Julia Conley at Common Dreams writes—To Counter GOP's Attack on Democracy, Indivisible Unveils 50-State Plan to Thwart Trump Agenda: “” As the 2020 presidential election grabs headlines with Democrats lining up to challenge President Donald Trump, the grassroots organization Indivisible on Thursday unveiled its new plan to fight the Republican's anti-democratic agenda in all 50 states over the next year and a half. The Indivisible Initiative will be aimed at thwarting Trump's and the GOP's efforts to roll back voting rights and other key elements of democracy in state houses across the country, as well as building on the successes of progressives in the 2018 midterm elections. «We're rolling out new strategies and support to remake our democracy and circumvent Trump’s agenda, state by state—all 50 of them,» said the Indivisible Team, headed by former congressional staffers Ezra Levin and Leah Greenberg, in a letter to supporters and in a video posted to Twitter. [...] Now—with Democrats holding seven new governorships and state legislatures, more than 350 new state legislative seats, and in full control of the governments of six states—progressives have a chance to expand civil rights in states all over the country, Indivisible says. «Working group by group, state by state, is how we're going to reverse the Republicans' damage that eroded voting rights and entrenched their power. It's how we're going to build momentum for the bold, progressive policies we need. It's how we're going to remake our democracy and build power for years to come.» —Indivisible «With the state-level wins we scored in 2018, we have new leverage for states to stop Trump's agenda, turn back the Republicans' damage, and go on offense to advance bold progressive ideas and policies that'll shape the progressive landscape in 2019, 2020, and beyond,» wrote Indivisible in their letter to members. Indivisible’s list of Resistance Events & Groups TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES QUOTATION “Human rights are not things that are put on the table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect.” ~~- Wangari Maathai Unbowed (2007) TWEET OF THE DAY xActually the dignity of work is about busting myths like this one.Truth is people are working harder and producing moreÃ¢ÂÂbut wages havenÃ¢ÂÂt kept up. Their hard work is making corporations rich. Workers have earned a raise & dignity of work is achieved by making sure they get it. https://t.co/hfcNsdLAV2— Sherrod Brown (@SherrodBrown) February 22, 2019 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2009—You and UBS: Swiss bank accounts. Just the term brings with it a mysterious, dangerous air. A place for shadowy assassins to pick up their pay. International agents collecting on acts of extortion. Dusty hordes of Nazi treasure. However, Swiss giant UBS has admitted to something just as illegal, and a good deal more tawdry. They have been using their operations in the US to lure wealthy Americans into plopping their millions into UBS accounts, where they can evade taxes. The U.S. government has been probing UBS with help from sources such as a former UBS banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, who last year pleaded guilty to helping a California real estate mogul evade millions of dollars of taxes. Birkenfeld told investigators that UBS personnel went to elaborate lengths to help U.S. clients stash money in secret Swiss accounts.UBS is complaining that, shortly after the Bush administration came to town in 2001, they signed a get out of jail free card with the IRS; a contract that authorized UBS to hide their clients' identities as long as UBS promised they would follow the rules. Now UBS is holding to the principled position of no-takey-backseys. On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin rounds up stories of the day: NC-09; another Trump fan turns terrorist; a study shows how race divides us on identity & values; Israeli election chaos. Also, Trump's a huge liar & you should never, ever, ever believe him. Especially “in writing.” x Embedded Content RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube|Patreon|Square Cash (Share code: Send $5, get $5!) LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California who is campaigning for the 2020 presidential election, is more than ready to forego a national holiday that is, well, shameful. Which holiday? Columbus Day. Before we dig into why Columbus Day is extremely Not Good, let’s view the details of what Harris said, and what she’d like to see instead. At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Monday, Harris declared that she supports changing the name of the holiday on the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. A voter had posed the question at the meeting, asking whether or not she would support an initiative to rename the holiday, to which Harris immediately replied, “Sign me up.” Harris isn’t alone in wanting to make this important change. As of 2018, an impressive 55 cities had dropped Columbus Day. Berkeley, California, was the first city in the U.S. to make this change, way back in 1992. Four states (South Dakota, Vermont, Alaska, and Hawaii) have already made the change. Oregon doesn’t recognize Columbus Day as an official holiday to start with. What’s so bad about Columbus Day? Oh, where to begin?
