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Even if progressive candidates don’t win, they can push establishment Dems left.


THE SAFE MONEY on a race in a machine-dominated district is to bet on the boss. And, to be sure, Crowley is likely to be the favorite. But Ocasio-Cortez has a few plausible reasons to believe there’s a path to victory:

She has more than 6,000 individual donors; that’s a pool she’ll continue to grow and can keep tapping into if her campaign gains momentum. It suggests that the 5,000+ signatures she turned in were no fluke.

Primaries are very low-turnout affairs, meaning the absolute number of votes she needs to win is quite low, in the high-four figures or low-five figures.

Crowley is the king of Queens, but he represents the Bronx from a distance. If Ocasio-Cortez can organize and run up her numbers in the Bronx, while holding her own in Queens, she can win.

The case against her isn’t based on substance, but on raw politics.

Crowley is a very good old-school politician: engaging on the stump, charismatic, and diligent about building relationships. He has close relationships with the bosses of the Bronx machine, which can turn out votes. And, for many Democratic voters, he’s not that bad.

The political differences between Ocasio-Cortez and Crowley are on issues of economic and racial justice. But, even for a corporate, Wall Street-funded Democrat, Crowley — like all good politicians — is flexible.

With Ocasio-Cortez giving him a real challenge from the left, Crowley came out and endorsed “Medicare for All.” “When I launched my campaign on an unapologetic advocacy for ‘Medicare for All,’ within two weeks, he co-sponsored the legislation,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That’s when people first started noticing how sensitive he was to our race, how sensitive he was to this challenge.”


Tulsi is still going to win but it’s not good to have the teacher’s union opposed. There’s lots of animus against her in certain Dem circles—perhaps they nudged union leaders.

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

According to a union email sent to teachers, the HSTA decided to endorse Campagna for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District seat over Gabbard in part because the challenger has vowed to fight for more money for public education.

“She believes that a reliable funding stream for public education must be a top priority, and Hawaii should tax out-of-state residents who own investment properties here,” the HSTA email states. “She also believes in lowering class sizes and increasing teacher pay.”

But the HSTA email also levied harsh criticism at Gabbard for her trip to Syria to meet with its ruler, President Bashar al-Assad, and her failure to condemn Al-Assad for his “genocidal chemical attack on his own people.” The union cited her stance on Syria as an example of how Gabbard has “has not defended human and civil rights during her time in Congress.”


As with the attacks on Nina Turner (and on Bernie 24/7) Hillary supporters and establishment types are doing to do their best to:

1) Make anyone who endorsed Bernie pay
2) Send the message that stepping out of line will be rewarded with punishment
3) Do everything they can to keep pushing the anti-Russia claptrap.

If Syria had embraced the U.S. instead of Russia those who are pushing the very questionable chemical attack line would be defending any and all of Syria’s actions in the name of ‘fighting terrorists’.


too bad when our teachers follow the official Syrian take hook, line, and sinker, and believe that Gabbard doesn’t defend human rights? Isn’t that what soldiers do????

hopefully it’s more the neolibcon “leaders” and the rank and file will still vote for her.

As the generations go by, though, they will get less and less instruction in critical thinking and more of our teachers will be less likely to read between the official propaganda lines.

I hope some outlets find the exact bill where Obama approved psyops on Americans, define psy ops and let Americans know that they are being lied to and that it’s legal.



It’s unreal to me how people either don’t know or don’t care that the U.S. is arming the terrorists because the terrorists are fighting Assad and Russia.

You’d think we would have learned something from 9-11.


Awful people


The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens.

The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal rules in line with Alaska state law.

Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs, kill wolves and pups in their dens, and use motor boats to shoot swimming caribou.

These and other hunting methods – condemned as cruel by wildlife protection advocates – were outlawed on federal lands in 2015. Members of the public have 60 days to provide comment on the proposed new rules.

The Obama-era restrictions on hunting on federal lands in Alaska were challenged by Safari Club International, a group that promotes big-game hunting. The Associated Press reported in March that Mr Zinke had appointed a board loaded with trophy hunters to advise him on conserving threatened and endangered wildlife, including members of the Safari Club.

President Donald Trump’s sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska.


