Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Obama and his family walk to church for a Sunday morning worship service in Washington, July 17, 2011


MoooOOOooorning – Happy Thursday!

163 Responses to “Early Bird Chat”

  1. 17 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

    If you ask nicely, you get

  2. 20 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 7:14 am

  3. July 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    G’morning Chips & TOD! 🙂 Happy Thursday to everyone and amk.

    • July 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Mooooooooooorning Hopefruit!

      July 17, 2014 at 9:55 am


  4. 26 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Hel-lo EVERYbody!

    It’s soooo reassuring to see that CC knows it’s Thursday, and she and Amk are off to a roaring start. Yep, all’s right with our world! 🙂

  5. 31 jackiegrumbacher
    July 17, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Morning. Like a lot of people, I woke up to a survey from HART research asking Democrats what motivates them to give. Was finally able to say, cut the scare tactics and give us something positive to respond to. Asked tons of questions about what I care most about–from single issues to helping Dems in 2016, I said I cared most about helping our president achieve his agenda. I doubt it will change anything, but it felt good to say it. Naturally, they asked about Hillary Clinton and I chose the neutral answer–neither cared or didn’t care–because neither she or 2016 is relevant to me right now

    • 32 vcprezofan2
      July 17, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Good Morning and nicely done, JackieG. Enjoy your Thursday!

    • July 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

      Good morning, JackieG.

      Your sentiments are so important now. I truly hope that Dems wise up to the fact that it’s far more effective to support our President and FLOTUS who actually accomplish things with little to no fanfare than join the emoprogs who allow the corrupt GOP to stereotype Dems as unicorn-seeking utopians.

      As we know the MSM is worthless, and proved this yesterday in their virtual blackout of Michelle Obama’s keynote address yesterday in Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti’s full-throated support of the Obama Adm. initiative to end Veteran homelessness was given cursory coverage by his local newspaper @latimes. You had to scroll pretty far down yesterday to find this article (under “Politics”), and today it is buried at the end of their website under “Photography” (?).

      From last night:
      Mayor Garcetti said that Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the USA. His commitment to ending veteran homelessness here *before* the 2016 elections is a BFD. He praised the state of California for investing $600 million to ease this problem. He also praised the Obama Administration for investing $1 billion in the LA subway system (the demolishment of the Century Blvd. bridge will begin soon — next week, I think) and for nominating LA as one of the nation’s Promise Zones. Unlike some Dems, he unabashedly supports the Obamas and this Presidency.

      Check out what cbsLA said before Michelle Obama’s speeches yesterday. This article is worth checking out to see recent FLOTUS and upcoming POTUS events in Los Angeles:

      This article mentions President Obama’s visit here next week:
      “President Barack Obama is scheduled to return to Los Angeles next week for a pair of fundraisers.

      He is scheduled to attend an event July 23 at the home of “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes. Tickets will range from $1,000 to $32,400.

      The next day, the president is expected to attend a roundtable discussion with about 30 people at the home of Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, with tickets costing $32,400 each.”

      It also mentions that FLOTUS was at a fundraiser at the home of the head of HBO programming Tuesday night.

      I posted this last night — ” in the local newspaper, @latimes

      • 34 jackiegrumbacher
        July 17, 2014 at 9:01 am

        Arapaho, as I mentioned yesterday, people can bypass the media blackout by using the social media to tell their thousands upon thousands of followers about FLOTUS’ visit and speech and the mayor’s pledge. Blackouts may have worked in the old days when there were few ways to share information except over a fence or on the phone, but that’s no longer true. As Democrats, we have to be on the alert to use every means at our disposal and every social media outlet to get the word out. As a community organizer, the president knows how important the grassroots communication system. That’s why I don’t think he “sweats” the media blackout. He bypasses it.

