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jcitybone

Another Bernie hit piece. I’m not sure Bernie is running again, but I’m definitely sure the establishment does not want him to run.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/18/bernie-sanders-2020-president-912082

Bernie Sanders has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere.

With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and California, a sizable contingent of the people who helped build his insurgent 2016 campaign is ambivalent about a second run, according to interviews with more than a dozen former staffers. Many of them are looking for a different progressive champion to finish what Sanders started.

Sanders should just declare victory, they said, content in the knowledge that much of his 2016 platform has been adopted by other ambitious Democrats considering White House bids. Plus, he’s a white man who would turn 80 in his first year as president, who’d be trying to lead a diverse party fueled by the energy of young voters, women and people of color.

“I think that if a younger candidate can pick up the mantle and have Bernie’s support, I think that would be a better option for 2020. I feel like 60 to 70 percent of former staffers are looking around for another Bernie-esque candidate this time around, even if it’s not him,” said Daniel Deriso, a field organizer for Sanders’ 2016 campaign who went on to help run a successful insurgent mayoral campaign in Birmingham, Ala., last year. “But if Bernie called me to have me work on the campaign then I’d do it.”

In many ways, Sanders is a victim of his own success. His lightning-in-a-bottle 2016 campaign helped move his ambitious proposals into the mainstream — ideas such as “Medicare for all,” a $15 minimum wage and debt-free college. The reluctance of former aides to embrace another campaign reflects what’s expected to be a sprawling field of Democrats stampeding left — unlike the binary Hillary or Bernie choice during most of the Democratic primary two years ago.

orlbucfan

That is no surprise. Politico is a right wing rag, and makes no bones about it. T and R, Benny!! 🙂

TheLeftistheCenter

Politico is as establishment as it gets and intentionally warps ‘looking for another Bernie-esque candidate’ into ‘a reluctance to embrace another campaign by him’ even though the person quoted specifically says he would work with Bernie if asked.

You cant work for a candidate that isnt running yet, but to politico that means they dont want to work for him lol

jcitybone

If true, this bodes well for Dems

https://www.npr.org/2018/10/18/658255884/voter-turnout-could-hit-50-year-record-for-midterm-elections

The 2018 elections could see the highest turnout for a midterm since the mid-1960s, another time of cultural and social upheaval.

“It’s probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election,” Michael McDonald, a professor at the University of Florida who studies turnout and maintains a turnout database, told NPR.

McDonald is predicting 45 to 50 percent of eligible voters will cast a ballot. That would be a level not seen since 1970 when 47 percent of voters turned out or 1966 when a record 49 percent turned out in a midterm.

McDonald said he bases his forecast on four indicators:

1. Record special election turnout;

2. High primary turnout;

3. A high degree of self-reported interest in the election; and

4. High levels of early voting. In some states, McDonald said he is seeing early voting that is exceedingly high. In Georgia, for example, comparing to this time in 2014, early vote turnout is three times higher, so far.

“It just seems like all four indicators, they’re all pointing in the same direction,” McDonald said.

orlbucfan

As you all know, I follow voter turnout. I’m getting the same intuitive feeling about a very large percentage of folks going to the polls. The FRightwingnut voter suppression is also stirring the pot. Take Georgia for instance. The GOPuke running for Governor practically brags about suppressing the vote. Aging fingers and toes are very tightly crossed for luck cos we need it!!

TheLeftistheCenter

This is another strong indication that Bernies revolution is taking hold, on one side we have a whole slew of Progressives running for office and on the other we have a political reengagement of the general population. Having candidates run seems like the more important side of the equation at face value, but the truth is people only vote when they feel their vote matters and Bernie has given people hope real change can happen, breaking the apathy that has allowed the establishment to run wild and virtually unopposed. Candidates are just battles, the real war is public opinion and engagement, in the end that is the unstoppable tide that will force real change.

jcitybone

Oh those practical establishment Dems

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/18/are-you-kidding-me-outrage-democrats-push-incremental-steps-over-bold-agenda-needed

Hundreds of mammal species have been wiped out due to human activity, planetary warming has sparked a “bugpocalypse” that is horrifying scientists, and United Nations experts are warning that the international community has just 12 years to transform global energy systems in order to avert climate catastrophe—but House Democrats are reportedly brushing aside widespread demands for urgent action in favor of “more incremental steps and hearings.”