That’s so awful. How can anyone kill a bear cub or wolf pup and then look themselves in mirror?

I sure do wish we could figure out a way to find room for wildlife. When it’s gone, it’s gone. 🙁


They do not believe in a level playing field. Disgusting.


Scary that there are enough of them to change these laws. WTFrack has happened to us?


From Salon: donald-trumps-summit-with-kim-jong-un-is-near-collapse-is-that-what-his-advisers-wanted-all-along?

Vice President Mike Pence tried out the rationale for abandoning the meeting Monday night on Fox News, saying that “it would be a great mistake for Kim Jong Un to think he could play Donald Trump,” and stating unequivocally that the U.S. is willing to walk if the North Koreans refuse to give in to Trump’s demands. He’d have to forego the Nobel for the time being, but there’s always Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace plan.

In any case, Trump doesn’t have the time or the inclination to deal with possible nuclear war right now. He’s busy fighting an epic battle with his own FBI and the Justice Department over the investigation into his campaign’s possible collusion with Russian agents back in 2016. He is, by all accounts, obsessed with it. Unlike previous presidents Clinton and Reagan, both of whom faced serious investigations during their presidency, he is unable to “compartmentalize” and do the job of president at the same time. Grace under pressure is not his strong suit.

Trump probably would not be capable of handling a major summit of such monumental importance under any circumstances, since he won’t do the homework required of a president. That’s because he believes, as he told the Washington Post, that he reaches decisions “with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I already had, plus the words ‘common sense.” Judging by his administration so far, he has very little of either.


I can’t decide whether Pence is a con man or just really, really, stupid. I suppose he could be both.


How Trump Got Punked By Kim Jong-Un

The North Koreans appear to have waited until Trump announced a date and a venue to shift gears and make clear that giving up their nuclear weapons was definitely not on the agenda. In the lead-up President Trump was veritably giddy. In late April Trump praised Kim as “very honorable” for his good faith negotiations in preparation for the summit and then later effused over his “excellent” treatment of US prisoners and how “nice” he had been to free them early. (22 year old Otto Warmbier received an unexplained fatal brain injury in North Korean custody last year.) The White House was so eager they ever had this “challenge coin” struck to commemorate the upcoming summit.

After all this it was just five days later when the North Koreans canceled a planning meeting and began signaling that “denuclearization” was not up for debate. It’s all pretty clear (and this was widely predicted by area experts). Kim waited and waited and waited, fluffed and fluffed and fluffed until Trump had locked himself into a time and a place before threatening to cancel and saying publicly North Korea would not give up its nuclear weapons. This way Trump is either faced with attending the summit in which the two men will meet as equals and with nuclearization not up for discussion or canceling a meeting upon which Trump has banked so much both domestically and internationally.


At the convention, she was leading her establishment opponent at the end, but the vote was kept open until some vote switchers could be found from a candidate who dropped out to allow the opponent to edge ahead. Voting was then promptly closed. She still has a guaranteed place on the ballot, but without the endorsement.


BY ANY CONCEIVABLE metric, Jahana Hayes had no chance. She launched her campaign just 12 days before Connecticut’s convention for the 5th Congressional District race on May 14, with no infrastructure, no real funding, and no prior political experience.

She was facing off against a well-known, well-financed candidate who was largely expected to walk away with the nomination to replace the outgoing Elizabeth Esty unchallenged.

But her bid began picking up momentum almost as soon as she launched it. Her 2016 National Teacher of the Year designation earned her the attention she needed to get her calls returned, and delegations to the convention agreed to hear out her last-minute pitch. Local unions got excited, with firefighters, United Auto Workers, and others getting behind her.

Were Hayes to somehow come out on top, she would become the first black candidate ever nominated by Connecticut Democrats. She would be the only black person serving in the U.S. House or Senate from all of New England. She would also become one of only a few black members of Congress serving a district where white people make up a majority of the voting population.

Hayes has a persuasive way of arriving at strongly progressive political positions by linking them to her own life experiences. Her stance on college flows from the lifesaving role education played for her. On “Medicare for All,” the single-payer health care legislation championed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., she references a trip abroad she’d taken. “When I was teacher of the year, I traveled to some really poor countries in Africa with the U.S. State Department,” she said. “There are places around the world that are still struggling with this issue. But in a country like the United States of America, the fact that there are people who go without health care is a tragedy, right? … Something like that, I feel, is just basic.”


