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I read this article mostly because it was on Moyers & Company’s web site, which I trust as an outlet and I read it right after reading a thread written as a response to Hillary’s new book:

But I was suspicious of Neal Gabler’s Moyers story due to its title as I am not a religious person (anymore):

America’s Moral Crisis

We urgently need a national conversation on our collapsing morality and how to fix it.

Again, I know a lot of liberals may shudder at the thought of connecting morality on the left to politics the way conservatives have connected their morality to politics on the right. The danger is more self-righteousness. But that doesn’t necessarily follow. We talk a great deal about identity politics and interest politics. Why not a morally driven politics — a politics that looks to tolerance, kindness, charity, compassion and community in nondogmatic and expansive ways, not, as conservatives would have it, to buy off constituencies, but as liberals should have it, to do what is right and good.

In my optimistic world, I believe that many people responded to Bernie’s moral framework, his efforts to “do what is right and good”, and I am encouraged to see so many respond to that message.


Ouch, not even one up-vote. Looks like I missed the mark on that one!

Guess I’m just an old hippie who wants us all to be good to each other and help each other, but not because some book told us to (or as a ticket to get into ‘heaven’).


I just up-voted your comment. 🙂 Old hippie (you) meet old head (me). LOL.


Me too. Sometimes it takes repeated attempts for it to finally register for whatever reason.


I’m one of those aging boomers as well I get it 🙂


LD: I just wanted to let everyone know that Benny penned a terrific tribute to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker (RIP). Back to your regular programming–monitoring cat5 Irma. Climate change, anyone? T and R to the usual suspects!!


‘Iraqi Sniper’: Egyptian filmmaker plans answer to American Sniper

I must confess that I have not seen American Sniper. Nor do I have any plans on ever doing so. I read enough in its reviews to know that it’s not for me.

I still recall Mara Liasson on NPR breathlessly interviewing an American sniper way back in 2004 or so about his ‘successes’ in Iraq I think it was (as opposed to Afghanistan). I literally got nauseous with her fawning, her glorification of death.

Amr Salama told the Hollywood Reporter that his film, tentatively titled Iraqi Sniper, would carry an “anti-war” message to counter the 2014 US film based on the true story of US marksman Chris Kyle and his hunt for an elusive foe, known as Juba, during the Iraq war.

Salama said he was inspired by his hatred for American Sniper, which earned $300m at the box office, and its “pro-war” message.
“I hated it. That was my inspiration – I hated it so much that I wanted to work on a different version of that story.”

“But I’m trying to make an anti-war film,” he said last week. “American Sniper was pro-war.”

He added that the Egyptian actor who played Juba in Clint Eastwood’s film, Sammy Sheik, was attached to his project.


This chart shows how f’d up our spending priorities are!

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The MIC just sits back with a Cheshire Cat grin!


and you can bet the real military is into the trillions. remember, they don’t “have to tell” on nearly as much nowadays, with outsources and “national security.”


And if you listen to any R the 29.1 billion on SS and unemployment is the main problem with our country. The MIC wastes billions a year they cant keep track of.


The DLC continues to get better national coverage:



Sanders is too far left. He’s bad for the country (ie the Fortune 1000 companies, who aren’t creating jobs but want the tax cuts Tim Ryan is willing to side with the R’s on) and Dems.

Voters in the focus groups repeatedly insisted that Trump was focused on jobs after his talk about securing more, better jobs for Americans on the campaign trail, write authors Lanae Erickson Hatalsky, Third Way’s vice president for social policy and politics, and Ryan Pougiales, the group’s senior political analyst. “Almost without fail, focus group participants in both groups identified the issue as Trump’s top priority. There’s a lesson in this for Democrats,” the report states.

To remedy that situation and the related belief that Democrats work for “somebody else,” the report recommends that party officials avoid proposals that can be branded as “handouts,” in addition to staying away from attacking businesses.

“Rallying around proposals like free college or universal basic income just exacerbate this resentment,” the authors warn, referring to the education policy pitch at the center of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. “Effective policy solutions to bolster economic security are vital, but they must begin with job creation and be tethered to the values of hard work and earning your way that underscore America’s economic compact.”


Oy! Let the “Pity Party” begin. It is going to make me GAG!


