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Benny

Yes, let’s wipe out Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too

Amid an upsurge of populist energy that has alarmed the Democratic establishment, a new wave of left-leaning insurgents have been using Democratic primaries to wage a fierce war on the party’s corporate wing. And, as in past presidential primary battles, many Democratic consultants, politicians and pundits have insisted that the party must prioritize unity and resist grassroots pressure to support a more forceful progressive agenda.

Not surprisingly, much of that analysis comes from those with career stakes in the status quo. Their crude attempts to stamp out any dissent or intraparty discord negates a stark truth: liberal America’s pattern of electing corporate Democrats – rather than progressives – has been a big part of the problem that led to Trump and that continues to make America’s economic and political system a neo-feudal dystopia.

Dislodging those corporate Democrats, then, is not some counterproductive distraction – it is a critical front in the effort to actually make America great again.

The author is David Sirota. This is his new gig with the Guardian. I’m guessing he’s filling in for Thomas Frank, who took a leave of absence to work on another book.

Benny

This was bold:

Benny

Ayanna Pressley Says Her Election Is ‘A Mandate For Hope

People supported the idea of me running for higher ballot, but were not sold on this particular office,” she said, “and certainly not at this time.”

The Pressley campaign took a hefty boots-on-the-ground mandate to driving out voters who often do not show up for primaries, especially in safe progressive districts. They focused on undecided voters, young voters, voters of color.

“In this race we knew we would have to rewrite the primary conventional wisdom in math about who is a primary voter,” Pressley said. “And we did that, not for the purposes of winning an election, but we did it because as a value, it matters to me and my team that people feel seen and heard and that they have a seat at the table of democracy. So, for that reason, I felt even if we lost in the official sense, we would’ve still won.”

In a unity breakfast the day before, Pressley and fellow Democrats rallied together and applauded the signal that voters sent Tuesday — they wanted change, diverse leadership, and they would show up to get it.

Pressley hopes another thing does not escape the party’s attention: She is ready to be a voice of resistance to the Trump agenda, she said, but “we do not have to put our aspiration and our hope on a shelf because we’re in the minority.”

“One of the things is that I want to make very clear is that our victory was less a referendum against hate and more a mandate for hope,” she said. “That’s what I hope the takeaway is. Because as I said, throughout the campaign, this had to be about more than just fighting Trump, this had be about aspiration and vision and a plan for this district to address these disparate outcomes which existed long before he was there, some of which were passed when we were in the majority and had a Democratic president and a Democratic majority in Congress.”

magsview

It’s good to hear her emphasis:

as I said, throughout the campaign, this had to be about more than just fighting Trump, this had be about aspiration and vision and a plan for this district to address these disparate outcomes which existed long before he was there, some of which were passed when we were in the majority and had a Democratic president and a Democratic majority in Congress.”

And I couldn’t agree more.

Benny

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/zephyr-teachout-cynthia-nixon-jumaane-williams-new-york/

Yes, Nixon, Williams, and Teachout and the progressive reformers who are bidding in New York State Senate races face uphill fights. It is likely that some of them will win and some of them will lose. But every win on Thursday moves the Democratic Party in New York and nationally toward that transformation that is so very necessary—not merely for the party but for the politics and the governance that extends from the embrace of an anti-corruption agenda. We know that transformational moments do not come easily. But as an immigrant who ultimately settled in New York, a fellow named Tom Paine, wrote more than two centuries ago, “the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” And what a triumph it would be if a new wave of progressives swept into the leadership of the New York Democratic Party on Thursday, swept to victory in November, and shouted the four words that would truly terrify Donald Trump: “Attorney General Zephyr Teachout!”

Benny

I had thought this endorsement had been announced earlier this election season, but I guess not.

jcitybone

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-york/articles/2018-09-10/teachout-ill-investigate-cuomo-if-elected-attorney-general

Andrew Cuomo may be running for a third term as governor this year, but he’s become a big factor in the race for New York attorney general, with candidate Zephyr Teachout saying Monday that if elected she will investigate whether the Democratic governor has used state resources for campaign purposes.

