Yesterday, the Benny family traveled south to get as close as we could to the center of the totality path of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. We live within 5 hrs driving distance (actually 3.5, but it took that long due to descending traffic) to one of the NASA sites in Carbondale, IL. However, where we live, we could have seen 92%, but we wouldn’t have been able to take off our glasses, thus it would have been just seeing a large bite of a black apple or viewing yellow skinny crescents. Before hoping into the car just a little past … Continue reading →
Yesterday the NYT reported Herr Drumpf doubled down on “both sides” for causing violence in Charlottesville. … Continue reading →
Her name is Heather Heyer. She was one of the peaceful who was letting people know that the American taliban was terribly wrong about protecting the legacy of the Confederacy and a statue that was sorely disapproved by the community. According to her mother, Susan Bro (yes, that’s her real last name), she was a warrior for justice. She was a DSA member. And she was a Bernie Sanders sister. I’m cobbling some news for this post so that we get some sense of our fallen justice warrior.
Diane Russell is making a splash in the 2018 Democratic Maine primary by declaring her intention to run for governor.
This afternoon, the Senate, with the help of the VP, passed a motion to proceed for debate on BCRA, 51 – 48. Senator John McCain, ailing from brain cancer, arrived in time to throw millions off the health care system he and other members of Congress, are allowed to keep. Yet McCain insisted on lecturing his colleagues about senate decorum and claims he is against the bill which no-one seems to know its content. John McCain isn't just a cancer patient cutting off other cancer patients. He's also an 80 year-old cutting off people in nursing homes. — Eric Kleefeld … Continue reading →
Two weeks ago, Caitlin Johnstone, an unabashed anti-establishment blogger, penned a controversial piece on Medium about how the Alt-Right and the Left Should work together to demolish the establishment 4th Estate. I didn’t see anyone post the article “The Lefties Need to Stop Being Shy about Working with the Anti-Establishment” here, so it made me wonder if there was some discomfort with her opinion, or just overlooked? … Continue reading →
Good Morning Birdies! I’ll start with a bit of Bernie news, then all of us can pitch in with other progressive news or excerpts to interesting things we’ve seen around the Net. Last night, MIC news reported that Bernie has come out against a new energy bill that supports fracking and continues to uplift the Oil & Gas Industry. From the article: With the Senate focused on health care reform, a little-noticed bill that could increase America’s production of fossil fuels may see a vote on the Senate floor as soon as next week. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) does not plan to … Continue reading →
(Brooklyn Bridge, from the Manhattan Side, photo by Benny) “I once started out to walk around the world but ended up in Brooklyn.” ― Lawrence Ferlinghetti, A Coney Island of the Mind Last week, I spent some time in the Big Apple. I went to Manhattan first and saw the shows: revival of Hello Dolly! (which is about the Bronx & Manhattan, but the person who made it the most famous was Barbra Streisand, a native of Brooklyn); Oslo (winner of the 2017 Tony for Best Drama), about the Palestine-Israel back channels leading to the Oslo Accord in 1993 (and the … Continue reading →
Like Obamacare? Maybe not too much. From The Hill: An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds 62 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure Americans have access to coverage. Another 37 percent disagree. Americans were split on the issue along partisan lines. More than 80 percent of Democrats said the federal government has the responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, while about 30 percent of Republicans said the same. The poll was conducted from June 13 to 17 among 1,019 adults. The margin of error is 4.1 percentage points. The poll was … Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of Capitol Fax Birdies–it happened. Capitol Fax (the news from Springfield blog) reported a short time ago that IL legislature this week finally voted to override the disastrous veto of the state budget by Gov Bruce Rauner. While 5 did not vote, 71 were in favor, 42 (all GOP) against. I can’t say that Mike Madigan, the Speaker of the House is the hero on this one. Rep. Reggie Phillips, a Republican from Charleston, said he was “tortured by” the decision whether to override Rauner. Phillips’ district includes Eastern Illinois University, which was hit hard during … Continue reading →
Today is my birthday. It’s also LD’s birthday (if I read his message correctly). And it is the official birthday of the US. I’m a patriotic slob. I love listening to John Phillip Sousa tunes, watching fireworks on tv, although I don’t like them in my neighborhood. They scare my pets. Since it’s my birthday, I get a cake. I wear hats. So here’s the picture of a Mickey Mouse Birthday Hat that Mr. Benny bought for me 9 years ago when I first visited Disneyland. I was in my late 40’s before ever getting that childhood dream of going … Continue reading →
Here’s Our Revolution’s new President, Nina Turner (video released about an hour ago) [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsiVEfJvb3c[/embedyt] “With These Hands, We will Continue To Rise” Rep Seth Moulton called for new leadership in the Democratic Party while being interviewed on NPR. SIEGEL: What was so big about the loss in Georgia that it shows the Democrats need a new message, a new vision? MOULTON: Well, now we’re 0-4 in these congressional special elections. And we’re at the worst electoral position that the Democratic Party has been in in decades. And so when you keep losing like that, you can’t keep doing the … Continue reading →
This morning I had my invisible bee-keeper’s hat on while looking in the Villagers’ honeycomb at the other place. They adore their neoliberal heroines, Joy Ann Reid, Nanci Pelosi, and of course, former Queen Bee Clinton herself. Once in awhile, the baroness does something that hits the right notes of the middle class professionals (and to a certain extent, working class); in this instance, it was an address to conference attendees of American Library Association yesterday morning in Chicago. The Villagers posted a tweet to the CNN recording of Clinton’s speech, but as the speech was worth $125,000 pd by … Continue reading →
Do you ever notice when Bernie is listening to an opponent or some misguided TV personality makes an unsubstantiated comment that borders unfairness? Bernie’s ears prick up and one can see the waggling of the finger signals that he wants to call that person to the floor where most of us reside. Today I had a similar reaction when I saw this news in the OT and I wanted to bring a little more attention to it. It’s Jason Chaffez’s demand musing that Congress receive housing stipends in addition to their $174,000 annual salary, free gym, and heavily subsidized health … Continue reading →
HOLY SHITA! GIF from Holyshit GIFs Wholly Shita, is right Bluto! (with belated RIP to Flounder, who sadly passed away yesterday) Reddit and twitter is on Fire about the RNC Data Breach that happened last week. From Upguard website: The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak … Continue reading →