“Democrats are unlikely to pursue major climate change legislation if they win the House majority, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting time is running out to address the issue,” The Hill reported on Wednesday, citing House members who believe a piecemeal approach to climate policy will be more “pragmatic” in the face of GOP and White House denialism.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, told The Hill that if Democrats retake the House in next month’s midterms, they will “focus on the practical and the opportunistic” steps available while vaguely keeping in mind “the aspirational goals.”

Environmentalists were quick to make clear that such a passive approach is unacceptable—and tantamount to climate denial—given that humanity has just a dozen years to enact fundamental changes to the world economy and energy production before the climate crisis inflicts catastrophic and irreversible damage.

While The Hill titled its news story, “Dems damp down hope for climate change agenda,” author and climate activist Alex Steffen argued a more appropriate and accurate headline would have been: “Dems make chicken-shit (and out-dated) short-game political calculations while the worst planetary crisis humanity has ever faced accelerates.”

As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), among the lawmakers in Congress who has called for a bold and rapid transition away from oil, coal, and gas, declared earlier this month in the wake of the IPCC report:

https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1049355936123539456?s=20

orlbucfan

Turd Wayers are such futuristic visionaries. Not!

polarbear4

NewMotto.1: Just Like Republicans, but More Polite!

jcitybone

jcitybone

polarbear4

new depths of shock, shame, sorrow. new depths of insanity for him, despair for some of us.

magsview

Yes 🙁

jcitybone

polarbear4

The government (and many around the world) have increasingly operated with a mob mentality, using the covert services.

This administration is taking it to the extremes and laying it bare. Truly horrific. They usually wait until the journalist is in a war zone, anymore. And where is the outrage from our services now? How can anyone in power allow this to go unpunished?

Wars without end are horrible, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to stop them, yet.

This is way off the charts and the MSM needs to take names and kick arses.

magsview

Wow, unreal.

jcitybone

Tie the Khashoggi murder to what the Saudis (supported by the US) are doing in Yemen

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/10/saudi-arabia-khashoggi-yemen-war

It’s difficult to overstate the rank human evil involved in the prosecution of this war, which has been supported every step of the way by Western governments, including Canada and, especially, the US and UK. Sadly, disgust at the news and images coming out of Yemen has not yet translated into widespread disgust at Western backing of the Saudis’ war — which, when it hasn’t been outright ignored by mainstream media and politicians, has been explicitly justified on the grounds of strategically isolating Iran (who are said to be aiding the Houthis).

That is, until now. No, Western officials haven’t suddenly remembered they’re helping a fundamentalist monarchy massacre children en masse. Rather, it’s the the Saudis’ alleged torture and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi that is now threatening US and UK support for the Saudi war in Yemen.

This is crucial, because without such support, the Saudi war cannot go on. The US and UK currently provide the Saudi-led coalition with weapons, military equipment, and intelligence and logistical assistance, in addition to refueling their aircrafts. As former CIA and Pentagon official Bruce Riedel said in 2016: “If the United States of America and the United Kingdom tonight told King Salman that this war has to end, it would end tomorrow, because the Royal Saudi Air force cannot operate without American and British support.”

There has been some movement in Congress to limit or end US support for the war. In March, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, Utah senator Mike Lee, and Connecticut senator Chris Murphy pushed for the withdrawal of US forces from the conflict (first deployed in 2015 by Barack Obama, who, true to form, didn’t bother getting congressional authorization). It failed when ten Democrats joined a largely party-line Republican vote in favor of maintaining US support.

For whatever reason, however, the Khashoggi story has been a game-changer, with senators — including some pro-war Republicans — expressing their openness to pulling US support as a form of punishment for the Saudi government’s alleged assassination. Go figure.

Most promising is Sanders’s decision, announced yesterday, to revive his earlier, unsuccessful resolution to end US involvement in Yemen wholesale, which had failed by only six votes.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/can-a-group-of-scrappy-young-activists-build-a-road-map-to-progressive-power-in-pennsylvania/

In January 2016, after nearly a decade of living in liberal cities on both coasts, Becca Rast returned home. Intuition told the 28-year-old organizer that it was time to kick-start a political renaissance in the small Pennsylvania city where she grew up.