Teachout told reporters at the state Capitol that whoever the voters pick to be attorney general must be independent enough to investigate the state’s chief executive. The comment was a critique of New York City Public Advocate Tish James, who was endorsed by Cuomo and who has campaigned with him this year.

“I’m independent of the political bosses and independent of Andrew Cuomo,” said Teachout, a Fordham University law professor who mounted an unsuccessful primary challenge to Cuomo in 2014.

James’ campaign insisted their candidate would aggressively investigate all levels of government corruption — though it stopped short of mentioning Cuomo by name.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/10/zephyr-teachouts-ultrasound-stars-her-news-campaign-ad/?utm_term=.c870c6a752b3

In an election year in which women have already shattered the stereotype of a female politician — baring tattoos and breast-feeding on camera — a candidate for New York attorney general may have just notched another first. Or more accurately, her child did.

Law professor Zephyr Teachout, who is due to give birth in October and has racked up a number of high-profile endorsements heading into Thursday’s Democratic primary, released a campaign ad on Twitter on Monday afternoon featuring an ultrasound machine.

“What does his or her future look like?” Teachout asks over the black-and-white sonogram and the thump of a heartbeat. “Do we save our democracy? Do we flip Congress? Does Robert Mueller indict Trump? I don’t want to wait and see.”

“You’ve never seen an attorney general like me, and neither have they,” she concludes as the camera pans across her belly. Such was Teachout’s latest contribution to a year that has seen women run for prominent office in unprecedented numbers and often do so while celebrating aspects of their lives and bodies that campaign consultants might have once urged them to cover up.

magsview

You probably heard about John Bolton’s remarks regarding the ICC?

magsview

John Bolton calling the ICC “dangerous” is the epitome of irony.

Trump official John Bolton declares International Criminal Court ‘dangerous’ and is ‘dead to’ America

humphrey

What a surprise that this is coming from a neocon war criminal.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/405871-bolton-threatens-sanctions-against-international-criminal-court

The Trump administration on Monday threatened to impose sanctions on International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel if it continues with an investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan, a move that could raise questions about the future of the court.

National security adviser John Bolton, a longtime ICC critic, made the announcement in his first major speech since joining the Trump administration.

“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton told members of the conservative Federalist Society gathered at a Washington, D.C., hotel.

The top security official argued the court poses a threat to U.S. sovereignty, is ineffective in prosecuting war crimes and too often targets American allies, such as Israel.

The State Department also announced it is shuttering the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) Washington office over concerns that it is attempting to trigger an ICC investigation of the Jewish state.

orlbucfan

Another dimwitted FRightwingnut! How do these imbeciles constantly grab power? Really?

wi60

B/C of the other imbeciles that vote for them no matter what, Just insert R

humphrey

Meanwhile!

https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/syria/2018/syria-180909-sputnik02.htm

20:06 09.09.2018(updated 21:05 09.09.2018)

The airstrikes carried out by the US F-15s have caused major fires in Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a statement, noting that information about “people killed and injured due to the strikes is being clarified.”

Two US F-15 jets on September 8 carried out strikes using banned phosphorus bombs in Deir ez-Zor province, the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation said in a statement.

“In Deir ez-Zor province on September 8, 2018, two F-15 aircraft of the US Air Force carried out strikes on the settlement of Hadjin with the use of phosphorus incendiary munitions. As a result of the strikes, major fires were observed. Information on victims and injured is being clarified,” Major-General Vladimir Savchenko stated, stressing that the use of weapons with white phosphorus is prohibited by an additional protocol to the 1949 Geneva Convention.

