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Sunday, July 15, 2018

BROKEN. CONGRESSMAN DAVID CICILLINE.


July 13, 2018  

Dear David,

Congress is broken.

Each day, more and more Americans are losing faith that their government actually works for them. More than 80% of Americans say they can’t trust Washington to do what’s right for them. More than two-thirds feel like our democracy is getting less responsive under Republican control. Working people today don’t even get a seat at the table.

The Republicans who control Congress have given away all the seats at their table to corporate special interests, to billionaires, and to the big banks and big pharmaceutical companies. That’s why the interests of working people are not being protected today.

On Wednesday, I forced a vote on the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that Senator Whitehouse and I have introduced to shine a light on the unlimited, secret corporate spending that has flooded American elections in recent years. The DISCLOSE Act is simple – it requires that organizations that spend money in federal elections have to disclose their donors. It closes one of the biggest loopholes that the Citizens United ruling opened – namely that corporations, billionaires, and even foreign governments can secretly funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into 501(c)(4)’s in order to covertly influence our campaigns.

Republicans rejected this bill – hardly a surprise – but I’m nowhere near done fighting for transparency in our elections. I will continue working to advance commonsense ethics and campaign finance reforms that end the rule of big money and begin a new era where working people get all the seats at the table.

Fishermen

Earlier this week, Republicans moved forward on a bill that will hurt Rhode Island’s commercial fishing industry. H.R.200 undermines science-based catch limits that we’ve used in recent decades to keep fisheries sustainable. In the 1990s, after fisheries were brought to the brink of economic and environmental collapse because of overfishing, Congress put these catch limits in place.

Since then, dozens of fish stocks have been brought back to sustainable levels and overfishing incidents have been cut substantially. Good-paying jobs in the fishing industry have thrived. The industry as a whole generates thousands of good-paying jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity each year in Rhode Island.

The bill Republicans passed this week will jeopardize the progress we’ve made. If it becomes law, it will hurt fishermen in Rhode Island, and in states up and down our coasts. As this bill moves to the Senate, I will continue working against it and standing up for Rhode Islanders who depend on the fishing industry for their economic well-being.

Strzok

Yesterday, Republicans held ANOTHER hearing on Hillary Clinton’s emails. It’s July 2018. Hillary Clinton lost the election 21 months ago. We should be talking about health care costs, corruption in government, securing our elections from foreign interference, the President’s cruel family separation policy, job creation, raising wages, the opioid crisis, affordable education, workforce training, prescription drugs, renewable energy, climate change, preserving the future of Social Security and Medicare, resources for veterans, cybersecurity, fixing our broken immigration system, women’s reproductive health care, LGBT equality, or workers’ rights.

But instead, we spent 10 hours in a hearing that Republicans wanted to use to talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails one more time. Fortunately, I think the American people saw right through it, even as Republicans tried to take FBI Agent Peter Strzok’s closed-door testimony from June 27th out of context to use it against him.

On that note, I promised to release Agent Strzok’s closed-door testimony in full if Republicans couldn’t find a rule that prohibited me from doing so. They didn’t. Committee staff is currently working with the FBI to remove any sensitive information from the transcript. Once that’s completed, it will be released to the public.

Supreme Court

On Monday, President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. With this nomination, President Trump is rigging the system even more against working people and in favor of powerful corporate special interests. After all, Judge Kavanaugh was vetted and approved by right-wing special interest groups that are close to this White House. That alone should tell us all we need to know about him.

On the federal bench, he’s taken the side of corporations against consumers, questioned the value of commonsense environmental protections, and argued against a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. If he is confirmed, it will mark a major victory for powerful special interests at the expense of everyone else.

During the campaign, President Trump made one explicit promise about his Supreme Court appointments - he would only select justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade. He openly discussed the possibility of “punishment” for women who seek an abortion. He’s trying to make good on those promises by nominating Judge Kavanaugh.

As a Member of the House, I don’t vote on this nomination, but I know that the stakes are incredibly high. In my view, it would be an enormous mistake to confirm this nominee who will move the Supreme Court dramatically to the right and out of step with the prevailing views of most Americans for a generation. Democrats in the Senate should use every tool at their disposal to stop this nominee from being confirmed. This is a fight worth having.

As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov.

You can also click here to follow my work on Twitter.

Warm regards,

David Cicilline
Member of Congress  

Friday, July 13, 2018

THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. IT WAS THIS BAD...


IT WAS THIS BAD...

