Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders said it all. The violence is not the answer and it isn't.

June 14, 2017
By Jose Pagliery

...On Wednesday, (click here) Senator Sanders publicly acknowledged that Hodgkinson had volunteered for his presidential campaign last year, but he denounced the violence as "despicable."

Hodgkinson's own descriptions on social media portray him as an avid consumer of political shows. His favorite television shows were listed as "Real Time with Bill Maher;" "The Rachel Maddow Show;" "Democracy Now!" and other left-leaning programs.

His favorite movie? The documentary "Inequality for All," featuring progressive economist Robert Reich.

He had also joined several anti-GOP Facebook groups, including "Terminate The Republican Party;" "The Road to Hell Is Paved With Republicans;" and "Join The Resistance Worldwide!!"...

The Hodgkinson family lost a member today and I am sure they didn't expect any of this either.

President Donald Trump also stated the US House Bill for ending the Affordable Care Act is mean. That is something. He said it BEFORE the shooting today. At some point I recall him calling for the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall. He needs to lead and get it done if he meant it.

The country is too divided and no one seems interested in closing that divide. There is a lot of work to be done to help bring all Americans up to speed again in restoring the Middle Class and sentence reform is still needed. 

We don't need the hate or the violence. We need gun control. We need to talk about improving lives and not restoring the ability to rob the country and bank wealth. The USA needs to be the wholesome country it used to be before the USA Dollar became more important than American lives. 

Shut up, Newt. Just shut up the country doesn't need to hear from another right wing nut.

Rep. Steve Scalise is lying in critical condition in a hospital bed and all Gingrich can do is escalate the hate.


I think the leader of the Republican party currently in the White House did a relatively good job at addressing the country and he wasn't interested in hate.

June 14, 2017
By Eli Watkins

Washington (CNN)Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (click here) responded to the shooting at a Republican baseball practice on Wednesday by saying it was "part of a pattern" of behavior on the left.

Gingrich, speaking on Fox News' "Outnumbered," offered his prayers to those injured and promptly lumped the violent incident in with what he called a broader trend coming from those opposed to President Donald Trump.

"It's part of a pattern," Gingrich said. "You've had an increasing intensity of hostility on the left."...

Newt Gingrich hated President Obama, was the mastermind of the Working Poor and while denouncing the ACA as the worst policy ever, made millions if not billions from the roll out of the Affordable Care Act. 

Shut up you flying moron!       

When is the Flint Water Crisis ever going to reach Snyder?

Governor Rick Snyder is MOST responsible for this complete and utter disaster in Flint, Michigan. He is culpable in not establishing any rules or regulations regarding the ruthlessness of the Emergency Manager Order HE SIGNED!

Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials (click here) are accused of failing to act on a Legionnaires' disease outbreak associated with the city’s lead-poisoning problems.

June 14, 2017
By Vann R. Newkirk

On Wednesday morning, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon became both the highest-ranking person charged in the ongoing Flint water-crisis investigation. He and four other Michigan officials received the first involuntary manslaughter charges in the investigation as well.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged Lyon with involuntary manslaughter in court in connection to deaths caused by an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, which many experts believe occurred because Lyon’s department failed to warn Flint residents of the dangers of their crumbling water infrastructure. His subordinate Eden Wells, the chief medical officer of the department, was also charged with obstruction of justice and lying to a police officer.

Later, during a press conference, Schuette announced that he would be charging four additional officials, including former Flint Emergence Manager Darnell Earley, former state environmental official Liane Shekter-Smith, former Flint Public Works director Howard Croft, and state water supervisor Stephen Busch with manslaughter, in addition to previously announced against them. All five of the involuntary manslaughter charges, including Lyon’s, are linked to the death of Robert Skidmore, who died from Legionnaire’s disease in 2015 before a public outbreak notice was issued....

The acute kidney failure means there was a sudden onset of kidney failure.
Mr. Nelson did not have a kidney disease before he fell ill with Legionella pneumonia. Bacterial infections like this often result in "septic shock" which takes the life of the victim through system failures of the body. It is not a simple or easy death.

April 9, 2016
By Elisha Anderson

This death certificate shows Flushing resident Dwayne Nelson, 63, died of legionella pneumonia on Aug. 7, 2015, after being treated at a Flint hospital.

...Odie Brown, 65, of Flint died Jan. 16, 2015, (click here) at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after being transported from Hurley Medical Center in Flint, her family said. She liked cruises and visited the Cayman Islands, Jamaica and the Bahamas....

