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Benny

Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke was back in Lubbock Monday for his largest rally in the Hub City to date.

O’Rourke’s first two public events last year in Lubbock were inside small local restaurants — on Monday security was having to turn people away because the hall inside the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center was at capacity. O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, stood on a chair to quickly greet the people having to listen in the lobby on his way to the main stage, with nearly 1,000 people in total showing up for the event.

O’Rourke said if elected he wants to open a field office in Lubbock so he can continue listening to voters in the area.

On stage Monday afternoon, O’Rourke talked about change, about unifying the country, about ending the name-calling, and of course about voting in the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm election.

“Please invite every single person in your life into the election of our lifetime,” O’Rourke said. “Given what’s at stake and given what’s on the line right now, we need to do everything within our power so that you can wake up on (Nov. 7), the day after this election, with a glorious hangover from celebrating the victory of our lifetime.”

Benny

Of course, Lyin Ted went back to the Hub City two days later. Normally he wouldn’t visit as much.

Benny

Hi Birdies,
I’ve been visiting the Big Apple this week. Yesterday we went to Louis Armstrong’s House (National landmark) and en route I saw this poster in a bodega:

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jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/11/02/congress-thinks-public-is-way-more-conservative-than-it-actually-is-deep-pocketed-lobbyists-are-blame-according-new-research/?utm_source=reddit.com

Senior staffers in congressional offices hold highly inaccurate assumptions about what voters in their districts actually want when it comes to policy. They tend to believe that voters support much more conservative policies than they actually do. And this stunning misperception can largely be explained by the disproportionate attention lawmakers and their aides lavish on donors and special interest groups.

Those are the results of a new paper forthcoming in the American Political Science Review by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez of Columbia University and Matto Mildenberger and Leah C. Stokes of The University of California, Santa Barbara.

While voters have long believed that members of Congress are focused too much on the needs of special interests and out of touch with the general public, the paper provides some of the most convincing evidence to date that these perceptions are largely accurate.

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humphrey

Right on schedule a word from the Clinton wing of the Democratic party.

They certainly will not give up without a fight. We can’t have no stinkin progressives in control of the party!

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/413951-democrats-beware-we-are-leaning-left-too-far

As the 2018 election seasons draws to a climax, political junkies — and I confess, I remain one — already are looking to 2020 and expounding theories about what could happen. In one sense, that’s a foolish venture because politics is hard to forecast even a few weeks in advance, let alone two years. But it is fun to speculate, and there are some trends that have occurred this year that could be extremely impactful in 2020 if they continue.

For Democrats, one trend that has taken hold is quite alarming: our swing to the far left. That trend has been exemplified by almost all of our putative presidential candidates. The two clearest examples of trying to appeal to our base by being as progressive as possible were the rush to embrace a “single-payer” health care system after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) publicly endorsed it, and the stampede to call for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan really was not unexpected; he talked about single-payer during the 2016 campaign. But when he reiterated it, loudly and clearly, his words brought a rapid endorsements from almost all other Democrats who are hinting at presidential aspirations. If you’ve read one of my columns in The Hill, you know that I think single-payer could work under certain circumstances but I am troubled by its initial expense and taxes we would have to raise to make it work early on. In the few places it has been tried, such as Vermont, it was repealed because it was simply unworkable and unfundable.

Regardless of your opinion on its merits, single-payer is not a reasonable solution to the challenge of making health care accessible and affordable; it will never get the 60 votes necessary in the Senate, even if Democrats were to win back the chamber on Nov. 6. Our candidates should work for solutions that are politically achievable, and not appeal to voters with a plan they know cannot become reality. (That’s like saying, “Mexico would pay for the wall.”) I would respect our wannabes more if they would make realistic proposals for reform.

magsview

Not gonna upvote that one Humphrey!! (bastards! I gather that whomever wrote that piece is all set health care wise)

humphrey

LOL! It is an op-ed by Ed Rendell.

orlbucfan

Still another boring, yawwnnn Turd Wayer strikes again. I uprated it cos I try to do that for all the links on here being as I am a bit (?) cyber-challenged.

polarbear4

upvoted cuz i want to know about it. 😉

That’s why i’m sooo upset at Warren for coming out with a “new” incremental plan and i told them about it. they said they’d read it…..

magsview

I didn’t say I didn’t want to know about it, just don’t agree with the article. In fact, it pisses me the hell off.

