McConnell opposes Judge Brown for Supreme Court – no gasps of surprise!


Portrait of the Senator as a younger bigot

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has made it known that he will vote against confirming President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first Black woman to sit on the nation’s highest judicial bench.

As GOP leader in the U.S. Senate, McConnell’s announcement was not a surprise to many…

Senate Democrats are reportedly hoping for a full vote for Jackson’s confirmation next month. She needs 51 out of 100 votes to be approved for the bench. There are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and as a wild card, Vice President Kamala Harris has the tiebreaker vote.

…it is not clear if Jackson will garner any support from Republicans.

I was co-chair of a freshly-chartered chapter of young Republicans when I was young…the Republican part was a favor for a friend who was a Republican and pretty even-handed on many political issues BITD. Especially regarding racism and conservatives who took opportunist support anywhere it could be found. A stance not completely absent in some Republican regions even 60 years ago.

I returned to being unregistered with either of the two parties generally allowed…after a polite couple of months.

Crooks Highway


Thanks, gocomics.com

Best comment I’ve seen is directly to the point: “…the issue is we are paying that arm and a leg for gas and diesel that have been refined months ago and the producers are just price gouging at this point.”

Congress-Crooks Meeting to Edit Their Lies

The House Ethics Committee…..among others…..will be meeting today to exchange lies about how they are concerned about members of Congress using their positions for insider trading. Profiting in investments while writing the regulations governing those investments.

Jonathan Ferro and the crew at Bloomberg Surveillance chuckled over this hypocrisy, this morning. Probably every Congress-pimp you see on TV today will have their own media crew recording for posterity – and raw footage to use in campaign advertising for mid-term elections.

Ear plugs will serve you better than a grain of salt.

Lame response to white riot


If the riot on the Right wasn’t white, you would be seeing 100 times more cops!

…Observers were appalled by what they describe as the glaring disparity in how police responded to the mostly white rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

When white vigilantes commit violence, police stand by,” said Jeralyn Cave, senior communications associate with the Advancement Project, a national civil rights and racial justice organization. “And when Black organizers and Black and Brown people are seeking justice, police are violent and attack.”

The scene at the Capitol on Wednesday, Cave said, “is a real testament to the power of whiteness in America.”

PUBLISHED JANUARY 7, 2021

Political policy on climate change is run like Congress


Climate change analyzed by our national academies

More than 100 fossil fuel companies are understood to have sent 500 lobbyists to the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, more than any single country at the summit, according to the environmental campaign group Global Witness.

The group analyzed the UN’s provisional list of named corporate attendees and found at least 503 people linked with coal, oil and gas companies were at the conference. Fossil fuel use is the biggest driver of human-made climate change…

“The presence of hundreds of those being paid to push the toxic interests of polluting fossil fuel companies, will only increase the skepticism of climate activists who see these talks as more evidence of global leaders’ dithering and delaying,” said Murray Worthy, gas campaign leader at Global Witness…

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UN’s climate agency, said that the UN did not invite or acknowledge any official delegation of fossil fuel companies, but that the agency had no control over which people each country registered as a delegate. “It is really the sovereign right of every government to accredit every representative as part of its delegations, persons it deems appropriate…”

The analysis comes amid growing criticism from civil society groups that the event is not as inclusive as promised. COP26 President Alok Sharma has pointed to the need for social distancing as the reason some people, including those with observer status, have been unable to enter rooms where negotiations are taking place.

Lobbyists from fossil fuel interests recognize the strength and danger to their profit structure in the reaction among folks around the globe. They also understand their own history of manipulating law and policy in just about every nation producing fossil fuels for energy generation. Too public a battle can lead to negative publicity. Perhaps provide voters with more incentives to oppose their industrial blueprint.

Anyway, politicians generally have a lower purchase price than the sum needed for a PR campaign to validate continuing to pollute and poison our planet.

Former Pentagon official says China has won AI battle


Nicolas Chaillan/USAF

The Pentagon’s former software chief said he quit because China has already won the tech war guaranteeing global dominance — with some US government systems mere “kindergarten level” in comparison.

Nicolas Chaillan, 37, told the Financial Times on Sunday…“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over, in my opinion…”

Chaillan — who was the Pentagon’s first chief software officer — said China will dominate the future of the world by controlling everything from media narratives to geopolitics.

He claimed that the US, like Beijing, should have prioritized artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber capabilities over traditional military spending like building new fighter jets.

“At this point, I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job,” he said of the pioneering Pentagon job that was “probably the most challenging and infuriating of my entire career.”

His analysis of our military bureaucracy, mated with a Congress stocked by its anachronistic 2-party game show, has next to no likelihood of positive reform.