Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane near Syria….

Reports are that rebels on the ground may have the pilot of the plane who was DOA…..

Things have gotten a little sideways in Syria….

The French President is now on the groiund in washington as I post this….President Hollande is due to fly to Moscow next….

Turkish fighter jets on patrol near the Syrian border on Tuesday shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had violated its airspace, a long-feared escalation that could further strain relations between Russia and the West.

The Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, ordered the Foreign Ministry to consult with NATO and the United Nations, his office said in a statement, without elaborating. NATO announced that it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss the episode.

In his first remarks on the incident, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia confirmed that an F-16 Turkish fighter jet had shot down the Russian plane, a Sukhoi Su-24, with an air-to-air missile. But he insisted that the Russian jet had been in Syrian airspace at the time and had never threatened Turkey’s territory.

Mr. Putin, speaking slowly and clearly angry before a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan in Sochi, Russia, said the episode would have “serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations” but did not elaborate. He called the shooting down of the Russian jet a “stab in the back” by those who “abet” terrorism, and he accused Turkey of aiding the Islamic State by helping it sell its oil…..


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Open Thread for November 16, 2015….The President just Can’t take out ISIS…

It doesn’t work that way……

After the Paris attacks….

President Obama finds himself in the SAME place as Goerge W. Bush was in after 9/11…..

Chest beating from the Right pushing for the President to ‘do SOMETHING’…..

Easy words…..

President Obam is currently holding a presser in Turkey……

Over and over reporters as the SAME question…..

‘Why can’t the strongest country in the world just go and make ISIS, the Islamic State go away by military might?’….

The President has seeked to to NOT do what Bush did …..

President Barack Obama addresses a news conference following a working session at the Group of 20 (G20) leaders summit in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey, November 16, 2015.

Sending American men and women into harms way to beat down the problem….Only to have those same troops looked as occupiers and wanting them to leave which forms a vaccum that breeds even MORE problems….

President Obam HAS been strong to NOT repeat Bush’s mistakes….

Hang in there Mr. President……

(And this is NOT about a War against Islam)

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2016 Presidential Campaign Dates… as of November 24, 2015……

GOP Debate in 21 days

Dem Debate in 25 days


Iowa Caucuses in 42 days

New Hampshire Primary in 49 days

Nevada Primary in 53 days

South Carolina Primary in 60 days

Nevada Primary in 74 days

Super Tuesday in 98 days

(Thanks to DSD and WashPost )

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Steph Curry CAN shoot the Jumper…….

The National Basketball’s Golden State Warriors haven’t lost a game  yet this season…..

The main reason?

The  leagues best offense led by……One Stephen Curry…….

“What I see the most when I watch Steph is the incredible coordination he has with his arms, his legs and the way he handles the ball,” Domitro, 29, said before drawing a comparison between their respective disciplines and referring to the way male dancers support women as they execute a lift or a jump. “We don’t use a ball, you know. We use a woman. But the way he dribbles the ball is the way we handle a woman on stage.”

The defending champion Warriors are at it again — scoring points, winning games and setting ridiculous standards. On Tuesday night, the Warriors (15-0) could break an N.B.A. record for the best start to a season by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Curry, the N.B.A.’s leading scorer and last season’s most valuable player, has been at the center of it all, having added a new title to his résumé: the N.B.A.’s unofficial artist-in-residence.

“It’s beautiful to watch,” said Graham Lustig, 61, the artistic director of the Oakland Ballet Company.

With each 3-pointer and every spinning layup, Curry somehow seems to transcend the sport, turning the game into theater. Domitro and Lustig said that much of Curry’s aesthetic appeal was rooted in what ballet dancers seek most: to make their art look effortless……



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Sure Marco Rubio IS Conservative enough…He’s been able to hurt Obamacare while in the Senate….

The Hill is out with a piece that surely HAD to be leaked to them by the Rubio campaign….

It focuses on the Florida Republican Senator’s rider locking the Administration out having the ability to transfer funds around to cover certain shortfalls in the program….

Get it?

Marco Rubio HAS done something that has resulted in several healthcare insurance companies bailling out the Affortable Healthcare program in fear that the government won’t be able to cover any possible loss THEY might have…..

THAT has affected close to 800,000 people, in having them switch plans…..

THAT HAS to show that Rubio is a certified Conservative , Right?

(Lets forget that Immigration switching stuff, OK?)

Rubio in 2013 went on the warpath against the program, decrying it as a “taxpayer bailout.” He penned op-eds against it, testified about it as the star witness at a House Oversight Committee hearing and even made his case to top House Republicans like then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

“There is a problem with the way [ObamaCare] exchanges are now designed that have not yet received the attention they deserve, but I promise you’re going to be hearing a lot about it in the days to come,” Rubio said in a Senate floor speech in early 2014.

