Climate Activists Disrupt Congressional Baseball Game

No more business as usual, no matter fun and games. Global warming is destroying our planet. It’s an emergency. And we have to act accordingly. Congress just wants to be free to ignore it. Not happening. Not as long as there are those who are willing to fight to for us:

Climate protesters were arrested at the 87th annual Congressional Baseball Game and fundraiser Thursday night after trying to block the entrance to Nationals Park in Washington DC.

Three protesters were busted for unlawful entry at the stadium when dozens of demonstrators blocked the entrance, the DC Metropolitan Police Department told Fox News.

Several groups who organized the protest outside of the stadium were holding signs that read “This is a climate emergency.”

Just before the first pitch of the game, protesters moved to the front of the stadium’s center field gate to stop attendees from getting inside, according to the Washington Post.

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Global Warming is Real. Why are we still Ignoring it?

Global warming still isn’t being taken seriously. And we are seeing the consequences. Sadly it will take truly cataclysmic events before we take action. And by then it will be too. Is that okay with you?

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Military-Industrial Complex Gave $10 Million to Congressional Defense Committee Members

You wonder why our defense budget keeps growing during a pandemic. Why we spend more than the next 10 countries combined. And why we don’t win wars anymore. Then look no further than a Congress that is bought-off. Democrats and Republicans disagree on everything. But they do agree on defense spending. Congress gets outraged about providing programs for the poor and needy in America. There is no issue sending billions to Ukraine. Not even a little. That is our system. But we were warned decades ago. President Eisenhower warned us about the M.I.C. Obviously we have not learned our lesson:

Every year, the defense industry donates millions of dollars to the campaigns of members of Congress, creating pressure on the legislative branch to fund specific weapons systems, maintain an extremely high Pentagon budget, and add ever more military spending. This upwards pressure is a constant, no matter what figure is requested by the president for the Pentagon, even though nearly 50% of the current Pentagon budget already goes to private contractors each year.

Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees are especially targeted by defense contractors. These committee members determine the amount of money authorized for the Pentagon when the committee marks up the annual Pentagon policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act.

Because of this critical position, the defense contractors pour money into the reelection campaigns of these members, creating a self-fulfilling feedback loop that many call the “military-industrial-Congressional complex.” This year, the armed services committees voted to increase the Pentagon budget beyond the President’s $813 billion request for the Pentagon for the coming fiscal year, a $31 billion increase from the previous fiscal year, by an additional $37.5 billion in the House and $45 billion in the Senate.

Madigan indictment sends shockwaves through Illinois political chambers: “Today may be the darkest day in Illinois government history”

Illinois has a long history of high-ranking politicians going to jail. This case won’t be any different. Obama came from this political machine:

The federal indictment against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the halls of state and local government, with politicians from both sides of the aisle condemning Madigan’s alleged behavior as "deplorable" and "disturbing."

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, a political foe of Madigan’s for years, said Wednesday "may be the darkest day in Illinois government history."

Columbia Rejects Fascism. Elects a leftist President Gustavo Petro

There is a lesson in this election for the U.S. You can elect a former leftist extremist while beating an extremist right-winger. And the loser of the election accepts the defeat. Did I mention Petro’s running mate is a black woman? The election was fair and peaceful. No talk of civil war or ‘stop the steal.”

Colombia has elected a former guerrilla fighter Gustavo Petro as president, making him the South American country’s first leftist head of state.

…Petro’s election marks a tidal shift for Colombia, a country that has never before had a leftist president, and follows similar victories for the left in Peru, Chile and Honduras.

…During his victory speech, Petro issued a call for unity and extended an olive branch to some of his harshest critics, saying all members of the opposition will be welcomed at the presidential palace “to discuss the problems of Colombia”.

“From this government that is beginning there will never be political persecution or legal persecution, there will only be respect and dialogue,” he said, adding that he will listen to not only those who have raised arms but also to “that silent majority of peasants, Indigenous people, women, youth”.

