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  • Over a year ago, I wrote about how Trump reminds me of a politician I know from my youth, Bal Thackeray:
    Bal Thackeray adopted a hodge-podge of ideological positions. His party controlled trade unions while […]

    • Very interesting and important read, Subir. Thanks, T and R!! 🙂

    • It’s always much easier to hate then understand. Whether it’s religion, race or whatever, our base tribal instinct is to exclude and oppress those who are not like us. Our technological evolution is far out pacing our sociological evolution. What the “true believers” all around the world fail to see what is obvious for those outside of their ideological bubble is that they are being used.

  • Hi everyone! A little under the weather today but wanted to put up a post and since you all seem to enjoy the Jim Keady videos I posted yesterday figured I would put this one up as well and a link to his […]

    • Hi LD, If you can edit the title to8-18 that would be better. I am in Southern CA on voluntary evacuation from my place in Wawona CA due to the South Fork Fire.Here is a link to news.
      http://wawonanews.com/

      • @jbob–greetings from waterlogged central FL. We may miss the eclipse Monday due to Tropical Storm Harvey. 🙁 Yes, I would send tons of H2O your way if I could! Are all your 4-legged family members safe? Are they seeing any sort of weather break? You take care and stay safe! He has a point about that typo, LD. It should be fixed as you have us spoiled on here. LOL. 🙂 T and R to the usual suspects!!

      • haha oh man Ive been so bad about dates lately. Sure wish I had the ability to bring about the future

      • Bummer, jbob! i often say, “sending warm thoughts,” but in your case, i’ll send some wet ones!

      • So sorry to hear about a fire nearby jbob!

        I hope it hasn’t affected your breathing and that you are able to return home soon. Please stay in touch.

        All The Best

    • Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution Is Gaining Ground

      While the Democratic Party struggles to find its bearings under a Trump presidency and Republican-controlled Congress, Bernie Sanders’ political revolution is gaining momentum, attracting enthusiasm, and finding success.

      During this month’s Senate recess, Sanders has showed no signs of slowing down. He is scheduled to speak at town halls in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan next week on a variety of issues, including jobs, labor union rights, and Medicare for all. On Labor Day weekend, he plans to stop in New Hampshire for an AFL-CIO breakfast and will be in Iowa on August 31 to promote his book for teens, a guide for political revolution.

      Sanders has continued his grassroots campaign style into Trump’s presidency, connecting with voters, making appearances at town halls and supporting other progressive candidates across the country. While it remains to be seen if Sanders will run for president in 2020, he is continuing his campaign’s style of talking directly to voters about meaningful policy issues.

    • Meet the New NAFTA, Same as the Old NAFTA?

      i would take away the question mark.

      While inadequate protections for labor and environmental rights may be allowed to stand, under NAFTA 2.0 corporations will likely retain the right to sue governments using the controversial investor-state dispute mechanism.

    • Tina Fey Sheetcakes the Nazis on SNL Summer Update Last Night

      Pretty humorous response by the 1992 UVa graduate.

      “Sheetcaking is a grassroots movement, Colin. Most of the women I know have been doing it once a week since the election.”

      http://mashable.com/2017/08/18/tina-fey-eats-a-cake-and-trashes-trump-on-snls-weekend-update-summer-edition/#hveV63MCaQqF

      She mentions Clinton briefly, but it is pretty mild.

      Worth watching!

      • I’m afraid that my reaction to Tina’s Fey’s antics was more in line with Gavin’s:

        But I’m honestly glad that you found it humorous because laughing is therapeutic and I’d prefer to be doing more of it!

        • Lorne Michaels is trying to avoid some controversy. Satire is satire though. While we grieve for Heather, we can’t be overly serious 24/7, and I didn’t agree that the comment about Clinton’s e-mail is at all as a substitute. It’s not.

    • Steve Bannon out at the Whitehouse but Trump is still Trump.

      http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347102-trump-fires-stephen-bannon

      President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, is leaving the White House, a stunning turn of events for the man who had been the caretaker and champion of Trump’s populist campaign message.

      His departure is another sign that new chief of staff John Kelly has broad authority to clean house in a West Wing that has been hobbled by infighting and leaks.

      “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a statement.

      • The twittersphere is abuzz about it. With views from both sides.

        https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=news&q=%22Steve%20Bannon%22&src=tren

        A few examples.

      • I’m with Jordan! Let’s focus on Trump’s racist policies, Republican’s racist policies and any Democrats who are enabling those policies.

        • Absolutely, Ryan sees some TH relief, I bet, as a result.

          I was heartened to hear though Bob Corker thinks Trump is an incompetent leader (peter principle deluxe).

      • It looks like Cenk saw this coming a mile away.

        This was from yesterday:

        EDIT: SO sorry for subjecting you to Bannon’s ugly mug!! I don’t know how to stop that happening when you post YouTube videos. 🙁

        • I don’t consider Breitbart a media organization, but I get Cenk’s point that it is an indie pub (just horrible and very RWNJ type).

      • Once again Bernie is spot on with his assessment!

      • Only 2 to go for the complete set 🙂 This has to be some type of record for a presidential staff turnover.

        • The last two will be difficult but well worth the effort. I might add that simply replacing Trump with Pence is not a good idea.

          • Pence is not bombastic but he could be even worse as President.

            http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/who-lobbying-mike-pence-why-health-insurers-big-oil-seek-influence-vice-president?utm_content=buffer2ec34&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

            Mike Pence has been among the Trump administration’s most prominent voices pressing to replace the Affordable Care Act, repeal post-crisis financial regulations, privatize American infrastructure and promote fossil fuels. Those positions would benefit the industries that have been directly lobbying Pence since he was elected vice president, according to federal documents reviewed by International Business Times.

