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Liepar – suggestion — have only 1 column for today. Put comments from your second one into the first one or visa versa.



Good Morning all!

I wanted to share this tweet that links to….one of Liepar Destin’s wonderful BNRs!! The one from exactly one year ago from tomorrow:

BNR – ‘Sanders Makes His Final NY Primary Pitch’ & ‘Bernie Focuses On Housing & Fracking’

It begins with this:

Sanders Walks The Streets Of New York

On the eve of primary day here, Bernie Sanders led a chaotic procession through the streets of Queens, where he ambled along greeting everyone from teenage twin boys to a woman who emerged from a beauty salon, dye still in her hair.

Powered by a BLT sandwich consumed over a late lunch at Jahn’s, a historic diner in the Jackson Heights neighborhood, Mr. Sanders set out down 37th Avenue, stopping frequently to take selfies or sign an autograph, undeterred by the swarms of children, delivery men, street vendors and others, or by the heat of setting sun.

A UPS delivery man, his hands piled with packages that nearly covered his face, stopped say a quick, “Hey, Bernie.” A man selling individually wrapped roses from a pile slung over his shoulder trailed Mr. Sanders for several blocks.

“Bernie, I need to talk to you!” yelled a street vendor, his stand filled with cell phone cases and other small items.

A Brooklyn native, Mr. Sanders faces a crucial test in Tuesday’s primary, which carries 247 delegates. The senator is seen as an underdog against Hillary Clinton in New York’s race – particularly because it is a closed primary, meaning only registered Democrats can vote – though he continued to predict on Monday morning that he could succeed if turnout is high.

“You gotta beat Trump,” a man on the street called out to Mr. Sanders. “You gotta beat that bastard.”

I don’t recognize this Charlie Patrick, but apparently he used to read LD’s BNRs!

Another couple of gems from that BNR:

Student Szymon Paczkowski, 25, came from Yonkers to hear Sanders speak.

“I think out of all the candidates, he’s the best to represent the values most people share,” said Paczkowski, originally from Holland. “I wanted to be with people to feel the [solidarity].”

Thank you once again, LD, for the happiness you gave me with your BNRs. They’re still making their way around the internet a year afterwards!!! XO


Nice, mags!


I hope this fool gets busted!

Not sure how I feel about that race. The amount of support the party threw behind Ossoff makes me suspicious, lol.

If Ossoff wins, and I hope he does, I just worry that the party will use Ossoff’s approach in other races going forward. That whole “Make Trump Furious” shit. God I hate that.


I would REALLY prefer if Dems could focus more on offering positive reasons to vote for them as opposed to just being ‘anti’ stuff. At least Ossoff is anti-corruption. Apparently.


Thompson got some grief in the comments about the “Only in America” part, lol, but he took them with good humor. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins in 2018.


Sometimes I wonder if some Dems can see past their noses!


Oh boy, here comes the outrage from the Daou wing:


“Democrats for the Leisure Class” Good one, Jesse Jackson!


One may hope.

However, I understand that my Medicare and scrips went up $90 a quarter because I delayed signing up for Social Security for one year. No warning that Congress does this, resulting in my losing a substantial amount (to me), quarterly. I also understand that this occurred under a supposedly progressive Democratic administration.

So I can’t get all rah rah behind Perez and his backers just yet. Show me the peace, not hate toward Russia and Iran. Show me Medicare for All, and not one that costs so much. Show me lessening of corporate powers, not more fund raising all day and then again at the lobbyist parties at night. Show me a fight for a green Marshall plan. And on….


The attempt to back-door destroy Medicare/SS is at it again. They are targeting SSDI. This has never stopped. PBO helped support it a la DLC.


sorry to hear that about SSDI. and I included my story not so much to garner sympathy, but to warn those of us who are near retirement age. If the difference b/w 65 and 66 is not much, you might want to go with 65.

The hard part is that when you make your decision, it’s often too early to know what Congress will do. Either that, or we need to pressure the SocSec dept. to find out exactly what Congress has done and publish that quickly on the site where you sign up.

