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Last evening I attended a Dutchess County NY Dem fundraiser–a lobster bake at Andy Rooney’s son’s house overlooking the Hudson and the Catskills (quite beautiful). I retired in early July and am now splitting my time between Poughkeepsie in the Hudson Valley and Roxbury in the Catskills. My partner will still be working for at least a few years in Dutchess County.

Poughkeepsie is in Sean Patrick Maloney’s district, but most of the county (as well as the Catskills) is in Republican Faso’s district. Faso beat Teachout in the grim 2016 election.

Anyway, several of the potential Dem candidates to run against Faso attended the fundraiser. One stood out to me–Jeff Beals who I talked to for about 15 minutes. He was a Bernie supporter and is one of only two candidates (out of eight) who has roots in the district. (That was a problem with Zephyr.) He also dissed a few of the of the other candidates for being let’s say being “less than progressive.”

Here’s his website and some info:


I’m leading a grassroots campaign to unite working people and win back our voice in Congress.
Unite to provide Medicare for all.
Unite to lower prescription drug prices.
Unite to increase Social Security benefits.
Unite to rebuild our infrastructure.
Unite to develop rural jobs, small businesses and local farms.
Unite to fight income inequality and a rigged economy.
Unite to make public education tuition free.
Unite to face climate change with science and sustainable energy.
Unite to end racial injustice, bigotry and violence.
Unite to protect women’s reproductive health.


I’m a teacher and former diplomat who served with distinction in Iraq, and my family has had a farm in the Hudson Valley since I was a boy.

We the people of New York’s 19th District are in the fight of our lives. We’ve formed a grassroots uprising that has shaken the powers that be. After organizing and rallying in our movement, I’m leading a people’s campaign to win us back our voice in Congress. This is not my first fight or my first turn to government service. I’ve been fighting for our country and what I believe in all my life.

I served in America’s most embattled outposts in the Middle East under both Democratic and Republican administrations. After beginning my career as a CIA intelligence officer, I joined the State Department and pushed for peace in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside my close friend Ambassador Chris Stevens, whom we lost in Benghazi. I answered the call to help our country in Iraq in 2004 and became one of the longest serving U.S. diplomats of the Iraq War. Fluent in Arabic, I faced down insurgents to set up the first diplomatic talks between our ambassador, our generals and the insurgency. I helped bring warring factions together to create a constitution for Iraq and was decorated by both the U.S. Army and the State Department.

After my service overseas, I returned to my family’s farm here in the Hudson Valley to raise my family, raise livestock and answer a call to teach. Today I live in Woodstock where my wife Suhayr and I both teach and our two sons attend school.

From here in our home in the Hudson Valley – and in homes with supporters around the district – we are putting together a people’s campaign to unite our community and take our fight to the Capitol. We’re doing it because we refuse to stand by while the America we were raised to believe in is weakened by incompetence and dishonesty at the top. The very wealthiest in our country are manipulating our system to steal from the rest of us and hollow out the American Dream. We won’t give up on that dream. It’s the dream of equal opportunity for ourselves, a good education for our children, a living wage for our workers, a clean environment, and health care for our sick and our elderly.

I used to believe democracy was something we fight for overseas. Today, I believe we have to fight for our democracy here at home. We’re uniting for that fight now. I hope you’ll join us.


CIA to teacher, eh? Not what I’d call a typical career path!

Nothing like one-on-one conversations to feel someone out. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m happy that he’s bragging about pushing for peace in West Bank and Gaza.


LOL Seems appropriate to me


When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair.

Also, dog shit. Lots and lots of dog shit.

Hundreds of San Franciscans plan to prepare Crissy Field, the picturesque beach in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge where rightwing protest group Patriot Prayer will gather, with a generous carpeting of excrement.

“I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop,” Tuffy Tuffington said of the epiphany he had while walking Bob and Chuck, his two Patterdale terriers, and trying to think of the best way to respond to rightwing extremists in the wake of Charlottesville. “It seemed like a little bit of civil disobedience where we didn’t have to engage with them face to face.”

Tuffington, a 45-year-old artist and designer, created a Facebook event page based on the concept, and the dog owners of San Francisco responded in droves. Many have declared their intention to stockpile their shitpiles for days in advance, then deliver them in bags for the site. (The group is also planning to reconvene on Sunday to “clean up the mess and hug each other”.)


I would like to send some of my dog’s support for this endeavour but the Postal Service might not appreciate it.


If everyone would read this quote, the world might hold less war.

“Then you go on leave, and realize that Ayn Rand has no idea what the fuck she’s talking about. You realize that Fox News and Limbaugh and John McCain don’t respect you or your buddies. They don’t give a fuck if you get a parade or a box when you get home, you’re nothing to them but a prop.

Then you get out, and you hate the news. You hate the apathy, and you hate the murder being carried out in your name. You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you.”

~ Daniel Crimmins, U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division

From an article by Caitlin.


Something to be ready for to counter the propaganda/misinformation:

Republicans’ coming 2018 attack: single-payer would “abolish the VA”

Top Republican strategists say they will accuse Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterms of wanting to eliminate the US Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides health insurance for 9 million veterans.

“I can’t wait to run ads against Democrats saying they want to abolish the VA, Medicare Part D, and want complete government control of health care,” Matt Gorman, communications director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, told Fox News earlier this week. He was referring to single-payer health care, NRCC press secretary Jesse Hunt confirmed in an interview Thursday.

But, of course, Bernie Sanders and Democrats such as John Conyers have no intention of abolishing the VA:

Rep. John Conyers’s (D-MI) single-payer bill, which more than 60 percent of House Democrats have now co-sponsored, includes a provision explicitly stating that the VA and veterans’ benefits will “remain independent” of the new single-payer system, at least in the first decade. At the end of those 10 years, Congress will then “reevaluate whether such programs shall remain independent or be integrated into the Medicare For All Program,” the bill states.

In the Senate, Sanders is expected to release a new version of his single-payer bill in early September. But the 2013 version of his single-payer proposal — the only existing single-payer bill in the Senate — says “nothing in this Act shall affect the eligibility of veterans for the medical benefits and services” provided through the VA. An aide to Sanders confirmed that the provision exempting the VA from the new single-payer insurer will remain in the upcoming bill.

“We leave the VA and Indian Health Service completely intact,” said Josh Miller-Lewis, Sanders’s spokesperson, in an interview. “This attack is a total misrepresentation of our bill and of Rep. Conyers’ bill.”


This is sofa king cool:

The Indigenous Guardians Toolkit

This toolkit supports Indigenous communities across Canada to learn, share and connect about Indigenous Guardian programs. Be inspired by other communities, find practical information, and share your experiences.

The Toolkit was sparked by Indigenous Guardians who were looking for easy-to-access information about building and implementing Guardian programs and wanted to learn from the experience of others. Recognizing that every Indigenous Guardian program is unique, the information you will find throughout the Toolkit is intended to be used, modified, copied, printed, downloaded, shared and added to.

The term “Indigenous Guardian” is a catchall phrase we use in the Toolkit. This term does not resonate with everyone. Indigenous communities across Canada have different names for the people who are the “eyes and ears” of their lands and waters (e.g. guardians, watchers, watchmen, monitors, rangers, observers, etc.). Whatever the name, and however the work is organized and delivered, the Toolkit is designed to support the “doing” of this type of hands-on Indigenous stewardship work.

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