            Amid speculation that Pence could mount his own presidential bid — or replace Trump if he leaves office early — the former Indiana governor and U.S. congressman has been directly lobbied by major health care and drug companies, Wall Street firms, oil and gas interests and industry groups interested in shaping a federal infrastructure privatization initiative. Pence’s office has also been lobbied by his former congressional chief of staff on behalf of insurance, defense contracting and telecommunications companies — and that lobbying revolved around health care policy, defense spending and net neutrality. Pence has enthusiastically backed the policies by the lobbying firms.

            While other vice presidents have been the target of lobbying in the past, Pence has been viewed as one of the most powerful vice presidents in recent history. He is a longtime politician serving a president with no experience in elected office, and during his vice-presidential selection process, Trump was reportedly offering potential running mates a vast policy portfolio to oversee. Pence also oversaw Trump’s White House transition, which shaped the administration’s personnel decisions and many of its policy proposals.

            Companies that have lobbied the vice president have spent tens of millions of dollars in total federal lobbying so far this year. Here is a deeper look at the major industries lobbying him — and what exactly they have been pushing for in their efforts to influence the vice president.

          • One can dream of course, but that would leave us lying Ryan. Which dumpster fire do you want to run the Govt at this point.

    • Good for Her. She is a brave woman!

    • Feel Better Soon Jar for LD & Get To Go Home Soon Jar for jbob

    • This sounds good to me.

      • I was so happy when Sirota came to his senses and remembered that David Brock is not an ally to progressives (and resigned from his short stint working with Brock).

        From last February:

        Incoming CEO of David Brock’s progressive media venture backs out

        David Sirota, the International Business Times investigations editor who was slated to lead Democratic political operative David Brock’s True Blue Media venture, is backing out of the job.

        I’m a big fan of Sirota’s.

    • This could be good news for many individuals.

    • I wonder what the “Russia stole the election crowd” will say about this?

    • Despite the recent fluff resignations Big Business looks after itself!

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/17/ceos-take-trump-talks-underground-241758

      Still eager to work on tax reform, infrastructure and health care, business leaders will focus on Trump aides and agency officials.

      Chief executives no longer want to appear in photo-ops with President Donald Trump following his race comments about Charlottesville, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on trying to shape his agenda.

      There’s simply too much money at stake with tax reform, infrastructure and health care in play — billions of dollars in a tax overhaul alone — for corporations to disengage entirely with the White House or official Washington.

      So while companies will rely less on direct access to Trump through advisory councils and meetings at the White House, their advisers and lobbyists still plan to engage with top White House aides such as Vice President Mike Pence or National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, political appointees at agencies, and Congress to make their case for rolling back regulations, keeping specific tax breaks, or cutting the corporate tax rate.

    • It is time for a “Snarky ” comment.

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/18/state-dept-suffers-worldwide-email-outage-241789

      U.S. officials say the State Department has suffered a worldwide email outage affecting its entire unclassified system.

      The officials said the outage began early Friday morning and that technicians were working to restore email as soon as possible. The officials said the outage was not caused by “any external action or interference.”

      Perhaps they should still be using Hillary’s private server.

    • Will Tillerson be next to get the heave ho?

      http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tillerson-idUSKCN1AY24P?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of “bigotry in all its forms” on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.

      His remarks, to State Department interns and fellows, dozens of whom were recruited through programs targeting minority candidates, followed the backlash from political and business leaders over President Donald Trump’s response to Saturday’s white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

      This doesn’t seem to align with Trump’s recent comments.

    • Hey LD, be sure to check your e-mail. Thanks, Benny

    • Fat chance of this happening. LOL!

      http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/347156-house-dem-introduces-measure-urging-trump-undergo-mental-exam

      A House Democrat introduced a resolution on Friday suggesting that President Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to help determine whether he is fit for office.

      Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s (D-Calif.) resolution specifically calls on Vice President Pence and Trump’s Cabinet members to “quickly secure the services of medical and psychiatric professionals” to “assist in their deliberations” invoking the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential removal procedures.

      It posits that such an examination by doctors would “determine whether the president suffers from mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties.”

      The results might prove to be quite interesting.

    • Nina Turner interviews Jane Sanders.

    • Should we be grabbing some popcorn? I sure hope so!

      http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/18/steve-bannon-fired-whats-next-241793

      Get ready for ‘Bannon da barbarian’.

      In the days before his departure, the Trump guru told associates he was itching for a return to guerrilla warfare.

      http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/347182-bannon-the-trump-presidency-is-over

      Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is declaring the impact of the Trump presidency “over.”

      “The Trump presidency that we fought for, and won, is over,” he told the Weekly Standard on Friday. “We still have a huge movement, and we will make something of this Trump presidency. But that presidency is over.”

      In an interview with the conservative outlet, Bannon said President Trump’s administration would “be much more conventional” in the wake of his departure.

    • Given a choice the Israeli Government takes the low road.

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  • Bernie Sanders, Chuck Jones to attend Indianapolis jobs rally

    Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Indianapolis on Monday to attend a rally focused on jobs and the economy.

    The rally begins at 4 p.m. at Monument […]

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    • Murder of Heather Heyer Only “Magnified Her,” Mom Tells White Supremacists

      In a powerful speech at her daughter’s funeral procession on Wednesday, Susan Bro—the mother of Heather Heyer—called on Americans to continue Heather’s work by fighting hatred and injustice.

