Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

MY NEPHEW, KEVIN CALLAHAN



Happy Birthday to my talented, loving, exceptional newphew!



Kevin has been commissioned by the Aaron Shearer Foundation to compose a work for guitar orchestra to be world premiered at Carnegie Hall June 23, 2019 More info coming soon.








"What a great piece, Callahan's!" -Paquito D’Rivera 10 time Grammy Winner ...




The Red Fantasy 

 Odair Assad “gave a spellbinding performance of Kevin Callahan’s “Red Fantasy...”



Allan Kozinn New York Times “Kevin Callahan has established himself as one of the top US guitarist-composers in the 21st century.” 



Jay Kacherski Guitar Foundation of America SOUNDBOARD -- "Kevin Callahan is one of the best guitarists I've had the pleasure to meet in my life." - 


Make no mistake...


Donald J. Trump is not the President of All the United States. 

Donald J. Trump is the President of his base, and that is all. When a POTUS is not able to extend his sympaty and compassion to areas of America that have been burned to the ground -- because those areas are in blue states, that is proof enough that not only does Donald J. Trump lack human decency, he lacks the ability to see citizens who differ with him as Americans.  

I will never acknowledge him as the POTUS, but only as PORS -- President of Red States. Shame, shame, shame on him.

I cannot imagine anyone defending this wicked, wicked poor excuse of a human being.





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Friday, November 9, 2018

Donald J. Trump: The Republican's Lying Liar -- Part The Infinity


Trump Denies Knowing Attorney General He Met Over a Dozen Times




Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story. 

“I didn’t speak to Matt Whitaker about” the Russia investigation, Trump told reporters this morning, “I don’t know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that’s what I wanted.” 

 None of those things are true. 

Whitaker does not have a “great reputation.” He lost a race to be the Iowa Republican Senate nominee in 2014, and spent the next few years working for a scam patent company that was shut down as a fraud while getting Trump’s attention by engaging in low-rent pro-Trump punditry that he leveraged into a chief of staff job. 

Trump does know Whitaker, and has spoken about the Russia investigation with him. “As Sessions’s chief of staff, Whitaker met with the president in the Oval Office more than a dozen times, normally accompanying the attorney general, according to a senior administration official,” the Washington Post reported yesterday. 

“When Trump complained about the Mueller investigation, Whitaker often smiled knowingly and nodded in assent, the official said.” 

Last month, Trump told Fox News, “I know Matt Whitaker.”



In other news of Trump's lies:


Remember when President Porn Star Shagger said he knew nothing about the payments to his porn star mistress and his playmate bunny mistress? 

LIE. 

LIE.

According to the Wall Street Journal's report, President Porn Star Shagger ordered the hush money paid to both of his mistresses.

Trump Personally Facilitated Hush Money Payments To Stormy Daniels And Karen McDougal: WSJ



This, of course, will only make his cultists love him more. The more corrupt and sordid his behavior, the more his cultists adore the tyrant.

MAGA!

The GOP's Clueless Preznit













 Rick Scott Accuses Democrats of Trying to Thwart G.O.P.’s Successful Voter Suppression





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"Because of her extensive and successful leadership and administrative skills, Dr. Brenda Snipes was asked by REPUBLICAN Governor JEB BUSH to serve out the term of Supervisor of Elections in Broward County. She began this appointment on November 20, 2003. She was re-elected for a four-term in November 2004, 2008, 2012, and again in 2016. Not a Liberal and appointed by a Republican." --Lee Arnold


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YAHOO NEWS:  "TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Scott has alleged — without citing evidence — that elections officials in South Florida are trying to "steal" the election for Democrats as razor-thin margins raise the specter of recounts and court battles in the state's races for Senate and governor. 

 In the governor's race, Democrat Andrew Gillum's campaign said Thursday it's readying for a possible recount. The race has tightened since he conceded to Republican Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night. As of Thursday afternoon, DeSantis led Gillum by 0.47 percentage point. 

 Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson has begun preparing for a potential recount in a race still too close to call against Scott, who is leaving the governor's seat because of term limits. Nelson's lawyer called that race a "jump ball." Scott's campaign urged Nelson to concede. Scott held a 0.21 percentage lead over Nelson on Thursday afternoon. 