“I felt increasingly annoyed at the sentiment that the place that I was from would always be conservative,” Rast says of Lancaster, her hometown. “I wanted to help redefine what politics looked like there.”

So along with her husband, Jonathan Smucker, the progressive organizer and author, Rast packed her bags, traveled for days, and finally rejoined her family and friends in so-called fly-over country.

Soon enough, Rast, Smucker, Booth, and other friends formalized their efforts by founding an independent political organization called Lancaster Stands Up, whose mission is to spread the gospel of civic engagement and take back politics from entrenched politicians. Led by a 12-person multiracial team of volunteers, LSU started holding monthly mass gatherings in early 2017. It organized rallies against the latest Trump outrages, including a 2,000-person demonstration against the president’s Muslim ban, the largest protest in Lancaster in decades. It trained its membership in the democratic arts of door-knocking, bird-dogging, and story-based persuasion. It spread a message of anti-elite populism, heavy on immigrants’ rights, racial justice, anti-monopolism, and universal health care. And its numbers multiplied.

Since then, Lancaster Stands Up has spawned a slew of spin-off groups and related political projects—some of its co-founders have left the LSU leadership team to run an insurgent congressional campaign that hopes to topple local Republican Representative Lloyd Smucker and replace him with a Sanders-style Democrat named Jess King. LSU members have also backed a slate of progressive statehouse and school-board candidates and helped infuse a new anti-establishment energy into their local Democratic Party. Along the way, they have catalyzed the beginnings of a progressive resurgence in a region long dominated by conservatives.

orlbucfan

This ^^^ is why the Bernster ran for POTUS.

polarbear4

!

jcitybone

https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-are-house-democratic-leaders-such-a-bummer-on-legal-weed

If you’ve wondered why many of the younger progressives taking over the Democratic Party have accused Nancy Pelosi and her fellow septuagenarian top generals in the House of being out of touch with voters look no further than marijuana policy.

With marijuana now legal in one form or another in 31 states as well as the District of Columbia, and with polls repeatedly showing a whopping 62 percent of Americans supporting its outright legalization, many rank and file Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated that their top leaders in the House are promising no more than merely maintaining the status quo on pot policy if they recapture the lower chamber in November.

“I’ve supported these initiatives in my home state of California, so we’ll see what’s possible,” Pelosi responded at a recent press conference when asked if she has a plan to even bring marijuana legislation to the floor if she regains the title of speaker of the House.

While many sitting Democrats won’t bad-mouth Pelosi and her top generals on the record, their stances on marijuana starkly contrast to the either fear-filled or utterly dismissive positions held by those current Democratic leaders.

“You won’t get me to comment on anyone else,” Rep. Beto O’Rourke told The Daily Beast, after posing for pictures with tourists on the steps of the Capitol, before the House recessed until after the election. “I’ll just tell you, for me, ending the prohibition on marijuana is a top priority. It’s fundamental to criminal justice reform.”

jcitybone

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/tribalism-exhausted-majority-centrism-david-brooks-democratic-party.html

As an upper middle-class, white left-winger — who believes the conservative movement poses a threat to both humanity’s medium-term survival — I would love it if the Democratic Party were slavishly beholden to my “extreme cult.” But it isn’t.

Now, it’s true that the left’s influence over the Donkey Party is growing. Progressives are overrepresented among both Democratic primary voters and the party’s rising intellectual class. For these reasons, most of the party’s 2020 hopefuls have embraced a wide range of social democratic reforms, and policies for redressing race and gender-based disadvantage. We are, indeed, a long way from the “Third Way.”