orlbucfan

Hi LD/JD: I am one happy camper today. 🙂 Florence will not hit here, thank you Natural Laws, and my Tampa Bay Bucs beat the NOLA Saints and future Hall Of Fame QB Drew Brees 48-40. We was 8-9+ point underdogs, too. I’ve been going light on the political junkie lately. The FRightwingnuts have gotten so bad over the decades that a break is a necessity now. So, the DINO/GOPuke Lite is now smearing Nixon with the anti-Jewish insult. Is it cos she opposes the FRightwing crook Netanyaboob? Quite a few Yankee Jews hate him, too. Latest down here is DeSantis’s love of white extremists is getting out all over the state. November will be entertaining, fer sure! The usual suspects did their excellent job here this weekend. T and R!!

humphrey

In the ongoing battle of “Reality TV stars” Trump appears to be the underdog. HA!

Someone had an early advantage that has since been changed.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/405910-white-house-again-changed-phone-policy-after-omarosa-recorded-in

The White House altered its cellphone policy after former White house aide Omarosa Manigault Newman admitted to taping White House chief of staff John Kelly when he fired her in the Situation Room, CNN reports.

The policy requires staffers to leave their cellphones — government issued or personal — in their offices or in lockers near the entrances to the West Wing before entering the Situation Room.

Previously, they were allowed to leave cellphones in lockers outside the room.

The move by the White House marked the second significant change in cellphone policy since President Trump took office.

Amorosa has plenty of ammo and here is the latest release in a 2minute video.

humphrey

Here is one for wi60.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/10/scott-walker-reelection-wisconsin-governor-813442

‘Scott Walker fatigue’ haunts Republicans
Signs that the Wisconsin governor is ripe to be taken down are everywhere.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — There’s every reason to believe this is the beginning of the end for Scott Walker.

His presidential bid crashed and burned. He’s running for a third term as governor in what figures to be a hostile midterm for the Republican Party. Polling shows that the independent voters who were so critical to Walker’s wins in the 2012 recall and 2014 reelection are breaking away from him.

After years of futility, Democrats here are convinced they finally have him cornered.

“He’s stuck with a bad environment. He’s stuck with a long incumbency, and he’s stuck with a short general election,” said Tom Russell, a Wisconsin-based consultant with the Democratic Governors Association.

The signs that Walker is ripe to be taken down are everywhere. His opponent, Schools Superintendent Tony Evers, has a slight lead in recent polls and there’s evidence that critical suburban voters are shifting leftward.

wi60

God I sure hope so !!!!!

humphrey

Unfortunately he is in the minority with regards to this.

humphrey

Secular talk on Obama and Medicare for All speech and he is not impressed.

humphrey

I guess that these workers don’t count.

humphrey

For those choosing to stay updated on the latest storm information.

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

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I think that the last image auto updates.

humphrey

The yellow “x” might eventually impact the Caribbean.

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wi60

Mother Earth is getting pissed, looks like a record hurricane season.

humphrey

The fact checkers will have a field day if this happens. LOL

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-10/trump-vows-a-real-book-on-white-house-slams-woodward-account?srnd=politics-vp

President Donald Trump promised to write a book on his administration that sets the record straight, as he continued lashing out at the planned release of Bob Woodward’s new book on Tuesday.

“The Woodward book is a Joke – just another assault against me, in a barrage of assaults, using now disproven unnamed and anonymous sources,” Trump said in a posting on Twitter Monday morning. “Many have already come forward to say the quotes by them, like the book, are fiction. Dems can’t stand losing. I’ll write the real book!”

Watergate investigative reporter Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” details a chaotic West Wing in which some former staffers actively deceive and undermine Trump’s orders — because they fear his impulses endanger the country.

wi60

And I have the title for Trumpcorps forthcoming book “The art of”

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orlbucfan

Always a classic, wi60! 🙂 🙂

wi60

Kind of my award for political idiocy.

Benny

Wisconsinites would know. They’ve had that kind of governor for too many years.

wi60

Trumpcorp and Walker two narcissist’s but pretty sure orl would add scott

orlbucfan

Sick Rott is worse than a narcissist!