Any Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Election, MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING;

THE NUMBERS:

-  All the Statistics and Numbers I use in this POST, AND OTHERS CONCERNING THE 2016 ELECTION, ARE AVAILABLE AND EASY TO FIND ON THE INTERNET. NUMEROUS SITES CARRY THE "OFFICIAL" ELECTION RETURNS FOR EACH STATE, AND THE U.S AS A WHOLE. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE FIGURES, AT LEAST HAVE THE INTELLECTUAL HONESTY TO BACK IT WITH FACTUAL DATA. IT CAN BE AS EASY AS GOING ON WIKIPEDIA, AND ENTERING "2016" OR "2012" ELECTION. However, if you don't want to use WIKIPEDIA, I'm sure your News Outlet of Choice will contain all the information you need.


FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT:

FROM NPR REPORT, 7/13/2018

Justice Department Charges Russian Cyberspies With Attack On 2016 Election.

The Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with a litany of alleged offenses related to Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails, state election systems and other targets in 2016.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who announced the indictments, said the Russians involved belonged to the military intelligence service GRU. They are accused of a sustained cyberattack against Democratic Party targets, including its campaign committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign.
The GRU attackers also allegedly targeted state election systems, including government agencies and their vendors, and stole information about 500,000 American voters.
The attacks were a signature feature of Russia's active measures against the United States; embarrassing emails were passed to WikiLeaks, which released them publicly. The GRU also created other ways to pass the material it stole into the public, including a website called DCLeaks and a fake persona called "Guccifer 2.0."
HOWEVER, WE MUST NOT FORGET,
IT WAS NOT RUSSIAN POLITICIANS WHO CERTIFIED, AND SIGNED OFF ON THE "OFFICIAL NUMBERS." IT WAS AMERICAN ELECTION OFFICIALS WHO DID THAT. AS IMPROBABLE AS THESE TOTALS SEEM TO BE IN SOME CASES, NO ONE CONTESTED THEM.  
  THAT IS THE REAL STORY.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLE:

PENNSYLVANIA- 2012 ELECTION. TOTAL # OF DEMOCRAT\REPUBLICAN VOTES: 5,670,708.

TOTAL DEMOCRATIC VOTES- 2,990,274.

TOTAL REPUBLICAN VOTES- 2,680,434.

MARGIN OF DEMOCRATIC VICTORY- 309,840 VOTES.


PENNSYLVANIA- 2016 ELECTION.  TOTAL # OF DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN VOTES: 5,897,174.  UP +226,466 VOTES FROM 2012 ELECTION.

TOTAL DEMOCRATIC VOTES- 2,926,441 VOTES, LOSS OF 63,833 VOTES FROM 2012 ELECTION.

TOTAL REPUBLICAN VOTES-  2,970,733 VOTES, GAIN OF +290,299 VOTES.


HERE IS A BREAKDOWN:

The TOTAL # OF  DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN VOTES INCREASED +226,466 votes from
2012-2016.

THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LOST 63,833 VOTES BETWEEN 2012 AND 2016, OR ABOUT -2.1%. In itself, that's not a drastic decline. It would be considered a result that is well within normal expectations.

HOWEVER, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NUMBERS ARE ANOTHER MATTER. AN INCREASE OF +290,299 VOTES REPRESENTS ABOUT AN + 10.8% INCREASE. 

This number, (+290,299), is more than 4 times the number 
of votes that the Democrats lost.

TO ACHIEVE THE TOTAL OF 2,970,733 VOTES IN 2016, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NEEDED A SCENARIO LIKE THE FOLLOWING TO HAPPEN:

EVERY SINGLE VOTER WHO CAST A BALLOT FOR THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN 2012, HAD TO DO SO AGAIN IN 2016: 2,680,434 VOTES.

EVERY NEW VOTER WHO CAST A BALLOT FOR EITHER THE DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, HAD TO CHOOSE REPUBLICAN: +226,466 VOTES.

THAT TOTAL= 2,906,900 IS STILL SHORT OF THE "OFFICIAL" TOTAL OF 2,970,733 VOTES.

HOW COULD THIS BE? THE REPUBLICANS WERE STILL 63,833 VOTES SHORT OF THE FINAL NUMBER. WELL, GO BACK A FEW PARAGRAPHS AND CHECK OUT THE NUMBER OF VOTES THE DEMOCRATS LOST FROM 2012-2016= -63,833.

TO ACHIEVE A TOTAL OF 2,970,733 VOTES IN 2016, HERE IS RUNDOWN OF WHAT THE REPUBLICANS NEEDED TO HAPPEN:

EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTER FROM 2012, RETURNS AND VOTES REPUBLICAN AGAIN IN 2016: 2,680,434.

EVERY NEW VOTER WHO SELECTS EITHER DEM.\REP. IN 2016, CHOOSES REP.: 226,466.

EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE 63,833 VOTERS THE DEM. PARTY LOST BETWEEN 2012- 2016, RETURNS TO THE POLLS AND VOTES REPUBLICAN.

