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Oct 01 2021

The Breakfast Club (Oligarchy)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Henry Ford’s Model T car hits the market; Mao Zedong proclaims Communist China; Game One of first-ever World Series takes place; Johnny Carson begins his ‘Tonight Show’ run; Walt Disney World opens.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We’ve become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.

Jimmy Carter

Breakfast News

US News

School board group asks US for help policing threats

It’s flu vaccine time, even if you’ve had your COVID shots

United says some workers facing termination got vaccinated

Health agencies rescind mask orders despite governor’s vow

Arkansas court: State can’t enforce ban on mask mandates

Mayor apologizes for backing mask critics’ Holocaust imagery

Big drop in US teen vaping seen with COVID school closures

Judge delays implementation of new Montana abortion laws

Police commander demoted over Seattle protest blames racism

Baltimore argues Catholic group’s rally could bring violence

California water regulators prepare for another dry winter

Expanded museum traces legacy of slavery in America

California takes step to return land to Black couple’s heirs

Taiwan’s Foxconn has deal to buy former GM plant in Ohio

Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage

Catfish eaten before being verified can’t qualify for record

US Politics3

Democrats in late-night dash to salvage Biden’s $3.5T deal

Biden signs bill to avert partial government shutdown

Senators push Facebook exec on Instagram policies for youth

A ‘dangerous cabal’? Alito says high court is no such thing

Ban on ‘surprise’ medical bills on track for Jan. 1 rollout

Prisons, border wall: How GOP is looking to use COVID money

Senate approves Biden land-agency pick over GOP opposition

Texas GOP’s proposed statehouse maps aim to protect party

New Biden rules would limit arrest, deportation of migrants

International News

N. Korea says 4th new test-firing was anti-aircraft missile

Taliban order fighters out of Afghan homes they took over

Sarkozy convicted by French court in campaign financing case

Russia arrests leading cybersecurity exec on treason charges

Bangkok braces for possible flooding as rains continue

Top dog: Greek leader’s pet interrupts news conference

Sports

Judge HRs twice, Yankees beat Jays 6-2 to extend WC lead

Red Sox lose to Orioles again, tied for second AL wild card

In possible Citi Field bow, Conforto lifts Mets over Marlins

Braves sweep Phillies, win 4th straight NL East title

Steele cruises, Cubs send Pirates to 100th loss in 9-0 rout

Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox

WNBA playoffs: Sun rebounds to top Sky, tie series 1-1

Cat scurries along beam in upper deck before Braves-Phillies

Breakfast Blogs

The Crazy Is Still Running Loose Out in Arizona. The Voter-Fraud Fraud Will Be With Us Always. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire Politics

Deep calming breaths… Betty Cracker, Balloon Juice

I never thought I’d see the day digby aka Digby’s Hullabaloo

Out-of-time religion Tom Sullivan, Digby’s Hullabaloo

Survey Confirms Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Is Still Home To Dangerous Gangs, Has No Solid Plan To Eliminate Them Tim Cushing, Techdirt

Facebook’s Latest Scandals: The Banality Of Hubris; The Messiness Of Humanity Mike Masnick, Techdirt

Biden Nominates ACLU Voting Rights Head to Federal Judgeship in New York; Progressives Praise Choice of ‘Democracy’s Lawyer’ Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

New York City Teachers Petition the Supreme Court in Bid to Block Vaccine Mandate Adam Klasfeld, Law & Crime

Justice Alito Responds to ‘Annoying’ Critics of ‘Shadow Docket,’ Says There Is No ‘Dangerous Cabal’ Deciding Cases ‘in the Dead of Night’ Aaron Keller, Law & Crime

My “we are not nullifying Roe v. Wade” t-shirt has many people asking questions already answered by by shirt Scott Lemieux, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Campus Cancel Culture is out of Control Robert Farley, Lawyers, Guns and Money

Donald Trump attempted to overthrow the government of the United States Paul Campos, Lawyers, Guns and Money

The Insurance Industry’s Failure on Climate Change Erik Loomis, Lawyers, Guns and Money

It Seems To Have Finally Occurred To Dave Brooks… driftglass, at his blog

Nailbiter Yastreblyansky, The Rectification of Names

Kyrsten Sinema Is Getting Off on This The Rude Pundit, at his blog

IT SUCKS THAT A STATE HAS TO BE A LANDMASS Steve M., No More Mister Nice Blog

Utah Governor Goes Total Boss Babe, Promotes Multi-Level Marketing Company Robyn Pennacchia, Wonkette

Corey Lewandowski Jettisoned, Spurned, Fired, Blowed Off, Discharged, Forsook, And Marooned! Evan Hurst, Wonkette

Jan. 6 Committee Came To Chew Bubble Gum And Drop Subpoenas, Is All Out Of Bubble Gum Liz Dye, Wonkette

Texas Voters Think Matthew McConaughey Might Suck Less As Governor Than Greg Abbott Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

Oh Good, Now We Know What Joe Manchin Wants, Maybe. And It’s AWFUL. Doktor Zoom, Wonkette

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