  6. July 17, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  7. 38 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 39 hopefruit2
      July 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I love my President! 🙂

      • 40 JER
        July 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

        :heart: 🐻

        • July 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

          Well when they have video of Katyusha rockets and then show them on tv being launched at Tel Aviv?
          I’d say yes,
          A lot of media watching this, and Hamas does not deny.
          It’s both sides.
          I know what it’s like to have artillery pound you from above. It’s scary as heck.
          I also know what it’s like to face tanks and ground troops, that’s scary as heck.
          So, both sides need to knock it off. But they won’t.
          Psst… They both want control of Jerusalem.

        • July 17, 2014 at 8:48 am

          Oops ! That was meant down thread. Me sorry. Please forgive.
          I live the president too. 🙂

          • July 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

            I phone typing is arduous especially when you havnt eaten breakfast and your golden lab wants you to take her to the park so she can jump in the swamp. 😦

  8. 44 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

  9. 47 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:18 am

  10. July 17, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Good Thursday Chipsticks…TODers!!!!

    Everyone have a FANTASTIC day. 😀

  11. July 17, 2014 at 8:29 am

    See? Rockets! Hamas is stupid. And this gives that war monger netenyahu an excuse to freak out on Palestine.

    • 50 hopefruit2
      July 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

      It takes two to make a quarrel. Both are at fault.

    • 52 sherijr
      July 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

      well first off, can we trust Israel’s military to be truthful… and second, can we trust the AP’s reporting to be truthful. I am so skeptical anymore.

      • 53 EricFive
        July 17, 2014 at 11:09 am

        This!!! AP also tells us both dems and gop are to blame for gridlock

        • 54 sherijr
          July 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

          eggzackly… I just find I can’t trust much of media anymore on much of anything. They helped Bush lie us into war.. they lie about POTUS, they’ll lie about whatever serves their purposes.. and as long as Israel continues with the likes of Nutinyahooo- I don’t trust them either. Not to say I trust Hamas.. but I look at all of them with a squint.

  12. 55 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Microsoft will cut up to 18,000 jobs marking the deepest cuts in the technology firm’s 39-year history.


    • 56 0388jojothecat
      July 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

      No one likes W8. They need to hire people to come up with a new OS. Maybe some new upstart will give them competition.

      • 57 amk for obama
        July 17, 2014 at 10:14 am

        w8 is a complete disaster. what were they thinking? I tweaked mine to make it behave like w7 (which is not something to write home about either). IE is a complete wash.

  13. 58 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:35 am

    A ceasefire deal has been reached to end fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, an Israeli official has told the BBC.

    He said it was due to take effect on Friday at 06:00 local time (03:00 GMT).

    Hamas, which controls Gaza, has denied a deal has been reached at talks in Egypt, but that efforts are continuing.

    Some 227 Palestinians have died in Israeli air strikes since the current crisis began on 8 July. One Israeli has been killed by mortar fire from Gaza.


    Hopefully some sense will prevail.

    • 59 vcprezofan2
      July 17, 2014 at 8:49 am

      Seems to me, none of the people who are in decision making positions on both sides have any sense. There’s no end to this unless they truly care about their PEOPLE, and it hardly seems like they really do.

  14. July 17, 2014 at 8:41 am

    • 61 hopefruit2
      July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Time for another poll – this time about PBO being the ‘WORST.foreign.POLICY.President.EVAH.’

  15. 62 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

    crazy doesn’t cover it.

    • July 17, 2014 at 8:53 am

      I know, right?

      IMO, guns should be regulated *at least* the same as automobiles and driving…training/passing a test before licensing, age restrictions with step process for full licensing, registration requirements, insurance requirements, annual ad valorem tax…and so on.

  16. 64 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:46 am

      • 66 99ts
        July 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

        He never stops – told everyone it is his defining legacy – one hopes it will define him to the opposition after 1 term.

        Also too – this tax which was supposed to cost the energy industry billions – one of the major electricity companies says its profits will be down – because the tax is being removed!! Apparently most of the profit came from a govt subsidy – which it would seem they were NOT passing on to consumers. Imagine that – a company using a subsidy to increase their profits.

        Tony says much b.s. about self regulation while we pump out more carbon dioxide per capita than any country in the world!!

        • July 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

          Thought of you when I read it 99ts, this guy really seems to be a walking nightmare.

