Madam Speaker

Pelosi, first woman speaker, to depart Dem leadership in seismic shift

Nancy Pelosi, a legislative giant regarded as one of the most powerful speakers in modern U.S. history, announced Thursday she will forgo another run for Democratic leadership but retain her House seat.

By Sarah Ferris

11/17/2022 12:31 PM EST

Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful speakers in modern U.S. history, will cede the helm of House Democratic leadership after 20 years and take on an unfamiliar role: Rank-and-file member.

Since she reclaimed the top gavel in 2018, the first woman speaker — whose legislative prowess has powered her party’s agenda under four presidents — planned to give it up after this term. Yet her decision became more complicated, she has said, by the brutal assault of her husband Paul last month.
https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/17/pelosi-first-woman-speaker-to-depart-dem-leadership-in-seismic-shift-00069222

https://apnews.com/article/nancy-pelosi-house-future-plans-updates-3839ff31c605efa0ec1ee4ff004b72d2

The California Democrat, a pivotal figure in U.S. history and perhaps the most powerful speaker in modern times, said she would remain in Congress as the representative from San Francisco, a position she has held for 35 years, when the new Congress convenes in January.
https://apnews.com/article/nancy-pelosi-house-future-plans-updates-3839ff31c605efa0ec1ee4ff004b72d2

Ex-Trump official: You can’t help but respect the hell out of Pelosi

CNN political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin responds to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announcing that she would not seek reelection for a House leadership role in 2023.
https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2022/11/17/alyssa-farah-griffin-pelosi-house-leadership-nr-vpx.c

Donald Trump Vs Nancy Pelosi: The Most Epic Clashes of All Time

One of these two politicians will go down in history as one of the G.O.A.T. The other one will go down in history… Nancy has become famous for speaking truth to power and getting Trump’s goat. Is that not ironic, or what? Nancy, who was the Trumpster’s bete noire, caused the gas bag to assume the position and “nut-up” by striking a pose such as the following on many occasions.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-crossed-arms-photoshop-battle_n_5b88e456e4b0162f47217dd3

Nancy Pelosi was without a doubt the best Speaker of the US House of Representatives during my time and she did it all for the children:

Scrabble Adds 500 New Playable Words

Scrabble adds 500 new playable words, like ‘vax,’ ‘deepfake’ and ‘Jedi’

By Scottie Andrew, CNN
Published 4:47 PM EST, Wed November 16, 2022

You can use more than 500 new words to win at Scrabble, including “adorbs,” “zedonk” and “Jedi.”

As our language evolves, so does Scrabble: Now, you can use hundreds of new words, from “ambigram” to “zedonk,” to spell your way to victory in the beloved board game.

Hasbro and Merriam-Webster have added more than 500 new words to the official Scrabble dictionary, which consists of all of the game’s playable words. It now includes words that weren’t commonly used when the game was first created in the 1930s, like “adorbs,” “dox” or “zoodle.”

The newest edition of “The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary,” its seventh, bends some of the game’s rigid rules: Typically, in Scrabble, slang is allowed, but abbreviations and words that are always capitalized are not.

The latest crop of Scrabble-approved words, though, have been expanded to include proper nouns like Google and Boricua (both words’ length and amount of vowels make them potentially high scorers). Players can even use “Jedi” (but not “Yoda”) to score some points.

Some of the new words simply didn’t exist up until a few years ago, “deepfake” and “subtweet” among them. Newer slang has made its way into Scrabble, too, including “vax” and “guac.”

In a statement, Merriam-Webster editor at large Peter Sokolowski said the new additions to the dictionary give players an opportunity to “up their game while celebrating the riches of the ever-expanding language.”

“English speakers like to have fun with words, and no one does it better than Scrabble players, who make excellent use of words both obscure and common,” Sokolowski said.