...John Snyder, 83, of Flint died June 30, 2015, at McLaren Flint. He loved to make homemade wine, was a huge Michigan State Spartans fan and avid snow skier, once skiing the Alps the same day that he water skied in the Mediterranean, his family said....

...Nelda Hunt, 80, of Clio died July 22, 2015, at McLaren Flint. She played cards with church friends twice a week at her home and enjoyed embroidery when her vision was better earlier in life....

...Patricia Schaffer, 81, of Flushing died July 23, 2015, at McLaren Flint. She was Irish, spent a week decorating her home for St. Patrick’s Day each year and enjoyed Irish dancing.  She had a heart procedure in April, went back to the hospital shortly after she was released and tested positive for Legionella, her family said....

...Debra Kidd, 58, of Burton died Aug. 2, 2015, at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc. She liked playing cards, listening to music, took care of her grandchildren during the workday and made a famous breakfast casserole on Christmas day....

...Dwayne Nelson, 63, of Flushing died Aug. 7, 2015, at McLaren Flint. He worked as a salesman at ABC Warehouse and fished for a hobby. Nelson, a father of two grown daughters, had been diagnosed with lung cancer last May and underwent radiation and chemotherapy....

...Thomas Mulcahy, 80, of Corunna died Aug. 22, 2015, in hospice care at his home in Shiawassee County. He was passionate about farming and liked tractors, his obituary said....

...Arthur (Art) Percy, 74, of Montrose died Aug. 31, 2015, at his home. He was a lifelong barber honored as Michigan Barber of the Year five times, an avid Detroit Tigers fan and had a 1952 Ford pickup that was a prized possession, his obituary said. He had multiple myeloma for five years....

Another nightmare in London.

June 14, 2017
By Griff Witte and Karla Adam

A fire tore through a 24-story apartment building on June 14 in west London, shortly before 1 a.m. The London Fire Commissioner said “a number” of people have been confirmed dead.
 At least six people (click here) were killed, more than 70 injured and many others missing on Wednesday as a fire ripped through a high-rise apartment building in west London where residents had long warned of the potential risk of a catastrophic blaze. 

Witnesses reported people jumping from parts of the 24-story building after being trapped by the advancing flames. A thick plume of smoke could be seen for miles around.

Children banged on closed windows as they were enveloped by the dark smoke. A woman dropped her baby from at least a dozen stories up, desperately hoping someone would catch the infant in the street below.

Hundreds of other residents, many of whom were asleep when the blaze broke out shortly before 1 a.m., were forced to flee down dark and smoky stairwells. Grenfell Tower, which is publicly subsidized housing that prioritizes low-income and disabled residents of one of London’s poshest neighborhoods, was engulfed within minutes, witnesses said....

The verbal witnessing of this journalist is incredible. He saw people fade from the windows and most probably die. It is believed children died in the fire. There are citizens of London noticing people missing as the day wears on. There are school children missing their playmates. The school children are searching for their friends. This is an unmatched tragedy for London. There is a growing awareness of missing people and concern for their whereabouts.

Below Ana Ospina is concerned for her friend, Jessie.

14 June 2017

Ana Ospina tweeted this image of her 13-year-old niece Jessie who is missing after the Grenfell Tower fire.

The London Fire Brigade (click here) has confirmed that there have been fatalities in the Grenfell Tower fire, which consumed the block in west London in the early hours of the morning local time.

People have been desperately searching for their loved ones who live in the building as people appeared to be trapped inside, the Telegraph reports.

The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Nick Paget-Brown said "several hundred" people would have been in the block when the fire broke out.

Children are believed to be among those missing, as school students search for their friends....

The firefighters became exhausted and the fire won it's status of inferno. Firefighting is a two edged sword; the enemy that is the fire and the victims of it. A fire such as this has to be as emotionally devastating as well as physically. To realize fighting the blaze is not saving lives is a defeat alone. Fighting the fire from the lower floors meant the rising smoke would simply cause more victims. It seems as though they were on a battle without end and the hopelessness of the circumstances set in.

How are the Capital Police doing?

My understanding is there were 50 shoots that rang out. Yes? The fact it took so many shots to hit the target and then only wounded him sounds like a burst of anger rather than pre-meditated.

Steve Scalise is mentioned on this blog several times over years past. Until Steve Bannon, Scalise was the highest ranking White Supremacist Republican in DC. He remains the highest ranking White Supremacist elected.

I think he was a target for that reason. Steve Scalise is a die in the wool White Supremacist who has traveled to Europe to attend conventions. There is no mistake, unless the gunman was seeing Scalise's wife intimately, it was attempted murder to end the life of the highest ranking ELECTED White Supremacist in the USA.