      “You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done, and you make it happen,” Bro said. “You take that extra step and you find a way to make a difference in the world!”

      “Say to yourself, ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile,” Bro continued. “I’d rather have my child, but by golly, if I gotta give her up, we’re gonna make it count.”

      • Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer: ‘They tried to kill my child to shut her up’

        They tried to kill my child to shut her up,” said Susan Bro, dwarfed by the large stage and cinema screen at the Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. “But guess what? You just magnified her.”

        The 1,200 mourners in the room rose to their feet and applauded as the mood ebbed between somber reflection, defiance and a celebration of 32-year-old Heather Heyer’s life.

        “I’d rather have my child,” Bro, Heyer’s mother, continued. “But by golly, if I’ve got give her up, we’re going to make it count.” She urged the crowd, so large it had spilled on to the street outside, to honour the memory of her daughter by channeling “anger into righteous action”.

        “I want this to spread, I don’t want this to die. This is just the beginning of Heather’s legacy. This is not the end of her legacy.”

        Heyer, who worked as paralegal at local law firm, was killed a few dozen metres from the old theatre in a terror attack allegedly perpetrated by white nationalist James Fields. The 20-year-old rammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of anti-fascist protests on Saturday afternoon, sending bodies flying into the air and wounding 19 other people.

    • Bernie Embarking on Testing the Waters Tour for 2020?

      Despite recently keeping mum on his 2020 intentions, it seems that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), age 75, may still have his democratic-socialist eye fixated on the White House.

      The Vermont senator is embarking next week on a multi-state, multi-city tour targeting the very Rust Belt regions that helped hand President Donald Trump a victory in the 2016 election.

      “U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will attend events in Indianapolis, Portsmouth, Ohio, and Detroit next week,” said a press release from Sanders’ campaign. The statement makes it explicitly clear that Sanders seeks to win over the white blue-collar workers who cut in favor of Trump in the last election.

      “He will kick off the swing in Indianapolis Monday with a rally on jobs and the economy hosted by Good Jobs Nation and Chuck Jones, the recently retired president of United Steelworkers Local 1999,” it said. “Sanders will head to Portsmouth, Ohio, Tuesday for a rally on jobs, health care and the economy. Portsmouth is located in Scioto County, which Donald Trump won by 37 points in 2016.”

      • I really wish they would stop saying white working class as if there are no POC in the Working Class. Just as many POC working class sat out the election as there were working class Trump voters. Sanders obviously will be speaking to both in those cities but what really irritates me is two things: One it assumes that the POC is a lock and satisfied with the DEMs to vote for them when that is not necessarily true, and second it keeps feeding into the myth that POC don’t have economic interests and Sanders only cares about the White working class at the expense of everything else.

        I understand that we need to speak to the needs of the WWC but the POC WC is just as important and I don’t think the POC should seemingly be separated from the term working class especially since of a lot of POC are economically in that category.

        • Yep agreed about the White Working Class. Its another ‘divide’ when there doesn’t need to be. People rushed to call Bernie racist constantly talking about the working class and not blacks as if they aren’t the same entity. I think Sanders was invited by Conyers to speak (maybe he just wanted a way to get a crowd) but overall I think that’s a good thing and helps negate the constant ‘Bernie needs to woo blacks’ statements. Once again his policies do that… but the media typically fails to notice… hopefully this helps a bit.

          • Agreed middle class is more than enough to describe the voters that voted for Trumpcorp. My own work place is well represented of various POC of ham and eggers like myself and they vote and they care about a lot of the same things we do here. Quite a few couldn’t pull the trigger for Hillary so Trumpcorp or stay home was the result.

          • but the media typically fails to notice…

            I think it’s that the media would rather have nobody notice. It’s their meme and they’re not giving it up. We’re all BernieBros.

        • Indeed.

        • I couldn’t agree more.

          Meanwhile, Detroit’s population is over 80% Black (so if you add in Hispanics and other POC..), Indianapolis’s pop is over 27% Black.

          Portsmouth, OTOH, has some interesting statistics. It’s ~90% white, the median age of males is only 36 yrs old and the poverty rate is ~36% with a median income of ~$27k and dropping (it dropped almost 10% between 2014 & 2015) and the jobless rate is increasing.

          Also:

          Portsmouth, OH has a large population of citizens who served in Vietnam, 1.57 times greater than any other conflict.

          So how the author arrived at this conclusion:

          The statement makes it explicitly clear that Sanders seeks to win over the white blue-collar workers who cut in favor of Trump in the last election.

          is the opposite of “clear”.

      • Oh good, I hope he does it as an Indie–I’ll join him.

        • Did you hear this pb??

          Colorado Independents Shatter Voter Registration Record

          Voter registration on Colorado reportedly hit a record high recently, and it is independent voters who are driving the surge.

          Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams reported Monday that over 25,000 new or returning voters have registered since June 28. The boost in voter registration was mostly provided by unaffiliated voters, who made up nearly 14,000 new or returning voters.

          !

          • Yahoo!!!!!

            • Will Dems now push to make ALL of their primaries closed? 😛

              • Well that might be a bit TOO obvious. Probably just make the have the same standards as a George Clooney fundraiser. Dress Code & 50k should get you admittance to the smoky back room where they are actually decided.

                • Like bears attracted to spawning salmon, politicians seek out power. The former needs to build stores of fat to survive the winter, while the latter must attract the resources and support necessary for successful electoral campaigns. Given the survival imperative, neither bear nor politician should be criticized too harshly for what comes naturally. But, the two best ways to judge politicians are by taking a look at whom they choose to gather resources from and what they are prepared to do to get them.