But even the most progressive elements within the congressional Democratic Party don’t take marching orders from the PC police. If you’re an “exhausted” American who despises Trump’s demagoguery — but also, disapproves of protestors shutting down conservative speech on campus, or shouting at Trump administration officials at restaurants, or imposing their politically correct vocabulary on everyone else — then you might be Bernie Sanders!

polarbear4

I love that someone is writing about this–hungry for more. Let it fill the airwaves, teh intertubes, the print! :O)


When It Comes to Sustainability, We’re a Society of Distracted Driver

If we were indeed paying attention, what would we do differently? We would make sustainability—real sustainability, not just eco-groovy gestures—our first priority. Conserve and reuse non-renewable resources. Use renewable resources only up to their regrowth rates. Protect natural systems from pollution. Conserve biodiversity. We would aim for a truly circular and regenerative economy. If it turned out that the economy were just too big to operate within those guidelines, we would shrink it (taking some time to identify ways that cause the least harm and create the greatest benefit, and ensuring that those who have gained least from our centuries-long growth bonanza get an equitable share of our reduced budget). And if the human population were too big, we would shrink that too (again, taking time to minimize bads and maximize goods).

Yes, all of this would have personal implications. We would think about population levels when deciding whether to reproduce. We would refuse any career option that undermines the survival chances of future generations. We would refrain from investing in the extractive economy. We would think about all our daily choices—transportation, meals, clothing, housing—in terms of environmental impact.

What’s so hard about that? Really, the most difficult aspect of this shift is the initial decision to make it. And once that decision has been made, plenty of improvements to daily life would likely accompany any sacrifices we’d have to make. For example, imagine how a more mindful economy would allow people to pursue their callings instead of just chasing jobs. Or consider how leading less busy lives would allow more time to spend with loved ones. We could put health and happiness on an upward trajectory, rather than consumption of throw-away consumer goods.

orlbucfan

pb4: I’ve been living and thinking like ^^^ my whole life. It is just simple basic common sense. Y’know? 🙂

polarbear4

20 Reasons Bernie Sanders Is The One To Beat Trump In 2020 (*Backed By Data)

Fleshed out at the link.

1. He’s on track to win the 2020 primaries.
If New Hampshire’s 2020 primary were held tomorrow, polls show Bernie Sanders edging out former VP Joe Biden by 7 points.

2. He’s the most likely to win the Electoral College. Most notably, Sanders can capture the must-win battleground states that Clinton failed to.

3. He’s the most popular politician in the country.

4. The kids are crazy about him.

5. He’s a savage on social media.

6. He’s the undisputed leader of the progressive movement.
Sanders and Aviram have not only hacked virality, but they have also seen their content move the needle politically. Their videos and live streams many times eclipse the major cable news networks in terms of viewership.

7. His supporters are as passionate as anyone’s.

8. He’s the king of grassroots fundraising.

9. His message resonates with Trump voters.

10. He’s a leading voice on environmental justice.

11. He has more experience and organizational readiness than the rest of the field.

12. He has crossover appeal that his competitors lack.

13. He may not be a Dem, but he’s given Dems life.

14. He’s stronger than ever due to the DNC’s reforms.

15. He may be in his 70’s, but so too are his main competitors.

16. He may be old and white, but minorities like him.

17. He may be a socialist, but so too are growing numbers of Americans.

18. He’s authentic.

19. He represents the change most Americans want.

20. His interest in running isn’t for the power, it’s for the people.

My bold.

wi60

WI,MI and PA for starters

magsview

Humphrey yesterday brought up NY’s CD27 race between the at-first-expected-to-win (R) Chris Collins and the not-supported-by-the-Dem-party (D) Nate McMurray.

Well, well, look who’s finally supporting Nate’s cause?

Nate McMurray gets DCCC backing in bid to unseat Chris Collins

WASHINGTON — The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will finally give an assist to Democrat Nate McMurray’s efforts to unseat upstate GOP Rep. Chris Collins.

After McMurray raised enough money on his own to launch his first TV commercial and new polling showed McMurray within striking distance of Collins, the DCCC announced Tuesday it will invest in the Buffalo area race.

“They see what we see, which is a lot of excitement and everything going our way,” McMurray told The Post. “We are going to peak at the perfect moment.”

McMurray landed on the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program which targets the most high-profile districts in the country Democrats hope to grab from Republicans.

McMurray and local Democrats had earlier expressed frustration that the DCCC wasn’t taking their race seriously. It’s unclear how much money national Democrats will pump into the final weeks of his campaign.

This news comes one day after the news that McMurray is gaining momentum:

Fundraising, poll show Nate McMurray picking up speed in race against Collins

“We always knew this would be a close race, and this poll shows that it’s neck and neck,” McMurray said. “But our TV ads went on the air yesterday, after this poll was conducted; our grassroots support is strong, and as more voters tune in to the race and learn that they have a real choice, we’re more and more confident.”