Spring Texan

Yes, what he’s talking about is that if the Medicare Part B premium goes up which it always does, if you are ALREADY on Social Security and your premium comes from there, you are “held harmless” if your SS inflation increase is less that what it goes up by, but if you wait, you pay the increased amount.

This also affects people who are on Medicare but not Social Security or who have their premiums paid NOT out of Social Security. Few people are aware of this.

Spring Texan

So, if you DO get SS, it is VERY important to have the Medicare premium deducted from your SS check and not paid any other way.

Spring Texan

One more thing to be aware of is, if you postpone collecting Social Security but you are eligible for Medicare, UNLESS you have other medical insurance from a CURRENT employer (NOT from a former employer you may be getting a pension from, that doesn’t count), if you defer signing up for Medicare Part B past age 65, you will pay an increased amount in premiums FOR LIFE for every month past age 65 you didn’t sign up for Medicare, until the time you do. Something a lot of people don’t know either, and no one notifies you.

I believe the same is true for Medicare Part C if you don’t have “creditable coverage,” but not absolutely certain on that. On Part B it’s about 1% a month, so if you waited say 9 years to sign up, you’d pay over double everyone else’s monthly premium for the rest of your life.


What Our Grandchildren Will Do When the Jobs Are Gone

Most of our new jobs are in service industries, including retail and health care and personal care and food service. Those industries generally don’t pay a living wage. In 2014 over half of American workers made less than $15 per hour, with some of the top employment sectors in the U.S. paying $12 an hour or less.

Worse yet, most underpaid workers are deprived of the benefits that higher-income employees take for granted. A Princeton study concluded that a stunning 94 percent of the nine million new jobs created in the past decade were temporary or contract-based, rather than traditional full-time positions.

Even at high-flying Google, where privileged employees can make six-figure salaries plus thousands more in stock and cash bonuses, about half of the workforce is made up of temps, contractors, and vendors. …

Corporations could be training workers in new technologies, but instead they blame our underfunded educational system for worker deficiencies. Said an Apple executive, “The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.” Another CEO, oblivious to the lack of jobs at anything other than a high-tech level, blustered “The jobs are there, but the skills are not.” The Wall Street Journal, of course, chimed in: “Many workers who were laid off in recent decades…don’t have the skills to do today’s jobs.”

Meanwhile, the robots proliferate, expanding into once-unimagined areas: robot surgeons, robot chefs, robot security guards, robot news writers, robot teachers that interact with children, robotic nurses that will lift patients and bring them medicine.

And the robots are getting more humanlike, sensing the emotions of drivers, for example, and encouraging them to calm down at signs of stress or anger and to stay awake when their eyelids are drooping. Next step? The European Parliament is considering the granting of legal status to robots as “electronic persons.”

I like Paul Buchheit.


I worry about the retail sector all the time. A lot of people rely on those crappy jobs.

Retailers cut tens of thousands of jobs. Again

The dramatic reshaping of the American retail industry has, unfortunately, led to massive job losses in the sector.

The federal government said Friday that retailers shed nearly 30,000 jobs in March. That follows a more than 30,000 decline in the number of retail jobs in the previous month.


Wow. Guess it occurred to them that without money, we ain’t buying, and they’re now going to other markets?


Trading Bannon for Goldman-Sachs. Reich is right–the time is ripe for the progressive populist alternative.


With Bannon on way out, official Washington is jumping for joy that Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs who’s now running Trump’s National Economic Council, along with another influential Goldman Sachs alumnus, Dina Powell, are taking over Trump’s brain.

CNBC says Cohn will push “more moderate, business-friendly economic policies.”

The Washington Post says Cohn is advocating “a centrist vision.” The Post goes on to describe “The growing strength of Cohn and like-minded moderates” as revealed in Trump’s endorsement of government subsidies for exports, and of corporate tax cuts. Says the Post: “The president’s new positions move him much closer to the views of … mainstream Republicans and Democrats.”

