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Out d'Coup | Vegas Horror; Trump Does Puerto Rico; Supreme Court Season; Adjunct Update; #PABudget; Alt-Right in Lancaster; Next Moon Shot; and Oktoberfest!
Trump visits Puerto Rico. He forgot to pack his t-shirt cannon, but he made due. Reminds Puerto Rico that Katrina was a real disaster; that Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget “out of whack;” and, that he is incapable of basic human compassion. Trump did suggest, however, that Goldman Sach or “whoever” may have to cancel Puerto Rico’s debt. Mick Mulvaney - a contender for worst human being in the world - puts the kibosh on that. Says we shouldn’t take what the president said “word for word.” By which he meant that no one’s canceling Puerto Rico’s debt. Las Vegas horror and status quo response from NRA soaked politicians. If we can’t talk about gun control and toxic white male masculinity now, can we pencil in a date? Oh, you’ll get back to us? Yeah, OK. PA Republicans’ solution? The Hearing Protection Act. Mueller-led Trump-Russian probe gets to talk to Christopher Steel, author of “the dossier.” Does this mean the pee tape will be a topic of an open session? And, Supreme Court season is underway. This year is voting and organized labor in the crosshairs. Janus v. AFSCME looks to accomplish what Fredericks could not. Barring another death of a right-wing justice, public sector unions are in trouble. In a bit of a surprise, however, on Tuesday, oral arguments were heard regarding Gill v. Whitford...a case that could bring an end to partisan gerrymandering. Justices seemed open to the possibility. Thanks to a cache of emails internal emails. Buzzfeed reveals how Steve Bannon and Breitbart laundered Alt-Right racists. Oh, and let’s not forget hurricane, Nate. 22 people are already dead.
APSCUF-KU helps raise over $5000 for the adjunct faculty member who was kicked to the curb ahead of life-saving surgery. Over 500 Raging Chicken readers clicked to find out what they could do to help. Still no PA Budget. Gov. Wolf says he’s sick of playing games and will start to manage the budget himself. Securitizing the State Liquor stores is at the top of the list. The refusal of PA Republicans to talk about any reasonable revenue package may lead to the full privatization of Penn State, Temple, Pitt, and Lincoln. And, of course, Standard and Poors has downgraded PA’s credit rating again. That will cost PA taxpayers about $53 million/year in interest payments. Rep. Tim Murphy is out following revelations that this pro-life Rep encouraged his mistress to have an abortion and he conducted a “reign of terror against his staff.” State Rep. Tom Marino blocks Raging Chicken on Facebook. Alt-Right is making a serious play for a PA stronghold. Identity Evropa had a Lancaster coming out party. Now there’s a podcast, called “Taking a Stand.” The first episode featured Identity Evropa leader, and PA native, Evan McLaren and the PA coordinator for Identity Evropa, William Clark. And Represent PA is calling November days of action including a March from Lancaster to Harrisburg beginning on Nov. 10 concluding with two days of action in the Capitol rotunda on Nov 13 & 14.
In today’s last call, it’s the 60th anniversary of Sputnik. Mike Pence uses the occasion to help relaunch the National Space Council. He says the U.S. is going back to the moon. Free Will released PV Fest in 16 oz. cans yesterday. It’s a traditional malty Marzen just in time for Oktoberfest. I will be picking some up today. Free Will partners with Down to Earth Cafe holds its Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 22. There will be 5 traditional German-style beers and traditional German fare at the Perkasie Brewhouse. You can even pick up a Free Will stein for $10. Sunny Side Up cans are out at Pizza Boy. That and so much more.
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