While Rubio’s attempt to scrap risk corridors altogether was unsuccessful, his push contributed to a policy rider that was inserted into a 1,603-page spending bill passed at the end of 2014.

Under the provision, which is still in effect, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could no longer tap other accounts — like its overall appropriations or its Medicare funding — to fund the risk corridors program.

Now Rubio is taking his crusade against the “bailout” program to the presidential campaign trail…..


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Hillary Clinton does a No Show for a MoveOn get together….


Why would she think she didn’t have to show up for a Pregressive forum that other two guys made the time for?

Could it be the past bad blood caused by the Organization embracing Elizabeth warren over her early on?….Or the their going to Barack Obama rather than her back when?…..

Or could it be that she essentially has the 2016 Democratic nomination locked up and could care less about the organiztion?

Clinton has also chosen to NOT attend another Democratic progressive group this summer….The Netroots Nation forum…..

Maybe she’s NOT comfortable with left wingnuts , eh?

MoveOn and Clinton have a long and not always an amicable history. The group started in 1998 to fight the impeachment of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. In 2007, all eight candidates for the Democratic nomination, including Hillary Clinton, participated in the group’s presidential forum. MoveOn ended up endorsing Barack Obama.

Several months later, Clinton was recorded at a closed-door fundraiser complaining that “MoveOn.org endorsed [Obama] – which is like a gusher of money that never seems to slow down.” She went on to say, “they know I don’t agree with them,” and she warned the group would “flood” caucuses with activists, including some who “intimidate people who actually show up to support me.”

Earlier this year, MoveOn worked to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into the 2016 Democratic presidential race, arguing she would be a better pick for the party than Clinton.

But if Clinton was worried about MoveOn’s gusher of money and ability to mobilize activists then, she clearly is not now. While MoveOn is still by far the largest group of its kind, its influence and spending power may have waned as other groups have moved into its space…..


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Daily Kos Morning Digest 11/24/15…After burst of advertising, Van Hollen moves into the lead in Maryland Senate race


Leading Off:

MD-Sen: A new poll from OpinionWorks for the University of Baltimore and the Baltimore Sun finds Rep. Chris Van Hollen beating fellow Rep. Donna Edwards 45-31 in the Democratic primary for Senate, making this the first survey to show Van Hollen with a lead. Earlier polls had put Edwards on top, but as we noted previously, Van Hollen’s large cash advantage would allow him to make up the gap once he started spending—and indeed he has.

Van Hollen has been airing introductory TV ads in the Baltimore market, where neither candidate is well-known, in an effort to boos his name recognition. While he probably hasn’t spent all that much yet, in a race with a lot of undecideds, it’s often not hard to move the needle. Edwards, meanwhile, has only a fraction of the cash and hasn’t gone on the air yet. However, should Rep. Elijah Cummings ever decide to enter the race, he would still lead the field in spite of Van Hollen’s recent burst of advertising, taking 40 percent to 28 for Van Hollen and 19 for Edwards. On the flipside, though, other polls featuring Cummings have shown Van Hollen in third or at best tied for second.


LA-Sen: Now that David Vitter’s gone down to a humiliating defeat and announced that he’ll skulk out the Senate’s trash chute come next year, the race to succeed him is quickly turning into a spicy hot Cajun affair. Two Republican congressman have now both said they’re planning “formal announcements” soon: Rep. Charles Boustany and Rep. John Fleming, who’ve both been jockeying for this seat for some time. Many other big names are also circulating; see our previous Digest for a full run-down.

One additional interesting note in Eli Yokley’s writeup is his observation that state Treasurer John Kennedy (another Republican) could “donate” his existing campaign war chest to a super PAC that would then work to help him. Office-holders who’ve raised money for state campaigns can’t transfer that money to a federal account (though the reverse is sometimes possible, depending on state law), but Citizens United has blown a huge loophole in that rule. That would allow Kennedy to deploy his considerable funds (which stood at $2.9 million at the end of September) immediately.

PA-Sen: Democrat Katie McGinty, the former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Wolf who’s running for Senate, just earned the backing of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which has 40,000 members in Pennsylvania….


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Political Roundup for November 24, 2015…Cruz vs Rubio in Iowa…RRH Elections


Carson:  Is Ben Carson’s plain-spoken, down to earth oddly joking style of speech really driving his campaign?  Carson is an unusual candidate to start with, but his speaking furthers it.

Cruz/Rubio:  Two serious candidates are actually battling it for the mantle of serious candidate in Iowa, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.  Cruz is viewed as having an advantage in Iowa, but Rubio is viewed as having a stronger organization nationally.