Money and momentum first started coming McMurray’s way in mid-August, after federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged Collins with felony insider trading. Collins denies the charges.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

The polls must’ve told the Democrat party that it was time to jump in at the head of the parade and claim that they have been leading it.

jcitybone

No Trump you’re the disgrace

https://www.newsweek.com/trump-suggests-immigrant-families-are-fake-they-grab-children-and-use-them-1175909

President Donald Trump has suggested that some immigrant families arriving at the U.S. southern border are using “prop” children to make their asylum claims.

The U.S. leader made the comments after being asked during an interview with The Associated Press about his administration’s family separation policy, which saw more than 2,600 children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border and received widespread condemnation before it was rescinded on June 20.

Asserting that his administration did an “incredible job” handling the situation, the U.S. leader said that “when people enter our country illegally, there are consequences to pay. But despite the consequences, you have many children, that, sadly, are there without parents.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont, Maryland, January 6. The U.S. leader has suggested that immigrant families are using “prop” children to make asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Then,” Trump said, “you have people that grab children and use them as a prop and it’s a disgrace.

magsview

I accidentally posted a few pieces from The Hill at the end of yesterday’s thread and decided to post summaries here as well in case anyone is interested:

First one:
Former cop says many officers are ‘time bombs waiting to explode’
Things I liked about that article is the title of the former police officer’s book, “The Black and the Blue”, and I really liked his point that police are rewarded when they issue more tickets, more fines, and make more arrests, which is “detrimental to certain communities”.

Second one:
Harris rolls out bill to create new middle class tax credit
Looks like Kamala is def running in 2020.

The rollout of the bill comes days before Harris is set to visit Iowa

Third one:
Trump threatens military action if Mexico doesn’t stop immigration ‘onslaught’
This news is worrisome with that migrant caravan from Guatemala moving north. My understanding is that it’s safer for the desperate people to travel in a group. I really hope that an ugly confrontation at the U.S./Mexico border can be avoided.

magsview

A quick update about that migrant caravan.

Firstly, it actually began in Honduras, but after some trouble was able to enter Guatemala.

Up to 3,000 migrants, according to organizers’ estimates, crossed from Honduras into Guatemala on a trek northward after a standoff on Monday with police in riot gear.

And it’s grown to 4,000 people, but Mexico appears to be ready to confront it.

The Mexican government has sent 500 extra federal police to its border with Guatemala in anticipation of its arrival, say documents obtained by NBC News.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/honduran-migrant-caravan-grows-4000-amid-spike-u-s-border-n921286

Pic attached is a screenshot from a video at the link above.

cara.jpg
magsview

Uber is testing a new ‘on-demand labor’ service, sort of like a temp agency

The new program, called Uber Works, is testing in Chicago and would offer on-demand staffing for events and corporate functions

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/18/ubers-testing-a-new-on-demand-labor-service-like-a-temp-agency.html

I imagine that the pay and benefits would be very good.
/s

magsview

Witches plan multiple mass hexes of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Catland Books, an occult bookshop and community space in Brooklyn, has organized not one but twomass hexes on Kavanaugh. According to an Eventbrite page for the hex, the organizers say they plan to target the newly appointed justice as well as “all rapists and the patriarchy which emboldens, rewards and protects them.”

“We will be embracing witchcraft’s true roots as the magik of the poor, the downtrodden and disenfranchised and it’s[sic] history as often the only weapon, the only means of exacting justice available to those of us who have been wronged by men just like him,” the organizers wrote.

The event costs $10 to attend, and 50 percent of sales for both nights will benefit Planned Parenthood, the Ali Forney Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

“He will be the focal point, but by no means the only target, so bring your rage and and all of the axes you’ve got to grind. There will also be a second ritual afterward – ‘The Rites of the Scorned One’ which seeks to validate, affirm, uphold and support those of us who have been wronged and who refuse to be silent any longer,” the Eventbrite invitation explains.

magsview

Meanwhile, over at the White House..