Benny

Oh, I can add one, the gov of my state, Bruce “refuse to pay the bills” Rauner.

humphrey

Benny

Seems to me big tobacco ought to be getting into the hemp business and realize tobacco is a loss leader now.

humphrey

Haven’t they already done enough to screw up the climate?

jcitybone

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump-shutters-the-palestinian-diplomatic-missionand-middle-east-peace?mbid=social_twitter

In the third blow this year to the peace process—and the one that may well doom it—the Trump Administration on Monday ordered the P.L.O. to shutter its diplomatic mission in Washington, a dark red-brick building on the edge of the trendy Georgetown neighborhood. The move will eliminate a communications channel—diplomatically and physically—that has been at the heart of the peace process under four Administrations. It’s basically a punishment. The State Department cited the Palestinian failure to “advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel” as the reason for the closure. It also accused the P.L.O. leadership of condemning “a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen” and said that they “refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.”

In the past month, the Administration has also severed aid—directly and through international organizations—that has an impact on millions of Palestinian lives. It cut off some two hundred million dollars to bilateral aid projects—for economic development, democratic reforms, health care, education, security, and humanitarian issues—to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It also stopped providing three hundred million dollars in U.S. aid to the U.N. agency that supports 5.4 million Palestinian refugees scattered across the Middle East, calling the program “irredeemably flawed.” The U.S. accounted for nearly a third of the agency’s budget.

The accumulated impact of these moves may kill off a peace process that, last year, Trump bragged was “not as difficult as people have thought.”

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/09/10/native-american-tribes-sue-trump-over-unlawful-keystone-xl-approval

Accusing the Trump administration of failing to take into account the significant damage TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline could do to sacred cultural sites when it approved the project last year, Native American tribes from Montana and North Dakota sued the State Department on Monday and demanded that it immediately “rescind the illegal issuance of the Keystone XL pipeline presidential permit.”

Represented by the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Fort Belknap and Rosebud Sioux tribes argue in their suit (pdf) that the Trump White House conducted “no analysis of the potential impact of the pipeline on treaty rights, no analysis of the subpar leak detection system and the potential impact of spills on Fort Belknap’s tribal members, and no analysis of the potential impact on Fort Belknap’s cultural resources and historic properties in the path of the pipeline, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.”

magsview

An update on #PlaidShirtGuy.

It’s come to donut twitter’s attention that Tyler Linfesty might be a ‘Bernie Bro’, so he is now dead to them.

“I am part of the Democratic Socialists of America,” Linfesty said, “but I identify as a social democrat, like Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”

Billings West High School senior Tyler Linfesty learned Thursday morning during first period that he had been selected for VIP treatment at President Donald J. Trump’s rally at MetraPark.

Linfesty had applied for tickets to the rally earlier in the week.

“I didn’t really have a plan,” Linfesty said. “I was just going to clap for things I agreed with and not clap for things I didn’t agree with.”

This is the funny part, they had to google the significance of the rose, lol.

Later Linfesty pinned a stylized rose emblem representing the Democratic Socialists of America to his right breast. The same group of staffers reviewed a photo of the emblem and searched online for more information. A short while later, Linfesty was removed.

😀

magsview

Not sure about Matt Brown’s chances in this week’s RI Dem primary, but I liked this pic so much that I still wanted to share it. It looks like a real cross-section of people (and I like that).

Establishment Democrats Are Pouring Millions Into Rhode Island to Save an Unpopular Governor From an Insurgent Challenge

The Democratic Party and its allies, meanwhile, are pumping much-needed resources into Rhode Island in an effort prop up an unpopular incumbent governor facing an insurgent challenge in a blue state.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is working to fend off a progressive, albeit underfunded, primary challenge from the left. Matt Brown, a former Rhode Island secretary of state, is running a grassroots campaign against Raimondo, who he describes as “the most extreme corporatist Democrat in the country.”

