Vox Populi, our weekly live chat about the week’s events begins tonight at 7:00pm PDT. Hope to see you then! AdLib 6 hours ago

Hey Murph! How are you doing today? AdLib 4 hours ago

FYI, I contributed to Nikki Budzinski this week. AdLib 4 hours ago

Ok. Exhausted. Watching the Richard Engle special on MSNBC. Quite extraordinary. Up close, personal stories of the horrors of war in Ukraine. Focus now, a 10 year old who was with his mom and dad when they were killed by a Russian tank that rolled over his family car. and then fired on it to be sure the occupants were dead. The id is so very brave. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Thanks for the contribution to Nikki. A very good egg. Fighting hard, one town hall at a time. Lot of haters in that part of Il. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Good evening twilson117 4 hours ago

Wow. I heard a story like that, may have been that one, at the beginning of the invasion. This is real horror that’s so hard for people so removed as we are to really fully get. AdLib 4 hours ago

Evening TW! AdLib 4 hours ago

Murph – What else is the GOP and their MAGA cult but haters? AdLib 4 hours ago

What a week. twilson117 4 hours ago

That part of Il has a lot of radical righties who are very into militias. One of our big donors has hired body guards for Nikki. We have all gotten security briefings. I am (legally) armed when I travel there and nearby when I work. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

You’re so right, TW. That ruling by the Injustice Loose Canon would be laughable if it wasn’t so Qanon. She “ruled” that the government has no authority to its own documents! And that Trump may have ownership of government property including top secret info. Insane. Glad DoJ appealed, even with a Trump picked majority on the 11th Circuit, can’t believe all of them could go along with incinerating the right of the government to its own documents. AdLib 4 hours ago

Have been watching all the reporting on the documents found and reading the back and forth between DOJ and Trump’s lawyers and the Judge who doesn’t seem to know what she is doing. What a mess. twilson117 4 hours ago

I have been so busy over there that I catch the news on the fly…..awarer of the Mired in Legos ongoing melodramas. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph – That is scary and should not be acceptable in a democracy. I was just thinking today that it’s time Dems called out this haterful, violent MAGA army as “Trump’s Thug Mob” or something like that and hammer that into voters minds along with a pledge to root out these criminals who use threats of violence to protect our democracy. AdLib 4 hours ago

Some of my chums from my days in the uk have been incontact. Two strongly support the monarch. One is a die hard “republican” i.e. for a monarch free republic. We have met in a chat. Good Lord. Who are those old guys. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

It is foolish for these people to believe they can repeat 1776 and1860 twilson117 4 hours ago

TW – The kindest interprettation of Loose Canon is that she is a moron but the more likely explanation is that she is a moron who is corrupt and sees her job and future hinging on protecting Trump at all costs as a political partisan. There is no reflection of the law in her BS. AdLib 4 hours ago

Ad…certainly those principals should be front and center……but what those people respect is the kind of strength they wield. I don’t like it but it seems necessary so we are not being terrorized. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Canon is another of the Federalist Society Sawn. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

If eitherof you et a chance to see this MSNBC Engel report….it is a must see…riveting, horrifying.Nazism lives. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph – I’m in the camp of questioning how loving monarchs has any place in modern society since it is supporting a statement that everyone else in the country is inferior. AdLib 4 hours ago

Guys it bothers me deeply to see what is happening. You’ve heard me say it we lose the courts we lose our democracy. twilson117 4 hours ago

Murph will be watching it later it will be repeated so I will be able to record it. twilson117 4 hours ago

The Monarchy has emerged as a living symbol of the nation, a gathering point for a variety of people and a source of idealistic stability. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Every time I listen to Zelensky I am in awe. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

TW – As I think all of us have said here, what we’re seeing in this MAGA cult is the mindless hatred and need for affirmation of superiority that we saw back in Nazi Germany. Until Trump, most Americans including me would shake their heads and wonder how a society could support a hateful madman to have ultimate power over them. Now, we know. And reason, conscience and humanity have nothing to do with these people so they are beyond reasoning with them. They need to be permanently defeated. AdLib 4 hours ago

Murph Not bad for a comedian twilson117 4 hours ago

TW…..He is a heroic figure and a natural leader. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Ad, so true. twilson117 4 hours ago

And a 52+ Dem majority in The Senate to break the filibuster and pass voting reform nationwide with a Dem House would defeat the Repubs from holding power and remaining the enemy of the people. AdLib 4 hours ago

