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Just did a FB Live video in response to this earlier post from Deb.

In case anyone was wondering, or cares, the "March to End White Supremacy" arrived in Washington, D.C., on September 6. The group has launched what it calls a "sustained vigil" at Farragut Square, which they have renamed "Impeachment Square."

They've been doing all sorts of cool, protesty stuff, and I'm sorry to say I've just been too busy to cover it all.

The Park Police removed their tents from the square after a couple of days.

 

This guy is starting to look like a real monster:

More from The Seattle Times:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.

Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a statement.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday morning on the allegations by Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, who has become the fifth man to publicly accuse Murray of sexual abuse.

 

Flooding and hurricane damage in south Florida.

Here is a flooded frontage road.

flooding from Hurricane Irma in south Florida Photo of flooding on the frontage road in south Florida.

Power lines cross the highway in south Florida after Hurricane Irma.

Power lines across the road in south Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of power lines crossing the highway in south Florida after Hurricane Irma

88 cars in two lines for two gas stations.

PJ Media's anonymous post-Irma photographer has submitted these photos of no fewer than 88 cars waiting in line for gas.

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Trucks to the rescue.

Here is a picture of a fuel tanker on its way down to needy families in Florida after Hurricane Irma.

Gas truck driving through Florida Picture of a truck carrying gasoline into Florida following Hurricane Irma.

Here is another truck carrying a massive generator, aiming to provide power to the millions of Florida residents who have lost it in the wake of the storm.

A truck carries a power generator into Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a truck carrying a power generator into Florida after Hurricane Irma

35 cars in line for gas.

PJ Media's anonymous photographer waited in line behind 34 other cars to get gas. He also snagged some photos of other drivers filling up.

Here's Rusty, who drove 80 miles from Arcadia and waited an hour in line to fill up his tank.

Man fills up truck with gas. Photo of a man named Rusty filling up gas in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Here's Amanda, a 26-year-old woman from Lehigh Acres. She waited in line in Ft. Myers for an hour, and the station ran out of gas before they got there. She waited 25 minutes at another gas station and finally filled up her gas cans which feed generators for six families.

The power in her neighborhood will be restored on September 22, and they have no cell service and no Internet.

 

Woman in her twenties fills up extra jugs of gas in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a girl named Amanda who is filling up extra gallon jugs of gasoline at a gas station in Florida.

You can't fire him -- he quits!

Round Rock attorney resigns following Betsy DeVos tweet.

What a jerk.

The tweet, which was posted by Robert Ranco, a partner with the Carlson Law Firm, read, “I’m not wishing for it...but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX.”

The tweet caught the eyes of national news outlets like the Washington Times and Breitbart, as well as Twitter users who snapped screenshots before the account was locked and then deleted.

Law firm managing partner Craig Carlson announced in a statement Monday that Ranco resigned.

“I considered the health of everyone in our organization, promised my partners and my employees that we would act according to the values of our firm, and sat down to speak with Mr. Ranco,” Carlson said.

Carlson stated that with over 75 percent of employees of whom are women, anyone in the company “advocating or even expressing apathy towards sexual assault” would not be accepted. Carlson said Ranco took full responsibility of the tweet.

If Twitter still has one redeeming feature, it's that it remains the fastest known method for antisocial human beings to fully reveal their terrible true selves to the public.

DREAM BIG.

President Trump is going to take a stab at tax reform.

NPR:

President Trump is hosting a dinner at the White House Tuesday night for a bipartisan group of senators. On the menu: his plan to overhaul the tax code.

Republican leaders in the Senate are making plans to advance tax legislation on a simple, party-line vote. But after dissenting Republicans torpedoed the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Trump is eager to line up some Democratic supporters for insurance.

The guest list for Tuesday's dinner includes Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.; and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. All three are up for re-election next year in states that Trump carried by wide margins.

Republican promises of tax reform have become the political version of Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown. It's all been one big tease for so long that reading about attempts to accomplish anything on the tax front should be done with a lot of eye rolling.

What a Democrat "fix" would look like is a bit unclear. The Dems attending this dinner may represent constituents who are more conservative but they still belong to the party that is being driven leftward by Elizabeth Warren and erstwhile Democrat Bernie Sanders. It's also the party that has been preaching the virtues of big government for a very long time and that government needs a lot of tax dollars to pay for Democratic promises.

Dinner is a good start. Maybe something can get accomplished before Maverick McCain tries to "help."