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Greetings from McCormick! Lots of “birdies” abound! Today I am doing DSA training, then there will be book signing by Thomas Frank this PM!

Unlike TOP (who no one seems to talk about here) the Summit goers have been eagerly talking about last night’s election! Great results!

Will have a post tonight, with livestream link!

Mainly millennials in the DSA.


Waiting in line to register. Expecting 3000 this year at People’s Summit.


Have a great weekend Benny!


I hope you have a enjoyable weekend. I am sure it will be hectic but you can recover later.


I love the timing of the summit, right after the good showing by Corbyn & his fellow Labour pols! I’ll bet the buzz is exhilarating.

I hope you have a great weekend!


Nina Turner just walked in, hi5in! Crowd cheering!


Answer: he can I’m so sick of people using their religious “beliefs” as a cover for bigotry


The Constitution says the U.S. government can’t impose religious tests for public office. But scholars say Sen. Bernie Sanders can without consequence apply his own religious rubric in opposing a presidential nominee who believes non-Christians risk going to hell.

The Vermont independent, who is Jewish but “not particularly religious,” grilled Russell Vought, nominee to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, on Wednesday, focusing on an article he wrote that said Muslims “do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned.”

Sanders asked if that view was Islamophobic, and if Jews also stand condemned.

Vought responded that he is a Christian. “In your judgment, do you think that people who are not Christians are going to be condemned?” Sanders asked. Vought began to answer before Sanders interrupted, asking if that viewpoint was “respectful of other religions.”

A Sanders spokesperson defended his position Thursday, telling The Atlantic “racism and bigotry—condemning an entire group of people because of their faith—cannot be part of any public policy” and that it “is simply unacceptable” for an officeholder to use “such strong Islamophobic language.”


I am sure that orlbucfan would appreciate this video.


I see that Trump and Sessions are still quite busy!


A bit more on this.


I’ll bet that none of them have a Republican Governor.


13 states eh? This is a fight that could pull people together, imo. We all need breathable air!


This writer is a great guy, I follow him on twitter and he is so happy today. 🙂

Corbyn Won Because Hope Turned the Unthinkable Into Reality

Fatalism is dead and belief in change is back.

In the days just after this election was announced, a lot of people I know started doing something that, on the face of it, looked very strange: they decided to believe.

As the media thundered apocalyptically about 200-seat Tory majorities and the final destruction of the socialist project; as the Tories giddily prepared themselves for a massacre and half of the Labour party seemed to be egging them on; as everything looked utterly bleak and airless; as the feeling of being trapped on a rotting old prison ship grew, the water seeping in, every lurch carrying us down into the sunless desert at the bottom of the world, people decided that actually, Corbyn could do this. We would ignore the papers and the polls, we would have faith in the possibility that something good might actually happen, and if it meant retreating into a fanatical little bubble, then that was fine.

This wasn’t a naïve hope; we weren’t deluding ourselves. Everyone knew that the situation looked incredibly grim, that common sense and political inevitability were pointing in only one direction, and that rich and powerful people were doing everything they could to crush us utterly. It was, in a way, a kind of ironic hope – the hope of the already defeated, holding simultaneously the weary certainty of loss and the absolute insistence on victory. Few people genuinely dared to believe that Corbyn would actually come out on top, but the point was to say the unsayable, to refuse an ugly world and live for a few weeks as if anything were possible. It was an incantation.

The gleeful anti-Corbyn Cassandras were wrong – deafeningly, magnificently wrong – because they thought that politics was first of all about numbers, rather than people: a dead Newtonian science, the calculation of inert bodies. Something as bitter and determined and ironic as the last-minute hope of the believers had no way to enter their computations. The local party offices besieged every day by hundreds of people willing to knock on doors and hand out leaflets and do anything to help had no way of entering the model. Neither did the kindly mums making phone calls, or the huge crowds turning up for rallies, or the kids putting memes together on MS Paint. This was all just enthusiasm, a disease of the die-hard, an ephemeral wash that would break against the brute solidity of political fact. It wasn’t real. And they weren’t entirely wrong: it wasn’t real; all that enthusiasm was just swirling potential, until the election was called and it poured through the sky to take on concrete form.

Across Europe, traditional social-democratic parties are disappearing; under an Yvette Cooper or an Owen Smith, Labour would have triangulated itself into the abyss. The bloodless, hopeless, senseless centrists tried to perform a kind of magic of their own – for two long years, they insisted that Corbyn was unelectable, and they thought that saying it as frequently and bitterly as possible would turn it into fact. But they missed something. What they repeated were just nostrums, the weary recitation of how things are. What we’ve all learned from the election last night is that how things are is not the same as how they will always be. People can overturn every certainty imposed on us. The world is ours to change.

And THAT, my birdie friends, is why people like Joan Walsh (did you see her meltdown late last night? whoa), Joy Reid, Neera Tanden (both of whom blamed May’s losses on Trump, of course, am surprised they didn’t throw Russia in there too), and I’m sure almost all centrists, are angry and/or condescending today.

Corbyn showed that turning to the ‘center’ is NOT necessary, that it’s NOT inevitable. That’s why Corbyn is dangerous to them.


I don’t see Trump’s name in there anywhere!