                  At worst politicians pander to society’s wealthiest and reactionary social forces, further solidifying their grip on the economic and political system. At best they seek out progressive grassroots and labour organizations, collecting the necessary resources from ordinary people while amplifying their influence.

                • Exactly. The Clinton/Obama (and very in the middle Democrats) have left the blue collar workers (what we used to call the working class), SEIU, and teachers behind. They cry “but Citizens United” until it’s overturned, we have to have fundraisers like George Clooney did for the JHVF. Hogwash!

    • Bernie Sanders Wants A Congressional Resolution To Condemn ‘Neo-Nazism’ And ‘White Racism’

      Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called for a congressional resolution to condemn neo-Nazism and white racism, stopping short of including all types of racial discrimination on MSNBC Wednesday.

      “And by the way, I think again we probably should have a resolution passed in Congress which I hope can pass unanimously condemning neo-Nazism and white racism,” Sanders said in an interview on “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

      Sanders was asked how he felt in the midst of the recent violence and said it was painful to witness the loss of innocent life, but then quickly pivoted to critique President Donald Trump.

      “What is even more painful, is that we have a president of the United States who has not stood up and condemned, in no ambiguous terms, the horrors of nazism and what these people stand for,” he said. “His [Trump’s] is an ideology that is counter to everything that this country is supposed to be about. And it’s not asking very much to have a president who sees this to say, this is disgusting, this is ugly, and I condemn it.”

      Sanders also expressed approval for Republicans who have come out strongly in condemning the violence by name, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling it “the right thing to do.”

    • Why Democrats Fall So Hard for Military Candidates
      And why it probably won’t help them win back the House this time, either.

      Deemocrats anxious about the white working-class vote found fresh hope last week in the gangbusters campaign launch of an otherwise unknown former fighter pilot named Amy McGrath. In a viral video announcing her U.S. House campaign, McGrath, clad in a bomber jacket, directs a steely stare at the camera and tells a powerful story: As a young girl, she tried to change the law barring women from combat by writing to her representatives in Washington, only to be snubbed by her U.S. senator, Mitch McConnell. Yet she persevered, and “flew 89 combat missions bombing Al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

      ..

      There’s no inherent problem with Democratic candidates who are veterans. But it’s a lazy assumption that red turf can be easily poached by a candidate who can stir some feel-good patriotism and bring a healthy dose of swagger from the “real America.”

      ..

      here’s little about being a veteran that makes it easier to speak on the bread and butter issues that matter in elections, a lesson Democrats learned the hard way in 2004—when former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark flamed out as a primary candidate, and then another military veteran, Sen. John Kerry, lost in the general election to a guy who’d avoided the Vietnam War, but was far more plainspoken. Weakness with the white working class certainly hampers the Democrats’ ability to take advantage of Trump’s abysmal job approval and Congress’ meager legislative output. But to solve that problem, Democrats can’t simply call in the cavalry, no matter how many times they try.

      • No love for Tulsi, who is also a vet.

      • I particularly like this part:

        it’s a lazy assumption that red turf can be easily poached by a candidate who can stir some feel-good patriotism and bring a healthy dose of swagger from the “real America.”

      • He sounds great-very well spoken

      • Walks the walk!

        (I’m a bit weird 😉 but I refuse to wear the swoosh. In fact, I’m so weird that I try to never wear any logos.)

        I just love how well-spoken Jim is. He might even have a shot, even in NJ. Assuming the Dem party doesn’t try to kneecap him.

        Jim:

        “you have to stick with it”

        “do not compromise your values”

        (on “the values we stand for as Democrats”)

        “we can’t soften them!”
        “they cannot be Republican-lite!”

        It’ll be interesting to see how he does against incumbent Chris Smith (R) who has held that seat for decades.

        Last year Dems ran an ex-Silicon Valley, ex-Bear Stearns former vice president of derivatives trading who did not do well at all.

        the 4th District is reliable Republican territory, with 140,000 registered Republicans, 126,000 registered Democrats, and more than 234,000 unaffiliated

        Hopefully Chris can win over a majority of those unaffiliated voters with his strong, definitely-not-centrist, message!

    • Dem group urges candidates to campaign against money in politics

      A political group trying to drive big money out of politics is endorsing three House Democratic candidates — and declaring it an electoral necessity that the party adopt an aggressive message of campaign finance reform.

      In a first for the group this year, End Citizens United on Wednesday threw support to House Democratic challengers, breaking from past practice of backing incumbents and Senate candidates.

      Each of them — Chrissy Houlahan in a moderate suburban Philadelphia seat, Paul Davis in a traditionally conservative area of Kansas, and Randy Bryce in a Republican-heavy district represented by GOP Leader Paul Ryan of Wisconsin — is attracting national attention from Democrats or liberal activists eager to win House seats next year. The endorsements mean ECU, which earlier this year collected $1.3 million for special election House candidate Jon Ossoff in Georgia, will now raise money for each candidate and could run ads on their behalf.

      The ideological diversity of those districts is no accident, say the group’s leaders. The endorsements make a broader point that Democratic candidates running in all types of districts should run embrace a platform of reducing the importance of money in politics

      Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/election/article167511592.html#storylink=cpy

      • Ala. Mayoral Candidate Randall Woodfin Is a Sign of the Growing Progressive Movement in the South

        Randall Woodfin believes any political revolution that takes off across the nation starts in cities like his hometown of Birmingham, Ala., where he is running as a progressive candidate for mayor. Sure, Donald Trump literally encouraged local police to abuse people in their custody, but the people with real power to ensure that doesn’t happen aren’t in the White House.