The complete list of Scrabble-friendly words can be accessed in the new edition of the Scrabble dictionary or online, on Merriam-Webster’s Scrabble Word Finder.
https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/16/us/scrabble-new-words-bae-guac-vax-cec/index.html

Everybody has an addiction

Everybody has an infatuation

But my quirky obsession, it runs real deep

It keeps me from getting much sleep oh I

I’m addicted to scrabble

I came across scrabble years ago

An old wizard said, “let me teach you what I know”

And I said, “Okay, I’ll be your pupil”

He taught me how to spell; he made me recite

He taught me words nobody knows like aiguilles and qi

And now, I’m addicted to scrabble

Chorus:

Oh, A B C D E F G

I’ll bingo your ass before you can use your ‘Z’

And then, I’ll triple-word-score your Mama!

Think before you challenge me

’cause I’m the Doogie Howser of Scrabble prodigies

‘oh, I love scrabble

My top score is 743

And my best bingo is “P-O-R-T-I-N-G”

And I’ve memorized every two-letter word in Sowpods

Better watch out cause I’ll throw you a phony

Before you can spell abalone

Oh, I love scrabble

Chorus

You may say I’m a nerd

And to that I retort, “yes I am. So what?”

I may be a nerd but at least I’m not a

Stupid, small vocabulary, gun-slinging nut!

Hans Niemann ‘not going to back down’ amid cheating allegations

Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann ‘not going to back down’ amid cheating allegations


By George Ramsay, CNN
Published 5:32 AM EDT, Thu October 6, 2022

Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann said he is “not going to back down” as accusations of widespread cheating intensify.

On Tuesday, an investigation by popular online platform Chess.com claimed Niemann “likely cheated” in more than 100 online matches, a week after world champion Magnus Carlsen explicitly accused the American of cheating in over-the-board games.

The 19-year-old Niemann has only admitted to cheating twice in his chess career at the ages of 12 and 16, and on Wednesday said his “chess speaks for itself” after defeating Christopher Yoo in the first round of the US championship in St. Louis.

“This game is a message to everyone,” Niemann said after his victory. “This entire thing started with me saying chess speaks for itself and I think this game spoke for itself and showed the chess player that I am.

Mad Vlad Has Gone “All In”

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö, who has a longstanding relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin,

https://euromaidanpress.com/2015/09/17/kremlin-a-psychopathic-power-with-dangerous-illusions-vike-freiberga-says/

discussed what he has learned about Putin over the years, and what is next for his war in Ukraine. President Niinistö said, “How I see it is in poker terms. He has pushed all in.”

President Niinistö has called it “…a cruel and unprovoked war,” and a blatant violation of the Charter of the United Nations.” In addition, Zakaria said he “called on members not to accept, condone, or normalize such aggression, and this was all before Putin’s nuclear comments.” (https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/09/25/finnish-president-sauli-niinisto-on-putin-gps-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/around-the-world/)

Fareed Zakaria and Finland President Sauli Niinistö

Russian War Pigs

Ukrainians on Russian forces: ‘They lived like pigs’

‘We prayed to be liberated’: Inside a city recaptured by Ukraine after months of Russian occupation

EXCLUSIVE By Rebecca Wright, Sam Kiley, Olha Konovalova and Peter Rudden, CNN
Updated 8:11 AM EDT, Tue September 13, 2022

Izium, Ukraine CNN —

Burned-out tanks and trucks emblazoned with Russia’s signature ‘Z’ symbol lie at the side of the road, gutted and red with new rust. A collapsed bridge is covered in signs warning of landmines. Further along, the wreckage of a car is left alongside a destroyed petrol station surrounded by the debris of shelling.

These are the signs of Ukrainian victory and, for now, a Russian rout.

Ukrainian artillery made Russian soldiers run like pigs.

‘Who have we come to liberate here?’

Izium resident Valeriy said the locals in the city were angry with the Russians for their behavior.

“Where there were no people, (the Russians) stole everything,” Valeriy said. “They lived like pigs. We entered one house – and pigs live better.”