Maybe better if I just keep my mouth shut next time and just not upvote. 😉

humphrey

Keep your mouth wide open!

The reason I posted the article ( an op-ed by Ed Rendell former head of DNC) is to show what the corporate Dems will be up to after the upcoming election. It will piss off many Bernie supporters but it is coming. The establishment will not let go of their control of the party without a fight.

Edited: To add author of the article

wi60

All information is useful weather it be positive or negative My up votes are generally for the info provided and the time and effort to find it and post it. The more we know the better informed we are that’s very dangerous for R’s and even the neolibs.

polarbear4

understood. pisses me off, too.

polarbear4

Oh noes! Always want to hear what you have to say

orlbucfan

T and R to the usual excellent TPW suspects!! Glad to see you posting more, LD. You are definitely on the mend. 🙂

humphrey

She likely will not remain on the job for long.

Not that I have much use for her.

https://thehill.com/latino/414489-dhs-chief-majority-of-migrants-traveling-to-us-are-victims-of-violence

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday that the majority of migrants traveling to the U.S. as part are victims of violence — a message seemingly at odds with the emphasis that President Trump has put on migrant caravans representing a serious security threat.

Nielsen, speaking at a Council of Foreign Relations event, said that the journey to the U.S. is “tremendously difficult and dangerous.”

“We have about 30 percent of women who take that journey are sexually abused, 17 percent of men,” she said. “Seventy percent of the migrants are victims of violence.”

Nielsen said that she has asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help make it possible for other countries to be able to accept the migrants as asylum seekers.

“Let’s expand the asylum capacity through the region so we can help them as soon as possible on that journey, so they’re not forced to make decisions like using a smuggler, using a trafficker, sending kids alone to the border,” Nielsen said.

polarbear4

some good there.

wi60

Just odd to here that from someone in the trumpcorp admin

TheLeftistheCenter

I see as there are some who are not completely Trumped or that they realize more than him that treating these people as an invading army is horrible optics.

Maybe even both….

humphrey

The spin meisters in action. They certainly will not admit that it is Trump’s actions.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/02/trump-2018-elections-plans-957035

The White House is planning to tout Trump as the savior of Republicans in the Senate, even if the Democrats retake the House.

President Donald Trump and his allies have crafted a face-saving plan if Democrats trounce their way to a House majority — tout Trump as the savior of Republicans in the Senate.

In public and private, Trump and advisers are pointing to the president’s surge of campaigning on behalf of Republican Senate candidates — 19 rallies alone since Labor Day — as evidence that nobody else could have had a bigger impact in the states. The argument is classic Trump, who despite making the midterms a referendum on his own presidency, has a history of personalizing and then dwelling on his victories while distancing himself and diverting attention from his losses.

Should Republicans pick up Senate seats, “that’s all they’ll talk about,” said Barry Bennett, a presidential adviser on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “That’s where the math is in our favor.”

Even in the House, where Republicans are laboring to sustain their 23-seat majority, the White House is already dismissing any notion of a Democratic wave election on par with the Republican midterm pickups under former presidents Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

orlbucfan

Orange Dimwitted Creamsicle wouldn’t know a wave even if he drowned in a real one!

humphrey

Sadly. The Trump effect in action.

TheLeftistheCenter

Trump is turning out to be the disaster that cant be ignored many of us hoped he would be, hes a living advertisement for why we need the progressive movement that even non progressives cant ignore.

magsview

This didn’t start with Trump though. Trump is taking his cues from Israel.

polarbear4

Because if Trump does it, it’s all good.

humphrey

Unfortunately they are still working behind the scenes.

Corporate money is attempting to inhibit the rise of progressive policies.

polarbear4

Part of a letter from vets to active duty soldiers.

The U.S. is the richest country in the world, in part because it has exploited countries in Latin America for decades. If you treat people from these countries like criminals, as Trump hopes you will, you only contribute to the legacy of pillage and plunder beneath our southern border. We need to confront this history together, we need to confront the reality of America’s wealth and both share and give it back with these people. Above all else, we cannot turn them away at our door. They will die if we do.

By every moral or ethical standard it is your duty to refuse orders to “defend” the U.S. from these migrants. History will look kindly upon you if you do. There are tens of thousands of us who will support your decision to lay your weapons down. You are better than your Commander-in-chief. Our only advice is to resist in groups. Organize with your fellow soldiers. Do not go this alone. It is much harder to punish the many than the few.

