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Maggie Hassan!!

I was so glad to hear Maggie say, “With all due respect, it’s not about sensitivity”. She called Betsy out with her weasel words.


Interesting Piece on the Great Orange Satan

To his credit, Kos and his “Netroots Nation” were correct in believing the Democratic Party would need to be taken over to effectively challenge the right wing. As such, Moulitsas was able to force the Democratic establishment of the Bush years to pay homage to him.

It was a kiss of death, then and now — a catch-22 of its own. If your political beliefs — such as those of Bernie Sanders — pose even a mild threat to the corporate and ideological interests that dominate the Democratic Party, then you will be ruthlessly shut out, lest you make any progress in trying to turn it into a party of the people. If, however, establishment Democrats can make peace with you and let you join the club, then you are not really a threat at all to “history’s second-most enthusiastic capitalist party.”

Moulitsas and those like him did not challenge this — they never talked in really sharp terms of anything as unseemly as class conflict because, useful idiots that they were, they didn’t see it. Worse, they seemed to actually believe in the Democratic Party as a good institution — one perhaps in need of a tune-up, but fundamentally a sound body.



Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016 — trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that temperatures have blown past the previous record three years in a row.

The findings come two days before the inauguration of an American president who has called global warming a Chinese plot and vowed to roll back his predecessor’s efforts to cut emissions of heat-trapping gases.

The data show that politicians cannot wish the problem away. The Earth is heating up, a point long beyond serious scientific dispute, but one becoming more evident as the records keep falling. Temperatures are heading toward levels that many experts believe will pose a profound threat to both the natural world and to human civilization.


There is a live presentation of those finding that was scheduled for 11am this morning, but it doesn’t seem to have started yet.

The presentation was supposed to be at this link:



Check out this pilot landing in the Antarctica (to collect temperature data). Nerves of steel.


These hearings are showing me a lot about both the process and the players.


Probably too late to have any real impact Joe! But nice try man.


Sure it does-in their offshore accounts


I’m seeing a lot of this animosity towards Bernie and progressives on twitter. I can only hope they represent a small minority of Clintonistas.


haha! who “organized” the repeating 20k+ rallies? who wanted to include all the voters? who actually won?

we’re not the ones that rigged the primary, that purged voters, that smeared the other candidate.

If the Dems stay the same in the next 4 – 8 years, expect more DemExits.



Keith Ellison is adding another major endorsement in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chairman: UNITE HERE, a prominent union representing thousands of culinary and hospitality workers.

UNITE HERE International Union President D. Taylor announced the endorsement of the Minnesota congressman in a letter to supporters Wednesday.

“The next few months may get very ugly. We are all going to have to stand strong against attacks on immigrants, health care, unions and working people everywhere,” the letter, first obtained by POLITICO, reads. “In this climate, it’s clear to me that Rep. Keith Ellison will serve ably as the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He is an organizer who listens, looks you in the eye and can tell uncomfortable truths. Rep. Ellison gets that elections are won on doorsteps, not in Washington consultant’s offices. That’s why our Union endorsed him.”

Ellison has already been endorsed by the AFL-CIO, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, United Steelworkers, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, among others.

The congressman has won those endorsements despite the recent candidacy of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, a favorite of organized labor. Perez has been endorsed by top labor unions as well: the United Farm Workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.



I see that IAFF President Harold Schaitberger was not happy about the AFL-CIO endorsing Ellison, but his reasons why seem off to me. This was him on Perez about 5 weeks ago:

In a statement, Schaitberger praised Perez as a “a tireless advocate for civil and human rights” who can transcend what the union president called “a narrow focus on identity and cultural politics that alienated” some longtime Democrats from the party.

I, personally, found that it was the Obama/Clinton camp, the camp I consider Perez to be in, who were the ones who had “a narrow focus” on identity politics, not Ellison.



President-elect Donald Trump’s new health policy adviser, Katy Talento, tried to kill funding for HIV/AIDS research by claiming the money was going to support Russian prostitution, and she has suggested women can avoid the Zika virus by having their husbands sleep on top of the covers at night.

Talento’s opposition to HIV/AIDS research funding dates to at least 2003 when, as a professional staff member of the Senate health committee, she was part of an effort to defund more than 150 research grants.

The so-called “blacklist” of grants ranged from education programs to studies of transmission rates among sex workers and intravenous drug users. Backed by the Traditional Values Coalition, House lawmakers drafted legislation to end the more than $100 million in National Institutes of Health grants that supported the programs.

Although Waxman, who at the time dubbed the effort “scientific McCarthyism,” was able to block the bill, it sent shock waves through the scientific community. Scientists became “worried that their research would be politicized,” Waxman said, adding that “it seemed like a calculated effort to subvert scientists and researchers at NIH to a right-wing agenda.”


If I may be very blunt, Talento sounds like a total whack job and entirely unsuitable for anything to do with health policy. Why in the world would Trump choose her??


I think Bernie is grandstanding just a bit here, but nonetheless the exchange between him and HHS nominee Price is worth repeating here, from Bernie’s twitter feed:


I love your new avatar Benny! He was a beauty and obviously much loved.

