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Hillary Clinton launches book tour with tickets selling for up to $1,200

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The pity party rolls on, at a price of course.

From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton will be back in the spotlight this fall for an unprecedented, big-ticket book tour for her new tome What Happened, with tickets priced as high as $1,200. 

On Monday, the ex-Democratic nominee announced ‘Hillary Clinton Live,’ a 15-city tour, which includes stops in a handful of states she lost in the election last year.

Promotional materials for her first stop, at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., promises Clinton plans to ‘let loose’ and tell her audience a ‘personal, raw, detailed and surprisingly funny story’ of her election loss and recovery.

The website promoting the tour, HillaryClintonBookTour.com, features a quote from Clinton too.

‘In the past, for reasons I try to explain, I’ve often felt I had to be careful in public, like I was up on a wire without a net,’ she said. ‘Now I’m letting my guard down,’ she pledged.

The tour kicks off on September 18 in D.C. and continues on all through fall.

Clinton is making stops in the trio of states that are largely blamed for her election loss: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Sticking to blue areas within those states, she’ll head to Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 24, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 9 – exactly one year to the day that she gave her concession speech – and then head on to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30.

Clinton is hitting up a trio of Canadian cities too, making appearances in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.   Top-tier ticket packages in those cities cost $3,000 Canadian dollars for two seats, or, in American dollars, about $1,200 a pop.

There are cheaper seats in the states with tickets costing between $50 and $350 to see Clinton in Broward, Florida – another state that she lost to now-President Trump.  Clinton will also visit UC Davis, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Portland.

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady already gave audiences a taste of What Happened in the form of two clips from its audio book, which were aired on Morning Joe last week.

In one of the clips, she talks about what it was like to have Trump breathing down her neck, literally, during the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Missouri. ‘It was incredibly uncomfortable he was literally breathing down my neck,’ Clinton said. ‘My skin crawled.’

Clinton said that no matter where she walked onstage, Trump followed.  ‘Staring at me, making faces,’ she said, adding that she would have loved to have ‘hit pause’ and ask everyone in the audience, ‘well, what would you do?’

‘Do you say calm, keep smiling and carry-on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, “Back up you creep, get away from me! I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up!“‘ Clinton said.

What Happened hits bookshelves on September 12.

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How progressive: Transgender man gives birth to baby son with his gay husband

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Suspend your knowledge of biology to read through this story.

And as many on Twitter noted, how do they know their child is a boy? Did they assign him that gender?

From Daily Mail: A transgender Oregon man is overjoyed after giving birth to his first biological child this month. Trystan Reese, 34, was born a girl — but despite beginning hormone therapy a decade ago, he has kept his ‘original parts’, enabling him to get pregnant.

Now, after experiencing the heartbreak of a miscarriage last year, he and his husband Biff Chaplow have finally welcomed their first biological child into the world, a baby boy named Leo. The Portland couple shared their elation over the news with several news outlets, with Trystan telling WGN9 he was ‘overjoyed’ and ‘elated’.

‘The moment he was born was just like a pure moment of bliss, like the happiest moment of my life,’ his husband Biff added in an interview with Fox19. ‘Just to see the very beginning of Leo, of his life, was just amazing.’

Leo already has two older siblings, a brother and sister, whom Trystan and Reese adopted after Biff’s sister was found unfit to be their guardian — but when they first got together, it didn’t occur to them they’d have biological children.

‘I thought I was giving up having a family — I didn’t even think of it as an option,’ Trystan told Buzzfeed. ‘I didn’t ever dream of having, or wanting to have, a biological child. One, I didn’t think it would be possible, and two, it took a long time for me to be strong enough in my identity as a man to be able to do that.’

In fact, when Trystan first brought it up with his husband, Biff said no — and took some time to come around to the idea. Now, though, they are thrilled with the decision.

The news of a healthy baby boy was especially joyous considering Trystan has suffered a miscarriage at six weeks last year.

Shortly after, they began trying again under the supervision of doctors, with Trystan stopping giving up his testosterone treatment in order to conceive healthily.