TheLeftistheCenter

Its funny as soon as I see someone is arguing with Bolton I just assume they are on the right side of the argument because there is little Bolton would ever be on the right side of, he makes people like Kelly look like moderates.

magsview

That was my first thought too!

wi60

Can you feel the love in trumpcorp world

jcitybone

Please Ellison beat this religious nutjob

TheLeftistheCenter

If its unwritten and secret how does anyone know about it, how is it maintained, where does it exist and how can it be destroyed?

There is a lot of levels of lunacy in this small tweet once you try and dissect it, leaving the only conclusion that this guy does not live in our reality.

jcitybone

The leader of the Eastern Band of the Cherokees has a very different take on Warren’s DNA test compared to the stance taken by the Cherokee Nation

Eastern Band of Cherokee Chief: Sen. Warren Does Not Claim Tribal Citizenry; Only Tribal Ancestry

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign tribal nation with the inherent authority to determine our own citizenship. Senator Elizabeth Warren does not claim to be a citizen of any tribal nation, and she is not a citizen of the Eastern Band. Like many other Americans, she has a family story of Cherokee and Delaware ancestry and evidence of Native ancestry. Some people who have family stories or evidence of Native ancestry have sought to appropriate Cherokee culture, claim a preference in hiring, claim that their art is “Indian art,” or advance their careers based on a family story or evidence of Native ancestry. We strongly condemn such actions as harmful to our Tribal government and Cherokee people.

BUT SENATOR WARREN HAS NOT TRIED TO APPROPRIATE CHEROKEE OR DELAWARE CULTURE. SHE HAS NOT USED HER FAMILY STORY OR EVIDENCE OF NATIVE ANCESTRY TO GAIN EMPLOYMENT OR OTHER ADVANTAGE. SHE HAS NOT TRIED TO CLAIM A TREATY OR TRUST OBLIGATION, OR SEEK THE PROTECTION OF THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT. ON THE CONTRARY, SHE DEMONSTRATES RESPECT FOR TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT TRIBES DETERMINE CITIZENSHIP AND RESPECTING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CITIZENSHIP AND ANCESTRY.

Senator Warren also has sponsored legislation to help prevent suicides in Indian country (“Native American Suicide Prevention Act,” S. 3460), identify missing and murdered Native women (“Savanna’s Act,” S. 1942), and help tribes reacquire lands that were taken as a result of harmful federal policies (“Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act,” S. 2628). Senator Warren also has worked with the Eastern Band to help us reacquire important Cherokee historical sites in Tennessee (“Eastern Band of Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act,” H.R. 146).

Senator Warren has demonstrated her respect for tribal sovereignty and is an ally of the Eastern Band. As such, we support her and other allies – regardless of party – who promote tribal sovereignty, tribal self-determination, and protection of Cherokee women.”

polarbear4

Nice.

magsview

Benny, you posted a tweet (I think it was) of Bernie and Nina yesterday saying that you liked the pic.

I like this one too.

I read here that at least one Dem party person doesn’t like the idea of Bernie going to SC, called it selfish or some such nonsense, but I hope that the rally attracts a good crowd and that person is proven wrong about Bernie not being welcome there.

TheLeftistheCenter

Why would he not be welcome there, that sounds absurd at face value and seems little more than concern trolling.

magsview

I was surprised at the level of rancor that Amanda ‘Loveday’ expressed.

Amanda Loveday served as executive director of South Carolina’s Democratic Party and previously did communications for U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, the state’s lone congressional Democrat. Asked about Sanders’ visit to South Carolina, she said the trip is not in the best interest of the state’s Democratic candidates.

“I just think it’s extremely selfish of Bernie Sanders to think he could walk into South Carolina without an invitation from a candidate and think he’s going to be welcomed with open arms,” Loveday said. “It’s hard for me to think of an actual, legitimate Democratic candidate who would stand on stage with him here.”

Sounds like at least one candidate is more welcoming.

Sanders’ Tuesday announcement of his planned trip to South Carolina came the same day that the state’s Republican governor aimed to link him to his Democratic challenger. In a new digital ad , Gov. Henry McMaster pointed out that, despite his self-portrayal as a moderate, state Rep. James Smith has boasted of his endorsement by Our Revolution, an offshoot of Sanders’ 2016 presidential effort.

