The Breakfast Club (Roxbury Pickin’ ‘n’ Fiddlin’)

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 10:30am (ET) 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.

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AP’s Today in History for July 10th

Start of World War II’s Battle of Britain; Telstar satellite launched; Millard Fillmore becomes President; Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev killed; Singer Arlo Guthrie born; Cartoon voice Mel Blanc dies.


Breakfast Tune Roxbury Pickin’ ‘n’ Fiddlin’ 2011 – Ring of Fire


Something to Think about, Breakfast News & Blogs Below

Anti-TPP Amendment Fails at Heated Dem Platform Meeting
Nika Knight

When Democratic Party platform committee members arrived at the committee’s final session in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday morning, 700,000 signed petitions against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement had been delivered there to meet them.

“We want unity, but we want it real. We do not want it on the backs of working people,” said Dr. Cornel West, who was selected to serve on the committee by Bernie Sanders. “We want opposition to the TPP in this platform.”

“Hillary Clinton opposes the TPP so strongly that her apparatchiks at the Democratic platform meeting voted down language to oppose it. Integrity!” commented The Intercept reporter Zaid Jilani in response to the platform committee’s decision. …

Neocons linked to Tea Party paid for Andrea Leadsom’s flights to US
Jamie Doward

A controversial rightwing American lobbying group that denies climate change science and promotes gun ownership paid for the Tory prime ministerial hopeful Andrea Leadsom to fly to the United States to attend its conferences.

The American Legislative Exchange Council – Alec – is a neoconservative organisation with close links to members of the Tea Party movement. Championed by supporters of the free market, it has been attacked by critics for exerting a “powerful and undemocratic” influence on US politics.

“Alec has clearly set its sights on promoting its agenda in Europe and in particular it has targeted politicians from the UK,” said Nick Surgey, director of research at the Center for Media and Democracy in the US. “Austerity under the Alec vision for the world is far more extreme than anything that the UK has seen under Cameron.” …

Russia expels two US diplomats over incident with Moscow policeman
The Guardian

Russia has expelled two US diplomats, including one who was the subject of an unprovoked attack by a Russian policeman outside the embassy in Moscow last month.

Moscow, however, claimed that the US diplomat was a CIA agent who attacked the policeman as he tried to stop him to check his identification as he returned from a spying mission.

Russian state-controlled television has broadcast what appeared to be grainy footage of the attack, that appears to contradict the Russian report. …

Tony Blair could face contempt of parliament motion over Iraq war
Jessica Elgot

Tony Blair could face a motion of contempt in the House of Commons over the 2003 invasion of Iraq – a motion that Jeremy Corbyn has said he would probably support.

The prospect of a contempt vote has opened a rift between Corbyn, the Labour leader, and Angela Eagle, the former shadow business secretary who is challenging him for the leadership.

Asked about the potential vote, Corbyn told Marr he would probably back the motion. “Parliament must hold to account, including Tony Blair, those who took us into this particular war,” he said. …







Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Forget hot dogs! Food fest to feature kale-eating contest

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An event at a New York food festival is being billed as the world’s healthiest eating championship.

Competitors sanctioned by Major League Eating are famous for downing hot dogs by the dozen but will compete for the Kale Cup at this year’s Taste of Buffalo food festival on Saturday. They’ll have eight minutes to consume as much of the leafy green vegetable as possible.

The winner will take home $2,000.

The Kale Yeah! contest is meant to highlight the healthier fare served alongside the chicken wings and ice cream at Buffalo’s annual food festival. The Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program requires each vendor to offer a health-conscious menu item.