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A little humorous riff off one of the weirdest endings that ever happened at the Academy Awards last might.

The past few months seemed to have contained surprise endings: the 2016 election, Super Bowl, DNC Chair election…


If I knew how to do photoshop or paint, I’d put in Keith Ellison’s name as well.


About that ban for accepting corporate lobbyist money, that did not make it into the DNC Resolutions packet there is a diary about it at TOP.

Here’s the resolution. Personally, I think it is clear to ban federal lobbyist money. The diarist at TOP said there was confusion about definition of corporate. We know what it means–it’s really more Exxon Mobil, etc.


Hollywood Talent Agency Ditches Pre-Oscar Parties, Holds Anti-Trump Rally

“Having a big fun celebration to celebrate the accomplishments of our industry just didn’t feel right,” United Talent Agency CEO Jeremy Zimmer told the Los Angeles Times.

So, the agency decided to throw an anti-Trump rally instead. On Friday, the agency held what it called a united voices rally at the company’s office in Beverly Hills in support of immigrant rights and in opposition to Trump’s policies.

“I have nothing against parties,” Zimmer said. “But I felt that this could also be a moment to stand up and say, ‘Something’s wrong. This doesn’t feel right. And we need to pay attention to how this feels at this time in this country.’”

Celebrities, including Kristen Wiig, Aaron Paul, Piper Perabo, Jamie Dornan, Nick Offerman, Kat Graham, and Bill Nye, showed up, according to Nylon, as well as more than 1,500 other people.

The agency donated $250,000 to the International Rescue Committee and the ACLU, and raised an additional $70,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.



Tim Black’s comment about Sam Ronan is spot on.

I was thinking we ought to invite him here as a resident blogger, just as Chris Reeves is at TOP.


Secret ballot and all. Yay team.


Bernie and Bill Nye are live now and could use the clicks. Talking energy, of course.


Why Did Keith Ellison Lose the DNC Chair Race?

* DNC members were not ready to reject the Obama legacy.
The basic critique of Bruenig et al is right: The leadership of the Democratic Party, nationally and in most states, has resisted acknowledging the failures of the Obama years. Brazile opened the first of the party’s four “future forums” by telling Democrats that the DNC “failed you” in 2016 and “got cocky about our invincible blue wall.”

*Perez closed the ideological gap in the party, and Ellison let him.
In late 2004, when Howard Dean entered the race to run the DNC, some Democratic leaders put forward a candidate of their own — former congressman Tim Roemer of Indiana, a centrist who had served on the 9/11 Commission. It was a debacle, with progressives picking over Roemer’s spotty record on abortion rights and Social Security. The candidate quit within weeks.

Ellison would have struggled to run to Perez’s left, and he largely did not try. While there was plenty of video footage of Perez defending the TPP, Ellison’s campaign stayed positive and did not use any of the televised forums to ding Perez over the trade deal. Having also discouraged supporters from calling DNC members to back him, Ellison framed the “Hillary-Bernie rematch” narrative of the race as a dishonest creation of the media.

Given the makeup of the DNC, that might have been Ellison’s best strategy. But it left him in a bind.

* Trump smoothed over the party’s differences.
On Jan. 19, Perez was freshly retired from the Obama administration and still somewhat awkward in public forums. One week later, at the first party forum after Trump took office, Perez was sharper, telling DNC members at a reception and the livestreamed forum that the new president deserved “all the respect that Mitch McConnell gave Barack Obama” and dropping the word “bulls***” to decry the president’s executive orders and Cabinet picks.

Ellison was just as harsh, but the dawn of the Trump presidency gave Perez and the other serious DNC candidates chances to prove that they, too, could link arms with activists. Perez and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined protests at Houston’s international airport; they and some rivals agreed that the Democratic Party needed to embrace “the resistance,” not lead it. Perez, for the first time, had a forum to discuss his early days running an immigration rights nongovernmental organization in Maryland. Ellison, who had spent his entire political career as an on-the-ground activist, saw the distinctions between candidates get blurred — Trump’s unpopularity and actions would fuel a movement, no matter who was DNC chair.

Over the last month of the race, DNC members became less nervous about the implicit threat of the Ellison campaign. How many Sanders supporters would really walk away from electoral politics if Ellison lost? Persephone Dakopolos, a new DNC member from Missouri who supported Ellison, suggested that the die-hards fit into a couple of categories. Very few would quit forever; some would quit, then come back as Trump’s rampage continued; most would stay involved, if at a lower level.