Wait, what?? I had no idea any of this was going on!! This convention happened while I had no power so I totally missed it.

Thank you jcitybone! for the heads up. This is my district.

Former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes will go forward into the August primary for the 5th District Democratic nomination as the NAACP launches a probe into the outcome of the 5th District convention because of alleged ballot tampering.

As you’ve probably heard, the NAACP is not very happy with the way candidates of color are being treated as the State Party Convention begins Friday. On Thursday, the civil rights organization launched a full legal investigation into the outcome of the Democrats’ 5th Congressional District Convention on Monday.

It was quite clear from the reception she received at Monday night’s district convention in Waterbury that Jahana Hayes was the hometown favorite. Mary Glassman’s own campaign operatives thought that Hayes would win the convention.

In fact, Hayes was ahead on the second ballot 172 to 168 when the town chairman in New Britain announced several vote switches giving the convention nomination to Glassman by a final vote of 173 to 167. That’s the reason the NAACP is launching a legal investigation into alleged ballot tampering at the convention.

(‘New Britain Alderman Manny Sanchez, who qualified for the primary on the first ballot before releasing his delegates, has yet to decide if he will go forward with the primary.’)

I have not heard good things about this Nick Balletto guy:

Late Thursday afternoon, State Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto said, “We welcome this probe. If something went wrong in balloting process, we would like to know and want any issues dealt with quickly and appropriately. We encourage anyone involved to ask for a Dispute Resolution Committee so it can be dealt with immediately.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Balletto is full of crap and arranged for the vote flips himself.



A group of students from across Texas has a question for Gov. Greg Abbott: “We are dying on your watch. What will you do about it?“

More than 40 students signed a letter calling for action on gun control, which will be featured in a full-page ad from Everytown for Gun Safety set to run in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday. Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, the political arm of the organization, paid for the ad.

“Our job is to be good students. Your job is to keep us safe. You have failed at your job,” the students wrote in the letter to Abbott. “Like so many politicians cozy with the NRA, you have steadfastly opposed any reasonable measures that might protect us from gun violence. Instead, you’ve signed dangerous policies to force public colleges in Texas to allow guns on campus and make it legal to openly carry firearms in public.

“You’ve continued to push the notion that guns everywhere for everyone make us safer,“ the letter continues. “By that logic, shouldn’t we be among the safest states in the nation?“



Still, it is striking how many Republicans are more concerned with the possibility that Mueller is exceeding his mandate than they are with glaring evidence that the president and some of his closest associates are crooked hucksters who saw the White House as their latest opportunity to earn money unethically.

The business dealings of Trump and his associates raise so many red flags that Congress should launch a formal inquiry into them independent of the Russia investigation—and voters should hold members of Congress who oppose such an inquiry accountable.



But if there is to be a Democratic wave, it is outside insurgents such as Eastman who will drive it. As she argues, “we continue to run conservative Democrats and they lose. . . . One issue in the district is turnout, and part of that is we haven’t run a real progressive Democrat and I think this message is strong and will continue out through the general election.”

Incumbents win more than 90 percent of the time in congressional races. Yet, passion and enthusiasm count for more in off-year elections in which turnout is notoriously low, particularly from such members of the Democratic base as young, people of color and single women. This year, the desire to throw the bums out is greater than ever, and attractive citizen candidates such as Eastman have far greater credibility than traditional pols.

A major concern is whether party activists come together after a hard-fought primary. Clearly Trump and the reactionary Republican Congress will help unite and mobilize Democrats. Kleeb cautions that victorious progressives must be certain to reach out to traditional Democrats and independents. “All shades of blue need to be at the table, and as we run more progressive candidates, we can’t make the mistake of creating some type of club that you need to check off certain things before you can join.”

