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Friday News: “100 days to stop Donald Trump”; Michael Flynn “loves Russia as much as his boss does”; Kaine to Focus on 2018, Not 2020

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, November 18.

  • Quizzical

    My view of Trump voters at this point is that they essentially chose to play the lottery, or the slots, in the hopes that they will win big. Their ballot was just another scratch off lottery ticket. Only trouble is that they are gambling with not just their stuff, but the whole country. And the odds against them winning suck, as usual. Trump with his uncanny instinct to appeal to the worst in us, played directly to that with his constant refrain, “what have you got to lose?”

    Didn’t Virginia Beach go for Trump? Seeing how they are right next to the ocean, I’d really like to know what they are thinking about climate change.

  • How extreme (and possibly demented) is Michael Flynn? Check out tweets like these

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/flynnclinton.jpg

  • Vicious – and ignorant – bigot for our country’s next National Security Adviser??? Ugh.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/flynnarabpersian.jpg

  • True Blue

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/11/17/1600760/-Aftermath-2016-Tess-Rafferty-s-hard-hitting-statement-on-the-election-of-Trump?

    Excerpts:
    “I am so damn tired of trying to see it from the other side. I’m trying to discuss nuance while they paint us and our candidates with the broadest of hateful brushes.”
    “I’m tired of pussy footing around what offends your morals while couching what offends mine, because racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia offend mine.”
    “I tried to be polite, but now I just don’t give a damn, because let’s be honest, we don’t live in polite America anymore. We live in ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ America now. So thank you for that, being polite was exhausting.”

    “So now’s the time you might want to see things from my side. Because, if we’re all going to have to be friends after this, imagine me having to be polite and having to respect your vote to take away my rights and freedoms and those of my friends, while we fight desperately to try to hang onto them, because that is what you did.”
    “You took the most qualified candidate we’ve had in decades – a woman – and belittled her every mistake and misstep, while taking the least qualified candidate we have ever had, a man, and ignoring every mistake he ever made. But no – you’re not sexist.”

    “. . .that I should feel some compassion for them. But I’m not there yet, because I am so sick of damaged people damaging the rest of us. And isn’t this somewhat of an abusive relationship at this point? If you have friends and family like this, cut them off! They didn’t give two shits about your freedoms and happiness last Tuesday, you don’t have to pretend that it’s all cool to pass them a plate of Turkey two weeks from now. It’s like we’re all abused partners saying to each other – “but you don’t know what he’s like when he’s not racist.”

  • From Environment Virginia (“In huge win for our climate, President Obama drops plans for Atlantic, Arctic drilling”):

    In a win for our oceans and climate, the Obama administration finalized its oil and gas leasing program, which provides protection for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from risky oil and gas drilling for the next five years. [https://www.boem.gov/2017-2022-OCS-Oil-and-Gas-Leasing-PFP/]

    “Just like he listened to Virginia’s coastal communities who spoke up to protect our Atlantic coast, we applaud the president for listening to the majority of Americans that believe Arctic drilling is too dirty and risky,” said Sarah Bucci, Director of Environment Virginia. “Today’s announcement means less pollution for our climate, Virginia’s coast, and the fragile Arctic that can’t afford any more drilling and spilling.”

    The initial 2017 to 2022 Outer Continental Shelf leasing plan proposed by the Obama Administration in January 2015 threatened beaches along Virginia and the Southeastern coast and both Chukchi And Beaufort Seas in the Arctic Ocean with drilling leases.

    After massive coastal and small business opposition the Obama administration released an updated plan in March that cancelled the Atlantic leases areas, but Arctic and Gulf leases remained. Today’s final version completely removes lease areas in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the Arctic Ocean and reflects the decision made in March to rescind Atlantic drilling.

    The administration’s decision provides momentum for the fight to protect the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from offshore drilling not just for the next five years, but forever. A recent survey showed that a majority of Americans support permanent protection for the Arctic and Atlantic from oil and gas development. Additionally, more than 72 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama in October urging him to use his authority for permanent protection.

    Other opposition to offshore drilling has been growing for months. Last spring, environmental groups presented the administration with more than 2 million signatures from Americans calling for no new drilling. Earlier this month, more than 12,000 businesses voiced their opposition to seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.

    While the administration has cancelled lease sales in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans for the next five years, 10 lease areas remain in the Gulf of Mexico and the future fate of our oceans remains uncertain.

    “We applaud the Obama Administration for doing right by the Arctic and Atlantic oceans for the next five years,” Bucci said. “After the hottest year on record, we can’t afford to keep drilling and burning fossil fuels. The only safe amount of drilling for our climate and communities is none at all — that is why President Obama should extend permanent protection before leaving office.”

  • From Del. Sam Rasoul. I’m puzzled.

    DEL. RASOUL RESIGNS FROM LEADERSHIP POST IN HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS, CALLS FOR RADICAL CHANGE

    Roanoke, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) has resigned from his leadership post as Secretary of the House Democratic Caucus in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Rasoul notified House Democratic Leader David Toscano and House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring this morning. Rasoul had been elected to the position by other members of the caucus in December of 2015.

    In his resignation, Rasoul highlighted the need for major changes in the wake of last week’s general election. “We have been discussing for years the need for change, and now the voters have clearly spoken,” said Rasoul. “While change takes time, it is critical that we begin a massive overhaul. The caucus seems to have little intention of entertaining that. As a Democrat, I want to use my energy toward efforts that restore trust among the people. That can only be accomplished by pushing radical change,” he continued.

    While no longer in a leadership role, Delegate Rasoul will remain a member of the House Democratic Caucus.

  • Quizzical

    Despite everything, I remain optimistic about dealing with climate change. We (meaning the human race) are going to win this. The economics of solar power have already reached a tipping point, so that it is cheaper than coal. Electric cars are also at a tipping point, going back to that lecture by Seba. Now that electric cars can run on battery power for 280 miles, all we need in Virginia is a reasonable distribution of charging stations. I was just reading today that a process has been invented that can change CO2 to ethanol. There is about a million acres of reclaimed mining lands that can be planted with trees – ideally, blight resistant American chestnut trees. None of this requires a great deal of federal help to happen. Though we need to keep the Trump administrative n from actively trying to squelch green energy.