2,680,434 + 226,466 + 63,833 = 2,970,733.

THIS IS LUDICROUS. NO REASONABLE INDIVIDUAL WHO
LOOKS AT THESE NUMBERS COULD TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY. 

TO ALL DEMOCRATS, PROGRESSIVES, AND FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF THE U.S. ACROSS THE GLOBE: THIS ELECTION WAS A SHAM. 

DON'T BELIEVE ME? PLEASE CHECK THE RESULTS YOURSELF. DON'T TAKE MY WORD, GO OVER THEM CAREFULLY. 

WHAT DO THEY TELL YOU?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

NEW VIDEO: Check this out! CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MAURA SULLIVAN.

Hi David,

Exciting news! Today our campaign released a new video about Maura and we wanted to make sure you saw it. It features Maura talking about her background in the Marines, her time in the Obama Administration, and why she decided to run for Congress. It’s only a few minutes long and it’s definitely worth watching. You’ll get to know Maura even better.


Our video is already picking up steam. In fact, John DiStaso wrote about it in his column just this morning! Once people watch it, they’ll know Maura is just right to fight for Granite Staters at this critical time in our country,

Thanks for your support,
Team Maura

AUDIO/VIDEO POST #2. THE MYSTERIOUS WORLD- AMONG THE MISSING. PT 1. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

AUDIO POST. #1. CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING- FIGHTING THE WRONG BATTLES. PT 1. (AUDIO ONLY.)




 

What's next- Fire Faso. PAT RYAN.

David -- thank you again for your tremendous support of my campaign over the last year plus. It was an honor and privilege to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you doing the difficult, and critically important, work of protecting & reinvigorating our democracy.

We all know that this country we love only persists because in times of peril, ordinary Americans stand up to protect it. And it's painfully evident we're at a crisis moment: ripping apart immigrant families at our border, putting forth an arch-Conservative SCOTUS nominee who will undercut Roe v. Wade and the ACA, and cozying up to the same Russian dictator who attacked our elections...(and that's just in the last week!). We need all hands on deck. 

Our mission is clear: We must take back the House, fight for the Senate, and win several critical state & local elections here in New York. From now until Election Day in November, I'll be spending 100% of my time dedicated to this mission. And I humbly ask for you to join me. Over the next four months, I'll be reaching out with different ways for you to get & stay engaged in this critical fight.

To start: we absolutely MUST take back our Congressional district here in NY-19. As you know, John Faso has failed across the board to represent us and fight for our interests. From his broken promise on healthcare, to his votes to roll back environmental protections, to his willingness to sell out the safety of our students & teachers for a big check from the NRA - Faso has been a disaster for all of us. And we know that NY-19 is definitively one of the 23 'must-win' seats required to take back the House.

With so much at stake, we must rally behind Antonio Delgado to ensure we win here in NY-19. Please sign up here to join and support Antonio's campaign against Faso. I ask that you give whatever you can - your time, your energy, your financial support, ideally all of the above - to Antonio. Rebecca and I will be doing the same. 

Over the course of the last year, I've had the opportunity to get to know Antonio (and his wife Lacey) well - and have full confidence that he will be an excellent Representative for our community. Antonio's working class roots in the region will help him understand the myriad challenges working families here face, his intelligence and deep understanding of policy will enable him to wisely advocate for us, and his relentless drive and passion will power him to fight tirelessly for all of us. 

As I said to many of you on election night: "Now it's time to unite - we must come together to take back our district, and take back our country." Please join me in uniting behind Antonio Delgado and working together to #FireFaso!!

Look forward to working together and seeing you soon!

Best, Pat


Philosophy Without Borders: 9-16 july 2018

Launched in May 2017, PHILOSOPHY WITHOUT BORDERS is an online  
mega-project for creating and sharing eight different kinds of  
original philosophy, all of them freely available to anyone, anywhere,  
world-wide.

Here are our latest posts—

Realistic Idealism: Ten Theses About Mind-Dependence.
Go to:  
http://againstprofphil.org/2018/07/09/thinking-for-a-living-a-philosophers-notebook-4-realistic-idealism-ten-theses-about-mind-dependence/
NeoTractatus Illogical and Sillier Than the Both of Us.
Go to:  
http://againstprofphil.org/2018/07/06/neotractatus-illogical-and-sillier-than-the-both-of-us/
Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines! Issue #11, July 2018: Resisting  
Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Authenticity, Reciprocity vs.  
Tolerance, Homelessness-&-Us, & Free Speech vs. Just Access.
Go to:  
http://againstprofphil.org/2018/07/04/philosophy-ripped-from-the-headlines-issue-11-july-2018-resisting-immigration-customs-enforcement-ice-authenticity-reciprocity-vs-tolerance-homelessness-us-free-speech-vs-just-access/
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