steve Bannon from sitting on the National Security Council. Just this week, we’ve seen news reports that Bannon is amassing power in the White House, helped the president decide to launch a disastrous military raid in Yemen, and has a worldview that is even more dangerous and violent than previously known.1,2,3 It's more clear than ever that we must do everything possible to stop him now.

With the Trump Administration already banging the drums of war, Bannon’s seat at the center of America’s national security is even more troubling. Just over a year ago, Bannon said there is "no doubt" that the U.S. would soon be fighting a "major shooting war in the Middle East," and only months ago, he declared "we’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years."4

Unless we stop him, he now has the power to turn those terrifying predictions into reality. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

I'm Offended Sen. Jeff Sessions Mistakes His Own Ego For GOD

This morning I was reminded of Senator Sessions being “offended” at being reminded of scientific facts.  Given that Sessions is being considered for Attorney General of the USA we should reflect on the religion forced absolutism that enables his brand of blind rejection of observation-based scientific facts. 

Whereas Senator Sessions is offended when confronted with real down to Earth facts, I’m offended that Republicans have demolished the distinction between their own Personal Truths and Universal Truths.

Global warming has not stopped by Ari Jokimäki 

SCIENCE | TEMPERATURE | January 15. 2013

No Pause in Global Warming | By Brian Kahn, Climate Central on June 4, 2015

Why It Matters That Trump’s Attorney General Pick Is a Climate Change Skeptic
GRENNAN MILLIKEN |  November 18, 2016

Why we know CO2 science is settled.

Compounding his base dishonesty Sessions relies on a single incomplete data set he’s knowingly misrepresenting. 

That's offensive - how dare Republicans believe it’s okay to wantonly disregard rock solid down to Earth understanding.  I know, ...

I’m offended that the Republican avarice driven agenda hides behind a mass delusion of doing God’s Will.

Can we please get real - the God Almighty of Time and Creation, Life and Love!  How many billions of years has she been around?  

Your Lord of the Bible, how many years has he been around, moving from one strife filled petty tribal generation to the next?  Ever notice in the Bible's books of Job and Romans?  They warn all who read it, God is beyond human understanding.  But, who pays any attention?

Saturday, January 21, 2017


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a vote on Rex Tillerson’s (the just retired, lifetime EXXON man) confirmation on Monday to head our US State Department and we cannot afford to let up the pressure. {Also make your voice count, call your Senator, below you can find a list of the Foreign Relations Committee members}

In Tillerson’s confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 11, the ex-CEO of oil-and-gas-giant Exxon Mobil gave an unacceptable series of non-answers on issues ranging from man-made climate change to whether Russia’s Vladimir Putin is a war criminal. He may have even perjured himself by lying about Exxon Mobil’s documented history of lobbying against Russian sanctions.

Tillerson recently left his position at Exxon Mobil with a $180 million retirement package, just two months ahead of his scheduled retirement.1 We don’t need another climate-denying corporate executive in Washington – especially as the nation’s top diplomat.

Tillerson has led Exxon Mobil in public lie after public lie about the reality of climate change.2 Not only has he personally been outspoken about his false belief that scientists largely disagree about climate change and its connection to human action, he has used his position and influence as CEO of the oil and gas company to promote lies and propaganda denying the role burning fossil fuels plays in heating our planet. The company is currently under investigation by several state Attorneys General for lying and misleading investors and the public about the risks of climate change.3 Meanwhile, Exxon Mobil continues to fund climate denial groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council, despite commitments from Tillerson to stop funding climate deniers.4

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike have expressed concern about Tillerson’s deep ties to Russia and his personal relationship with Vladimir Putin. In 2013, after the two negotiated an oil drilling deal reportedly worth $500 billion, Putin gave Tillerson one of the highest honors Russia gives to foreigners: the Order of Friendship. The Order of Friendship can be bestowed on someone who makes a "great contribution" to "large-scale economic projects" in Russia.5 Tillerson built his career and success at Exxon on close relationships and business deals to drill oil in Russia – and he has refused to release his tax returns that would show his true financial ties to Russia.

With mounting evidence that Russia interfered in the presidential election, now is not the time to install someone with deep financial ties to Vladimir Putin as the nation’s top diplomat. It’s time for the Senate to take a stand and commit to blocking his confirmation.

Thank you for everything you do,
Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager

Sign the petition at:

United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Members, 115th Congress
Majority (Republicans)

 • Bob Corker, Tennessee Chairman

Minority (Democrats)
 • Ben Cardin, Maryland, Ranking Member
2 McKenzie Funk, “Did Exxon Lie About Global Warming?” Rolling Stone, June 30, 2016.
3 Justin Gillis and Clifford Krauss, “Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General,” The New York Times, Nov. 5, 2015.
4 Lee Wasserman, “What Rex Tillerson's Exxon Mobil track record tells us,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 3, 2017.
5 Matt Egan, Julia Horowitz and Chris Isidore, “Behind the deep ties between Exxon's Rex Tillerson and Russia,” CNN Money, Dec. 11, 2016.


Reject Rex Tillerson, EXXON's Russian Obligate Oil Guy - Here's why.

Senator Gardner - Democratic decency requires NO VOTE on Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State


Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress

When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.

Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator's or representative's office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.

It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member's office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.

* You can also find the direct number to any member's office by consulting the

How to be effective about contacting your senator: 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump doesn't want you to see this !

The muzzling is already beginning.