In solidarity,

Rory Fanning
Former U.S. Army Ranger, War-Resister
Spenser Rapone
Former U.S. Army Ranger and Infantry Officer, War-Resister

magsview

That’s encouraging.

Was so upsetting to read this morning that Trump intends to give orders to shoot if someone throws a rock. Shades of the Palestinians being murdered just for tossing a small rock. 🙁

polarbear4

The murdering tyrants are trying to cement their ways into place around the world. We won’t let them.

wi60

With the body armor that the troops would be wearing and since their better traind that trumpcorp is. Hopefully the troops will rely on the training to handle this IF it comes down to it. I basically believe that so few will actually make it that border security will handle this. Trumpcorp will drop this on or about Nov8th for something else once the election is over.

orlbucfan

Speaking of Dimwit, there’s a really good article on NC about Dimwit’s rallies and his dumber-than-dumb fans.

wi60

Orl as far as trumpcorp dopes go they have no clue what “research the facts means” they reley on faux news or other extreme RWNJ news sites

humphrey

This would be a great development if in fact it occurs.

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orlbucfan

gawd, I bloody hope so! C’mon Tim !!

humphrey

I hope that Keith is victorious.

jcitybone

Ellison and Kara Eastman would be two of my favorite Dem wins, especial to avoid that moderate Dem “I told you so.”

magsview

magsview

I don’t know much about Rosen, but I love her approach!!

jcitybone

Looks really good for her. A big Dem firewall already exists in EV in Las Vegas (where almost everyone in Nevada lives), and voting is off the charts there today in the last day of EV. Plus Reno, which usually leans Republican, is leaning Dem this year.

magsview

Rep. Matt Shea takes credit, criticism for document titled ‘Biblical Basis for War’

Washington state Rep. Matt Shea acknowledged Wednesday he had distributed a four-page manifesto titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which describes the Christian God as a “warrior,” details the composition and strategies of a “Holy Army” and condemns abortion and same-sex marriage.

The document is organized in 14 sections with multiple tiers of bullet points and a smattering of biblical citations. Under one heading, “Rules of War,” it makes a chilling prescription for enemies who flout “biblical law.” It states, “If they do not yield – kill all males.”

critics of Shea – who embraces far-right conspiracy theories, associates with a fundamentalist religious group in northern Stevens County and champions a push for a 51st state called Liberty – saw something sinister in the document.

“The document Mr. Shea wrote is not a Sunday school project or an academic study,” Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich wrote in an email. “It is a ‘how to’ manual consistent with the ideology and operating philosophy of the Christian Identity/Aryan Nations movement and the Redoubt movement of the 1990s.”

the document resembles the work of the Marble Community Fellowship, a Stevens County congregation that is said to practice a strain of fundamentalist Christianity known as dominionism.

Shea visited right-wing activists during their armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern Oregon in 2016.

“The goal of these groups has always been to create a white homeland consisting of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington,” Knezovich wrote. “The ideas presented in the (biblical war) document are how these groups intend to seize control, by force, should there be a governmental collapse or civil war.”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/oct/26/rep-matt-shea-takes-credit-criticism-for-document-/

orlbucfan

Evangelical Fundie freaks strike again. UGH and BARF on them!

humphrey

Every little bit helps.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-02/georgia-s-kemp-loses-another-voting-case-with-race-in-dead-heat

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’ll face the electorate next week in his closely contested race for governor, lost another ruling over who can cast a ballot.

An Atlanta federal court judge on Friday cleared the way for more than 3,100 voters who were flagged by the state as non-citizens and ineligible to participate in the Nov. 6 election as long as they show I.D. and proof of citizenship.

Republican Kemp is running neck-and-neck with Democrat Stacey Abrams. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday has Abrams and Kemp in a tie, each with 47 percent support.

Last week, another Atlanta federal court judge ordered election officials to create a process for contesting the rejection of absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications due to signatures that apparently didn’t match.

humphrey

Bernie just had an excellent interview on first segment of All In.

It is too soon to have a video of this but it deserves to be watched when available.

humphrey

It wasn’t easy but I found it.

The Bernie interview starts at the 4:25 mark.