In many ways, the civil rights of Michigan’s LGBTQ communities are on a stronger footing than ever before. In May 2018, the state’s Civil Rights Commission expanded its interpretation of existing law to include sexual minorities, and announced it would start taking and investigating anti-LGBTQ discrimination complaints. In January, newly elected Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order banning discrimination in employment and provision of services in state government and among businesses and other organizations contracting with the state. She also eliminated the exemption for nonprofit religious organizations found in a similar order signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. Former Attorney General Bill Schuette may have issued a 2018 opinion saying that the Civil Rights Commission was out of bounds when it extended discrimination protections to LGBTQ residents, but the commission—all of the members of which were appointed or re-appointed by Snyder—ignored him. The commission has also asked current Attorney General Dana Nessel, who helped win the court fight for marriage equality, to revisit Schuette’s opinion. In early February, she agreed to do so. And, of course, marriage equality has been the law of the land since 2015. While these developments mark huge strides forward for the cause of equal protection under the law, Michigan still has a long way to go. In a law being contested in federal court by the ACLU of Michigan, state-contracted foster care and adoption agencies are allowed to practice religion-based bigotry against sexual minorities. Equality Michigan, Michigan’s largest LGBTQ victim-advocacy organization, says that it served more than 400 victims of anti-LGBTQ discrimination and violence in 2018 alone. In the largest survey of its kind, in 2015 the National Center for Transgender Equality found widespread discrimination and harassment against transgender Michiganders in areas including employment, education, housing, and health care. Even with all the progress the state has made, the ACLU of Michigan fielded a complaint after a Kroger cashier refused to sell cigarettes to a transgender man whose gender marker didn’t match the legal name on his driver’s license, and one from a gay man who is being harassed by the security guard at his apartment complex. The solution, advocates say, is simple: The state must expand the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to explicitly protect Michiganders on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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I watch the world of permissive parenting from behind a glass of self- and socially imposed limitations. I enjoy observing the children’s huge smiles as their parents allow them to explore the world with few restrictions, if any. The benefits of allowing kids to experience the world around us are countless. I know that if I want to raise children with a healthy sense of attachment, it’s the way to go. Despite my knowledge, I practice a more restrictive set of parenting behaviors. Right now, my children still smile, but I know that one day they will realize how different my parenting style was from their friends’ parents’. Because, unfortunately, many of my parenting decisions are made from a place of anxiety and fear. I can’t help but wonder if I’ll be able to comfortably allow my children to participate in the freedom other children enjoy. As I watch the other children experience the freedom to make mistakes and have the option to just be kids, I feel guilty. At 3 years old, my son has a sense of what isn’t acceptable during play. And when he violates those boundaries, I have no problem sending dagger-filled glances his way. The looks I give him have been passed down. It’s a powerful glare that was perfected across generations of black motherhood. It’s a connection to my ancestors who limited their children’s actions in an attempt to preserve their existence. The times of imminent danger have passed, but the fear remains. My son doesn’t know about that world. He hasn’t heard the stories of black children punished for doing normal child things. He just knows I’m stopping him from running with friends, so he cries like a normal kid. But our world doesn’t see black kids as “normal.” It sees them as future criminals.
There is no apparent end to conservative efforts to put bug-crazy lunatics into positions of power in America. In Wisconsin, efforts are focused on elevating the obsessively anti-LGBT Brian Hagedorn onto the state Supreme Court. Hagedorn has at least two decades of conspiracy-minded and otherwise loopy anti-LGBT (and anti-abortion, and anti-take-your-pick) rhetoric behind him, so it's not as if he is an unknown quantity or someone who state conservatives believe could slip under the radar. He's argued that homosexuality is no different than sexually assaulting a dog, called the NAACP a «disgrace to America, and called Planned Parenthood a »wicket organization« committed to »killing babies." He's the Wisconsin version of Roy Moore, presumably minus a history of attempted child rapes. But lest we think there's no more to uncover about the man, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that as a state Court of Appeals judge for three years, he gave paid speeches to a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated anti-LGBT hate group. Hagedorn, a judge on the state Court of Appeals, gave speeches in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to Alliance Defending Freedom, earning more than $1,000 each time, according to his campaign and his filings with ethics regulators.
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The 1951 MV Agusta 500cc 4C Cardano Corsa was sold at the highest price at Artcurial’s “For sale Retromobile 2019 MV Agusta Collection” auction that took place on February 9, 2019, at Salon Retromobile Hall 2.2 Paris Expo - Porte de Versailles in Paris. The motorbike was sold at a whopping price of € 84,280 in lot 252 at the auction. “The 500cc 4-cylinder from this collection is an exceptional machine. This assembly features a large number of original parts which account for its rarity. The impressive Block and the cylinder head assembly of a single block reminiscent of the Gilera 4s, designed by Piero Remor, is particularly noteworthy (probably the only one of its kind!). Its parts include the 30mm Dell'Orto SS carburetors and magneto the double-cam front drum brake, Borrani wheels, rear suspension, rear shock absorbers, rev-counter, footrests, handlebar, and front fork (parts of the Earles fork have been redesigned for safety purposes),” stated the auction house. Giving further details of this model, Artcurial mentioned in their press release, “The 4-cylinder 500cc