 Florida's is a perennial swing state, and many of its elections have been decided by the thinnest of margins since 2000, when Florida decided the presidency by 537 votes in a contest that took more than five weeks to sort out. Still, the state has never seen so many dead heats in one year. And like 2000, the counting process is becoming contentious."


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I Love This...






GOP Rep. Karen Handel concedes to Democratic challenger Lucy McBath in the tight Georgia 6th District special election.

It adds another seat takeover for Democrats as they try to pad their projected House majority.







After her teenage son was killed in what has been called a racially motivated attack, mom Lucy McBath felt inspired to make a difference in her community. Now she’ll have an excellent opportunity to do so after being elected to the House of Representatives on Tuesday. 

 On Nov. 23, 2012, McBath’s 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was fatally shot while listening to music in an SUV with his friends in Jacksonville, Florida. The shooter, Michael Dunn, claimed he felt threatened when the group refused to turn down their car radio. Dunn, who is now serving a life sentence, was white. Jordan, along with his three unarmed friends, was black.

But I HATE that:

President Unindicted Co-conspirator is responsible for this:

An Arkansas man has been arrested and charged with 18 different counts of making threats aimed at CNN’s Don Lemon, Rep. Maxine Waters, Planned Parenthood, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Michael Avenatti and more. The Baxter County Sheriff’s office picked up 39-year-old Benjamin Craig Matthews of Mountain Home, Arkansas. His charges include five counts of “felony terroristic threats.” 

 More from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: In one call, according to the affidavit, Matthews asked the CNN switchboard operator, "Could I be directed to DL's dead body hanging from a tree?" 

Another time, Matthews asked if his call could be directed to "pipe bombs for DL." 

 In another call, Matthews spoke of "bloody pictures of DL cut up in small pieces, like the movie Saw," according to the affidavit from Sgt. Brad Hurst with the Baxter County sheriff's office. 

Matthews is facing a slew of charges. Matthews has been charged with five counts of felony terroristic threatening, four counts of misdemeanor terroristic threatening and nine counts of harassing communications, which is a misdemeanor.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

#45's Acting Attorney General -- Like Trump, a Scam Artist





Here's Trump's new acting A.G. He and Trump have much in common vis-a-vis cheating and scamming the American people (scum attracts scum): 



Trump’s Acting Attorney General Was Part Of Firm That Scammed Millions From ‘Thousands Of Consumers’, Says FTC 

Mathew Whitaker, the man appointed acting attorney general on Wednesday afternoon after President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, was reportedly part of an invention-marketing company the U.S. government deemed “an invention-promotion scam” that tricked “thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars,” The Guardian reported on Wednesday. 

According to the report, Whitaker sat on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, a firm that was ordered to pay a $26 million settlement in May after federal authorities said it tricked aspiring inventors.  

Court filings show that Whitaker received regular payments of $1,875 from the Florida-based company, and sent a threatening email in 2015 to a victim of the alleged scam. In the email obtained by the Miami New Times and The Guardian, Whitaker wrote that there could be “serious” consequences. “I am assuming you understand that there could be serious civil and criminal consequences for you,” Whitaker wrote in an email. “Understand that we take threats like this quite seriously.” 

 Whitaker admitted in 2014 that the company goes “beyond making statements about doing business ‘ethically’ and translate those words into action.” In March 2017, the FTC filed a lawsuit against World Patent Marketing and its founder, Scott Cooper.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018






Remember when evangelical Republicans complained about dead liberals voting? Then they elected a dead guy, WHO WAS A PIMP!

That didn't take long!




OUT!











AG Sessions resigned. 

Trump's been humiliating him since Sessions acted like the Attorney General of the United States instead of President Porn Star Shagger's personal attorney.

I won't miss him, but who knows who #45 will call up from the swamp to replace him.

Guesses?

Julie Annie?



And in other election news:



"Minnesota Republican Rep. Jason Lewis, who once lamented that he could no longer call women "sluts," has lost his seat to Democrat Angie Craig.





Democrats Take The House!