          • 68 99ts
            July 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

            He is being led by the nose – so like GWB – most of his cabinet are a nightmare. The treasurer is behaving like a 2 year old because the senate will not pass some of his “hate on the poors” legislation.

            The last time our government was this dysfunctional was in 1973 & we ended up firstly with a double dissolution, and eventually with the government being sacked by the Governor General – the legalities of which are still in doubt.

            Minority parties usually have balance of power in our senate, but it is unusual for a government not to negotiate with them. Abbott and his crew are “demanding” and no-one likes that approach.

    • 69 99ts
      July 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

      That God guy seems to have a down on Mr Abbott – hope he doesn’t miss with the lightening strike.

  17. 70 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

  18. July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    For 1400 years Christians and Muslims have been fighting for Jerusalem.
    Jews have been fighting Arabs longer for that piece of land.
    Christians don’t fight Jews bc of the Judea Christian values .

  19. 73 vcprezofan2
    July 17, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Signing off to get ready – a good friend’s oldest sibling’s funeral is this morning. Keep an eye on PBO, Chips…and Amk for me. I should be back before Amk’s bedtime, at which time you can tell me all he has …..oops!…. they have done accomplished.

    Have a Terrific Thursday Morning/Evening, everyone!

  20. 80 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

    ON THIS DAY 52 YEARS AGO… PRESIDENT KENNEDY SAID: I hope that we will return in November a Congress that will support a program like Medical Care for the Aged [Medicare] …

    President John F. Kennedy makes a nationally broadcast telecast from the White House Fish Room on the narrow defeat of the Medical Care for the Aged bill [now known as MEDICARE] in the Senate.

    ”The Medical Care for the Aged Bill was defeated in the United States Senate. A switch of two votes in the Senate would have provided, I believe, for its passage.

    I believe this is a most serious defeat for every American family, for the 17 Million Americans who are over 65, whose means of support, whose livelihood is certainly lessened over what it was in their working days, who are more inclined to be ill, who will more likely be in hospitals, who are less able to pay their bills.

    I think they have suffered a serious setback today. But this issue is not confined to them. All those Americans who have parents, who are liable to be ill, and who have children to educate at the same time, mothers and fathers in their 30’s and 40’s, I believe they have suffered a serious setback. In 1960, with Senator Anderson, I introduced the Medical Care for the Aged. A change of four votes in the Senate in 1960 would have provided for its passage. This year we came closer.

    I think the American people are going to make a decision in November as to whether they want this bill, and similar bills, to be passed, or whether they want it to be defeated. Nearly all the Republicans and a handful of Democrats joined with them to give us today’s setback. The election in 1960 was very close. It has meant that nearly every vote in the House and Senate is close. Some we win by one or two votes; others we lose. We have to decide, the United States, in 1962, in November, in the Congressional elections, whether we want to stand still or whether we want to support this kind of legislation for the benefit of the people.

    You are going to have a chance to make that judgment. I hope that we will return in November a Congress that will support a program like Medical Care for the Aged, a program which has been fought by the American Medical Association and successfully defeated. This bill will be introduced in January 1963. I hope it will pass. With your support in November, this bill will pass in 1963.”

    • 81 jackiegrumbacher
      July 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

      And this, Jer, is the same cri d coeur we hear whenever Republicans act against the interests of the American people. We have to keep persevering because, as with Medicare, eventually the right thing happens.

  21. July 17, 2014 at 9:10 am

    The difference is just so striking to me. I see our President constantly advocating for ordinary Americans talking about better wages, dealing with climate change, reproductive rights, caring for the least of these, providing a world class education to our young people, building and repairing an infrastructure that supports our economy, and more. Then there are the Republicans who are either completely ineffectual, wasting time and money on political stunts (IRS/Benghazi/lawsuit) or they are engaged in the most vile, ugly behaviors like smearing Bowe Bergdahl and his family and now the horrendous treatment of children fleeing violence. If only we had a functioning press to just accurately present these different worldviews one of hope and hard work and progress and the other of bigotry, fear and control.