My understanding is that Tom Price did not answer the question?


Bernie let him know that we aren’t compassionate by giving only access to healthcare. The analogy provided by Bernie was “A house costs a million dollars. I have access to buy a house, but I don’t have a million dollars. What do you do then?”

I like the new avatar too. It’s “Starry Cat” design. Befitting for Benny as that is where he is, adventures elsewhere.


He looks much like my Nicky-Paws who went over the bridge on 12/30. I miss him.


Sorry to read about Nicky-paws! Fur family is so precious to many of us. I miss teh Ben very much but his step brother, Jaz, keeps me busy. Jaz developed a big ear infection in the past few months but often cats don’t tell you what’s wrong with them. I was very consumed by caregiving in the last month of Benny’s life, but now been to the Vet’s place twice in the past couple of weeks. Jaz is doing better with meds and food.

I’d like to think Benny and Nicky-Paws are carefree more than ever. Glad they aren’t facing the world with Drumpf and other dumfkawks running things in many countries.


Oh for crying out loud!! Trump’s nominees are sofa king terrible!!!!!!



The Betsy DeVos Hearing Was an Insult to Democracy

It was not a hearing. It was the mere burlesque of a hearing, rendered meaningless by a preposterously accelerated process that rendered all questioning perfunctory and that left all cheap evasions hanging in the air of the committee room the way cigarette smoke used to canopy the proceedings back in the day. You would not hire a gardener through the process by which Betsy DeVos likely is going to become the Secretary of Education. A public school system wouldn’t hire her to work the cafeteria line at lunch. It was appalling. It was unnerving. It was a grotesque of how an evolved democracy should operate. It was business as usual these days and it likely isn’t going to matter a damn.

As nearly as I can tell, the nominees for the president-elect’s Cabinet fall into several different categories. There are the people you’d pretty much expect from any Republican administration. (James Mattis, Stephen Flynn, Ryan Zinke). There are the people who understand the mission of their departments and have spent their lives undermining it. (Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Rick Perry at Energy, Andrew Puzder at Labor). And there are the people who are fundamentally clueless about the general nature of public service. (Rex Tillerson at State.) On Tuesday night, DeVos demonstrated that she is that rarest of Trump administration fauna: Someone who fits capably into all three categories.



Jewish community centers across the nation are under siege as dozens received bomb threats this month ― including more than 20 reported on Wednesday alone.

Authorities in Ohio were on high alert after threatening calls were made to Jewish centers in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. Meanwhile, centers in Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Arizona, New York and other states reported similar calls.

There’s no apparent motive and no immediate danger, said Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Hartzler, who works as the director of a joint task force between local and federal authorities in Ohio.

The centers reported at least three kinds of calls ― those that include human voices, those that include disguised voices and robocalls ― said Elise Jarvis, director of law enforcement outreach for the Anti-Defamation League. She confirmed that federal authorities have been briefed on the threats, but said they aren’t credible.

“Typically, these kinds of threats are a tactic used to scare the community, to disrupt operations and terrify,” Jarvis told HuffPost. “It is an intense climate right now, between a spike in hate incidents post-election and a series of bomb threats targeting the Jewish community over the past couple weeks. … These threats are not credible, but it’s important to take each one seriously.”


Davos Elite Seeks Fixes to Defend the System From Populists

(IMF Chief Christine) Lagarde said policy makers “really have to think it through and see what can be done” given the feedback from voters who say “No.” Among measures that could be implemented are fiscal and structural reforms, she added.

“But it needs to be granular, it needs to be regional, it needs to be focused on what will people get out of it and it probably means more redistribution than we have in place at the moment,” Lagarde told the panel entitled “Squeezed and angry: how to fix the middle-class crisis.” Excessive inequalities were a brake on sustainable growth, she said.

The panel on middle-class anger saw former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers attacking Donald Trump while Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, struck a more pessimistic tone than Lagarde.

“I want to be loud and clear: populism scares me,” Dalio said. “The No. 1 issue economically as a market participant is how populism manifests itself over the next year or two.”

Please note that Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge funds with $150 Billion under management, was handed an over $22 Million forgiveable loan, something even CT Republicans disapproved of (plus the company is eligible for up to $30 million in urban tax credits) by our illustrious Gov. Malloy (D) recently at the same time as Malloy cut social services (some more) and renewed his attacks on public sector unions. This was, of course, because Bridgewater was threatening to leave CT. The only thing Dalio is concerned about is the cash spigot turning off.


Senate takes aim at BDS

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 19 senators introduced a bill Wednesday that would provide federal protections to state and local governments seeking to combat efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel. The bill, introduced by senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), affirms that state houses have the authority to punish organizations taking part in the BDS effort.

The Combating BDS Act expands on a similar legislative measure passed last year. Since then, several governors have joined in the effort to target the BDS movement, including those in California and New York. “This legislation supports efforts by state governments and local communities to use the power of the purse to counter the BDS movement’s economic warfare targeting Israel,” Rubio said in a statement.


And what about pensions? Will the feds make up the differences?


so much for freedom of expression. so much for following in the footsteps of the African boycott. what a bunch of cowards.

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