This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the Feb. 17 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Blue Jersey, Rosi Efthim writes—Socialism, socialism, blah blah blah: NRA’s Wayne LaPierre at CPAC blaming everybody but himself: Defiant and probably scared witless by the determination, resolve and impact of a bunch of high school kids who escaped getting shot up by one of the guns he fetishes, NRA’s Wayne LaPierre took to the stage this morning to toss some red meat to the MAGA-hatters convened at CPAC. He was introduced by NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, who all by herself is a font of irresponsible statements – trash-talking white nationalists (as though they’re not NRA’s market), a cheap shot at the late Sen. Robert Byrd (who evolved in his lifetime even as the party the NRA owns has devolved), aping Parkland survivor Emma Gonzalez’ “we call BS” (which frankly only shows how badly she scared them) and the traditional shot at the media, because they “love mass shootings.” Well, that one has some truth. Then Wayne LaPierre came on: Gun laws are just about “more control over people.” Schools are easy targets because gun-free zones. No wonder: That’s a whole new market for the gun industry. Democrats are the problem, because we “politicize” school shootings, we “exploit tragedy.” Socialism, socialism, blah blah blah. Saul Alinsky. Trump cheered LaPierre via Twitter, because Trump. But also this: There must have been some real question at NRA HQ how to handle the righteous anger of rising students, because Washington Examiner reports CPAC organizers left LaPierre’s name off the speakers list after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS, and that speaking slot wasn’t finalized, at least publicly, as of yesterday late-day.
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254 days remain until the November election ••• ••• • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … ° Black History Month: AfroLatina Pura Belpré gave children the precious love of books and stories, by Denise Oliver Velez ° Watch out, NRA: there’s new momentum in gun control fight, by Sher Watts Spooner ° Your right to own a gun is not more important then the life of a child, by Mark E Andersen ° Showing its love of coal miners, Trump regime seeks rule change to kill more of them from black lung, by Meteor Blades ° Because Trump is too stupid to know just how stupid he is, by Susan Grigsby ° #NeverAgain movement drives us around a new corner on the issues of guns, schools and mental health, by Frank Vyan Walton ° ‘No one ever asked to see my birth certificate’: The Mitt Romney story, by Jon Perr ° We need an economic system where a Bill Gates or Koch brothers is impDemocgossible, by Egberto Willies ° Book review: ‘Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South,’ by Ian Reifowitz • Demographic trends show increasingly fractured workforce: The trends across so many different groups are hard to summarize briefly, but one particular pattern stands out: workers seem to be increasingly separating into two groups: prime-age adults who are falling out of, or never get into, the labor market at all, and prime-age adults who are employed and working more hours. [...] Black women work as much as white women but lose more hours when the economy slows down. In 2016, employed white and black women worked roughly equivalent hours (1,853 and 1,845 hours, respectively). But black women lose more hours when the economy slows down. Indeed, prior to the Great Recession, employed black women worked as many as or more hours than employed white women. A majority of black women who did not work in 2016 (45.0 percent) were out of work “involuntarily” due to factors like illness, disability, or inability to find work, compared with 27.7 percent of white women. • Companies who cut ties with NRA find themselves pummeled by NRA supporters: “MetLife didn’t shoot anyone, but I just can’t pay them,” Clark Bacon, a research assistant at a children’s hospital, said in an interview Friday morning, after posting about his frustration on the company’s Facebook page. He had pledged to cancel his MetLife auto and home insurance package, for which he spends nearly $9,000 a year, after learning that the company offered N.R.A. members pre-negotiated discounts. For companies like MetLife that are caught in the middle of these angry social media storms, actions tied to divisive social issues can be a lose-lose proposition. A year ago, Nordstrom first faced calls for a consumer boycott because it carried the Ivanka Trump line of clothing. But it quickly drew another round of boycott cries from the other side of the ideological spectrum when it quietly stopped selling her products. MIDDAY TWEET xTheyÃ¢ÂÂre waiting to speak #SignsSomeoneIsListening pic.twitter.com/nXKZcw1esE— #HashtagJones (@HashtagJones1) February 24, 2018 • Texas already arms teachers, janitors, and others at its public schools: State lawmakers have created a program to train and arm “school marshals” — teachers, principals, coaches, custodians and others ready to defend a school. And the program’s creator thinks it could well be the inspiration for Trump’s endorsement of armed teachers, following the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. [...] It's not clear how many marshals there are because it is a secret force. The few districts that are thought to have authorized them typically won’t even say they have done so — so gunmen can’t target them. Students don’t know if their teacher is a marshal. Neither do parents. It’s based on the theory of secret flight marshals — which Trump has also referenced. • Trump’s suggestions for modest gun law reforms kindles cries of betrayal from gun rights advocates. • Poll indicates gun law debate could affect midterms: In a Marist Poll survey released Friday, 71 percent of respondents said laws concerning gun sales should be strengthened. Unlike the partisan divide found with many other topics, a majority of both Republicans (51 percent) and Democrats (93 percent) said they’d like to see tougher gun laws. [...] Among registered voters, 85 percent said their vote will be influenced by the candidates’ position on gun laws. Of those, 59 percent said it will be a major factor in their decision, as opposed to 26 percent who consider it a minor factor. • Plans unveiled for hyperloop linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai at 760 mph: Virgin Hyperloop One has released a prototype for a levitating pod that is designed to zoom at speeds as high as 760 mph (1,200 km/h) through a Hyperloop connecting Dubai to Abu Dhabi, according to news sources. The 87-mile (140 kilometers) journey usually takes 90 minutes by car, but the Hyperloop will take a mere 12 minutes, thanks to its innovative track — a long tube that has had its air removed to create a vacuum inside, according to the Daily Mail. LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
