Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry – NBC News

It seems the grand old party or Republicans as they like to be called are hell-bent I’m getting everyone angry at them except for their small bass that they hope will come out and vote. I guess this angerfist. They’re on would be okay if it were not now causing Floridians to be angry. There’s nothing more sad than to see a dead manatee. I was fortunate enough to live over Biscayne Bay where a family of manatees lived below my apartment and they were the most delightful and peace-loving on our planet. But with the Republicans hell-bent on destroying the environment things are going to start boiling over as it were. Case in point first you get the red tide then you get a blue green algae which suffocates the oceans and takes all of the oxygen out, the life-giving oxygen.

Sure Scott Pruitt is gone from the EPA but he was replaced by a fossil fuel lobbyist, need I say more.

The Stranglehold on power that the Republican Party seems to crave is going to be their undoing.

Sure, Supreme Court nominee Cavanaugh would seem great now if you’re a lifelong Republican but how great will he be when your grandson turns out to be gay?

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Fish are washed ashore on the Sanibel causeway after dying in a red tide on Aug. 1 in Sanibel, Florida.Joe Raedle / Getty Images file

Judge rejects latest bid to invalidate Mueller probe – POLITICO

The special counsel, and the special counsel’s office is on firm footing. Thanks to the broad mandate given to him by Deputy attorney-general Rod Rosenstein his mandate is not going to go away anytime soon, much to the sorrow of trump supporters.

Now this Kavanagh guy that they want to put on the Supreme Court and he may well invalidate or try to vote against the special counsel’s office. the Judiciary branch of government must check the other two branches of government. If it is not do its job then our democracy is truly at risk.

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The ruling is a major win for special counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. | Andrew Burton/Getty Images

President accepts resignation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Well the swamp got a little less Swampy. The swamp monster of swamp monsters is gone. There are so many more swamp monsters out there that work for this Administration but Scott Pruitt deserved this a long time ago and it’s about time that a man who has made it his job to destroy the Earth lost his means of doing so. Who knows what 45 is going to pick as the next EPA administrator, I’m sure it will be a climate change denier who is part of the petroleum industry but hopefully he will need any soundproof booth and won’t have to fly only first class so people don’t yell at him.

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Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week – The Washington Post

The Trump regime and its Cadre of collaborators who are in the pocket of big corporations that don’t want to see regulations that will help our planet survive. These companies don’t live on a long-term plan most Executives only last five to seven years in a company all they care about is what they can do now. The future that’s not their problem and it seems they don’t really care about their kids, grandkids or the future of our planet.

we have an EPA administrator who is so deep in a quagmire of scandals it’s amazing that this man still has a job. In any Corporation he would have been fired by now. But he’s following exactly what the Trump regime wants. Do everything to increase the economy on the short-term so that they get reelected. What’s happening though is the price of gas. Has anybody noticed how quickly it’s going up? You can mark the date of when we pulled out of the Iran agreement as the beginning of the rise in fuel prices. You may think the Trump regime would want the fuel prices to remain low, but you are wrong. They want to blame the countries that have the predominance of oil for this increase. Of course they will never ever ever criticize Russia and its giant oil industry.

on this Fourth of July I hope we as a planet will take heat and do something to protect the future of our children and grandchildren if we are to have a planet at all.

There is no Planet B as President Macron has said.

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Washington Post article here

(University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)

Why do we celebrate July 4th? Independence Day is a reminder that America is more than our constitutional parts – NBC NEWS

I am 64. So it has been a long time since I read the Declaration of Independence. Today I took the time and when was most shocking is that what our Founders found wrong with the king’s actions are so similar to what we are dealing with with our current president. Please take the time and read the following and see what similarities you can see with what we’re going through and what they were going through.

Excerpt of the Declaration of Independence ratified 242 years ago.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

I am in no way saying that we needs to declare independence from this president but I am showing you that many of the reasons we left the United Kingdom’s group was for the same reasons that we are so unhappy with our current president. Our current president thinks he is King.

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NBC NEWS ARTICLE HERE

John Trumbull’s painting, “Declaration of Independence,” depicting the drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress.Universal History Archive / Getty Images

New Trump admin order for separated parents: Leave U.S. with kids or without them – NBC NEWS

The inhumanity of this President and his administration knows no bounds. He hits us with daily barrages of things that I think Hitler would think twice about. He knows that he is the synthesizing us because when you hear this over and over again it becomes normal. It is our job to make sure that this never becomes the normal in the United States of America. Our job is to go out and donate to every Democratic candidate and then bring this tyrant to justice.

as a first-generation American I am more than aware that we are all immigrants. Even those of you whose nose is pointed up because you feel like you came here with the pilgrims are still immigrants. Immigrants are the lifeblood of this country and those who forget that are doomed to destroy our country.

