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Setting a Dem Path Forward: Moving From Anger & Blame to Honest Assessment

Embrace your anger Like many others, I am angry.  I am angry at those Like myself (even as I did things like advising candidates & canvassing...

Flat Earth Medicine in Charge at Health & Human Services (& Washington Post Ignoring...

PEOTUS Trump has named Representative Tom Price (R-GA) to be his nominee to be the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS). As a...

When Even Glenn Beck Says the Right Wing Is Going Too Far …

When even Glenn Beck is screaming, at the top of his (very large capacity (e.g., loud) lungs that the right has gone to far,...

The Donald Trump-Barbara Comstock relationship: How will Barbara spend Sunday evening in #VA10? Inquiring...

This evening, the GOP nominee for president, Donald Trump,  will visit Virginia's 10th district as part of the last minute 'surge' effort of his...

Barbara Comstock (R-VA10): Following Letter, Violating Spirit, of the Law?

A story to begin ... My father was a civil servant.  A college friend of his sent our family a selection of cheese every...

Did Barbara Comstock Violate House Franking Rules? Was Recent Mass Mailing Illegal? Perhaps …

Amid the swirling accusations and counter-accusations across America in the waning days of Election 2016, here are a series of questions to ask about...

Barbara Comstock: Right for Alabama, Wrong for Virginia

Imagine: a suburban/exurban northern Virginia Congressional district. Wealthy, highly educated. Significant share of voters working directly or indirectly for the Federal government. About as purple as districts get, with...

GOP Deceit Certainly Not Limited to Trump; NRCC Example in Virginia 10th CD

by A Siegel, cross posted from Daily Kos Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is a potential Red-to-Blue opportunity that is attracting serious external money for a...
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New Yorker @RealDonaldTrump ignores @NewYorker (#tunnel edition)

When it comes to "The Donald", those trump-newyorker working to keep track of his misstatements, falsehoods, anti-science (non)reality simply might not have enough terrabytes of computer memory to maintain a full record or hours in the day to keep up with the speed of inanity spewing from his mouth.

Last night, watching a brief account of the political centerpiece of the world (the Iowa State Fair), I saw an item -- without, of course, any reporter challenge -- to add to that list.  The @RealDonaldTrump was going on about his signature concept of a border fence with Mexico.  And, he then went on to say just how easy it would be to enforce and that tunneling wouldn't work to get around it as ...

all we'd need to do is fly an aircraft overhead with radars and we'd see them all

Okay, truth in advertising, this is a paraphrasing -- didn't catch it word for word and don't plan on searching for a transcript of a randomly seen news report.  But, it is an accurate paraphrasing of 'meaning' and substance.

Now, this is a pretty small item out of the inanities that "The Donald" puts out but it is a very clear item related to 'fact': can we 'easily' detect tunnels from overhead?

  • The U.S. military, concerned about North Korean tunnels, has spent tremendous amounts of money to develop effective (remote) tunnel detection systems.  As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.
  • The Israelis, concerned about smuggling tunnels into/out of Gaza, have worked hard to develop systems to detect tunneling and active tunnels.  As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.
  • The various U.S. and State government agencies concerned about drug smuggling tunnels into the United States are searching, hard, for effective systems to detect tunneling and active tunnels.  As far as 'we' (public) know, this has had limited success -- at best.

No, Donald, it ain't so easy to find a tunnel.

And, well, who in the media will bracket showing the @RealDonaldTrump's 'ease of finding tunnels' comments with quotations from actual experts showing that his comments are simply wrong, demonstrating ignorance and a flagrant lack of concern for actual truthful engagement?

Grist’s Ben Adler: Jim Webb “sucks on climate change”

Former Marine, Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)Former Secretary of the Navy, Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is the first out of the box for the 2016 Democratic Party Presidential nomination hunt.  This announcement has garnered its attention and analysis. (For example, over at DailyKos, Markos has a biting (and to me, generally accurate) review of Webb's announcement video in the context of Democratic Party primary politics and TeacherKen put up a sympathetic reflection on Jim Webb.)  And, some attention is turning to Webb's positions on policy arenas.

While Webb is far from the stage of having formal policy issue statements, he does have a record of action and statements to examine.  Over at Grist, Ben Adler put up a searing review of Jim Webb and climate/environmental issues:

...in the Senate, Webb was a "climate curmudgeon," [who worked to undermine Presidential authority to negotiate climate treaties, fought against the Environmental Protection Agency, etc.]...And on climate change, by far the most monumental environmental issue, Webb may be little better than the Republican Party to which he once belonged.
During his Senate term, Webb:
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