which was introduced to the Milan Show in 1950 was the perfect illustration of Count Agusta's vision in competition: beauty lies in victory and he gave himself the means to achieve it! Designed by Piero Remor, from the Gilera team, this machine is strikingly featured in a twin-shaft four-cylinder powered by two carburetors, equipped with a 4-speed gearbox, drive shaft and cardan shaft transmission, and original torsion bar suspensions and friction dampers, mounted both at the front and rear end. This first MV 4 produced about 50 hp at 9,000 rpm and had a weight of 118 kg. With a tune-up limited to a quick bench test, the 500 made its debut at the 1950 Belgian GP. Arciso Artesiani won a commendable 5th place behind three Gilera and one AJS at the Belgian GP. Though Artesiani took third place on the podium at Nations Grand Prix, Count Agusta soon hired Leslie Graham, the 1949 World Champion on an AJS.” The motorbike underwent several changes since its creation that included the rebuilding of the frame, gearbox and transmission shaft; however, it also restored some of its original features back to original condition by Primo Felloti, like the casing (tank, seat and fairing). In the mid-1990s, this motorbike was featured in a large Italian collection for a long time. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
A 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix will be offered at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Amelia Island sale on March 8 and 9, in Florida. The pre-auction estimate of this unique car is $1,250,000 - $1,600,000 and it will be featured in lot 254 at the auction. “Introduced in 1931, the Bugatti Type 51 was the latest iteration of the company’s time-honored two-seat race car design that originated with the Type 35. Utilizing the engine architecture Ettore Bugatti licensed from Harry Miller’s successful Indianapolis race cars, the Type 51 featured a dual-overhead cam version of the supercharged straight-eight, now enlarged to 2.3 liters. Though the Type 51 struggled in competition against newer and more technologically advanced state-sponsored machines from Italy and Germany, the model was a long-term success with marque enthusiasts and vintage racers. Approximately 40 examples were ultimately built through 1934, and they are considered the apogee of Bugatti’s most celebrated race car design,” states the auction house. Highlights of the car include its former 17-year ownership by Bugatti collector extraordinaire Peter Mullin and also that it is documented with FIVA passport and full report by Bugatti historian David Sewell. As RM Sotheby's mentions in their press release, the car is well-prepared for racing and event use. The auction house further states: “At the Belgian Grand Prix on 9 July 1933, Bugatti entered three Type 51 examples, driven by Achille Varzi, Dreyfus, and William Grover-Williams, who finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th, respectively. At the Dieppe Grand Prix six days later, Dreyfus placed 2nd while Williams’ car retired early. As drivers often retained the same car throughout the season, it is reasonable to assume that Dreyfus drove 51153 to his 2nd-place finish at the Nice Grand Prix on 6 August and at the Coppa Acerbo in Pescara the following week. The car may also have been driven by Dreyfus at the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix on 17 September, where the Frenchman finished 4th.” After the 1933 event, this Type 51 Grand Prix underwent several changes and “in early April 1934, the Type 51 was mechanically renewed again by the factory in preparation for sale. On 13 April it was invoiced to Giovanni Alloatti, a resident of Turin. Alloatti entered his new Type 51 at the Targa Florio on 20 May, but unfortunately was out of the race by the second lap following an accident. The Bugatti returned to the factory for further repairs, and this may be the point at which the car’s current frame, no. 256, originally for a Type 35, was installed as presently configured,” writes RM Sotheby's. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
The 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster featuring coachwork by Fleetwood, will be featured at Bonhams’ upcoming Amelia Island Auction on March 7 at Fernandina Beach Golf Club, Florida. The pre-auction estimate of this car is calculated around US$ 1,250,000 - 1,500,000 and it will be offered in lot 240 at the auction. “Cadillac astonished the world's automotive elite when it introduced a spectacular new ultra-luxury car, powered by an amazing 16-cylinder engine, at the 1930 New York Auto Show. This new super-sized Cadillac was clearly a General Motors response to the Duesenberg Model J, introduced by E. L. Cord the year before. However, while the snarl of the Duesenberg straight eight flaunted its raw, race-bred power, the Cadillac V-16 would set new benchmarks for smooth, silent and superbly impressive performance,” states the auction house. Some of the major features of the car include a 452ci OHV V-16 engine and 2 twin-choke Cadillac carburetors. Other details include 4-wheel drum brakes, 3-speed manual transmission, 165bhp at 3,400rpm and front and rear leaf spring suspension. As mentioned by Bonhams in their auction release, this model is Cadillac's crowning technological achievement in the most desirable Roadster form and it is also a Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance entrant. “The heart of the Cadillac V-16 was of course its magnificent engine. Displacing a total of 452 cubic inches on all its sixteen cylinders, it featured overhead valves, and produced up to 185 horsepower. Beautifully detailed and meticulously sculpted, the engine's appearance was just as awe-inspiring as its soon-to-be-legendary smoothness and quietness,” stated the auction house. Bonhams further added: “This fine example of Cadillac's technological tour de force Series 452 V-16 sports the stylish Fleetwood Roadster body it has worn from new and is likely to be one of the best, genuine examples in existence. As revealed by engine number 701056 and body number 29, it is an early example and therefore retains the early features not seen on the later 1930 and 1931 model-year V-16s, such as the lack of cowl vent and the early dash assembly.” This 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster has passed through the hands of several owners. The current owner acquired this car five years ago and “began a re-restoration which included a new black leather interior, new black top, new paint and a complete mechanical servicing by V-16 Cadillac experts Jeff Pearson and Sonny Elliot,” states the auction house. https://www.blouinartinfo.com/ Founder: Louise Blouin
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