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A mother migrating from Honduras holds her 1-year-old child as they surrender to U.S. Border Patrol agents after illegally crossing the border on June 25, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.David J. Phillip / AP

American hunter faces outrage after taking photo with killed giraffe – TheHill

I’m not special. I treat the Universe I live in the way I want to be treated. I bought a new car recently well it was 10 years old, and there was a living spider in the center console. It took me a full day to figure out how to get this spider out of my console alive and back into nature and not on the floor of a garage.

We have Donald ass Junior as our example about how we should treat endangered species. We should shoot them and take pictures with them. How much oh is that? Can you imagine how Brave he was in holding a shotgun with helpers from Africa around him making sure that he would be safe shooting the helpless animal and then taking a picture triumphantly holding up the poor animals tail. Now we have this woman who African authorities call a neanderthal, I resent that. That is attacking the address Halls she is not even good enough to be looked upon like the snake in the Garden of Eden proverbially. Her picture should be smeared everywhere and she should be ashamed and ostracized by her friends and family. I don’t care how rich she is she does not have the right to kill a giraffe. What did the giraffe do to her?

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Sanders: Trump ‘didn’t lie’ when he tweeted he never supported immigration bill he urged Republicans to pass – TheHill

Let’s face it, since the founding of our country presidents have been politicians. Politicians will say a lot of things to get themselves elected even though they know that there is no way that these things can actually be implemented. That being said this president does not fall within the realm of other presidents and their use of untruths.

This President uses lies the same way he uses air to breathe. He’ll say one thing on Tuesday and then completely opposite thing on Wednesday and then I that he ever said what he said on Tuesday. I don’t think that he understands the concept of recordings. You would think someone who threw the years active as his own fake PR person would understand that when something is recorded it can’t be played back and therefore is not fake news. But we have a president who doesn’t seem to understand much of anything.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders happily doing her job. Photo credit The Hill

Thousands across U.S. join ‘Keep Families Together’ march to protest family separation – NBC NEWS

I’ll be marching, I hope you will be too. This is not just the March for those being held but it’s a March for the soul of our country. Here are some notes from the March organizers:

Here are the details for the event you signed up for:

What: Families Belong Together: Freedom for Immigrants
When: TOMORROW, Saturday, June 30, 11:00 AM
Where: City Hall – 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Your Event Dashboard, where you can contact your host, invite friends, and more:
http://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together_attend1/tools/?t=14&akid=210393%2E24229394%2EK8Kpq0

Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you get ready to ensure you have a great experience and make the biggest impact:

  • Wear white! Participants across the country will be wearing white to create a compelling, memorable visual that can be captured easily by press cameras. And wearing white has a long tradition through movements for racial and social justice—and has been embraced by many activists on both sides of the border.
  • Prepare for the heat. It’s summer! There is a serious heatwave in many parts of the country. Bring water. Bring extra water! Wear sunscreen. Bring a hat. Keep yourself comfortable while speaking out.
  • Amplify your impact via social media! Follow these easy instructions on broadcasting from the event using Facebook Live, and post photos on social media using the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether and tagging @MoveOn. (Using the same hashtag helps folks all across the country track the work you are doing.) After the event, send us the link to your Facebook Live videos using this form. When shooting video or taking photos, turn your camera horizontally, as this will allow the image to appear bigger on mobile phones.
  • Invite your friends. The more people who show up tomorrow, the more we can build on our momentum and force a change in these cruel policies. Call friends and family and ask them to come along.
  • Check out the event materials. Go to the event dashboard to print signs, learn some chants, and read messaging guidance on the family separation fight.

After the dizzying and terrifying news week—Supreme Court decisions that undermined the rights of voters, Muslims, and workers; a Supreme Court vacancy that could amount to a generational attack on reproductive justice and LGBTQ equality; and the senseless gun violence in Annapolis yesterday—we know that we are ready to take to the streets! Tomorrow’s actions—focused on the moral crisis manufactured by the Trump administration’s inhumane policies—are a chance to show the White House, the nation, and the world that we are rising up for justice and compassion and against senseless, terrifying cruelty.

We appreciate your commitment to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values. Be sure to review these de-escalation tips ahead of time.

Thanks for all you do.

–Emma, David, Jenn, Erica, and the rest of the team

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