#1 issue? Health!!! If the Dem party ran on universal health care they would win.



British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to consolidate power has backfired. Her Conservative Party lost its governing majority in Thursday’s snap-election, forcing it to form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which gained 31 net seats while Conservatives lost 12, appeared to get its boost from young voters. That assessment, if accurate, confirms a trend in American and Western European politics toward a radical turn among young voters that could over the next decade further undermine the political center.
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What’s motivating these young leftists? The evidence points to underlying economic factors, and suggests that these voters will have a lasting influence on the fundamental structure of Western economies.

First, the numbers: According to a Sky News exit poll, Labour candidates won 63 percent among voters 18 to 34 years old. The Tories took a dismal 27 percent. Turnout among 18-to-25-year-olds was estimated to be between 66 and 72 percent. In 2015, when Labour ran a centrist campaign under Edward Miliband, only 45 percent of these voters turned out. In this year’s vote tallies, Labour did best among those seats that had highest percent of 18-to-24-year-old voters.

Could this change in the economy have led young voters to support parties and candidates like Corbyn, Sanders, and Mélenchon that, unlike those of the center-left and center-right, are highly critical of the current capitalism? I suspect so. And in so far as the trends seem to be ongoing, the discontent expressed by these voters is unlikely to abate as they age and is likely to affect future generations as well.


There is little joy from Joy in Corbyn’s strong performance. LOL


Lol, the centrists are def joy-less today! 🙂


Sharing this article from Newsweek has been brought to you by Joan Walsh’s meltdown.

Bernie Sanders Could Have Won, U.K. Election Suggests, on Strength of Youth Turnout

One of the primary reasons for Corbyn’s success was his energizing of the youth vote, something Sanders similarly achieved during his Democratic primary battle with Hillary Clinton in 2016. While official figures have not yet been released, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that young people turned out in force for Labour. Estimates have shown that the turnout among those between the ages of 18 and 25 was well above the 43 percent who went to the polls in 2015. Some unofficial estimates even put the number at 72 percent.
According to data from media company Sky, Labour attracted 63 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 34. In the 2016 primary, Sanders won 70 percent of the under-30 vote across the board in his losing effort to Clinton.

Sanders may be a septuagenarian, and Corbyn only two years from it, but both have spurred youth who are frustrated with the rightward, corporate shift within Labour and the Democrats who left little to appeal to the wider political landscape.

Both have also had to fight off establishments trying to hold them down. In Corbyn’s case, the Labour faction of Blairites, aligned to the centrist policies of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, have repeatedly attempted to undermine him despite his populist support, and even forced him to survive a leadership challenge last year.

As for Sanders, the Democratic establishment, which quickly coalesced around Clinton, would prove an insurmountable hurdle, even amid accusations, and evidence, of favoritism from the Democratic National Committee. Still, he made the primary race far tougher than anyone expected.


No shit, sherlock. Thank you @humphrey for your comment about all the garbage running the Dumbshine State. Just got back from a majestic PNW motorcycle trip. Unfortunately, it’s clouded with sorrow. Right before we left last week, our older Dobe, Lexy, suffered some sort of stroke. We boarded her with the vet (left Toto at home). Today we had to give permission to put her down. She just gradually got worse. Dobes live between 9-11/13 years. Lexy was 10.5 yo. Anywho, T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂


You have my sympathy. I know the feeling as I lost one of my dogs back in November.


@orlbucfan, Same here as we had to put down our L’il fur ball down a few years back,totally understand.


Sorry to hear the sad news!


So sorry. I have gone through that more than a few times with my dogs and cats. Wrenching always.


DSA regional groups, discussing what we would like to see from the organization, stay engaged.


Jane Sanders and Rosa DeMoro just dropped by!


Yay!! Thanks for sharing!

Those are two good ladies!! Feel free to tell them hello for me and that I think they both rock! I follow them both on twitter and Rosa, for example, as I’m sure you already know, is a relentless advocate for healthcare for all, so I ‘like’ pretty much every one of her posts that I manage to catch.

Feel free to give everyone you meet a hug, for that matter!

If they are at that summit I’ll bet they deserve lots of hugs! (I know you do 😉 )



Healthcare for all has dominated the conversation today.


I think it’s a winning political strategy!

It was the #1 issue given by UK voters.




After three (3!) recounts, a shocker in Kensington with Emma Dent Coad beating (Lady) Victoria Borwick by just 20 votes!

The Tories have won Kensington and its preceding seat Kensington & Chelsea in every previous General Election.

The Labour MP said she would focus on the area’s problems, including air pollution and housing to overcome “unforgivable inequalities”.

She said: “This constituency is a microcosm of everything that is wrong in this country after seven years of incompetent and uncaring coalition and Tory Government.

“I will do everything in my power in the next five years to make ‘One Kensington’ an example of the finest qualities of common humanity, mutual respect for all our communities and social justice to create a thoughtful, kind, co-operative and tolerant society where we can all prosper and thrive.”

I love this tweet “daring to hope”. 🙂

And doesn’t this ‘say’ it or what?


I have much more faith in paper ballots. Voting machines are simply asking for dubious results. Taking a little more time would be well worth it.




The above comment was messed up. Here is what I attempted.

There should be good reporting from The People’s Summit. Tim Black will also be there.

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