Trystan initially wanted to wait for a year before he and Biff had another go at conceiving, but given the complications of restarting and then stopping the testosterone again led the dads to speed up their plans.

‘I think my body is awesome. I feel like it’s a gift to have been born with the body that I did, and I made the necessary changes so that I could keep living in it, both through hormones and through other body modifications,’ Trystan wrote on Facebook.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Portland, Oregon, mayor calls for free-speech and anti-sharia rallies to be canceled

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Similar talk with guns after a whacko commits a crime: When one person does something stupid, demorats want to punish a whole group who aren’t responsible for that action and who don’t agree with them.

From MSN: The mayor of Portland, Ore., is calling on federal authorities to cancel a pair of upcoming rallies organized by conservative groups, saying the city was still ‘‘in shock’’ after two men were fatally stabbed on a commuter train Friday while fending off a man shouting anti-Muslim slurs.

Mayor Ted Wheeler (demorat) asked the federal government to revoke a permit authorizing a June 4 ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally’’ in Portland’s downtown. He also called on the government to block a ‘‘March Against Sharia’’ that is scheduled for June 10 but has not received permits.

‘‘Our city is in mourning, our community’s anger is real, and the timing and subject of these events can only exacerbate an already difficult situation,’’ Wheeler wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

He added that he had asked the organizers of the rallies, which he referred to as ‘‘alt-right demonstrations,’’ to cancel their events. ‘‘I urge them to ask their supporters to stay away from Portland,’’ Wheeler wrote. ‘‘There is never a place for bigotry or hatred in our community, and especially not now.’’

The federal government controls permitting for the plaza where both rallies are set to take place. The city of Portland will not issue any of its own permits allowing organizers to hold the events elsewhere, Wheeler said.

Portland has spent several days reeling from the deaths of Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, and Ricky John Best, 53, who were stabbed and killed as they tried to protect two young women from a man who boarded a light-rail train and began yelling hateful comments about Muslims at them. A third man who intervened was injured.

The suspect, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, has a history of making bigoted comments online and was photographed giving a Nazi salute at a recent protest organized by the group behind the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally.’’ Local publications as well as the Southern Poverty Law Center have described him as a ‘‘known white supremacist.’’ He is charged with aggravated murder, attempted murder and other charges.

The attack came at a time of escalating tensions in Portland, a city with a long track record of activism and protests. Since President Donald Trump’s election in November, the city has been beset by violence at political rallies from groups on the left and the right. Clashes between black-clad ‘‘antifa,’’ or anti-fascist, activists and right-wing protesters associated with white nationalist movements have become increasingly common at otherwise peaceful demonstrations.

The organizer of the ‘‘Trump Free Speech Rally,’’ Joey Gibson, sought to distance himself and his group, Patriot Prayer, from Christian, especially as reports surfaced that he appeared at the group’s other events. In a video posted to Facebook on Sunday, Gibson condemned Christian and said antifa protesters were trying to incite chaos at the upcoming rally by exploiting the attacks on the train.

‘‘There’s going to be more intensity, there’s going to be more threats,’’ Gibson said. ‘‘They’re using the deaths of these two people and Jeremy Christian – they’re using it to get Portland all rowdy about our June 4th rally and it’s absolutely disgusting.’’

Gibson urged his supporters to remain calm. ‘‘You throw one punch, you’re going to jail,’’ he said.

A Facebook page for the event says the rally will feature live music and ‘‘speakers exercising their free speech.’’

The ‘‘March Against Sharia,’’ which Gibson is also involved in, says Islamic law ‘‘is incompatible with our Constitution and American values.’’ The event page calls on supporters who ‘‘stand for human rights.’’

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon criticized the mayor’s attempts to shut down both rallies, saying the government can’t revoke or deny a permit based on the demonstrators’ views. ‘‘It may be tempting to shut down speech we disagree with,’’ the ACLU tweeted, ‘‘but once we allow the government to decide what we can say, see, or hear, or who we can gather with, history shows us that the most marginalized will be disproportionately censored and punished for unpopular speech.’’

‘‘If we allow the government to shut down speech for some, we all will pay the price down the line,’’ the organization added.