Makeshift beds are seen in the sleeping quarters used by the Russian forces in their underground bunker. Rebecca Wright/CNN


https://www.cnn.com/2022/09/13/europe/ukraine-izium-recaptured-intl-cmd/index.html

“Putin’s Philosopher” Speaks To CNN About Trump

Vladimir Putin’s brain, as Alexander Dugin has been called, had some interesting things to say about the relationship between Putin and former POTUS Donald Trump.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/08/21/alexander-dugin-interview-trump-putin-ward-vpx.cnn

In the event you cannot read the above, it says, “Putin, standing in the vanguard of the struggle for multipolarity, led up to this. Novermber 8, 2016 was a most important victory for Russia, and for Putin personally.”

In case you are unaware of Alexander Dugin, he has been in the news recently because a car bomb meant for him exploded in the car driven by his daughter, Darya Dugina:

https://www.cnn.com/europe/live-news/russia-ukraine-war-news-08-22-22/h_28f99596027ea5d674efac0a27a84e3f

In the video it is said that Alexander Dugin is a “Champion of Russian Nationalism” and Dugin says, “Donald Trump is on the same wavelength.”

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” he (Trumpster) wrote. https://nypost.com/2016/12/30/trump-praises-very-smart-putin-for-not-retaliating-against-us/

Why is it that in most, if not all, of the pictures with the two cronies together Putin is the one with the excrement eatin’ grin?

The world doesn’t trust Putin much, but it trusts Trump even less. Photo: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/poll-the-world-trusts-putin-more-than-trump.html

Really? The Trumpster on the same wave length as Mad Vlad. Who would have known… Some have expressed the view that the Trumpster sold out the country. I have not lived long enough to obtain the full story of what happened to President John F. Kennedy

https://www.businessinsider.com/story-of-a-president-smoking-weed-in-the-white-house-2015-2

on November 22, 1963, so certainly I will not be around to learn how, exactly, the Trumpster sold out his country to become elected POTUS, but some, if not most of it will come out, eventually, or at least the part those in power decide to disclose to We The People. The fact is that there are THREE REPUBLICANS on the SUPREME COURT who should not be there, and would not be there if the Trumpster had not sold out the country to become elected POTUS. If not for Russian interference the women of America would still be in control of their bodies and would not possibly be forced into committing a crime to have an abortion. There are MILLIONS of DEAD AMERICANS who died of Covid because of the intransigence of the Trumpster, who put self-interest above the welfare of We The People. These are facts not in dispute. Never forget that the Trumpster IS a REPUBLICAN!

Sting posts video of himself singing his 1985 song ‘Russians’ amid war in Ukraine

By Chloe Melas, CNN Sun March 6, 2022

“Russians”

[Soviet news report excerpt:]
…и премьер охарактеризовала переговоры с главой делегации Михаила Сергеевича Горбачёва как конструктивный, реалистический, типовой и дружественный обмен… …но послание заложено…

In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria
Conditioned to respond to all the threats
In the rhetorical speeches of the Soviets
Mister Khrushchev said, ‘We will bury you’
I don’t subscribe to this point of view
It’d be such an ignorant thing to do
If the Russians love their children too

How can I save my little boy
From Oppenheimer’s deadly toy?
There is no monopoly of common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

There is no historical precedent to put
The words in the mouth of the president
There’s no such thing as a winnable war
It’s a lie we don’t believe anymore
Mister Reagan says ‘We will protect you’
I don’t subscribe to this point of view
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too

We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
What might save us, me and you
Is if the Russians love their children too

https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sting/russians.html

I Love This Georgia Bar!

A Georgia bar owner removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to the walls to give to her unemployed staff

By Amanda Jackson, CNN
Updated 5:30 AM ET, Thu April 9, 2020

(CNN) Before the coronavirus pandemic, Jennifer Knox would walk into her bar and soak in the sounds of people chatting while sipping on their drinks and listening to local musicians strum along on their guitars.
Now, her restaurant, The Sand Bar — located in Tybee Island, Georgia — is quiet, with no customers or employees in site.
Like many other restaurants, The Sand Bar had to close its doors after officials put stay-at-home orders in place and mandated restaurants switch to takeout and delivery only. The restrictions, put in place to help control the spread of the virus, also left businesses — including Knox’s — struggling financially.
As she sat in her empty bar at the end of March and looked around, she realized there was an opportunity to help her now unemployed staff.