        “The president of the United States doesn’t appoint police chiefs. Mayors of cities do,” Woodfin, 36, told me during a phone interview. “So you need to be involved, vote and engage the mayor of your city. If you want police reform, if you want police to be held accountable, you have to know who your mayor is. That’s a local-level issue.”

        With white supremacists taking over Charlottesville, Va., essentially with Trump’s blessing, America is ailing from the national repercussions of a White House that is working to reverse health care policy, attack public education and unleash a wide range of economic assaults against the very people Woodfin hopes to represent as mayor of Birmingham.

        On Aug. 22, Woodfin will square off in a primary against 11 other candidates trying to unseat William Bell, the 68-year-old, two-term mayor who has served in Birmingham elected office since 1979. Woodfin criticizes Bell’s violence-reduction initiative, saying his approach to combating violence would be that of a “poverty-reduction initiative.”

    • Democrats running for governor raising big bucks to compete for your vote

      Three Democrats in the race for Governor are competing with each other on who can raise the most campaign cash.

      Here’s how the numbers stack up:

      Ann Arbor Businessman Shri Thanedar wrote his campaign a check for $3 million. He, by far, has the most money in this race. Abdul El Sayed raised more than $1 million dollars. And Gretchen Whitmer says she raised $1.6 million for her campaign for Governor.

      Whitmer tells us that since 86% of her donations were $100 or less, and 84% of her campaign cash comes from inside Michigan, she’s on track to qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in public financing.

      “Public financing is something that is made available to people who can’t write themselves a gargantuan check,” Whitmer said. “We have qualified for about $400,000 at this juncture, and we will be qualifying for the maximum once it’s all said and done. We are always focusing on small contributions and that’s how you qualify and that’s why we are in a strong position now.”

      El-Sayed may have a tougher time qualifying for as much public financing because many of his campaign contributions are from out of state donors.

      Still, El-Sayed’s spokesperson says the democrat plans to pursue the maximum public financing and won’t accept donations from corporations.

    • Mayor Lumumba Releases Statement on Charlottesville Rally, State Flag

      Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba released the following statement on Wednesday, Aug. 16, in response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend:

      I am deeply saddened by the blatant display of bigotry and racism in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. These events led by white supremacists and alt-right groups are crimes against humanity and we must do everything in our power to dismantle and disavow such hatred and oppression.

      I offer condolences to the family of Heather Heyer. I commend her bravery in the face of cowardly racist aggression. Her life and the lives of others across history must not have been lost in vain. We must vow to boldly stand against all that seeks to divide us. The City of Jackson stands in solidarity with the city of Charlottesville in denouncing the actions of those groups who intended to intimidate that city and the nation at large. We are resilient and will not be discouraged in our continuing struggle against the evil of racism.

      We stand in solidarity with efforts around the nation to rid ourselves of relics of oppression and support efforts that unite people and not divide them. We have been and remain clear in our position against images of oppression such as the Mississippi state flag and other monuments which pay homage to the oppressive history of the city of Jackson, the state of Mississippi and the country.

    • DNC shake-up leaves Dems behind in fundraising

      Months of post-election malaise hamstrung the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) fundraising over the first six months of 2017, creating a serious money gap with Republicans and raising questions about Democrats’ ability to take advantage of opportunities in the 2018 midterms.

      The DNC raised $38.2 million in the first half of the year, compared with the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) $75.4 million haul during that period — a $37.2 million difference. As of June 30, the RNC has almost $45 million in the bank, while the DNC has just under $7.5 million, along with $3 million in debt.

      Many Democrats are frustrated by the sluggish fundraising pace, which comes even as President Trump’s sagging approval rating drives Democratic outrage across the country.

      They’re also concerned about the implications of being financially outgunned ahead of a pivotal midterm election, where Democrats will attempt to take the House while defending a number of Senate seats.
      “We really should be kicking their asses,” one longtime Democratic donor said. “It shouldn’t even be close, considering all hell is breaking loose on their side.”

      • But but but TOP has that list of all of the small donors, makes lots of money for Dem Party!!! (and apparently for GOS to spend an entire summer in Europe…)

        They shouldn’t have sent pigeons to Heath Mello.

      • The DNC & DNCC have a short memory of all the crap they pulled on Bernie. And they wonder why donors are holding back. WE want a candidate of the people not one picked by the corporate hierarchy and their big donor$$$$. They better figure it out soon or Pence will win 2020. I’m guessing Trumpcorp wont be around for 2020.

      • I think we should reclaim Bernie Bro and Sis as something positive.

        • In the style of Cornel West’s ‘Brother Bernie’ or ‘Sister Turner’. Make it a reference to a ‘family’ instead of the ‘dudism (and often racist as used) term.

          Can you imagine if we had called young Obama supporters Barack Bros?
          Booker Bruh’s, etc etc?

          Funny thing Is how upset Democrats get when called the ‘democrat party’ instead of ‘Democratic’… but want to say we are silly for playing wordgames.

          • My line of thinking was how Obamacare was used by the R’s as a negative turn of the phrase, then Obama himself reclaimed it. Dems started using it after that.

            But LD, your point is well taken.

            • Ahh yeah I getcha now. So often we let the right invent or reclaim words that then make their way to the mainstream: death tax, alt left, Death panels, Obamacare (as a bad thing).