But Tom Hastings, a longtime activist and professor in the Portland State University conflict resolution program, said the mayor was on solid footing. The looming threat of violence at the rally justified a shutdown while the city worked out a long-term solution. ‘‘I know these lines are perceived as pretty fuzzy when we’re dealing with constitutional First Amendment rights,’’ Hastings told The Washington Post. ‘‘But there’s no long fuse anymore. Everybody’s fuse seems to be quite short.’’

Portland has struggled to stop violence from flaring up at public gatherings in recent months. In November, shortly after the presidential election, peaceful anti-Trump demonstrations were disrupted when anarchists smashed windows, ripped out electrical power boxes and spray-painted buildings downtown.

In April, Portland’s typically family-friendly rose parade was canceled after antifa activists threatened to shut down roads if a Republican group wasn’t barred from the event. And earlier this month, dozens of ‘‘black bloc’’ anarchists destroyed property at May Day protests.

Hastings warned that the mayor’s decision could backfire if he doesn’t reach out to the leaders of the groups whose rallies he’s trying to block. The city, Hastings said, should arrange one-on-one conversations with organizers on all sides, otherwise the trend of violence could only get worse.

‘‘I think it’s a real fine line,’’ he said. ‘‘The cancellation of this can’t be regarded as the end of anything. If you kick the can down the road and don’t do anything it will (be) exacerbated. People are quashed for a minute, but they almost nurse this notion of vengeance and they come out much worse than before.’’

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A TV show promoting a polyamorous throuple: Canada’s “You Me Her”

I’ve never seen this show before because 1) I have no desire to watch it and 2) it airs in Canada. I’m sure American audiences can find it somewhere. I’ll pass.

The background on this “rom-com” (romantic comedy) show:

“You Me Her is a Canadian television show that revolves around a suburban married couple who is entering a three-way romantic relationship, otherwise known as a polyamorous relationship. The series is set in Portland, Oregon and was created by John Scott Shepherd. The series is also promoted as TV’s “first polyromantic comedy”. On June 9, 2016, Audience Network renewed the series for a second and third season. The second season premiered on February 14, 2017.”

The show’s premise:

“The series revolves around married thirty-somethings Jack and Emma Trakarsky, from Portland, Oregon, whose sex life has been slowly dying. In an effort to reinvigorate their sex life and possibly conceive a child together, they decide to bring Izzy, a 25-year-old college student and part-time escort, into their marriage, initially intending it to be a purely business-like arrangement. When both start to develop romantic feelings for Izzy, and vice versa, they find themselves having to navigate their way through a minefield of prying neighbours, social norms and prejudices, all while struggling to confront their own feelings and adjust to the unfamiliar dynamic of a polyamorous relationship.”

Another attempt by media to discredit social norms and slam the “prejudiced” people who uphold them.

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Homosexual Seattle mayor Ed Murray, accused of sex abuse, reportedly won’t seek re-election

Ed Murray with husband Michael Shiosaki

As Dr. Eowyn reported back in April, Seattle mayor Ed Murray was accused of sexually molesting three teenage boys. This includes having sexually molested a 15-year-old boy in the 1980s. At the time, Murray would have been in his early 30s. From her blog post:

“Lewis Kamb and Jim Brunner report for Seattle Times that on April 6, 2017, a 46-year-old man with the initials D.H., a resident of Kent, Washington, filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, claiming that Ed Murray had “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old crack-cocaine addicted high-school dropout. Murray gave the teen payments of $10 to $20.

In an interview with The Seattle Times, D. H. said, “I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” and that he’s now coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he [Murray] put me through.”

Then, in early May, a fourth person accused Murray of sex abuse.  From King5:

A fourth accuser came forward claiming Seattle Mayor Ed Murray paid him for sex when he was a teenager.

In court documents filed Tuesday, Maurice Jones, 44, claimed he was introduced to Murray by Delvonn Heckard who also claimed he was abused as a teen by Murray. Heckard is the only person suing the mayor at this point. The declaration submitted to the court by Jones is in support of Heckard’s lawsuit.