The outgoing conservative president, Iván Duque, congratulated Petro shortly after results were announced, and Hernández quickly conceded defeat.

Trump claims he drew a larger crowd than MLK jr did for the March on Washington

His lies know no bounds:

Former President Donald Trump claims he previously drew a crowd larger than the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King did during the historic March on Washington, according to Mediaite. On Friday, June 17, Trump delivered a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Not even close:

Official estimates for the “Salute to America” speech in 2020 are unavailable, but the Chicago Tribune reported that crowds were “strikingly thinner” than Trump’s speech in 2019. There are also no official estimates for attendance in 2019.

Trump said his speech on January 6, 2021, which preceded the Capitol riot, had even more attendance than his speeches on the National Mall. The speech, he claimed, involved “the largest number of people I’ve ever spoken to.”

The former president has repeatedly claimed that the crowd size was “censored” by the media, saying that a “sacred number” attended his speech.

According to the Associated Press, at least 10,000 people attended.

Here is another take on the bogus claim about the crowd size for his November 14, 2020 speech:

Thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to express their support to the commander in chief and his baseless allegations of voter fraud. The protest had several different names, including Million Maga March, Stop the Steal, and March for Trump but they all had the same message: the election has been stolen from Trump. The gathering received praise from members of the administration, including Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, who tweeted photos of the demonstrations and claimed that “more than one MILLION” people had gathered to support the president. That was a wild exaggeration as all footage from the events show, at most, tens of thousands of people present.

…Many immediately pointed out McEnany’s exaggeration and noted that it brought to mind the way Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, outright lied to the press about the number of people who attended the president’s inauguration in January, 2017.

FOX News Pays out $15 Million Settlement for Underpaying Female Host

FOX News has a long history of sexual harassment and sexist mistreatment of it’s female employees. And they keep having to pay for it:

Fox News has reportedly come to terms on a monster settlement payout with Melissa Francis – a former host for the network who alleged there was a gender pay disparity during her tenure.

According to the Washington Post, the network has agreed to fork over approximately $15 million to Francis, who left in 2020 after spending nine years as a host for Fox News and Fox Business.

Francis previously filed a complaint with the New York State Department of Labor alleging retaliation by Fox News after she highlighted a gender pay gap at the network.

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‘Poor People’s Campaign’ March Completely Ignored by Media

There was a protest march in Washington on Saturday. You would think it never happened given the complete lack of media coverage. That is not unusual. The rights of working people and the poor aren’t of concern to a corporate media that put profit above all things. Poverty is an inconvenient fact for the powerful in America. It makes them uncomfortable:

In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. organized low-income Americans of different backgrounds in a march on Washington known as the “Poor People’s Campaign.”

Over 50 years later, thousands of protesters gathered Saturday to deliver that same message at the Poor People’s and Low-Wage Workers’ Assembly and Moral March on Washington and to the Polls.

The rally urged low-income voters to participate in the upcoming midterm elections and featured religious organizations, pro-democracy groups, labor unions and climate activists from across the country.

“As long as there are 140 million poor and low-income people in this country, and we know it doesn’t have to be this way, we won’t be silent anymore,” said the Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign.

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Uvalde Shooting Cover-up is Worsening

It is obvious that the political establishment in Uvalde is trying to cover-up their failure to prevent the massacre of 19 children, and 2 teachers, at the Robb Elementary school. We mustn’t allow them to. Their corruption and cowardice has to be exposed and punished. Congress needs to get involved:

The coverup is heading into high gear:

The City of Uvalde and its police department are working with a private law firm to prevent the release of nearly any record related to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in which 19 children and two teachers died, according to a letter obtained by Motherboard in response to a series of public information requests we made. The public records Uvalde is trying to suppress include body camera footage, photos, 911 calls, emails, text messages, criminal records, and more.

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