Midday open thread: Lying liar in the White House lied about jobs, too; John Dingell in hospice care

Today’s comic by Matt Bors is Separation anxiety:

The Dingells’ 2018 Christmas message posted at Facebook.

Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell has entered hospice care: The 92-year-old Democrat was diagnosed a year ago with prostate cancer that had metastasized. Dingell decided not to treat it, according to a family member. His wife, Rep. Debbie Dingell, said her husband is in relatively good spirits. “He is John Dingell. He is in charge. Ordering everyone around. Doing it his way,” she said. When he retired in early 2015, Dingell was the longest-serving member of Congress after 59 years in office. His autobiography, The Dean, the Best Seat in the House, was recently published:

Earlier on Wednesday, Dingell’s wife, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, who replaced him in Congress, posted on Facebook that she was asking friends and family for prayers for her and her husband, saying that “we have entered a new phase.”

“Friends and colleagues know me and know I would be in Washington right now unless something was up,” she said on Twitter and on Facebook.

“He is my love and we have been a team for nearly 40 years.”

Remove all the lies and Trump’s SOTU would have been one of shortest instead of one of the longest. The lies about the economy, for example: 

We have created 5.3 million new jobs and importantly added 600,000 new manufacturing jobs — something which almost everyone said was impossible to do, but the fact is, we are just getting started.

Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades, and growing for blue collar workers, who I promised to fight for, faster than anyone else. 

In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that during his term so far, 4.9 million new jobs have been created in 24 months. In President Obama’s final 24 months in office, 5.1 million new jobs were created. The BLS also points out that the number of new manufacturing jobs created since Trump took the oath of office is 436,000. 

MIDDAY TWEET

Dozens of cities have secretly experimented with predictive policing software:

The use of PredPol—a predictive policing software that once advocated for a controversial, unproven “broken windows” approach to law enforcement—is far more widespread than previously reported, according to documents obtained by Motherboard using public records requests.

PredPol claims to use an algorithm to predict crime in specific 500-foot by 500-foot sections of a city, so that police can patrol or surveil specific areas more heavily.

Back when the State of the Union was a letter to Congress in 1829, it was a forum for American Indian removal, an ethnic cleansing that caused thousands of deaths.

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez whacks Trump’s attack on socialism.

“I think he’s scared,” said Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified democratic socialist. “He sees that everything is closing in on him. And he knows he’s losing the battle of public opinion when it comes to the actual substantive proposals that we’re advancing.” […]

“Every single policy proposal that we have adopted and presented to the American public has been overwhelmingly popular, even some with the majority of Republican voters,” said the New York congresswoman. “When we talk about a 70 percent marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million, 60 percent of Americans approve it.”

Without immediate federal action, 1.4 Million Puerto Rico Residents Face Food Aid Cuts.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Watching others watching the SOTU. People are mad online about tax refunds.  Trump inaugural looks thoroughly corrupt. But hey, so does everything. Even the newspapers reporting the corruption. We accidentally launch a hedge fund and a tech startup.

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