TheLeftistheCenter

For some reason found myself here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nwRiuh1Cug and after watching it I started reading the comments, they are bittersweet but I thought this one was particularly interesting:

I was walking on the streets of Manhattan one night with my friends. A strong alcohol-induced buzz as well as the energy from this beautiful city molded a permanent smile onto my face. We just left the club and were on our way to my friend Connor’s apartment to continue our late night romp with more drinks. As we were walking we noticed an old man, seemingly homeless, slumped down against the bodega across the street. He wore dirty, tattered clothing, and had long grey hair that flowed out from underneath a beanie. He was looking off into the distance, but he wasn’t looking at any particular object as if he had the infamous “thousand yard stare” of a war veteran. I usually like to try and give as much as I can to the homeless when I see them. I always imagine myself being in their position, and it fills me with empathy. I reached for my my wallet and approached the man while clutching a crisp ten dollar bill, but as I walked toward him, he looked right up at me. His eyes pierced my soul which sent a chill down my spine. He put his hand up in the air, as if to say “stop”. He said to me “I don’t want your money kid, but I do have something for you”. Admittedly, I was a bit hesitant to approach him after hearing such a strange response, but for some reason, I felt like I could trust him. I got closer and he said “Kneel down son, it’s hard for me to get up these days” I did, and those soul piercing eyes looked into mine once again, and he told me this.

“I don’t want your money kid. I choose to live on these streets. It aint easy living like this, but it’s peaceful. I’m an old man you know, I don’t know how much time I have left in this world….but you? You’re young! How old are you?”

I stuttered my response ” Uh, twe- twenty three”

“Twenty three!” He said with power. “You have a lot of time left on your clock kid, and do you know what that means?

“No” I said, after which I let out an awkward chuckle.

“Well, I’ll tell you what it means, it means you have a very long and hard uphill battle ahead of you. Your friends too” He said as he quickly pointed to my silent friends who were standing besides me, listening in on the conversation.

“These are troubled times kid, confusing and strange times. People are losing hope for the future… and rightfully so! Climate change, income inequality, poverty, inadequate healthcare coverage….. everything! And as the years go by, the light seems to get dimmer and dimmer. Things WILL NOT get better unless you, the young generation, fight tirelessly for change!”

My friend Grant, who was listening in along with the rest of the group, interjected into the conversation and said “you make it sound like we have no hope though, why should we fight for change if there is no hope for change?”

The old man responded with passion “Because young man, there IS some hope! The vast majority of people want change! They want to fight for these causes, they believe in these causes! It has already been proven! Do you want to know how I know this?”

We asked him how, and his eyes lit up. He looked straight at us and he calmly said these words.

“I know people want change because Bernie would have won.”

We stared back at him, completely dumbfounded and at a loss for words.

He continued “Bernie was the progressive champion this world needed. And trust me kid, the world wanted him, but the SUITS didn’t! The elites couldn’t let it happen… So listen to me when I say this, although things may look grim, always remember there is still some hope in humanity and our fate, because Bernie would have won IF he was allowed to. So that is my gift to you all. Hope. And hope is something you’ll need to hold on to dearly for the fight. Have a good night gentlemen.”

We didn’t know what to say to him. We simply said goodnight back and resumed our walk to Connor’s apartment. However this walk was different. The buzz was gone. The smiles had vanished. We were silent. But we were also inspired.

When we arrived at the apartment, we didn’t feel like drinking and partying. Instead we went straight to sleep with our conversation with the homeless man still rattling around in our minds.

When we woke up next morning we decided to divert from our regular daily activities and do something different. We went out there and we fought for change. We haven’t stopped since.

You should do the same. The end.

Yeah Bernie would have won, that’s basically the moral of the story.

humphrey

WOW! That is quite the story.

wi60

You don’t have to be homeless or in despaired for this, All that this tells me is people no matter their lot in life believe Bernie and like minded people. Maybe this is what is takes for Bernies message to hit home with some people. A lot of us already get it here but what ever it takes to get the message “home” and to get people to really think about their future and the our planets future as well. the way I see it im not voting for me-im voting for my kids and grandkids future!!!!!

TheLeftistheCenter

If Bernie runs again its going to be crazy, I think many will see a last chance and people will come out in unheard of numbers to work for and to vote for him.

orlbucfan

A very serious pause for thought: what happens if the Bernster’s age catches up to him? First natural law: life-death’life.

wi60

If he would run the VP pick would be important but “age’ thing can happen to any president at any time thats just nature. But Bernies age catching up to him is still better than Trumpcorp. Imagine if Trumpcorp would go into that age catches up to him thing. —Better hide the “football” first or give him a fake one at minimum

orlbucfan

Right on. 🙂

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