The Democratic Governors Association has pumped in $1 million to support Raimondo, money that won’t be available for Georgia, Florida, or Maryland. EMILY’s List, which helps elect pro-choice women, jumped in as well, spending $345,000 on pre-primary mailers for the incumbent. Although Raimondo presents herself as pro-choice, she was criticized by reproductive rights advocates for passing what amounted to restrictions on abortion access during her first term in office and is listed as “mixed-choice” by NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Sure wish the Democratic party could shake off the influence of Emily’s List, who seems to be mostly about supporting centrist female candidates.

Raimondo, a former venture capitalist, has raised nearly $7.8 million for her re-election

Raidmondo has refused to participate in even a single debate with her primary opponent.

The problem with Raimondo, from my POV, is this:

In a news release, Brown condemned the sweeping 2011 pension overhaul that vaulted Raimondo to prominence when she was general treasurer, as well as her decision at the time to invest more than $1 billion of the state’s retirement assets in high-fee hedge funds. Her successor as treasurer, Seth Magaziner, has since said many of the hedge funds did not meet expectations and has slashed the state’s exposure to them.

“What was sold as courageous leadership – ‘taking on the unions’ – was in fact an egregious case of kicking the can down the road while rewarding the governor’s most generous Wall Street donors,” Brown said in a statement. “It was gross fiscal mismanagement that hurt Rhode Island while boosting Governor Raimondo’s Wall Street fundraising.”

wi60

A cross section of real America

orlbucfan

Emily’s List swallowed DLCrap years ago.

magsview

So many centrist Emily’s List candidates, so little time to call them out on their so-called Democratic credentials…..

humphrey

Chuckle of the day courtesy of The Onion.

https://politics.theonion.com/obama-urges-young-voters-to-ignore-how-many-lousy-candi-1828941779

ANAHEIM, CA—In a fiery speech delivered to students at the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend, former President Barack Obama reportedly urged young voters to get out there and ignore how many lousy candidates the Democratic Party runs. “We’re experiencing a crisis in our democracy that can only be stopped by showing up to vote for people who will fight for transformative change, but until we start offering that, please just go to your polling place and cast your vote for whichever mediocre Democrat is on the ballot,” said Obama, pressing young people to avoid thinking about the actual track records and ideological beliefs of Democratic Party politicians who have been in government for years and just concentrating on the (D) next to their name. “We have too many eligible voters who are staying home on Election Day instead of standing up to the Republican Party by voting for Democrats who are in many respects exactly like their Republican opponents. Less than one in five young Americans voted in the 2014 midterms because our party ran very few good candidates, and we implore you to go out and vote this time even though we’re doing that again. What’s important for the future of America is that you just close your eyes, don’t think about it too hard, and select that name.” At press time, Obama urged the young generation of voters to stand up and save the U.S. democracy, since his generation of Democratic politicians was not capable of such a feat.

orlbucfan

O’Bummer the hypocrite! Gotta have nothing but two evils to choose from. Well Barry, where’s a good, non-malignant one?????????

magsview

Brutal!

humphrey

That War on Terror certainly is working!

i guess we need a larger Defence budget.

wi60

Must be the point of the article for the MIC

magsview

Well, first of all, Ted looks pretty pathetic!

Ted Cruz warns that Beto O’Rourke will bring ‘tofu, silicon and dyed hair’ to Texas

During his stump speech, the allegedly unlikeable Republican took on dyed hair—his own wife, Heidi, having presumably developed naturally blonde hair following college.

But let’s not diss incredibly delicious, and wildly healthy, maple syrup! 😉

Also, a nice gravy, especially if somewhat spicy, is amazing on french fries, especially if there are fresh cheddar cheese curds melting on top.

Lastly, Ted is no Canadian! He spent what, four years there? Canadians don’t want him!

He may have been born in Canada, but rest assured he has no Canadian values, and we deny ever knowing him. I’m quite sure he would not appreciate the exquisite specialness of maple sugar candy or poutine.

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