Murph I agree with you, and the US and all of NATO should give him what he needs. twilson117 4 hours ago

Ad…will our citizenry rise to the challenge…..do have the stuff of the founders and framers. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Guys I have my MA Information For Voters booklet for our up coming election. Will be going over it this weekend. twilson117 4 hours ago

TW – That is another reason we need a larger Senate majority and keeping the House, to pass judicial reform and have a system that roots out malicious judges and enlarges the SCOTUS. BTW, Claire McKaskill said on MSNBC that Dems would never have the votes to enlarge the SCOTUS. We need to prove her wrong again by hammering any Dems who wouldn’t be on board if we get that bigger majority in The Senate. AdLib 4 hours ago

TW…AND vow to punish Russia, to break it, this behavior has become a pattern……genocidal destruction. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph good question, but I ask this, if things were to change what type of government would the good citizens want. twilson117 4 hours ago

TW…what is MA…..? MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Massachusetts information for voters booklet on the ballot questions. Sorry should have been more expliict. twilson117 4 hours ago

I forgot you are from MA…..where do your fellow citizens stand on your GOP governor? MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph – Yes, I understand and I don’t fault people who are passionate about the monarchy but my personal feelings are that whatever good they can do that’s earnest could be done without their being royalty which by definition demeans the people of the country and especially, carries with it the horrible baggage of violence and torture of vulnerable people in the countries they ruled in the past. AdLib 4 hours ago

Ad….baggage like that is part of every nation’s sad heritage. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph well I know I’m not voting for the Trump supporter who is running. And since we’ve hand moderate Reps as gov, this guy has no chance. twilson117 4 hours ago

I like to think of the war finally ending and Zelinsky getting a chance to enjoy the enormous respect and affection that Ukrainians and the rest of most of the world have for him. What an unexpected leader who grew to fill the shoes he needed to. It’s not over yet though, I remain concerned for his well being, his strength and defiance is a powerful motivator for the people of his country. AdLib 4 hours ago

TW….so much of the citizen ignorance is the result of studied efforts to dumb down the voters…..ex. the virtual elimination of civcs from grade and high school curriculums and the failure to teach American History in all its complexity. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph I agree the lack of civics being taught in grade school is a major problem. twilson117 4 hours ago

Murph – I think the primary results and polls are showing that concern for our democracy and women’s rights is dominating this cycle and helping Dems overperform and Repubs underperform. I am hoping that what we see in Nov is a much bigger wave election than polls, which are not geared to account for the rapid growth of women and young people registering to vote. AdLib 4 hours ago

TW…good to hear. My position has become painfully clear to all with whom I associate……no matter how noble, no matter how wise, no matter how ethical….ANY vote for a Republican is a vote against democracy. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Ad the war is far from won they still have a long way to go. I believe the most effective way to for it to end would be for the people see Putin in handcuffs and carted off the prision. twilson117 4 hours ago

TW – Very cool! This is such an important election, the most important in terms of retaining our democracy…at least since 2020! I can’t wait to vote but thankfully, in MA and CA, we don’t have a lot to worry about in our elections. AdLib 4 hours ago

Ad, thought about moving to a state were the COL was lower, but, don’t like the politics in some of the states where it would less expensive. twilson117 4 hours ago

Repubs have always targeted education as an enemy. The attacks on colleges and college educated, the phony CRT BS, ending the Dept of Education, on and on, the powerful and wealthy behind the GOP see the big picture, that a public which is uneducated is easier to mislead and manipulate. AdLib 4 hours ago

I am under significant pressure from both sides to stand up for Busch Valentine….curious…..the right wants the election to look legit…..the left wants to play the part that gives them some stake in county government. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph is Busch running against Boebert?? twilson117 4 hours ago

No. Eric Schmitt. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Murph – That is simply the truth. What do any of these Republicans offer to make the lives of their voters better, aside from the fantasy of turning the US into South African arpartheid? They don’t support a single issue to benefit anyone, it is so corrupt, it is only about manipulation, blatant lies and cheating to gain power to reward their financiers and themselves. Not one policy to make one person’s life better. Not one. They chose to not even have a platform this year because they aren’t running on any issues aside from dismantling America. AdLib 4 hours ago

Ad….an excellent summary…a damning case. MurphTheSurf3 4 hours ago

Can’t we trace that all back to when the dixiecrats moved into the Republican part? twilson117 4 hours ago