Jones claimed in a written statement that Murray was known for patronizing child prostitutes at the time when Jones was a teen. Jones claimed he had also been in Murray’s Capitol Hill apartment at the same time Heckard has claimed abuse in the 1980s.”

Now the mayor is apparently ready to announce he will not seek re-election. And, his supporters are setting up a legal defense fund for him, anticipating that his defense of these allegations will cost him $1 million.

Sounds like the good mayor has got himself some serious legal issues.

From MyNorthwest.com: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will officially announce Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, sources tell KIRO Radio.

Murray currently faces allegations that decades ago he sexually abused four minors. He has vehemently denied the claims, but had not yet filed to seek a second term with the deadline to submit the paperwork one week away. Publicly, his campaign staff has said the one-term mayor is going to run. But privately, Murray and others have been gauging the erosion of the mayor’s popularity before deciding to make another bid. Sources tell KIRO Radio, however, that the mayor plans to formally announce that he will not seek re-election.

According to the latest report from Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission, Murray has more than $372,000 in campaign contributions. He has been fundraising since late 2016.

Murray’s expected announcement likely will trigger a slew of potential candidates stepping into the fray.  Former Mayor Mike McGinn has already announced, as has urban planner Cary Moon and activist and poet Nikita Oliver. Former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan likely will announce her candidacy within days and Seattle Democratic Sen. Bob Hasagawa has also expressed an interest, among other candidates.

Four men have accused Murray of sexually abusing them as minors. The latest, Maurice Jones claimed he was introduced to Murray by Delvonn Heckard, who has said he was abused by the mayor in the 1980s. Murray has said he has no idea who Delvonn Heckard is and maintains that the man’s name “is not familiar” to him.

As of May, an independent trust has been created to raise money for Murray’s legal defense, The Seattle Times reports. To make sure the fund will not run afoul of regulations, the Pacifica Law Group sent a letter to the city’s ethics and elections commission stating their intent.

We represent the Ed Murray Legal Defense Fund, an independent trust being created to help defray the legal expenses that the Mayor of Seattle, Edward B. Murray, must incur to defend himself in an ongoing civil lawsuit … the mayor, a lifelong public servant, does not have the personal resources needed to fund his own legal defense.

Heckard, 46, is described as an openly gay man with no real political inclinations, which contrasts with the mayor’s claims that the allegations are a part of a right-wing conspiracy because the mayor pushed the LGBTQ civil rights bill.

Jeff Simpson, another one of Murray’s accusers, has stressed that he is not asking for anything other than for the mayor to admit what he did. Murray told KIRO 7 that he was Simpson’s “legal guardian for just under two years.”

Simpson is one of two Portland men who have accused Mayor Murray of sexual abuse while they were minors in the 1980s.

Murray became the mayor of Seattle in January 2014 after 18 years as state legislator representing the 43rd Legislative District. He was the prime sponsor of the state’s marriage equality bill. As mayor, he signed an executive order raising the minimum wage of City employees to $15 an hour.  Most recently, Murray proposed a soda tax and city income tax.

Murray lives in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with his partner of 24 years, Michael Shiosaki.

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Portland will tax public companies where CEO pay is 100 times employee average

Demorats being demorats.

 

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From the Seattle Times: Moving to address income inequality on a local level, the City Council in Portland, Oregon, voted Wednesday to impose a surtax on publicly traded companies whose chief executives earn more than 100 times the median pay of their rank-and-file workers.

The surcharge, which Portland officials said is the first in the nation linked to chief executives’ pay, would be added to the city’s business tax for those companies that exceed the pay threshold. Currently, roughly 550 companies that generate significant income on sales in Portland pay the business tax.

Under the new rule, public companies doing business in Portland must pay an additional 10 percent in taxes if their chief executives receive compensation greater than 100 times the median pay of all their employees. Companies with pay ratios greater than 250 times the median will face a 25 percent surcharge.

The tax will take effect next year, after the Securities and Exchange Commission begins to require public companies to calculate and disclose how their chief executives’ compensation compares with their workers’ median pay. The SEC rule was required under the Dodd-Frank legislation enacted in 2010.