Trump’s White House Website Now Only Mentions "Climate" in His Plans to Ax Obama’s Policies

Today, the peaceful transition of power took place, with President Barack Obama passing the White House baton over to President Donald Trump. 
Behind the glitz and glamor and pomp and circumstance came another key White House transition: the Trump White House has gotten rid of the climate change section of the White House website. The URL takes those surfing the internet to a page which “could not be found.”
Journalist Brian Kahn of was the first to point this out on Twitter. This is what it looks like for those who go to the web domain for climate change. 
Image Credit:
... The new web section does pay some homage to environmental protection, but there is no mention of climate change. The word “climate” appears only once — and that's when the Trump administration proclaims its intention to put President Obama's Climate Action Plan on the chopping block.
“[O]ur need for energy must go hand-in-hand with responsible stewardship of the environment,” reads the website. “Protecting clean air and clean water, conserving our natural habitats, and preserving our natural reserves and resources will remain a high priority. President Trump will refocus the EPA on its essential mission of protecting our air and water.”
DeSmog has reached out for comment to the Trump White House senior level staff and communications team and will update this article with their comments if we receive a response.
Update: The Obama White House now has an archived website, which includes its climate change section

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Diary 1/19/2017 and "Trump's Promises Score Card"

For those of you who are into keeping score on how well, or poorly, Trump is at keeping his many promises, you'll want to bookmark this link because ThinkProgress had put together a list and a team of journalists who will be keeping track.  My intended short introduction turned into a full on essay of sortsafter which I have much more information about the ThinkProgress "Trump Promise Score Card."

* You'll have to forgive me for not giving Trump any benefit of the doubt.  He has repeatedly shown that he lives within a narcissistic bubble detached from down to Earth reality.  I have yet to see the slightest indication he possesses any scruples or empathy.  Trump doesn't read and beyond money and marketing appears to know nothing, no history, no science, no geography, no evolution, nor any philosophy beyond,
"The Golden Rule"  ~  The man with the gold makes the rules! 
No different from a few thousand tribal warlords and emperors who came before, to dominate, destroy, get destroyed.  When I was a kid, we had this idea going around that humanity may finally be able to learn from that repetition of historic lessons.  How wrong we were.  I think my generation lost our focus.  We learned to detach and take it all for granted.  For the most part we were all too willing to turn our backs on the lessons of the 70s - namely, that we as a global society needed to power down a bit.  Less baby making.  Wiser resource consumption with an eye toward sustainable systems.  (For instance why couldn't tire manufactures lease their tires, then repurpose returning tires?  Same with batteries and other such short duration resource rich items?  Simple things like that.)  Also, incorporating an appreciation for the profound impacts increasing our planet's atmospheric insulation was sure to have on the biosphere we depend on.

Future, long term survival was dependent on a mature appreciation for this planet Earth and the myriad of biological systems and subsystems along with our global climate engine all interwoven in amazing ways.  But, fast cars, fast food, kick ass movies and music and sports and fantasizing about having riches and ever increasing profits became all we needed.  At best it was a Faustian Bargain.

I'm afraid we liberal intellectual thoughtful types have lost our country because we could never convey the importance of our planet's natural systems, its biosphere and climate system and how they enabled all we hold dear and depend on.

Seems that all the faith-shackled and agenda driven Republicans see are commodities to be exploited and consumed as fast as possible - though no one has a clue what we are in such a damned rush to achieve. 

For me the heart break of the past two months of lost opportunities to make a decisive stand, leaves me feeling bleak as ever.  America has voted (citizens who didn't vote, also voted!!!) and its a resounding endorsement of the Golden Rule - The man with the gold, makes the rules.

America appears to have evolved into a nation who is okay with that attitude.  After all, too much has never been enough for us.  We live on a daily media diet of obsessive love for Hollywood's explosive insanity played out in a parade of "thriller" movies who's gross sales are tracked in hundreds of millions of dollars and followed in headline news like the horse races used to be - at the same time scientists are scrambling for funding to study this home planet that we depend on for everything, at fractions of the cost of a cheap movie, while having to endure malicious dirty tricks.

From what I'm seeing the majority of liberal types have again retracted into their own communities to tut-tut all the avericious people being put into really impactful positions of near supreme power.  Oh yeah, we gave away the Supreme Court too.  Holding protests that usually only impress each other, since they rarely convey a clear policy strategy or achievable goal to follow up on.  Something that's symptomatic of Democrats' tendency to grossly underestimate their political opponents.  Liberals seem to ignore that Trump and gang couldn't care less what we think, they are getting the keys to the kingdom, with the military tossed in for good measure.  We need to do more.  

Senators and Representative need to hear from tens and hundreds of thousands of citizens.  If everyone who takes to the streets these next days also commits to get and remain informed and to call or write their US and state Representatives - now that would make an impression!  But, then you'll have to do it again, and again, again over the next 2 and 4 years.

I would truly love to have my assessment and distrust of this man proven wrong.  This "Trump Promises Score Card" that Koronowski and his team have put together, (which they will be referring back to as these years of living dangerously unfold), will provide an objective score card with which to judge.

Trump made a lot of promises about what he will do as president. We’ve documented 663 of them.

The people who elected Trump expect him to come through.

Ryan Koronowski  |  January 19, 2017
Research Director at ThinkProgress.

Trump made a lot of promises about what he will do as president. We’ve documented 663 of them.

The people who elected Trump expect him to come through.