Trump:  Speaking of speaking styles, there is one candidate whose campaign rhetoric fits the song “Lips are movin.”  In case you were wonder, Trump said recently that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered the 9/11 attacks and claims he has the best memory in the world.

Clinton:  Another candidate which “Lips are movin” applies is moving to the right on ISIS.  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to open some space between herself and President Barack Obama on handling of the Syria situation.  Someone should ask her about her role in handling this disaster considering she was Secretary of State when it really got rolling….


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Not all fat in your diet is bad……

It’s the type of fat you eat…..

What we know…

It’s not how much fat you eat that’s important — it’s what kinds. As best scientists can tell, trans fats (found in foods like margarine) contribute to cardiovascular diseases, whereas unsaturated fats (found in vegetable oils and fish) actually have the opposite effect — lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. Saturated fats (found in butter and red meat) fall somewhere in between.

What we don’t know:

Some of the biggest controversies surround saturated fats. Scientists disagree about the extent to which saturated fats contribute to important health outcomes like heart disease, stroke, and cancer. The available research does suggest, however, that there are health benefits from replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats in the diet…..


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Chris Christie works New Hampshire….

The Jersey Governor was a media darling back a while ago because of his verbose,  take no prisoners style…..

He’s run right smack into a problem with the “bridgegate’ fiasco…

But Chris Christie pushes on …..

He’s on the ground in New hampshire…..Working small groups…..

The guy is at 5% in the polls and ‘bridgegate’ is gonna be back in the news  sometime next year…So it doesn’t look too good for the guy…..

But the Paris attacks gives HIM hope….

Across New Hampshire, voters are reassessing the man they had all but written off six months ago and whose political standing is still precarious. But for the first time, a solid majority of Republican voters in the state have a favorable view of the governor, according to two polls, a remarkable turnaround from the depths of his unpopularity.

And many of those giving Mr. Christie a second look are bluntly pointing to the same reason for the change of heart: terrorism. In the days after gunmen rampaged across the French capital, Mark Burns, a 61-year-old businessman from Manchester, surveyed the Republican field for a candidate whose forcefulness matched this scary moment. To his surprise, it was Mr. Christie.

“We are going to war,” said Mr. Burns, who called Mr. Christie man enough to lead the battle. “He’s the only one.”



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Donald Trump does NOT do Specifics….

As the Republican nomination race moves from entertainment to seriousness on who COULD lead a country of 300 million?

More people ARE gonna know WHAT they are ACTUALLY voting for…..

Donald Trump bluffs his way thru questions buy NOT really answering them …..

Asked what he would do on difficult issues like trade deals or terrorism, he warns that bad things are happening “all over the place.” His policies as president might or might not include the subject at hand “and a lot of different things.” All ethnic groups will “love” a Trump presidency.

Here is what you may almost never hear Mr. Trump say: “I’m not familiar with that,” or “I misspoke.”

No one ever expected Mr. Trump to turn himself into the issues expert of the Republican presidential field. Yet the verbal shortcuts and salesmanlike stretches that he has relied on for months — generalities used to dodge questions, and questionable recollections — are tripping him up as the tenor of the campaign has grown more serious.

Mr. Trump’s avoidance of specifics is seen by some of his admirers as a refreshing contrast to musty politicians who play by the rules. And he has a knack for muddying the waters with catchall phrases that allow his supporters and detractors to read whatever they want into his statements.

But his refusal to be pinned down on the details of his positions has repeatedly prompted reporters and interviewers to engage in a guessing game as to what he means. And he tends to choose all of the above……



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Americans complain about their Government…Yet readily accept it’s services…

While the guy leading the Republican Presidential nomination quest knocks America are full of problems….And Republican Conservatives rant about ‘cutting’ back the size of America’s Government and the services it provides, like Healthcare…..

Most American’s,  in a poll, are fine with the size of their government and the services they get back, even though they compalin about it…..

The low level of trust in government is not surprise. The public is generally pessimistic about the economy and the direction of the country, and there is no major foreign policy crisis to rally the public around the president and other institutions of government. Small wonder, then, that only 19 percent of Americans interviewed in this Pew survey said that they trusted the government always or most of the time.

But when given along list of issues, most Americans still wanted government to have a “major role” in handling those issues. The vast majority (94 percent) thought government should help keep us safe from terrorism. About three-quarters said that it should have a major role in strengthening the economy, protecting the environment and maintaining the nation’s infrastructure. Majorities also wanted the government to play a major role in helping the poor and seniors.

In fact, what’s striking is that majorities of both Republicans and Democrats felt this way on most of these issues….


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Cruz moves into 2rd place in Iowa GOP Primary race….

And the race is ON!…..