In reality, Cohn, Powell, and other Wall Streeters in the Trump White House are pushing Trump closer to the views of Wall Street and big corporations – which are all too often reflected in the views of mainstream Republicans and Democrats who are dependent on the Street and big corporations for campaign money.

So as Trump’s brain shifts from Bannon’s white nationalism to Cohn’s elite financialism, the rest of us are supposed to breathe a sigh of relief? Tax breaks for the rich and subsidies for big corporations are so much better than xenophobia? Is this the real choice we face as a nation?

Corporate America and Wall Street don’t seem to have learned a thing from what’s happened over the last tempestuous year.

Where do they think the Bannon version of Trump came from?

From the cauldron of anger and cynicism welling up from a shrinking and ever more anxious middle class.

From millions of working people so convinced the game is rigged against them they were prepared to topple everything to get real change.

From voters whipped up into a fury over tax breaks and subsidies and bailouts for those at the top – socialism for the rich – while they’ve been getting the losing end of the stick: declining wages, mass firings, less job security.

From people who during the Great Recession lost jobs, homes, and savings as Wall Street got bailed out, and not a single Wall Street executive went to jail.

The so-called “moderate” “business-friendly” “centrist” “mainstream” policies Wall Street and big corporations are pushing won’t reverse these sentiments. They’ll add to them.

It is the Democrat’s hour. If Democrats don’t put forward a progressive populist alternative now — if they instead stick to their “mainstream” patrons on Wall Street and in the board rooms of big corporations — they will have missed their moment.

And America will have missed its opportunity to see that neither white nationalism nor boundless wealth at the top can possibly reflect the way forward.




John Nichols is so right. A son and I have been debating since the election. I said that Trump might be just what will wake up the Democratic party. He says, ‘at what expense’. I worry about that also.


I used to wonder if a Trump presidency would shift the pendulum back to the left (a good thing). But I’m concerned about what appears to be some complacency in the Dem response, and resistance as far as listening to the left. See Dianne Feinstein.

Waffling on Single-Payer and Trump Resistance, Feinstein Faces Angry Boos

It’s not only Republicans that are feeling the heat in their hometowns during this congressional recess. Democrats who aren’t on board with increasingly popular progressive proposals are being held to account as well.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was a case-in-point on Monday, when she faced angry and vocal constituents at a midday town hall meeting in her hometown of San Francisco.

It was her stance on single-payer healthcare—an idea that’s picking up momentum in the wake of last month’s TrumpCare debacle, especially in California—that drew the most vociferous response.

When asked about her position on such a system, Feinstein responded: “If single-payer healthcare is going to mean the complete takeover by the government of all healthcare, I am not there.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, one audience member called Feinstein a “sellout” as others joined in chants of “single-payer now!”


Agree. Way to many calls for unity without backing the unifying underlying principles. Expecting unity b/c Trump.

But must say I’m glad there are crowds out booing and Sanders going around the country, even if it is with Perez. #shouldabeenbernie. #shouldabeenellison.


Yes, I saw the tape of her town hall and it was pretty exciting to see the audience yelling, ‘single payer’ and booing her. She is a corporate sell out and if more of them have to feel the heat, maybe, just maybe they will be pushed to our side. The guy who almost won the US representative race, last night in a very conservative district, is a Bernie supporter and ran on a ‘single payer’ platform. He might just win in the play off vote if the DNC gives him some help.


Kudos to Ms. Leal.


Vivian Leal, a 51-year-old Reno mother who said she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, pressed Heller the hardest — interrupting and demanding specifics when he talked around her question about whether he will oppose any legislation that revokes Obamacare’s protections for those with pre-existing conditions and that directs those people into high-risk insurance pools.

“You give fuzzy answers,” Leal told Heller. “They ask you direct questions and you evade them by saying, ‘we can have a dialogue,’ ‘we can talk about that,’ ‘we can take a look into that.’ Those are not answers. They don’t tell us where you stand or how you’ll vote or not vote.”

She complained that she wrote a “thoughtful letter” detailing her experiences with the American health care system — but received a form letter back.
When Heller touted he had “rejected the Republican plan” to repeal Obamacare, Leak pressed Heller again.