    • July 17, 2014 at 9:19 am

      This was posted here at TOD yesterday:

      • July 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

        He has been so much. I just hope and pray that he can continue to heal and reconcile with his parents. I think the President did save his life–certainly I wouldn’t trust the Republicans to put his life above their craven ambitions.

      • 85 anniebella
        July 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

        Why haven’t Bergdahl spoke to his parents?

        • July 17, 2014 at 9:49 am

          I’m not sure. Fortunately they are not making the reasons public so the family can hopefully deal with all of this thoughtfully. Being held captive for so long is an extreme situation and causes all kinds of harm.

    • 87 Don
      July 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

      And what lies between the President and the Republicans are the voters, we are the enablers. We enabled the President to take this country to new heights in terms of healthcare and gay rights, and we enabled the Republicans to shut down the government. In 2010 the voters listened to the Republicans and the Republicans handed the voters their asses on a silver platter, so now comes 2014, will the voters want more of the same or will they want a better way forward.

  22. 95 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

  23. 96 jackiegrumbacher
    July 17, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Republican governors across this country have proven an unmitigated disaster for their states, but our benighted Governor Corbett has a knack of taking the prize for the biggest boob. Corbett has enjoyed Republican majorities in both the General Assembly and the state Senate, but he is literally incapable of winning their support on anything. This year he had a budget deadline for June 30, which he missed and two priorities–cut state pensions and privatize liquor stores. He got neither and then, because he has a line item veto, he cut $65 million from his own party’s General Assembly funding and a further $7.2 million from their discretionary fund, managing to alienate every Republican in the state house. And in a final act of desperation, he blamed his failure, his late budget and all his woes on..wait for it…Ed Rendell. Now he plans to run as an outside, even though he’s been the governor with a majority in both legislative chambers for four years. Tom Wolf is a great candidate and will do well by this state, but Elmer Fudd would be an improvement over Clueless Corbett.

    • 97 Vicki
      July 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

      last I heard Corbett was trailing way behind. Pennsylvania will do the right thing this year!

    • 98 99ts
      July 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Whenever I feel down about the political scene (yours or mine) there is ALWAYS a comment on TOD that has one laughing – and coming back to fight another day – I just loved this jackie

      “Elmer Fudd would be an improvement over Clueless Corbett”

    • 99 57andfemale
      July 17, 2014 at 10:38 am

      My PA friends are working hard to get his ass outa there.

  24. 100 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 9:16 am

    rory – 6 under
    tiger – 3 under (bad start)

  25. July 17, 2014 at 9:20 am

    So Rand Paul is the Republican front runner?
    How? Because of his isolationism.
    He believes we should also moth ball the US military and give more power to the states for own security.

    • 110 Don
      July 17, 2014 at 9:30 am

      How anyone can take this clown serious is beyond me. Rand Paul is a reactionary; he does not have one single policy idea other than saying no to everything.

      • July 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

        Liberals love him. My mother likes him bc of foreign policy. Then I explained to her that he’s a Pro confederate.
        She didn’t know. 😦

      • 120 COS
        July 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

        GM TOD. Paul is also campaigning on the NSA. some people are to stupid to realize what would happen to this country and the world if this idiot became president.

        • 121 hopefruit2
          July 17, 2014 at 9:59 am

          COS, read my comment above. Furthermore, Paul will NEVER win a national election as long as there are thinking people living in the US. The NSA is not a sustainable campaign issue. It’s a single issue of interest held mostly by a small minority of privileged folks. The key issues for most people are economics/health/education. Because these three things determines one’s quality of life and one’s future prospects.