              Even for the Lunsts of the world its hard to turn ‘Obama’ ‘Caring’ into a bad thing, which is why they had to have so many other boogeyman items tossed in with it (and to milead from it being the literal ACA).

              Orlbucfan talks of it often but the left really, really needs to get better with works and slogans (and a better deal is not going to cut it) two years after we was running ads of Bernie as ‘the real deal’.

              I see people on ‘our side’ now trying to do the same with Obamacare to Single-Pay or Medicare-For-All…. something we cannot allow from out own, let alone republicans.

              • Well, Luntz had been successful to taint Obamacare. Before it got serious with ACA earlier in the spring, if you took a person off the street (I think Jimmy Kimmel did this a few times on his show) and said would you support Obamacare, the answer was often “no”. If you said “affordable care act” in place of Obamacare then they supported it. Generally the people who said no were not African-American.

    • Four Arrested for Toppling Confederate Statue, But Zero Neo-Nazis Yet Arrested for This Brutal Beating

      “The beating happened right beside the Police Department, and no police were there to help me at all.”

      • Speaking of Superheroes!!!! Wow!

        • Kinda reminds me when the protests in the capital building were going on against Walker, People would deliberately get arrested and demand a trail by jury clogging up the court system. They ended up throwing out the fines against a vast majority of the people arrested.

    • New Drone Footage Exposes the Scale of Factory Animal Farming Like Never Before

      The animal agriculture industry spends millions on deceptive advertising to persuade consumers that farmed animals roam freely on bucolic pastures. But I’ve been piloting drones over animal agriculture facilities for several years, and the video I’ve captured tells a far different story. Nearly all animals raised and slaughtered for food in the U.S. live in factory farms––facilities that treat animals as mere production units and show little regard for the natural environment or public health. Instead of creating widgets, these factories confine, mutilate, and disassemble animals who feel pain and pleasure just like our dogs and cats.

      Aerial views of the first factory farms I visited—pig facilities—didn’t capture grass and rolling hills, but instead exposed rows of windowless metal buildings. Each confined thousands of intelligent, sensitive pigs who spent their lives on concrete floors in crowded pens. The footage also reveals what appear to be red lakes but are in fact giant, open-air cesspools. Waste falls through slats in the pigs’ concrete flooring and is flushed into these massive pits, which sometimes have the surface area of multiple football fields. To lower the levels of these cesspools, many facilities spray their contents into the air where they turn into mist and drift into neighboring communities.

      • Just one of the reasons why I stopped eating animals years ago. If you don’t have to cause animal cruelty, why do it?

    • Speaking of pig manure…

      GOP Senator Drowned Out By Cheers for ‘Single Payer’ at Town Hall

      When Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) took the stage at a scheduled town hall on Tuesday in Greeley, Colorado, he apparently didn’t expect to be confronted by a crowd full of enthusiastic supporters of single-payer healthcare.

      Angry with his support for legislation that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would strip healthcare from more than 20 million American, Coloradans greeted Gardner with jeers as he arrived at the event.

      At one point during the discussion, Gardner asked how many in the audience supported single-payer healthcare.

      An “overwhelming majority in the high school auditorium raised their hands,” reports Colorado Public Radio.

    • Standing Rock Spawned a Generation of Water Protectors. Now They’re on the Move.

      Forty miles north of where the Standing Rock resistance camps once stood, Matt Lone Bear and Carter Gunderson crouch on the curb, changing the brakes on a Chevy Blazer. As they wrestle a worn rotor off the axle, they discuss their plans. They’ll stick around until their court dates later in June, then hit the road for a tour of the Standing Rock diaspora—camps that have sprung up across the country to oppose fossil fuel projects, living on after the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

      To the east, in Huntingdon County, Penn., the Gerhart family and their supporters have formed Camp White Pine on family property, which lies in the path of the Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline. The pipeline’s owner, Energy Transfer Partners—the same company behind DAPL—hasinvoked eminent domain to cross the property, but construction faces resistance in the form of tree sits and other direct actions. Farther east, in Mahwah, N.J., the Native-led Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp stands in the way of the Pilgrim pipeline. The camp’s Facebook page declares “solidarity with Standing Rock & all who resist the black snake worldwide.”

    • Appeal hearing set for pipeline security firm seeking Louisiana license

      Baton Rouge –
      A private security firm affiliated with the company proposing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will soon state its case before state licensing officials, who so far have denied the firm’s effort to begin operating in Louisiana.

      TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based security contractor, worked as the lead security consultant for Energy Transfer Partners during the months-long Dakota Access Pipeline protests. The company is now seeking permission to operate in Louisiana, where the Bayou Bridge permitting process is underway. But officials denied their application for a private security license because the company’s facing a lawsuit in North Dakota.

      An appeal hearing is set for Sept. 21 before the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners, according to Executive Director Fabian Blache III.

      Blache said he’s preparing for standing-room-only attendance, as TigerSwan’s work has generated protest among those opposed to the company’s tactics against pipeline protesters.

      • I wish no one would go to work for these people. Makes you wonder what else our soldiers are learning, to make them want to war on their own people when they get out.

    • Court Lets Exxon Off Hook for Pipeline Spill in Arkansas Neighborhood

      A federal appeals court has let ExxonMobil largely off the hook for a 2013 pipeline spill that deluged a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, with more than 200,000 gallons of heavy tar sands crude oil, sickening residents and forcing them from their homes.

      The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday overturned federal findings of violations and the better part of a $2.6 million fine imposed on Exxon’s pipeline unit in 2015 by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The regulator had accused the company of failing to maintain the decades-old Pegasus Pipeline and to prioritize testing of a segment of older, high-risk pipe where a 22-foot gash eventually opened along a metal seam.