Have a better day. I disdain the man.

June 14, 2017
By Christopher Mele

Steve Scalise, (click here) the majority whip of the House of Representatives, was shot at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., when a gunman opened fire near a Y.M.C.A. on Wednesday morning, a congressional official said.

Representative Mo Brooks told CNN that “at least five” people were injured — including two law enforcement officers and a congressional aide — while members of a Republican congressional baseball team were practicing.

Rep. Roger Williams, a Republican of Texas, said in a statement that one of his aides was shot.

Officials described a scene of chaos and of players taking cover wherever they could on the field.

Rep. Mike Bishop from Michigan said the gunman was standing outside the fence line behind third base aiming for the field’s only exit....

My deepest gratitude to the Democratic Congress for defending the constitution of the greatest country that ever existed on Earth.

It is my observation that a plutocratic minority came into existence beginning with the repeal of "Glass-Steagall." That minority grew in wealth during the George W. Bush years and caused the 2008 global economic collapse. Their bailout facilitated a restructuring of commerce across the globe. That restructuring was facilitated by corruption and crime in the previous eight years. This was noted in Europe as well as the USA. 

To make a long story short, the first President of the USA was elected in 2016 from this plutocracy under the guise of a patriotic party named, "The Tea Party," a Republican Party extremist arm. As the first plutocratic president the Trump Administration has stomped the USA Constitution and Bill of Rights. 

It is about time Congress took it's place in enforcing the provisions of the USA Constitution to uphold it's integrity. The Congressional Republicans are afraid of Mr. Trump and his political clout within their party. The Congressional Republicans have relinquished the USA Constitution to the back seat of their Congressional business agenda to further exploit the USA's fiscal characteristics sending more wealth to their plutocrats and demising further the middle class and poor.

June 14, 2017
Marilyn Geewax

More than 190 Democrats (click here) in Congress have joined together to sue President Trump on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

They say Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting from business deals involving foreign governments — and doing so without congressional consent. And they want the court to make it stop.

Trump has "repeatedly and flagrantly violated" the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., told reporters on a conference call....

The first notable "Temperate Disturbance" manifested in latitudes where "Temperate Rainforests" exist.

The current wind map. (click here) Kindly note the top speed is 24.3 miles per hour. If the phenomena that had been sending out severe weather for 48 hours existed in the tropics it would be considered a "Tropical Disturbance."

Tropical Disturbance: (click here)

A discrete tropical weather system of apparently organized convection -- generally 100 to 300 nmi in diameter -- originating in the tropics or subtropics, having a nonfrontal migratory character, and maintaining its identity for 24 hours or more. It may or may not be associated with a detectable perturbation of the wind field.

Given the longitude and latitude of the disturbance this phenomena is best named a "Temperate Distrubance." The special aspect that describes it in this fashion is the definition from NOAA.

To the right:

June 14, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of the north and west hemisphere

"...maintaining its identity for 24 hours or more. It may or may not be associated with a detectable perturbation of the wind field."

The phenomena never dissipated it's wind field for over 48 hours. This phenomena is NOT a mid-latitude vortex. It has a very different pattern of behavior than a mid-latitude vortex. It emitted severe weather that carried with it high winds and torrential rain. These severe weather patterns were sustained for hours all to themselves. This is not a normal mid-latitude vortex. This is a phenomena with characteristics of a Superstorm, but, more in that it emitted severe storms from within it's own physics.

June 13, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of north and west hemisphere

A Tropical Disturbance is named so because it sustains itself in a wind pattern without attaining "Tropical Storm" sustained winds. This "Temperate Disturbance" has the same sustained pattern but at higher latitudes. It is my opinion this Temperate Disturbance needs to be defined as it may escalate to a sustained status that will build to higher wind speeds IF the smaller storms cease. If the higher winds are met, we will have seen the first of s high latitude "Temperate Storm" no different in nature of the "Tropical Storm." It will be the first LAND BASED storms of this nature.

June 13, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor Satellite of the north and west hemisphere

The phenomena as it existed today is unique to any past weather patterns. I have never seen anything like it in 17 years of observations of the North America continent. The most interesting thing about this phenomena is realized when noted there are "Temperate Rainforests" at this latitude. Those Temperate Rainforests have existed a very long time.

The June 13, 2017, 1430.18z satellite image ended the 48 hours prior the Temperate Disturbance established a pattern of severe storm emissions. The previous two satellite images is it's transformation from Temperate Disturbance to mid-latitude vortex. The 48 hour phenomena was never a mid-latitude vortex.