  26. 122 dotster3
    July 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Just wished my oldest gr-daughter a Happy 13th Bday! Cliche’ but it is true that the years fly by—–wasn’t it just yesterday that we were racing out to Ct. to see and hold that new little baby for the 1st time? And I’m so proud of this little girl—-so sweet, smart, talented and, best of all, so kind and thoughtful to all. Her younger bro woke her up today with a party hat, bday music on his ipod, a speech over a microphone and a gift. Nice! She’s having a pizza party later and they’re going to this very unique bakery—–with an Alice in Wonderland atmosphere—–to make and decorate cupcakes—-from scratch. Here’s the very interesting and yummy place, if anyone is interested…


    • 123 99ts
      July 17, 2014 at 9:51 am

      The do grow so very quickly – wishing you all a wonderful day – I am reminded of a party for my daughter years ago at a “magic castle” where they all made magic potions!! Wish I’d had the cupcake option – I never could cook – the daughter thought cakes only came from the cake shop until she was about 12.

  27. 124 donna dem 4 obama
    July 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

    GM TOD!

    Here is what our Chips name means…

  28. 129 Vicki
    July 17, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Rupert Murdoch is in negotiations to purchase Time Warner.
    Just let that sink in a little.
    Not just 20th Century Fox, Fox News, newscorp, etc.
    Now Time warner cable, too.

    You think it is bad now?? We’ve been observing the corporate slant for years.
    Meet The (gop) Senators, The GOP Today Show, All In with the GOP, (GOP) PoliticsNation.
    Coming soon:
    Films on HBO will be at the approval of the GOP.
    Shows on HBO will reflect GOP friendly themes.

    This will move us further in the direction of state-owned media than we already are.

  29. July 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Bringing over Nath’s comment from earlier this morning

    157 nathkatun7
    July 17, 2014 at 7:42 am
    You know what, Kathleen, President Carter was spot on! For some of us with a little knowledge of history, the reaction to the election of President Obama was reminiscent of the reaction to the election of Black people to local, state and national offices, during the Reconstruction period after the Civil War. Whites made sure that Reconstruction State governments, with substantial Black participation, failed. Black elected officials were routinely accused of ignorance and corruption. Even though those accusations were false. Eventually whites resorted to violence to finally force Blacks from political office. But they were able to accomplish that with the complicity of the media, the Congress and the two political parties. Beginning with the 1877 “Hayes Compromise” the Republican party–the party of Abraham Lincoln– began abandoning Black people. By the beginning of the 20th Century Black folks, especially in the South, had no where to go politically. Lilly white Republicans shunned them and Dixiecrat Democrats were hostile against them. The migration of Blacks from the South to Northern cities during the World War I era began to change the racial demographics of many of those cities. Blacks in Northern cities slowly gained political clout. In 1928, South side Chicago elected the firs black to Congress from the North. In the 1950s Chicago would be joined by other Northern cities like Detroit and New York in electing Blacks to the House of Representatives. Still, two or three members of House of Representatives were never considered a threat to white supremacy.

    The situation changed dramatically when Blacks were able to form coalitions to elect mayors to some of the biggest cities in America. White supremacist reaction to the election of Black Mayors in major cities during the late 1960s to 1980s was comparable to white supremacist reaction during Reconstruction, and white supremacist reaction following the election of President Obama. White supremacists on city councils made absolutely sure to obstruct everything the Black Mayors proposed to do. In some cities, major businesses relocated to suburbs or other states so as to deprive cities ruled by Black mayors of tax revenues. The goal: to make cities ruled by black mayors so dysfunctional, and thus to consequently discredit the wisdom of electing Black mayors. This is exactly the playbook the GOP in Congress decided to follow from day one of President Obama’s presidency. Thankfully, in his first two years, the GOP playbook was thwarted by Democrats who controlled both houses of Congress. Then came the 2010 and Republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives, and enough votes to use the filibuster to paralyze the U.S. Senate.

    Basically, the GOP’s goal is the same as the white supremacists’ goal, advocated by Rush Limbaugh: Make sure that President Obama fails! GOP and Rush could care less if President Obama’s failure translates into a failure that affects the vast majority of Americans. Other than their idiotic followers who stand to suffer if President Obama’s policies are defeated, people like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Rupert Murdoch and Fox, GOP members of Congress, and the billionaire Koch brothers, wouldn’t experience that much suffering and hardship. They are, however, certain that if President Obama fails, America will never again make a mistake of electing another Black person President.