In response, officials with Smith’s campaign said they “welcome the support of citizens who voted for Bernie Sanders, as well as those who voted for Donald Trump, and everyone in between.”

humphrey

The Clintons and their cronies completely control South Carolina. Jaime Harrison former head of SC Dems ran for head of DNC simply to take votes from Keith Ellison before he threw his support to Tom Perez.

orlbucfan

This really proves how greedy, blind, and stupid the DLCrapers/Clintonistas are. So. Carolinians voted for the imbecilic orange creamsicle, not $hrill. That is my birth(barf)day and Bernie/Nina will be warmly welcomed. 🙂

polarbear4

We hate Bernie cuz he’s so real and America loves him, not her, not us.

TheLeftistheCenter

Yeah they dont like hes learned where his weaknesses were last time and is making great strides in filling those gaps making him even stronger than last time.

Its so unfair if he makes himself so strong they cant even cheat him out of it 😛

polarbear4

I would def vote for that pair. 🙂

orlbucfan

Me, too.

magsview

Speaking of South Carolina..

Booker makes South Carolina debut amid presidential buzz

Sen. Cory Booker opened his first trip to South Carolina as a potential presidential contender Thursday by blasting President Donald Trump for wrecking America’s standing on the world stage.

The senator is just one of several potential White House contenders swarming South Carolina, which holds the first presidential primary in the South. He will speak later Thursday at a state party dinner in Orangeburg. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Columbia earlier Thursday for a fundraiser for local Democrats. California Sen. Kamala Harris and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran for the Democratic nomination unsuccessfully in 2016, are scheduled to be in the state Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was in the state last weekend.

At his first stop Thursday, Booker painted a dire-yet-hopeful image of a country that has long struggled to reach its potential.

‘dire-yet-hopeful’?

“If America hasn’t broken your heart, you don’t love her enough,” the senator told several hundred students at Allen, a private historically black college.

He offered a long list of problems from the wealth gap between whites and black and escalating college costs to mass incarcerations and the infant mortality rate.

But he didn’t blame Trump. “The Republicans didn’t do this to us. We did it to ourselves,” he said, urging the mostly young audience to honor earlier generations of civil rights activists by voting.

This next part made me LOL:

While he didn’t say when he’ll announce his next political moves, Booker was quick to tell reporters of his connections to South Carolina, starting with his family vacationing in Hilton Head when he was a child.

http://www.startribune.com/booker-makes-south-carolina-debut-amid-presidential-buzz/497957371/

humphrey

I wish someone could explain to me why South Carolina has one iota of significance.

It is a creation of the Clinton wing of the party. During the primary a big deal was made by the Clinton cabal that she carried the deep red states thus giving her imaginary momentum. The odds of any of them going for Democrats is infinitesimal.

TheLeftistheCenter

Because its an early medium size state in the primary, but it was only made really significant because it was the first state Hillary had any chance of a solid victory so the establishment pumped it up

humphrey

That was the point I was trying to make. The clinton’s with the help of Cummings control the state as a result they hype its significance. The state that gave us Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham is as red as they come.

orlbucfan

This is such insulting bullshite!!! We have imperative federal elections in 18 days. Who cares about 2020?? I won’t vote for neither Booker nor Bloomberg. Bloomberg I personally hate. Not interested in the female BO either.

magsview

I’m SO hoping for Ben Jealous.

magsview

I’m glad this guy is gone but, with this admin, who knows? The next person could be even worse!

White House counsel Don McGahn has left the job effective Wednesday. But his influence will live on for years, thanks to the dozens of conservative judges that McGahn helped President Trump put on the federal bench.

McGahn oversaw the president’s judicial selection process, picking nominees who are uniformly conservative — often suggested by the Federalist Society or the Heritage Foundation — and typically young — capable of shaping the federal courts’ decisions for decades to come.

Bastard! Sorry, still sore over the Kavanaugh trauma. What an ordeal that was.

McGahn’s “significance to the judiciary, the White House and the nation cannot be overstated,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in August.

orlbucfan

These pieces of garbage have been scheming and pulling this justice coup since the curse of Raygun. What worries me is there will be blowback, but how bad?

magsview

In Japan, A Strange Sight: Cherry Blossoms Blooming In The Fall

I saw this phenomenon a couple of years ago when one community of our azaleas bloomed for a second time in the fall. I’d never seen that before in the over two decades that I’ve lived here.