I’m reminded of those who need the 12 Step program more than others, and even if HC were in it, she would benefit the least out of it. She (along with Peter Daou and David Brock for political media addiction) feels this entitlement, and it’s why I don’t think she will ever succeed beyond her book.

    We admitted we were powerless over political media/running for POTUS addiction—that our lives had become unmanageable.
    Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
    Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
    Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
    Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
    Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
    Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
    Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

    Continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
    Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
    Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to political media addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.




Then there is this!


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the conscience of the Democratic Party at a moment in history when it is crucial that Democrats stand for profiles in courage as a historically crucial midterm election effectively begins this week with the return of Congress from recess.

Democrats stand on the brink of being on the winning side of an anti-Trump wave election in the 2018 midterm elections. But it is possible for Democrats to win a wave election in the popular vote in 2018 without winning enough seats to gain control of the House of Representatives or the Senate, which would perpetuate one-party control in Washington after the midterm votes are counted.

Let’s be clear about one thing: The Democratic National Committee has become a political joke, ineffective at raising money and functionally useless on key issues such as voter registration and party building. By contrast, the Sanders-affiliated group Our Revolution has injected vitality and spirit into the progressive movement.

Let’s be clear about another matter, as well: While former president Barack Obama has been making substantial money from paid speeches to Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald and other groups, and while his former aides have begun opining about which candidate they favor for president in 2020, Obama has done virtually nothing to lift or even awaken the sleep-walking Democratic National Committee or to help Democrats win back control of the House or Senate in 2018.

By contrast, it is the Democratic and progressive base that has forcefully led the opposition to President Trump outside of Washington, and it is Sanders who continues to galvanize grassroots supporters and advance organization and activism on behalf of a solid progressive agenda that is invaluable for Democrats.


That “just in” gets a


This may be controversial but it should be viewed!


Trump keeps his pals in the MIC rolling in the $$$$$


That’s big of him. Dumb a**hole deluxe.


People will take issue with her headline, but, as always, Caitlin has something to say on this, too.

Sentient Reaper drone Nikki Haley is now saying that North Korea is “begging for war” in a page borrowed from the classic “she was asking for it” courtroom defense of accused rapists. Pundits and politicians across all conceivable boundaries have as always found a way to set aside their differences to advocate for the interests of the US war machine in response to an alleged hydrogen bomb test by the DPRK, and mainstream America is lapping it up.

It’s just mind-boggling how they keep selling the same plotline over and over and over again. A mentally deranged dictator is threatening American safety and abusing his own citizens, and we need to take him out right now before he does any more harm! People buy into it again and again, like a bunch of kids watching Scooby Doo thinking “This monster’s real for sure this time!” Then it turns out the ghost was just the creepy old rich guy from scene three and the next episode they’re acting like it never happened.


Mike Bloomberg is looking to take over New York’s most elite conference from Bill Clinton

But the most noteworthy attendee, perhaps, is Bill Clinton, suggesting that the Bloomberg event will continue where the former president’s (Clinton Global Initiative) foundation left off. For one thing, Bloomberg’s event expects to be a venue for countries and businesses to announce several commitments around development, trade, and the like. Last year, after announcing that the 2016 event would be his group’s last, Clinton noted that “the commitment model has been adopted by other forums and I hope that more will do so, or that new organizations will arise to do this work.”

Bloomberg’s event will address subjects that were common at the Clinton Foundation events, including mitigating climate change, eradicating disease, and alleviating poverty. A draft program also features sessions on addressing the disruption of automation and “exploring the new business models poised to succeed in the new global order.” Promoting trade will be key theme throughout the day.

Main-stage sessions at the event will be publicly streamed, but organizers also hope CEOs and government leaders will hash out deals during roundtables and side-meetings. “The annual meetings held by Clinton Global Initiative showed the incredible opportunity the UN General Assembly week presents for forging new partnerships,” Mike Bloomberg said.


TYT’s Cenk is walloping Veritt and Clinton for their attacks on Bernie. Clips to follow later…he has very good points about who is playing identity politics and who is racist. Morever, Cenk is responding to Daou’s tweet:

Daou is as thin skinned as Trump.


I’m tempted to hold a best tweet contest here at TPW.

Here’s one I particularly liked:


Here are a couple to start you off.




Bring them out of the shadows baby! They’ve been here for years, if they become legal they’ll pay taxes and (continue to) enrich our communities!

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