AT&T spent the better part of last year pretending to shake its fist along with the majority of Americans in support of net neutrality rules being kept. This protesting included CEO Randall Stephenson doing some damage control by slyly asking the Republican Congress to create an “Internet Bill of Rights” that would allow his company to get around the predictable rise in state laws that try to protect their citizens from predatory telecoms, now that telecoms have gotten their way. AT&T may also have trouble getting consumer advocates on board. Stephenson didn't provide any specifics, including whether the bill of rights would block controversial «fast lanes» for services and sites that pay broadband companies for preferential treatment. [...] «We don't block websites. We don't censor online content. And we don't throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period,» Stephenson wrote. Well, that’s good. I guess we should just take your word for it. Or not. As BGR writes today, AT&T sent out some texts to their customers explaining how they are “expanding” their sponsored data program to allow other companies to “sponsor” data. What’s important about this is that their “sponsored” data plan means that companies will pay AT&T in order to have their content streamed on AT&T customers’ devices without hitting against their data plans. As BGR rightly points out, this is the promotion of internet “fast lanes” by almost any definition. As of right now, the only three services using AT&T’s sponsored data program are DirecTV, UVerse, and Fullscreen. By a huge coincidence, those are three video services owned by AT&T. “Now your plan includes sponsored data. This means, for example, that customers who have DirecTV or U-verse TV can now stream movies and shows … without it counting against their plan data,” AT&T told customers in a text message earlier today. This flies directly in the face of a statement AT&T made just last year, when it was trying to persuade consumers that the FCC’s net neutrality repeal wouldn’t be the end of a free and open internet. “AT&T intends to operate its network the same way AT&T operates its network today: in an open and transparent manner. We will not block websites, we will not throttle or degrade internet traffic based on content, and we will not unfairly discriminate in our treatment of internet traffic,” executive Bob Quinn said at the time. The next step will be telecoms taking away and throttling your data until the point where you can only afford to stream the data that AT&T gets paid to allow you to watch.
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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park plans to increase security after fences were damaged at a bison capturing facility outside the park, in one case undoing efforts to certify the bison hadn't been exposed to a wildlife disease and could be transferred to an Indian reservation. The bison are ...
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SCHUYLER, Va. (AP) - Owners of the childhood home of the late Earl Hamner Jr. are planning to build a replica of the two-story home made famous in «The Waltons,» Hamner's signature television creation. The house will have a similar porch and first floor as the home portrayed in the ...
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An explosive report by ESPN late Friday evening claims that an FBI wiretap caught Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller discussing paying then recruit DeAndre Ayton $100,000 to commit to the program.The report itself is about as shocking as it gets.“According to people with knowledge of the FBI investigation, Miller and Dawkins, a runner working for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller, had multiple conversations about Ayton. When Dawkins asked Sean Miller if he should work with assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson to finalize their agreement, Miller told Dawkins he should deal directly with him when it came to money, the sources said,” ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported.It now looks like this most-recent report will force Miller from coaching the Wildcats — at least for now. Miller has apparently informed his players that he will not be on the bench for Saturday’s game against Oregon. At this point, that’s probably the least of Miller’s worries.It’s too early to tell whether Miller will be fired for cause. But
We’re really starting to wonder what type of science some colleges around the United States are teaching. Duke University already has us questioning its science department after Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving proved himself to be a flat Earth truther. It was one of the craziest stories of the time, one that led to Irving getting ridiculed on an never-ending loop.Joining Irving in this weird truther movement is none other than New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith. Really. He even took to Twitter to question logic, science and common sense. Before you judge, do some homework? Hate to tell you this, Geno. You’re not the modern version of Nicolaus Copernicus, somehow going away from the grain to introduce the heliocentric theory of the universe. But fret not, we won’t imprison you for this belief. We’ll just go ahead and mock you to no end.Really. What is even the point of debating the possibility of the flat Earth theory? It’s not like we have visual evidence that this isn’t true. Oh wait, we do.For Smith,
The San Jose Sharks are playing both buyer and seller at this year’s trade deadline. The Sharks are currently second in the Pacific Division, looking to hold off the Ducks, Kings, and Flames, and are known to be looking for scoring help up front. They have been attached to names like Evander Kane, Rick Nash, and really most high-profile forwards on the market. At the same time, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the team has requested a no-trade list from veteran forward Joel Ward. Ward, 37, is an impending free agent who has fallen out of favor in the San Jose lineup. He has a six-team no-trade list that he can use to slightly reduce the number of possible destinations, should he be traded. Ward has played in only 46 games this season, with just 11 points to show for it, but more importantly, has seen his once-valued penalty kill role diminished, along with his even strength ice time. Ward can still be an asset for many teams as both an experienced locker room presence and reliable two-way depth option, but he
NEW YORK (AP) - NBC can count on making a profit for its 18 days of telecasting the Winter Olympics from South Korea. The network's ratings started strong and slipped a bit as the games went on, and executives say it will end up about where they expected. Young viewers ...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Samir Sehic scored 17 points with seven rebounds off the bench and Melvin Frazier added 16 points and five assists to lead Tulane over South Florida 79-68 on Saturday to snap a six-game losing streak.