      Exxon challenged the violation and fine, arguing there was no proof its actions contributed to the spill and saying it had conducted adequate testing of the pipeline as required by law. The appeals court agreed, saying the company met its legal obligation when it “conducted a lengthy, repeated and in-depth analysis” of the pipeline and its risks.

      “The unfortunate fact of the matter is that, despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,” the court concluded. It called PHMSA’s determination that the company failed to consider risks “arbitrary and capricious.”

      • Hypocrisy. I wonder how those judges would have felt if their home was ruined by a spill. Incredible.

        • The appeals court agreed, saying the company met its legal obligation when it “conducted a lengthy, repeated and in-depth analysis” of the pipeline and its risks.

          “The unfortunate fact of the matter is that, despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,” the court concluded. It called PHMSA’s determination that the company failed to consider risks “arbitrary and capricious.”

          This should be used as evidence everywhere to have underwater pipelines halted, but instead… Im sure they will be expedited.

          Those judges probably have a nice house on a hill where they’ll have a good view of the cleanup from the spills that are going to occur no matter what.

          • Not A&C, most likely–probably just a different interpretation of the “rules and guidelines.” Burns me up.

            • just so much BS that you can argue that environmental risks determine there will be no spills while at the same time arguing that no matter what… spills will occur.

          • I agree LD!!!

            “The unfortunate fact of the matter is that, despite adherence to safety guidelines and regulations, oil spills still do occur,” the court concluded.

            Isn’t that what they call in law-speak a ‘precedent’?

            Those words from the court should be used to deny all future pipelines! People should print them up on t-shirts and get themselves on camera!!

      • well then, ya better change the “guidelines and regulations,” if that’s even true. so many ways to cheat in Murica, cuz that’s how we roll. how many people even think about guidelines and regulations, and yet they basically are the law.

    • @orlbucfan, you should speak up more often, they seem to be listening!

      Plains All American Pipeline Company proposes replacing damaged pipeline

      Plains All American Pipeline Company is moving to replace its damaged pipeline rather than make repairs.

      The oil and natural gas transportation company went public this week with its next step following the devastating 100,000 gallon crude oil spill of May 19, 2015.

      A Dallas-based representative with the company was in Santa Barbara Wednesday to reveal proposed changes to replace lines 901 and 903 along mostly existing easements, at an estimated cost of more than $300 million dollars.

      “We’re proposing a reroute around the city of Buellton, farther north to the Sisquoc station,” Karen Rugaard told NewsChannel 3.

      • It’s just basic common sense. I don’t know, LD. Look at the bribed judge who let Exxon off the hook in Arkansas. You can bet that particular pipeline had either barely or no maintenance. Notice that the pipeline was “decades-old.” No coincidence that it broke and poisoned the area. 🙁 T and R to the usual suspects!!

        • Your mistrust is warranted. I get the feeling they want to take out that older pipe to build some goodwill so they can cut through more agricultural/environmental land under the guise of ‘good stewards of the land’.

        • Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

          An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon has broken about 80 times since 2010 and needs a multimillion-dollar replacement, park officials say.

          Officials have sutured the breaks over the years, but that is no longer enough, said Kirby-Lynn Shedlowski, Grand Canyon spokeswoman. She said it’s time to go beyond patchwork and spend up to $124 million to replace it before a major disruption of water service at the international tourist draw.

          “It’s been used long past it’s expected life plan,” Shedlowski said.

          The Trans-Canyon Water Distribution Pipeline, built more than five decades ago, has had breaks brought on mostly by seasonal changes, from severe winters to summer’s heat.

          The water for the 18-mile wide Grand Canyon serves millions of visitors from around the world and more than 2,500 residents who rely on it for drinking and household uses.

    • Around 100 Indian River residents protest for 2 hours over proposed natural gas pipeline in Chesapeake

      The message from some Indian River residents on Wednesday morning was unequivocal and clear:

      “No pipeline in our neighborhood! No pipeline in our neighborhood!”

      For two hours, around 100 protesters of a proposed natural gas pipeline chanted a similar refrain, holding homemade signs that elicited honks from passing cars on Providence Road in front of the Holly Point Shopping Center. It was one of three protest locations in Indian River and South Norfolk .

      Susan Lambert waved a large American flag. She’s heard about pipelines elsewhere “(but) when it hits your backyard, that’s hard. That’s why we’re out here.”

    • Activist group seeks legal intervention in pipeline approval process

      Days before the public comment period ends for permits designed to protect waterways during pipeline projects, an environmental group is asking the state’s attorney general to intervene in the process.

      In a letter of complaint, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League urged Mark Herring’s office to require the the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issue a water permit for each stream and waterway the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines would cross.

      Last week, the DEQ held hearings at various locations to discuss the framework for the special certifications needed to build the pipelines.

      But Sharon Ponton — a member of the group who attended four of the five meetings — said more research is needed before any informed conclusion can be reached.

      “They’re not going to have the data before they make a decision on the water permit,” said Ponton. “It’s just a little nuts.”

    • Charlottesville: Is America Becoming the Middle East?

      Our neo-imperial wars may be coming home to roost.

    • The troubling origins of Trump’s ‘alt-left’ smear

      As best I can tell, the very first people to use the term “alt-left” was a tiny faction within the alt-right, who favor more left-leaning economic policy. However, this did not catch on. The actual popular use came later, from two sources, more or less simultaneously. First was a tu quoque from mainstream Republicans, desperately looking for something to distract from the fact that their party was now headed by an elderly addle-brained racist. If the left also had racists, then it somehow wasn’t so bad that Republicans had nominated one for president.