Let the subpoenas begin!

The US is no longer a one-party country.

Nancy Pelosi is back as Speaker of the House.

The shenanigans by Georgia's attorney-general in suppressing the vote were successful in keeping Stacy Abrams from winning, and we all know how crooked Florida is, so it is no surprise that Gillam lost. At this time, the Nelson -- Scott contest is still too close to call.

Beto O'Rourke gave Ted Cruz a damn good scare. It is astounding that the contest was so close in a state that is so red. It would have been like seeing Senator Elizabeth Warren come close to losing in blue, blue, Massachusetts to an young upstart red candidate. Completely unimaginable. Good going Beto! You did very, very well.

And congrats to the Democrats who picked up the governorships! The Dems gained SEVEN; the Republicans lost seven! Well done

Kobach's gone, Scott Walker's gone, a record number of women are in the House, Adam Schiff now has subpoena power, and Maxine Waters gets to look at Trump's tax returns. It was a pretty good night!



BTW: House means Mueller is protected. I’ll take it! 




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GOOD GOING, KANSAS!







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100 WOMEN IN THE HOUSE!






New York Times:
Propelled by an unusually high turnout that illustrated the intensity of the backlash against Mr. Trump, Democrats claimed at least 26 House seats on the strength of their support in suburban and metropolitan districts that were once bulwarks of Republican power but where voters have recoiled from the president’s demagoguery on race. Early Wednesday morning Democrats clinched the 218 House seats needed to take control. There were at least 15 additional tossup seats that had yet to be called.

HAUNT #45'S DREAMS, MAXINE! LOL!

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SWEEEEEEET!



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CONGRATULATIONS BLUE!






Tuesday, November 6, 2018

ELECTION DAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018



The GOP controlled states cheat and suppress votes.



Georgia’s Kemp Purged 340,134 Voters, Falsely Asserting They Had Moved





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Indiana GOP Fights Order Extending Hours For Polling Places That Opened Late








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ELECTION DAY -- November 6,2018 PART ii



The only way the GOP knows how to win:

CHEAT, LIE, SUPPRESS THE VOTE:

"Look at what’s happening in Georgia, where Brian Kemp — the Republican secretary of state, who oversees elections — is running for governor against Democrat Stacey Abrams. In any other democracy, letting a man supervise his own election would be inconceivable. But that’s how it is in Georgia, and Kemp is abusing his power to the max. In recent years Kemp has purged millions of names from Georgia’s voting rolls, on dubious grounds. Finding himself in a close race despite these efforts, he tried to purge even more based on criteria so spurious that the courts have — for now — blocked his efforts. So over the weekend Kemp’s office issued a warning, with no evidence or specifics, that Democrats may have tried to hack the voter registration site. 

 A political party with any kind of commitment to democracy and fair play would treat Kemp as a pariah. Instead, he has the full support of the national G.O.P. And Georgia is far from unique. There have been similar if less spectacular attempts to rig the vote in Kansas and North Dakota, where would-be absentee voters were told that they had to use the right color ink — and were given conflicting information about what color was acceptable. 

 What about matters at the federal level? The executive branch doesn’t directly control the electoral process, but Trump has nonetheless engaged in an extraordinary abuse of power in the run-up to the vote: He has deployed large military forces to the Mexican border, at a likely cost to taxpayers in the hundreds of millions of dollars, in an obvious attempt to hype the supposed threat from a small, bedraggled caravan of refugees still more than 700 miles away. This deployment clearly serves no national interest; it’s a blatant misuse of the power of the presidency for partisan political advantage.  

The lesson we learn from all these abuses of power is that today’s Republicans are just like their fellow white nationalists in Hungary and Poland, who have maintained a democratic facade but have in reality established one-party authoritarian regimes. Everything we’ve seen says that Republicans will do anything they can to take and hold power, and Tuesday’s elections may be the last chance to stop them from locking in permanent rule. 

 Oh, and in case you’re tempted to bothsides this: No, both sides don’t do it. Voting restrictions are almost entirely a Republican thing. As always, Democrats aren’t saints, but they appear to believe in democracy, while their opponents don’t."