Ironically, because of the threat posed by the right, progressives may be more ready to unite behind a victorious centrist candidate — as Sanders-endorsed Tom Perriello did in Virginia after losing the gubernatorial primary to Ralph Northam — than embittered favorites knocked off by insurgents. Already, Democratic consultants are suggesting it is up to progressive groups to deliver in the fall. “If you want to prove that Democrats can and should run on a more progressive agenda, they now have to deliver a victory in November for the more progressive candidate or else they’ve proven everyone’s worst fears,” one unnamed Democratic strategist told the Hill.

Energy drives politics. The energy in the Democratic Party is coming from the left, as the progressive base of the party revolts against the centrist, big-money politics that have proved so ruinous. The Democratic establishment may not like it, but if there is to be a blue wave, it will build from the enthusiasm of the Democratic base demanding change. The true test may be whether the established institutions of the party and the money behind them are ready to support the insurgent candidates their voters have chosen.


I’m not sure I like that quote from Jane Kleeb.

Kleeb cautions that victorious progressives must be certain to reach out to traditional Democrats and independents. “All shades of blue need to be at the table, and as we run more progressive candidates, we can’t make the mistake of creating some type of club that you need to check off certain things before you can join.”

Why WOULDN’T a “victorious” progressive “reach out to traditional (???) Democrats and independents”?!

Of course they would! They presumably want to win, right?

And that language about progressives creating “some kind of clue that you need to check off certain things before you can join” pisses me right off. If anyone acts like “a club” it’s establishment Dems, imo. What’s up with such all that Jane? I thought you were a progressive yourself!


In my experience, I can reach out, but they’ll only reach back if I tow their line. And they dismiss true progressive values and policies.


I think it is OK what Kleeb said. She’s towing the Our Revolution party line.


But how is what Kleeb said towing the OR line? I find her words divisive. But I’ll give it more thought.


I think it is to distinguish from Clinton who did not reach out to indies. Centrist Dems don’t do enough outreach period.


I think I’m understanding your take better now. Thanks!


LD/JD: what do you think will happen in the TX primaries today? Kudos to jcitybone on a terrific first O/T yesterday!! T and R!! 🙂




More BDS: Bernie Derangement Syndrome, this time from WaPo:


Tim Black weighs in on the Bernie/Nina smearing machine:



Of all mammals, 36% are human, 60% are livestock, and only 4% are wild mammals.


While scientists and conservationists grow increasingly worried about the world’s biodiversity, a new study that sought to estimate the biomass of all living creatures on Earth has shed some light on humanity’s impact.

The planet is largely dominated by plants, which make up 82 percent of all life on Earth, followed by bacteria at 13 percent, and the remaining five percent is everything else, including 7.6 billion human beings.

According to the study, published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), people only make up 0.01 percent of the Earth’s biomass—however, their impact has been massive.

The researchers estimate that, in terms of biomass, the so-called rise of human civilization has destroyed 83 percent of wild mammals, 80 percent of marine animals, 50 percent of plants, and 15 percent of fish.



So frackin sad.


I’m not wired into being a misanthrope, but homo sapiens keeps acting like some sort of cozmik cancer. What about the ones who don’t?



The Environmental Protection Agency is barring The Associated Press, CNN and the environmental-focused news organization E&E from a national summit on harmful water contaminants.

The EPA blocked the news organizations from attending Tuesday’s Washington meeting, convened by EPA chief Scott Pruitt.

EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox told the barred organizations they were not invited and there was no space for them, but gave no indication of why they specifically were barred.

Pruitt told about 200 people at the meeting that dealing with the contaminants is a “national priority.”

Guards barred an AP reporter from passing through a security checkpoint inside the building. When the reporter asked to speak to an EPA public-affairs person, the security guards grabbed the reporter by the shoulders and shoved her forcibly out of the EPA building.


How far can they take this sort of thing? I mean, it is our government and harmful water contaminants are OUR concern. Not that the MSM would tell us much of importance anyway.


As long as these bribed yahoos can get away with this, they will continue to do so. 🙂




Big day today for some primaries!

I got my power this morning! Yay!!!! First thing I did was take a shower now that I have running water. I almost kissed the workers on my way out of my street, lol, but I settled for profuse thanks instead.

But still no internet or tv yet, so I’ll be checking in here as soon as I get to work. 😉


My guy lost. Once again, supposed Bernie people supported a smear campaign against the real Berniecat and supported someone else. Bah.


