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Sep 23 5 tweets 2 min read
"Vertol has close ties to Larry Keefe, the DeSantis appointee charged with running his anti-immigration policies."

Also, Vertol does not fly planes, so they subcontracted to Ultimate Jet Charters of Ohio.

talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/surpris… via @TPM Fun facts:
*Keefe hired Matt Gaetz as an attorney before his congressional election.
*Gaetz represented Vertol in 2010 lawsuits.
*Vertol is a partner in Zeppelin Holdings LLC with Jay Odom, close associate of Gaetz.
*Zeppelin owns 8 seat Cessna jet that flew similar course>
Sep 23 13 tweets 3 min read
To reporters digging in on DeSantis, just want to note a few things in his biography that deserve examination or don't add up.

First, he's a middle class guy who graduated Magna Cum Laude in History from Yale while playing baseball (Division 1). How'd he pay? There are no sports scholarships in the Ivy League. The Dexter Filkins' New Yorker profile says "he worked several jobs to help pay his tuition". The tuition at Yale in 2000 was $25000. Minimum wage was $6.15 in CT then . Working even full time all year would pay 1/2 that
Sep 22 7 tweets 2 min read
I want to make this very clear because I have been called a liar by DeSantis supporters.

Seeking asylum in the US IS LEGAL. This is what the Venezuelans were doing when DeSantis shipped them to Martha's Vineyard. This is what asylum means:
Sep 21 4 tweets 2 min read
.@GovRonDeSantis ancestors migrated to the US from Italy at a time when the borders were truly open, at least to European immigrants.

Now he wants to deceive, bully, & use asylum seekers legally in the US as pawns in his power game His heartless treatment of the Venezuelan asylum seekers last week is ironic. Italian American immigrants were subject to vicious prejudice from the 1800s until the mid 20th century. Columbus Day was proclaimed by Pres Harrison in 1892 under pressure from the Italian government
Sep 15 4 tweets 1 min read
This is huge - the essence is this: insurers are driving police reform. The small MO town features in the article has eliminated high speed chases over minor traffic infractions & petty crime because insurance rates were going through the roof. It is happening all over. The police in the MO town substituted GPS tracking darts for high speed chases, and then they just find the car and issue a citation or make an arrest later. Technology can eliminate the need for police action in most minor traffic cases.
Sep 15 9 tweets 2 min read
A tale of two presidents: when confronted with a potentially crippling strike by air traffic controllers, Reagan fired the controllers & broke the union.

Confronted with a looming strike by railroad workers & owner lockdown, Biden negotiated & workers are better off Reagan used the strike to set path on union busting. Unions were already in decline, & Reagan gave them a shove over the cliff

npr.org/2021/08/05/102…
Sep 15 5 tweets 1 min read
This article is stunning: rapid rises in insurance premiums forces police reform.

“One of the things I’ve had to come to terms with is, since we changed our pursuits, our accidents are way down. We are doing a better job of keeping the public and our officers safe.” Article: no paywall

wapo.st/3Lehu8b
Sep 12 5 tweets 3 min read
Eric Trump, yes. Nunes (in red) maybe. If people are thinking the guy near Trump in light blue is Hannity, nope. Hannity is the same height as Trump (6'). I also don't see McCarthy. I don't doubt the purpose of this meeting. I do doubt most of the identifications. Actually, the only identification I accept is Eric Trump. The redshirt guy (left) is not Nunes (right top) who is also about the same height as Trump. No McCarthy, Newt, M. Lee, Trusty (right both.). I don't doubt that they are up to something. Let's not get carried away yet ImageImageImage
Jun 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Good news/bad news about the SCOTUS EPA decision today.

Good news: market forces are killing coal.

"In reality, utilities have been closing coal plants over the past decade in the face of competition from cheaper forms of energy such as gas-fired generators, solar ...& wind" Bad news 1: since there are no regulations in place (stopped by courts before), this is extreme judicial activism.

"“Twenty years ago, there’s no way that court would ever have taken this case,” said Sambhav Sankar, a senior VP at the environmental law group Earthjustice"
Jun 30 4 tweets 1 min read
Just a reminder for those who want to blame the Dems for not pushing back on the outrageous court decision made by GOP appointed justices:

The GOP is 100% responsible for their bad faith actions. Also: the west coast governors have made it clear we are a welcoming spot for women in need.

AG Garland has made it clear that reproductive health drugs approved by the FDA cannot be made illegal in states.