      Second was from centrist liberals, who were and are furious at leftist criticism of Hillary Clinton and centrist Democrats. (As Sarah Jones documents, these include extremely prominent writers, TV personalities, and Democratic Party hangers-on, like Markos Moulitsas, Tom Watson, Neera Tanden, Josh Marshall, Joan Walsh, Joy Ann Reid, and many others.) “Alt-left” was a useful shorthand for the incendiary charge that all or most criticism of the neoliberal establishment was motivated by straightforward bigotry on par with violent white supremacy, if not quite so extreme.

      Both of these instances are lying smears. Nobody on the left assumed the label “alt-left” to describe some political agenda. As the Anti-Defamation League’s Mark Pitcavage told The New York Times, “the word had been made up to create a false equivalence between the far right and ‘anything vaguely left-seeming that they didn’t like.'”

      It was a vile insult from start to finish — and actually the precise opposite of truth

      • Well, I despise Trump, but for a change, something decent is coming out of that presser he did. It was time that the establishment media quit using alt-left as a slur of the Berners.

        WaPo also has a slightly different opt-ed on this topic.

        https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2017/08/17/the-alt-right-didnt-invent-alt-left-liberals-did/?utm_term=.e439eac4527a

        For now those folks have been shamed for it, as they should be.

        • more alt-lefty from Caitlin.

          Caitlin describes how “fake news” lost the meaning the liberal establishment was hoping to give it when Trump started describing those same media organs with it. She goes on:

          We’re seeing a repeat of this phenomenon in the wake of the president’s press conference at Trump Tower in which he used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the counter-protesters in Charlottesville. Enthusiastic Trump supporters are now gleefully applying this pejorative to literally everything they oppose, from Antifa to Huffington Post writers to CNN to John McCain. Because of this memetic hijacking, “alt-left” will quickly become a meaningless phrase in need of retirement just like “fake news” did.

          Which is sure to be immensely frustrating to the neoconservative Democratic party pundits who worked so hard trying to create and promote it like Joy Reid, Neera Tanden and Sally Albright.

          Many tweets.

          She also has one on Charlottesville today.

          • What I’m about to respond may be a little unpopular…but now if Caitlin is off the hook temporarily as being targeted as “Alt-Left” she now cannot go on saying that she and others in indie media should work with the Alt-Right media, now that Trump has claimed Alt_left as a term with the Nazis (alt-right).

            I like Caitlin, but she was really in the wrong for that one. I hope she just stays indie. Best catbird seat at the moment.

            • I like her a lot too but like with Bernie I disagree with him as well some times. But as long as I agree with the majority of what I feel is right i’ll support him just like i’ll continue to read her columns

        • I admittedly sent out a tweet earlier with a clip of an article shaming Markos… because even I fall for twitter pettiness at times :).

          Speaking of the Trump presser, I wish when he was talking about Washington and Jefferson being on money, etc and they owned slaves.. someone would have used the moment to ask him why he doesn’t do something about that.

        • I read this morning that Neera Tanden said she’d stop using it anymore. But, per pb’s post, perhaps that’s because the term has now become meaningless and even centrists are getting splashed by the pee.

    • That Bernie/Steelworkers rally on Monday is the heart of downtown in Indy and during rush hour. Should be interesting if it gets positive press. Marion County is barely blue.

    • I stumbled upon this book title today.

      I like the sound of it:

      Practical Utopia: Strategies for a Desirable Society

      Michael Albert’s latest work, Practical Utopia is a succinct and thoughtful discussion of ambitious goals and practical principles for creating a desirable society. It presents concepts and their connections to current society; visions of what can be in a preferred, participatory future; and an examination of the ends and means required for developing a just society. Neither shying away from the complexity of human issues, nor reeking of dogmatism, Practical Utopia presupposes only concern for humanity.

      Part one offers conceptual tools for understanding society and history, for discerning the nature of the oppressions people suffer and the potentials they harbor. Part two promotes a vision for a better way of organizing economy, polity, kinship, culture, ecology, and international relations. It is not a blueprint, of course, but does address the key institutions needed if people are to be free to determine their own circumstances. Part three investigates the means of seeking change using a variety of tactics and programs.

      The book, by Michael Albert, just came out and is prefaced by Noam Chomsky.

      With things like this being said about him I feel slightly ashamed that I’ve never heard of him before!

      With his combination of hard-edged logic and visionary hope, Michael Albert is one of the treasures of the Left.”
      —Barbara Ehrenreich

    • One more tweet! This one more apropos:

    • I just had to share this with you. Yuri’s statue looks like he’s a Superhero!

    • OK, two more. Wow!!

    • Jamarl Thomas has a video that most of us would agree with.

      The last few minutes really hit home!

    • Well isn’t this special!

      https://www.yahoo.com/news/cia-torture-psychologists-avoid-trial-secret-settlement-170038297.html

      Washington (AFP) – Two psychologists who helped design the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program settled a lawsuit Thursday by detainees alleging they were illegally tortured.

      The secret settlement in the suit, brought on behalf of two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, avoided what would have been the first public trial of the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on suspected Al-Qaeda members.

      But it also allowed the two psychologists who supplied the CIA with “coercive” interrogation techniques, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, to maintain that they personally had nothing to do with the use of waterboarding, extreme stress positions and beatings on detainees.

      Tell me that the CIA wasn’t involved in this behind the scenes!

    • Trump and the war mongers haz a sad!

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