“We were sitting there doors locked and I’m like oh my gosh, ‘there’s money on the walls and we have time on our hands,” she told CNN, referring to the bar’s decor. “‘We gotta get this money down.'”

Some of the money has been there for over a decade.

Some of the money has been there for over a decade.

For nearly 15 years, patrons have been leaving their mark on the island bar by writing on a dollar bill and stapling it on the walls and ceilings. Knox just celebrated her six-year anniversary of owning the bar.
Knox, who worked as a bartender at the bar for seven years before owning it, now runs the bar with her mother, Pam Hessler.
“I can’t just sit here and do nothing,” Knox said of the decision to take down the dollar bills to try and help her employees. “I’ll do what I can for my people.”
Over the next three and a half days, five volunteers took on the tedious task to help gently take down the weathered money. Some bills had dozens of staples in them, according to Knox. Some of the currency came from countries across the globe.
After the bills were taken down, it took about a week and a half to clean them off and get them counted. In total, $3,714 were collected and the stacks of bills stretched in piles across the entire bar counter top.

Over a span of three days, a Tybee Island bar removed $3,714 worth of bills stapled to their walls to give to their unemployed staff. 📸Jennifer Knox of The Sand Bar pic.twitter.com/Aiz2NBCPxy
— Amanda Jackson (@AmandaJ_TX) April 8, 2020

After hearing about Knox’s act of giving back, several customers donated to the cause. In total, Knox was able to distribute $4,104 to her staff. Four bartenders and two musicians each were given $600, she said.
Tybee Island, one of Georgia’s most popular vacation destinations, depends on beachgoers to keep the town’s economy alive. The town has a population of about 3,000 people.
Knox said that March was the beginning of their busy season coming out of winter. Now, like everywhere else, their business is on hold, and Knox remains unsure of what the future holds.
In the spirit of giving, one of the bartenders decided to donate her portion to another Tybee Island bartender. Knox wants to continue to give back to the small island’s service staff. She is still collecting donations to distribute.
“We all look out for each other,” she said. “We are all in this together.”
Knox said she is hopeful that The Sand Bar will reopen when all is over.

What the place looks like now.

What the place looks like now.

When patrons do return to have a cold beverage after relaxing on the beach, they’ll notice a fresh coat of bright colored paint replaced the wallpaper of dollar bills.
While Knox is unsure if the stapling of the money on the walls will continue, she said she is thinking of a different plan for customers to leave their mark.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/08/us/sand-bar-dollar-bills-donation-trnd/index.html

 

 

 

 

Coastal Mayor Rips Georgia Governor Brian Kemp A New One

Mayor of Georgia coastal town assails governor’s ‘reckless mandate’ to reopen the state’s beaches

By Raja Razek and Ralph Ellis, CNN

Updated 6:23 PM ET, Sat April 4, 2020

Tybee Island in a 2018 photograph. The beach is located near Savannah, Georgia.

(CNN) Tybee Island, one of Georgia’s most popular vacation destinations, depends on beachgoers to keep the town’s economy alive.
But in an effort to curb the coronavirus, the city council voted to close the beaches March 20. The town went so far as to put up barricades and signs to keep beachgoers away.
The town’s good intentions were upended on Thursday when Gov. Brian P. Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Is Either Lying or Incompetent

Georgia’s Governor Says He Just Learned About How Coronavirus Spreads. He’s Either Lying or Incompetent

issued a statewide shelter-in-place executive order which supersedes all local orders relating to coronavirus — and also opened up the state’s beaches.
The governor put Tybee Island back in the beach business — whether the town liked it or not.

Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions

Shirley Sessions becomes Tybee Island’s first female mayor

Shirley Sessions becomes the first female mayor of Tybee Island. (Source: WTOC) https://www.wtoc.com/2019/11/06/shirley-sessions-becomes-tybee-islands-first-female-mayor/

fired back on Saturday, issuing a statement saying she and the town council don’t want the beaches reopened now.
“As the Pentagon ordered 100,000 body bags to store the corpses of Americans killed by the Coronavirus, Governor Brian Kemp dictated that Georgia beaches must reopen, and declared any decision-makers who refused to follow these orders would face prison and/or fines,” Sessions’ statement read.

“Tybee City Council and I are devastated by the sudden directives and do not support his decisions. The health of our residents, staff and visitors are being put at risk and we will pursue legal avenues to overturn his reckless mandate.

In a video posted on Facebook, Sessions asked people to voluntarily stay away from Tybee Island’s beaches.
She said Kemp’s decision caught Tybee off guard and the town hasn’t had time to take down the beach barricades or open up the parking lots.
The town doesn’t have the personnel to enforce social distancing on the beach, she said, encouraging residents to shoot videos if they see people standing too close together on the beach.
We’re at a very precarious situation,” she said in the video.
Tybee Island is located near Savannah and has a resident population of about 3,000 people.

Kemp has already already been criticized for issuing his executive order so late in the game.
He explained he and state officials were just “finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs,” despite publicly available findings that have circulated for weeks about such risks.

The Tybee Island Light House.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/04/us/tybee-island-georgia-beaches-open/index.html

Dr. Sanjay Gupta Rips Republican Governor Brian Kemp A New One

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced a stay-at home order across Georgia to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus. During the announcement, Kemp also stated he just learned asymptomatic people could transmit the virus.

An incredulous Dr. Sanjay Gupta: “This is inexcusable. My kids, who go to school in Georgia, knew that a month ago.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discuss remarks by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in which he claims he recently learned that the coronavirus can be spread by asymptomatic people.
Source: CNN

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/04/02/governor-brian-kemp-georgia-coronavirus-sanjay-gupta-anderson-cooper-nr-vpx.cnn

Gov. Admits He Didn’t Know Asymptomatic People Could Pass Virus | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Fact check: Georgia governor says we only just learned people without symptoms could spread coronavirus. Experts have been saying that for months

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By Tara Subramaniam and Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Updated 3:18 PM ET, Thu April 2, 2020

Atlanta (CNN) Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said on Wednesday that new information on the spread of coronavirus influenced his decision to issue a stay-at-home order. In particular, Kemp pointed to what he said was the recent discovery that the virus can be spread by people who are not exhibiting symptoms.

“What we’ve been telling people from directives from the CDC for weeks now that if you start feeling bad stay home, those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt bad. But we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours,” said Kemp, a Republican.

Facts First: It’s not true that people didn’t know “until the last 24 hours” that individuals without symptoms could be infecting people with coronavirus. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said in mid-February that asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus was possible. Furthermore, studies from as early as January showed cases of coronavirus spreading amongst people with no symptoms.

Kemp’s press secretary said the governor was referring to an update that the CDC made to its guidance on March 30 that indicated there’s a higher risk of people without symptoms passing on the virus. The updated guidance changed the period of exposure risk for individuals from “onset of symptoms” to “48 hours before symptom onset.”
As more has been learned about the virus, several experts told CNN last month that it’s become clear that transmission by people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic is responsible for more transmission than previously thought.
Though it wasn’t the first time he acknowledged it, Redfield confirmed that suspicion in a March 30 interview with NPR affiliate WABE, in which he said “as many as 25%” of individuals who are infected with coronavirus may remain asymptomatic. “One of the [pieces of] information that we have pretty much confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic,” Redfield said.

In a February 13 interview with CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Redfield said asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus was possible and concerning, based on information from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
“There’s been good communication with our colleagues to confirm asymptomatic infection, to confirm asymptomatic transmission, to be able to get a better handle on the clinical spectrum of illness in China,” Redfield said. “What we don’t know though is how much of the asymptomatic cases are driving transmission.”
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/politics/fact-check-georgia-gov-brian-kemp-coronavirus-no-symptoms-stay-at-home/index.html