In Iowa……

Donald Trump’s national ‘bounce’ isn’t there….*

Ted Cruz IS on the move……

His on the ground efforts seem to be paying off for him…..

Trump is back in the lead in the Quinnipiac University polling after falling behind Ben Carson ……Iowa remains fluid closing in on the actual vote….And Trump seems to be unable to hold a lead….

(Remember….This is JUST ONE POLL folks!)

Donald Trump has company on the Iowa GOP presidential podium, as Sen. Ted Cruz has moved within the margin of error at the top of a new Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

The real estate magnate wins one-quarter of likely Republican caucus-goers, compared to the Texas senator’s 23 percent. Ben Carson, the former neurosurgeon who edged Trump out for the lead in last month’s Quinnipiac poll, sits in third with 18 percent while Sen. Marco Rubio rounds out the upper-tiers of candidates with 13 percent.

Rubio’s support holds steady from Quinnipiac’s October poll, while Cruz’s has more than doubled from 10 percent in October.

No other candidate topped 5 percent in Tuesday’s results…..


  • Trump has a had a bounce in the national polling after the Paris attacks…..Carson remains in second and Rubio has moved up to third place in those polls…..
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Sometimes being Pregnant means you lose your job….

In America in 2015……

Having a child should not make you the victim of discrimination….

I was scared because this was my first pregnancy. What made it scarier was that I found out I was having twins! I was told by a physician that I would be considered high risk and would therefore need to go to a few more doctors’ visits than normal.

With that information I thought it best to tell my employer. At our daily morning meeting (which comprised of leadership and my colleagues), I decided to make my announcement that I was having twins. After uttering the words, I saw my boss look down and look back at me with a mean gaze. I knew right then that I loss my value for my company. Although I did nothing wrong, I could see that I made a horrible mistake telling my boss that I was pregnant.

Two weeks later I was fired and denied unemployment. My husband, who at the time was my boyfriend, supported me financially but had a huge burden on his shoulders. He is a young African American male with only a GED who worked on a finicky government contract, which means that he was considered At-Will……


In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received nearly 5,000 complaints of pregnancy-based discrimination—a 30 percent increase from the previous decade. In 2010, there were more than 6,000 complaints filed.

pregnancy-based discrimination has been in place since 1978, branching out from Title VII, which states employers cannot discriminate due to gender. In 1986, those laws were upheld in Meritor Savings Bank vs. Vinson, which found that the civil rights law applied to pregnancy-based discrimination….


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Romney LEADS the field in New Hampshire…..

He, he, he…..

For Republicans fearful of Donald Trump becoming their party’s presidential nominee, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters offers a three-word solution: Willard Mitt Romney.

If the former Massachusetts governor were added to the mix of the 14 other Republican candidates running in the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters would, if the election were held now, give him a 2-to-1 win over Trump, the leader of the field.

Romney, who said as recently as last week that he is not interested in running, did not file for the New Hampshire primary ballot by the deadline last Friday. He would have the support of 31 percent of Granite State Republicans compared with 15 percent backing Trump, the poll indicates…..



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More on Trump’s racist fictions ……

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump speaks during the second official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United

Donald Trump led up to Thanksgiving with what may have been his Donald Trumpiest weekend in quite some time. According to Trump, a Black Lives Matter protester who was assaulted by a group of Trump’s supporters at a Saturday campaign event basically had it coming (“maybe he should have been roughed up”), and then there was this charming and outlandishly inaccurate racist tweet:

Judd Legum breaks it down with actual FBI data rather than the bogus “Crime Statistics Bureau — San Francisco”:

Trump’s graphic states that 81% of whites who are murdered are murdered by blacks. This is false. The actual data shows that 14% of white murder victims are murdered by a black person. (In 2013, it was 13.6%.)

The percentage of blacks murdered by other blacks (89.9%) is similar to the percentage of whites murdered by other whites (82.3%). Trump’s graphic falsely states that 97% of blacks are killed by other blacks but just 16% of whites are killed by other whites.

You’d have to work to get much more wrong than that. But I guess for a committed racist, coming up with fake racist statistics is pleasure, not work. And for Trump, retweeting doesn’t take much thought at all—if it appeals to his id, up it goes…..

Daily Kos….

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Political Roundup for November 23rd, 2015…Trump 3rd party run back ?…RRH Elections….


Trump Shot: First former RNC operative (from relative ages ago in 2008 in political terms) Liz Mair is working to form “Trump Card LLC” as an umbrella for anti-Trump efforts in the primary (you can see a non paywall version here).

Trump Chaser: Because of this supposed chicanery from “the RNC” (that is, a former official in an organization dominated by presidential cycles), Trump is now arguing he now has grounds to go back on his pledge not to run third party if he is not “treated fairly.”


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