  30. 138 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

    uh, oh.

    The original five cast members of The Big Bang Theory are still without contracts, two weeks ahead of the start of shooting of the eighth series.

    Warner Bros TV has so far failed to reach any agreement with Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar over salaries.

    Production may be delayed if new deals are not reached in the next two weeks.


    The Hollywood Reporter claims that Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco currently earn $325,000 (£190,000) per episode and are now seeking up to $1m (£584,000) per show.

    Such a deal would make them the highest paid actors on US television – ahead of Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer from Two and a Half Men, currently understood to be the most rewarded TV actors.


    • 139 99ts
      July 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Interesting show on my TV (from the “book club” lady) about greed. I’m unsure who wants the most Warner Bros or the actors. No wonder there are too many “reality” shows – cheap labor.

    • 140 0388jojothecat
      July 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Thanks AMK. I did not know they were making new shows. I thought they were in reruns. It would be awful if they don’t get the money they deserve. It’s the best show on TV with good writers and actors.

  31. July 17, 2014 at 10:00 am


  32. July 17, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I do not hold out much hope for MSNBC….
    but does anyone have an opinion on the newest host

  33. 152 JER
    July 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    • 153 amk for obama
      July 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I am sure the nutters will boo him. Just watch.

    • 154 Linda
      July 17, 2014 at 10:20 am

      Here’s a look at Thursday’s streaming schedule:

      8:00 a.m.: Morning News Dump with Lizz Winstead, Shannyn Moore and Cliff Schecter
      10:00 a.m.: AM TWiB w/ L. Joy Williams
      11:30 a.m.: The Shannyn Moore Show
      1:00 p.m.: Historical Blackness: Movements as Models: What the History of Organizing Can Teach Today’s Organizers
      3:00 p.m.: TWiBPrime w/ Elon James White: Biden Introduction
      3:30 p.m.: Keynote featuring Vice President Joe Biden
      4:30 p.m.: TWiBPrime w/ Elon James White: Biden Reaction
      7:15 p.m.: Opening keynote featuring Rev. William Barber
      9:00 p.m: Laughing Liberally Comedy Show

      There’s plenty to look forward to in the coming days, including Friday’s keynote with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

  34. 155 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Israel’s foreign minister and Hamas deny earlier reports of a truce deal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants.


    juuuust great.

  35. 156 amk for obama
    July 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    A collection of unusual items signed by South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is to be auctioned in Johannesburg.

    The items include a chess set of figures from either side of the apartheid battle, and salt and pepper shakers of Mr Mandela and FW de Klerk.

    The sale is expected to raise around $450,000 for charity.


  36. 157 Linda
    July 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    On June 5, Pope Francis met in private with Doug Coe, one of the most influential evangelicals in the US and head of the Family, tea-party ally Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and former U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne who served under Bush 43 amid unprecedented scandal.

    “Their goal is a worldwide invisible organization….The core issue is capitalism and power.” The Family has connections with businessmen in the oil and aerospace industries, the CIA, Pentagon and Department of Defense according to Jeff Sharlet, investigative journalist and author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Their “friends” include:
    • Salvadoran general Carlos Eugenios Vides Casanova, convicted by a Florida jury for the torture of thousands.
    • Honduran general Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, a minister also linked to the CIA and death squads
    • Omar al-Bashir, the president of oil-rich Sudan, who has been indicted for genocide in the International Criminal Court
    • Yoweri Museveni, president of Uganda, which recently enacted the Anti-Homosexuality Bill mandating the death penalty for some homosexual acts.
    • General Sani Abacha, dictator of Nigeria, the US’s fourth-largest supplier of petroleum. “Abacha was known for two qualities: the greed that led him to steal $3 billion from his country, and the ruthlessness that made that theft possible. His execution of dissident writer Ken Saro-Wiwa in 1995 made international headlines.”

    “Sen. Mike Lee was Sen. Ted Cruz’s right-hand man throughout the 16-day government shutdown.”


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