The White House is working to make medical abortions more accessible
Apr 3 4 tweets 1 min read
"Last year, 30 percent of home sales in majority Black neighborhoods across the nation were to investors, compared with 12 percent in other Zip codes, The Post’s analysis shows."

washingtonpost.com/business/2022/… Context of above tweet: corporate investors are buying up huge amounts of homes & turning them into rentals. Fewer sale homes available-> tougher for 1st time buyers to break in, & home ownership is the gateway to generational wealth. The problem is worse in black communities.
Apr 1 4 tweets 1 min read
Sen. McConnell reverses course, offering full support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for SCOTUS, and for expansion of court to better reflect the country's political views and cultural diversity.
Jan 19 4 tweets 2 min read
Blacks who were lynched experienced discomfort. Blacks massacred at Tulsa or Rosewood or other sites experienced discomfort
binnews.com/content/2021-0…
Oct 26, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
Musk whining about billionaire taxes, and of course Tesla famously got a $465 million dollar loan from the US government in 2009 (they did pay it back).

But - it was a sweet deal for Tesla that could have recouped more for taxpayers "Tesla’s management knew that if they couldn’t get the government’s money at 3 or 4 percent interest, their next cheapest source of capital would cost 10 times more, a whopping 30 to 40 percent annually. "

slate.com/business/2013/…
Oct 8, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I posted earlier about the last actual arrest for contempt of congress (1936) that was not encouraging precedent (below).

There is encouraging precedent involving Reagan EPA director Mary Gorsuch (Neil's mom) & Reagan Interior Secretary James Watt

Gorsuch withheld documents from a house committee, who referred it to the full house, who voted her in contempt. The matter was referred to the US attorney in DC who proceeded to develop a case that could have led to a $1000 fine & year in jail.

findlaw.com/litigation/leg…
Oct 8, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
I just looked up the last contempt of congress arrest & conviction. William MacCracken in the "Air Mail " scandal. He was subpoenaed by the Senate in 1934 & destroyed his records about overseeing an improper air mail bidding processes during the Hoover administration The narrative reads like a 30s screwball comedy. He was friends with the Senate Sergeant at Arms who arrested him. There was a Senate trial to file contempt charges with a majority GOP vote to convict.

MacCracken was found guilty in 1934, took it to the supreme court.
Apr 25, 2021 15 tweets 6 min read
These data , from statista & security.org, show we have a real problem with police killings in the USA. First, per 100000 population, the US IS WAY off from other wealthy democracies Second, the cause of death, overwhelmingly, is gunshot
Nov 5, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
UPDATE: 1:57 pm - pulse of votes just flipped Lehigh county blue in PA, went blue in 2016, expect more. Day started at Trump + 115069, now down to 90542 with lots of votes to count.

Also: watch Monroe county - currently in Trump column but went blue in 2016. Many votes there The big blue county votes have been stagnant for a while. Adding Lehigh to the pool of blue counties with votes remaining pushes estimates of available Biden *gains* from 136K (conservative)-159K (average absentee return used everywhere). Plenty there for a Biden win in PA.
Nov 5, 2020 8 tweets 1 min read
My own version of data science nerd reports for remaining states. First, Georgia. As of the latest report, estimating the remaining vote, Biden needs 57% of outstanding votes to tie Trump. On the last batch he got 65%, a great sign! Next, Pennsylvania. The big population counties are slow to come in. Biden needs 60% to tie, and the last two estimates of his return rates with no results in from big counties had his actual rates at 61.4% and 56%. These were mostly from smaller counties, so, OK.
Mar 14, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
This article contains appropriate skepticism about #COVID19 reinfection.

First important note: reinfection is reflected in .2% of cases in China, and one case each in Japan & S Korea.

Most likely reasons are testing errors or premature release.

latimes.com/world-nation/s… US based infectious disease experts confirm likely errors:

"They say testing errors are more likely to blame — either false negatives that resulted in patients being discharged too early, or false positives when they retested and were taken back into hospital."
Feb 1, 2018 25 tweets 8 min read
Here is my thread of optimism for #TheStateOfTheResistance – it is easy to let the events get us down, but: We. Are. Mighty. #StrongerTogether. #BlueWave2018 #BluNami #BlueTsunami2018 1/ Reason 1 for optimism: We are all worried about Trump firing Mueller after, perhaps, he first fires Rosenstein. First, he is getting advised NOT to fire Rosenstein. By his own WH, & by many congressional GOP. newsweek.com/rosenstein-tru… 2/