***A persistent smear campaign cost Ellison votes.
In November and December, when it seemed that Ellison was on a glide path to victory, conservative websites and some Jewish groups went after him for his criticism of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians and his defense of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. By Dec. 15, when Perez actually entered the race, Ellison had already apologized. And for much of the campaign, the issue was absent. The only flash point on the “anti-Semitism” charge came at a Huffington Post-moderated debate, where Ellison’s rivals agreed that donor Haim Saban should apologize for calling Ellison an anti-Semite.

* The Berniecrats haven’t taken over yet.
Perez saw an opening to run in December because, after a month as a declared candidate, Ellison was seen to have just one-sixth of the DNC behind him. But as state parties elected new members this year, Ellison’s numbers ticked up. It happened most dramatically in Kansas, where, on the day of the DNC vote, two new pro-Ellison members were winning office and trying to get proxy votes for him back in Atlanta.

I snipped the main points, there’s more in the article that connects the dots. I think the analysis is mainly accurate. http://wapo.st/2mw3U3Z


You know what the real difference is, and why Bernie would have won?

Bernie doesn’t treat anyone as “less than.” He doesn’t try to scare us with the bogeyman or tell us we don’t understand the real world.

But most other politicians do. They lie to us constantly, deceiving themselves into the mindset of dictators and tyrants–that only they and their colleagues can deal with the real world (i.e. b/c they get the big money) and they have to lie to us and treat us like children so they get their way. Donna Brazille’s story below really brought that home–how “scared” she was after teh tube hacks. Puleeze. So disrespectful and yet they cling to it as if it was oxygen.

In my alternate universe, Bernie and Bill Nye this morning? They were the ones in charge. If there was a just God, that would be so.


I mean, not that this will surprise anyone here, but…

Jacobs apparently also known as a ‘Hill Blazer’ level of Hillary donor.


Good to have factual confirmation. Thanks, mags.


The Trump Administration is wasting no time in dismantling Obama’s achievements.





During an unusually charged race for leader of the Democratic Party, analysts and liberal commentators argued that former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who won, was basically just as progressive as Representative Keith Ellison, who was backed by progressive standard-bearers Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. But they missed the point. The race for DNC chair wasn’t about policy or, for that matter, facts. It was about ideas, ideology, and symbolism—the very things that mainstream liberals are (still) uncomfortable talking about.

As Mother Jones’s Kevin Drum has argued, the very fact that the race had become so charged was “ridiculous,” since Perez and Ellison are “about equally progressive.” Or as his colleague David Corn wrote: “There’s truly not much ideological distance between the two. They are both grassroots-minded progressives.”

Perez, whatever his positions, was encouraged to run against Ellison by the Obama White House, with Obama’s top aide Valerie Jarrett whipping votes and telling Democratic National Committee members “I’ll let the president know you’re with Tom.” This happened after Ellison had already established himself as the early front-runner, with strong union support and the endorsement of figures like Senator Chuck Schumer. The left flank was looking for evidence that it would be fully accepted and incorporated in a party that was known for neutralizing and ignoring its base. Instead, the Democratic “establishment”—is there anyone more establishment than the president?—worked to undermine the candidate of the party’s left.

Keith Ellison may be about as progressive as Tom Perez, but it’s what he represents that matters. It’s what he evokes and inspires, for both better and worse, and that’s not something you can quantify in a chart or plot on a graph. It’s definitely not something you can measure, and you shouldn’t have to.


Ellison was for Bernie, against the TPP, and not in the corpses back pocket (i didn’t think). He is definitely more progressive.


Awww, THANKS wi58! :O)


Canova still at it:


In non political news

I certainly wouldn’t to be a guinea pig for that journey even if Trump is president


Not with Space-X record! You’d have to have a serious death wish.


Trump’s deportation policy gets a bit of a challenge!


California legislative leaders on Monday demanded detailed information from the Trump administration on immigration arrests and raids in the most populous U.S. state, amid growing concern that agents are targeting non-criminals for deportation.

Citing reports that agents for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, had gone to churches, schools and courthouses to find and arrest illegal immigrants, the legislature used the federal Freedom of Information Act to request all records of enforcement actions taken or planned since Republican Donald Trump was sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

“Despite saying he’d only target dangerous criminals, President Trump’s executive orders target practically every undocumented person in California,” said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who signed the request along with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

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