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Jonathan Pie: *Putin's America*

July 20, 2018.

Posted by appalachiablue | Sat Jul 21, 2018, 08:34 PM (2 replies)

JoeScar next up: *Justin Bamberg, prominent South Carolina lawmaker flipped to Sanders from HC

Posted by appalachiablue | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 08:44 AM (5 replies)

JoeScar now: Bill De Blasio asked how HC connects to disabled woman who was crying, living on 10K

De Blasio says HC can address the problems in the WH- experienced, best suited to make the changes, get it done.
Posted by appalachiablue | Tue Jan 26, 2016, 07:54 AM (5 replies)

Anyone know a way to watch ONLINE, the new ED SCHULTZ Show now on RT America,

the first show, 8 PM ET, for those w/o access to the broadcast RT Channel. He's discussing the campaign with John Nichols. I cannot find it livestream on the RT Amer. website, and we watch it on Dish. Thanks.
Posted by appalachiablue | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 09:13 PM (3 replies)

Couple K/Rs Pls. For the Reminder OP *below: Tonite's CNN DEM. TOWN HALL, 9 PM. Thanks!

OP, "Tonight: CNN Dem. Town Hall, IOWA, 9 PM ET; New Ed Schultz Show on RT America, 8 PM ET"

Posted by appalachiablue | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 02:03 PM (10 replies)


The Town’n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.

Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal- Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.

“I was devastated when I found out. We had a pharmacy and a perfectly satisfactory grocery store. Maybe Wal-Mart sold apples for a nickel less,” said Barb Venturi, mayor pro tem for Oriental, with a population of about 900. “If you take into account what no longer having a grocery store does to property values here, it is a significant impact for us.”

Oriental is hardly alone. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Jan. 15 it would be closing all 102 of its smaller Express stores, many in isolated towns, to focus on its supercenters and mid- sized Neighborhood Markets. The move, which will begin by the end of the month, was a relatively quick about-face. As recently as 2014, Wal-Mart was touting the solid performance of its smaller stores and announced plans to open an additional 90.

That’s a big problem for small towns, often with proportionately large elderly populations. For the older folks of Oriental -- a retirement and summer vacation town along the inter-coastal waterway -- the next-nearest grocery and pharmacy is a 50-minute round-trip drive.

Wal-Mart says it is sensitive to the dislocations its business decisions are causing.

“In towns impacted by store closures, we have had hundreds of conversations with elected officials and community leaders to discuss relevant issues and we are working with communities on how we can be helpful,” said Wal-Mart spokesman Brian Nick.

Wal-Mart has been under increasing pressure lately as sales in the U.S. have failed to keep up with rising labor costs. It’s also been spending more on its Web operations. In October, the company announced that profit this year would be down as much as 12 percent. The outlook contributed to a share decline of 29 percent during the past 12 months.

“It is more important now than ever to review our portfolio and close the stores and clubs that should be closed,” Wal- Mart’s Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said in a statement on the company’s website.

Shuttered Stores

Towns like Clearwater, Kansas, and Merkel, Texas, are among those hit by Wal-Mart closures. In Godley, Texas, with a population of roughly 1,000, Wal-Mart opened a small store just a year ago. Within months, the only other grocery store in town -- Brookshire Brothers, part of an employee-owned regional chain -- shut its doors. Now with Wal-Mart gone, the closest full- service grocery store is about a 20-minute drive away.

In some cases, closed businesses may reopen now that Wal- Mart has left. In Merkel, the Lawrence Brothers grocery store, which closed two months ago, is planning to reopen now that Wal- Mart is packing up, said Jay Lawrence, head of the regional chain in Texas and New Mexico.

Resident of Oriental, where some city officials originally tried to block Wal-Mart from opening, are hoping for a similar outcome now that the megastore is gone. But for the moment the damage has been done, they say.

Renee Ireland Smith, who ran Town’n Country, said the store immediately saw sales fall by 30 percent once Wal-Mart opened in May 2014. Whenever her store cut prices, Wal-Mart would reduce its prices even more. Smith’s mother, who owned the store, invested $100,000 in savings into the doomed effort. But by October, the family decided to cut its losses and close the business.

>>“They ruined our lives,” said Smith of Wal-Mart. “They came in here with their experiment and ruined us.”


Posted by appalachiablue | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 01:38 PM (53 replies)


Watch CNN's Democratic town hall, airing live from Iowa on Monday, 9 p.m. ET

(CNN)—The Democratic presidential hopefuls will make closing arguments to Iowa voters Monday night during a CNN town hall in Des Moines -- one week before the first-in-the-nation votes are cast at the Iowa caucuses.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will appear first, followed by ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN announced Monday. Each will have 30 minutes onstage at Drake University's Sheslow Auditorium and will face questions from audience members as well as CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo.

The Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University invited the audience, which will also include some CNN guests.

This event comes as Clinton tries to brush back a surprisingly strong challenge from Sanders.

The forum will air on CNN from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

> *LIVESTREAM ONLINE & MOBILE DEVICES, VIA *CNNgo, CNN International and CNN en Espanol.
The Town Hall will also be live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo. CNN International and CNN en Espanol will also simulcast the Town Hall.


'Veteran Journalist ED SCHULTZ to Host Primetime Show on RT America', Starting Mon. Jan. 25, '16, 8 PM ET.

WASHINGTON, DC, JANUARY 14, 2016 — Progressive political journalist Ed Schultz is joining RT America, beginning January 25, 2016, to host his new primetime news program, ‘NEWS WITH ED SHULTZ’ at 8pm EST weeknights. On his new show, Schultz will focus on exploring issues that most affect working Americans, particularly within the context of the upcoming US presidential election. MORE AT THE LINK.

Posted by appalachiablue | Mon Jan 25, 2016, 12:38 PM (7 replies)

Question about Gray Screen Image for Video OP on Front Page.

Today when I posted an OP in 'Video', the YouTube Video I used appeared with a Gray Screen Image on the Front Page instead of the Video image. The same happened a few minutes later when I switched the YouTube Video for a color Photo trying to correct (?). I've posted many videos in the same way in the 'Video/MMM' Section and this has never happened before. Why is this? 7/23/15
Posted by appalachiablue | Thu Jul 23, 2015, 03:36 PM (4 replies)

*NOW, 9:40 PM, ET: Eliz Warren on TPP, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC

Posted by appalachiablue | Wed Apr 22, 2015, 09:40 PM (15 replies)

Hillary CLINTON-Julian CASTRO 2016: An Already Inevitable Ticket?


by Linda Feldmann, Staff Writer

April 14, 2015


WASHINGTON- All the talk about GOP Sen. Marco Rubio's prospects as a presidential candidate raises an inevitable question for the Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton: If she's the nominee, will she choose a Latino as her running mate?

In 2016, having the first female Presidential nominee for a major party in US history may not be enough diversity for the Democratic ticket. The Latino vote is a fast-growing, crucial piece of the American electorate for both parties. So it may, in fact, make sense for Mrs. Clinton to double down on diversity with a Latino running mate.

High on the presumed list is Julian Castro. He's Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and former Mayor of San Antonio - long eyed as a rising Democratic star along with his identical twin, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D) of Texas.

**VIDEO: JULIAN CASTRO speaks on Latino influence in American culture at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, 2013. (2 minutes).

Posted by appalachiablue | Tue Apr 14, 2015, 05:42 PM (43 replies)
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