I was kind of happy to see the blooms, such a pretty lavender color, but also couldn’t help but wonder what was going on, and worry (cuz I worry about everything, or so I’ve been told).

They look just like the attached pic that I grabbed from the internet.

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polarbear4

you are likely right to worry.

AND the universe has your back. 😉

polarbear4

really nice photo embed link did not work.

polarbear4

Caitlin makes a good point. It’s not like we’re not already self-censoring with Big Bro all over, and now the FB/Twitter thing….

I’ve been self-censoring more and more lately, especially since the latest round of coordinated cross-platform silencing of multiple alternative media outlets the other day. Back in August I had my Twitter account temporarily deleted when I said the world will be better off without John McCain and a bunch of #Resistance accounts mass reported me; Twitter cited “abusive behavior” as its justification. The only reason my account was restored was because there was a large objection from many high-profile journalists and activists who understand the dangers of internet censorship, and I’m not willing to gamble that I’d get that lucky should something similar happen again. Being able to disrupt establishment narratives on a high-traffic website like Twitter outweighs the benefits of speaking in an unmitigated way.

And that ultimately is precisely the point. If the social engineers can make an example of a few dissident voices in the public eye, everyone else will rein in their own speech and behavior to avoid the same fate. The overall effect of this phenomenon is actually far more effective in suppressing dissident speech than the overt censorship is by itself, because self-censorship actually silences exponentially more anti-establishment opinions. For every one voice you crack down on overtly, a thousand more silence themselves out of self-preservation, not saying things they would otherwise say and not doing things they would otherwise do.

And Twitter even left up her private info. Maybe this is widespread, i don’t know.

After my August Twitter suspension a #Resistance account publicly doxxed me, posting my home address, phone number and other information. I didn’t make a public ordeal out of it at the time because I obviously didn’t want to draw attention to it, but I did report it because I wanted it deleted. I was not expecting Twitter Support to reject my report, especially after they had me jump through a bunch of hoops to prove that I did in fact live where the doxxer was saying I lived, but they did.
“We understand that you might come across content on Twitter that you dislike or find offensive,” Twitter wrote back. “However, after investigating the reported content we found it was not in violation of Twitter’s private information policy. As a result, it won’t be removed at this time.”

magsview

She’s right. I find myself doing self-censoring more than ever now.

I was watching that August event in real time. Caitlin was very fortunate that so many high-profile people fought for her. One of the very odd (to me) things about that was that it WAS the ‘resistance’ people who were piling on her, it wasn’t Republicans. The #resist people really went all in on their admiration for McCain. I found it strange.

humphrey

I have no idea how meaningful this is but it is news.

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/412169-vicente-fox-endorses-beto-orourke-in-texas-senate-race

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Thursday endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke in his bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Texas Senate race.

“@BetoORourke, what a candidate you are! You not only understand America, you know about humanity,” Fox tweeted with a corresponding video of him praising the congressman.

“This is what the U.S. needs: someone compassionate yet firm. I stand with you because I believe you’re what America needs.”

humphrey

This can only help the Democrats.

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article220225950.html

A major national union is launching its largest-ever digital advertising campaign less than three weeks before Election Day, hoping to provide a last-minute assist to more than two dozen labor-backed candidates.

The effort from the AFL-CIO will reach 10 million voters across 15 states, officials with the group said, using Google, Facebook, and Instagram ads.

A spokesman said the union was spending in the “high six-figures” on the ad campaign, helping 27 House, Senate, and gubernatorial candidates.

“In these final weeks, the labor movement is going to bring it home for pro-worker candidates at every level,” said Josh Goldstein, an AFL-CIO spokesman. “For months, we’ve been mobilizing our members and getting ready for this moment, winning key victories along the way. Now, we’re poised for a labor wave across the country and this creative digital campaign is a key part of it.”

One of the ads supporting Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams checks off the state lawmaker’s support of collective-bargaining rights, raising the minimum wage, and public education.

The campaign will run through Election Day in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

humphrey

They are mimicking the President with Fake News.

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