“Yes or no? High-risk pools, that’s my question,” she demanded. “Don’t give me a fuzzy answer. High-risk pools — that’s my question. Please answer it.”
The crowd loudly chanted “yes or no!” at Heller.

“I will support high-risk pools, because there are some people who want them,” the senator said, drawing boos. He added that he wants to make sure everyone has “access to the health care that you want.”

Heller is the Senate Republican facing what’s likely to be the most difficult re-election race in the 2018 midterms. Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the state in 2016, and Democrats — who have to defend 10 Senate seats in states Trump won — see him as the ripest GOP target.

In a joint town hall with Republican Rep. Mark Amodei, Heller faced a rowdy crowd that Reno police pegged at 600 — with hundreds more outside, unable to get into the filled-to-capacity room at a local convention center.


Beyond Bernie Sanders: ‘There’s a New Sheriff in Town… All of You’

The antidote to Trump and the broader Republican takeover of local and state governments, explained Jackson, is people harnessing their shared experience and finding common cause with one another.

There’s a new sheriff in town. But it’s not me,” Jackson said. “And it’s not Tom Perez, and it’s not even Bernie Sanders. It’s all of you. Because justice and equality are not achieved by any one man or any one woman. It’s going to take all of us, standing together to demand a better world, and do the work necessary to win it. It’s going to take a movement of people joined together for living wages and equal pay. So join together for free college and universal healthcare. Join together for racial justice. And join together to combat climate change. And finally, join together to seize those levers of power—so that these families here on the ground who have been ignored for far too long—can finally have a grasp. Together we can topple these entrenched power structures, take control of our own destinies, and build the world that we all deserve.”

In his speech, Perez admitted the recent rise in people telling him they simply “don’t know what the Democratic Party stands for anymore.”

I love this Jackson guy!!

The idea that a Sanders-style progressive populism remains key to winning back voters in places where Trump was able to capture the working-class electorate was taken up by state Sen. Troy Jackson, currently the Democratic leader in the Maine Senate.

And this for the kind of LOL that is always welcomed:

By far the biggest applause line of the night came when Sanders said he would soon be announcing a ‘Medicare for All’ bill in the U.S. Senate.

With the crowd on its feet, Sanders said, “The insurance companies may not like it. And the drug companies may not like it.”

At this point someone in the crowd yelled, “Fuck ’em!” Sanders paused and said, “That’s not quite the words I would use… But not bad, not bad.”



So I went to TOP today….

Pretty much nothing but negativity. Trump, Trump, Trump, a staff post designed to provide red meat to the troops in the form of some good ol’ Jill Stein bashing for flavor, and a traditional pie fight in a post about the Clinton book “Shattered”.


There IS a (lightly attended) post trying to drum up support for Quist, but is there more than a handful of ppl still there who would even care about him?


As some of you know, I suffer from depression. It has gotten worse since November, and the only way I can stay afloat is to basically limit my exposure to news. I came across this, and absolutely laughed my ass off. If only!


I have an appointment with my therapist tomorrow, and will share with her. She will absolutely love it!


Awwww, so feel you, phatkat. There are times i still come close, as well. I probably dump some of it here. But I agree that I sometimes am absent and it can lighten things up a bit. Off to view your link. And I understand that you are talking about a deeper thing.

LOL. Hugs.


Totally hear you phatkhat. There are days when I just want to run away. Good luck to you sweetie!!


The LOL is for your link.


Been wondering where you’ve been, phatkhat. Glad to see you back–you aren’t the only one trying to deal with the latest political reality known as the tRump trainwreck! 🙂

Spring Texan

Thank you. That is great!


There is No Regressive Left

The notion of the ‘regressive left’ belongs to this Cold War phrasebook used by a cross-section of conservatives and liberals to police the left. If you dare to question certain assumptions about the world, you will inevitably come up against these tactics. Setting the limits on what can be questioned is a key part of preventing real opposition. Thus, if the left is to succeed it must dispense with this language of reaction.


Regressive Left is the latest oxymoron.

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