Portland’s executive-pay surcharge will be levied as a percentage of what a company owes on the city’s so-called business license tax, which has been in place since the 1970s. City officials estimated that the new tax would generate $2.5 million to $3.5 million a year for the city’s general fund, which pays for basic public services such as housing and police and firefighter salaries.

Criticism of how much chief executives are paid has risen in recent years as their compensation has grown substantially. In 2015, the median compensation for the 200 highest-paid executives at U.S. public companies was $19.3 million, up from $9.6 million five years earlier.

Comparing such compensation with how much lower-level employees earn is likely to show a very wide gulf. A 2014 study by Alyssa Davis and Lawrence Mishel at the Economic Policy Institute, a liberal-leaning advocacy group in Washington, found that chief executive pay compared with the earnings of average workers had surged from a multiple of 20 in 1965 to almost 300 in 2013.

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Thomas Piketty (a French economist), a professor at the Paris School of Economics and an authority on income inequality who wrote “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” said he favored the Portland tax as a first step. “This is certainly part of the solution,” Piketty wrote in an email, “but the tax surcharge needs to be large enough; the threshold ‘100 times’ should be substantially lowered.”

Steve Novick

Steve Novick

Taxing companies that dole out outsize executive pay in Portland was the idea of Steve Novick, a former environmental lawyer who has been a Portland city commissioner since January 2013. “When I first read about the idea of applying a higher tax rate to companies with extreme ratios of CEO pay to typical worker pay, I thought it was a fascinating idea,” Novick, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview. “It was the closest thing I’d seen to a tax on inequality itself.”

Novick, who lost a bid for re-election last month, said he had begun weighing such a tax about a year ago but did not discuss it publicly until September.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Another supporter of the tax is Charlie Hales, the mayor of Portland.  “Income inequality is real; it is a national problem, and the federal government isn’t doing anything about it,” Hales, a Democrat, said in a telephone interview. “We have a habit of trying things in Portland; maybe they’re not perfect at the first iteration. But local action replicated around the country can start to make a difference.” Hales, who did not seek re-election, will leave office at the end of the month.

Portland officials said other cities that charge business-income taxes, such as Columbus, Ohio, and Philadelphia, could easily create their own versions of the surcharge. Several state legislatures have recently considered bills structured to reward companies with narrower pay gaps between chief executives and workers. In 2014, a bill in California proposed reducing taxes for companies whose executives were paid less than 100 times above the median worker. The bill did not pass.

Among those objecting to the new tax was the Portland Business Alliance, a group of 1,850 companies that do business locally. Alliance officials have predicted that the measure would not have the desired result of reducing income inequality.

“We see it as an empty gesture,” Sandra McDonough, the alliance’s president and chief executive, said in a telephone interview. “We think they’d be far better off trying to work with business leaders to create more jobs that will lift people up and improve incomes.” Publicly traded companies, she added, are “an easy group to pick on.”

Hales conceded that the pay ratio is “an imperfect instrument” with which to solve the problems of income inequality. “But it is a start.”

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Oregon judge says all guns in U.S. should be dumped in ocean

From The Oregonian: As the killer stood before him, Judge Kenneth Walker couldn’t stay silent. “If I could I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean,” the judge told the defendant. “Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”

Marcell Lee Daniel Jr. had unleashed 30 bullets during an afternoon drive-by shooting of an innocent man on a North Portland sidewalk. The man, Andrew Coggins Jr., 24, died.

The judge kept going. “Australia after a major shooting rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country,” he said.

The judge was referring to tighter gun controls in Australia in response to a 1996 mass shooting by a lone gunman who killed 35. Australia responded by buying back or seizing a million existing firearms and making it more difficult to buy new ones. News reports marking the 20th anniversary of gun reforms state there have been no mass shootings — defined as 5 or more people — since.

“I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns,” Walker said, referring to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”

Walker, a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge for nearly 10 years and a criminal defense attorney before that for 25 years, sentenced Daniel to 17 1/2 years in prison.

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Read the whole story here.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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