Sorry to hear that. 🙁


Power to the People!



I hope that newbie Conor Lamb expands his repertoire a bit going forward.

For example, “first responders” need to have the tools to keep people from dying from an overdose. I’m not sure they can do much, if anything, about the spread of opioid abuse, right? Am I missing something?


Poll shows Lyin’ Cruzer ahead of Beto

I got this headline from the Hill:

Poll: Cruz leads O’Rourke by 7 points

If the election for the Senate seat were held today, 47 percent said they would support Cruz over 40 percent who indicated support for O’Rourke, the JMC Analytics survey found. Seven percent were undecided.

The latest numbers show a wider gap for Cruz than a survey released last month by Quinnipiac University that said the race was “too close to call” with Cruz just three points ahead.

O’Rourke has a better favorability rating than Cruz in Tuesday’s poll. Thirty-five percent of respondents said they have a favorable opinion of the congressman, compared to 20 percent who have an unfavorable one and 39 percent who said they have no opinion.

Forty-two percent said they have a favorable view of Cruz, while 44 percent view him unfavorably and 11 percent have no opinion.


JMC Analytics was commissioned by Red Metrics to conduct this poll. So, it’s slanted. There’s another person on the list, Jonathan Jenkins, in which they are gathering more info to determine viability. Jenkins is from the IndieUSA party and lives in the DFW metroplex. LD, know anything about this guy other than his website?


Beto is likely behind by a small amount but since he’s viewed favorably by those who know him and since 40% have no opinion, he has a lot of room to grow in contrast to Cruz.


That’s how I saw it too. Lyin’ Ted has some concern now in his backyard.


Uh oh, I guess this was bound to happen, the Obamas Netflix deal has birthed a new hashtag, #ObamaNetflixProjects:


yep. how to psyop neolibcon views into popular shows.


Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 🙂



This would be funny if it wasn’t so important.

Notice how she only mentions “Trump’s” Washington? Can we please put an end to pay-to-play in ALL of Washington, DC?

Fixing Our Broken Political System and Returning to a Government Of, By and For the People

Too many Americans feel that Washington is hopelessly out of touch with their priorities. President Trump promised to fight for the forgotten American, yet Republican-controlled Washington continues business as usual, rewarding the wealthy, privileged and well-connected at the expense of middle class and working families.


Or in state houses, such as Albany?

President Trump, Gov. Cuomo have had ‘tremendous’ amount of donors in common

ALBANY — While Gov. Cuomo has been a vocal critic of President Trump, the two New Yorkers have had a number of donors and supporters in common.

Anthony Scaramucci, who was briefly Trump’s communications director, in 2010 was the finance chairman of “Republicans For Cuomo” while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is on Trump’s current legal team, co-chaired Cuomo’s transition committee on public safety in 2010.

Trump Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has given Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaigns $15,000. He also gave another nearly $13,000 to Cuomo’s attorney general campaigns, records show.

Among the other joint donors are hedge fund manager John Paulson, billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz, and businessman Ronald Perelman.


SoS, Pelosi who is hardly progressive, or others.


I’ve had a bit of a stressful day and found that this story helped.

I hope you all don’t mind my going WAY off track here.

Dog raises nine orphaned ducklings


The foster dad’s name is Fred.


Closing coal and oil power plants leads to healthier babies being born, finds study

Shutting down coal and oil power plants has been linked with a drop in premature births by a new study.

The closure of eight power plants in California prompted researchers to examine the impact this had on births in the surrounding community.

They found the year following the shutdown of each plant saw a decline in the rate of premature births in the local area – an effect that was particularly pronounced in African American and Asian women.

Lead author of the study, Dr Joan Casey of the University of California, Berkeley, said she was “excited to do a good news story in environmental health”.

“Most people look at air pollution and adverse health outcomes, but this is the flip side.

“We said, let’s look at what happens when we have this external shock that removes air pollution from a community and see if we can see any improvements in health.”

Their results, which were published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, saw the rate of premature births drop by between 20 and 25 per cent (depending on their ethnic background).

The scientists also showed the impact on the premature birth rate became more pronounced the further away from power planets they looked.

I don’t understand that last paragraph, so will try to find out more.

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