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    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in Jordan at the end of a four-day, four-nation tour through the Middle East, expressed support on Monday for Israel and its response to weekly protests in Gaza that h […]

  • We have watched this president, like so many before him, drop bombs and hurl missiles at different countries in Asia and Africa. The picture below of US missiles striking Damascus would be perfectly at home in a […]

    • I grew up at a business that catered to the exceptionally wealthy and learned early on that for many at some point of wealth it stops being ‘money’ and starts being points since they can buy anything they need already so now they are just trying to rack up a high score.

      What this does is cause a mental disassociation between sustenance and survival, from actual money thus making it easy to take money from the poor as its just a game and they are just gaining points, but failing to see they are taking someones health and well being since they need that money just to survive. Given how broad the wealth division is in this country now its probably even worse than back then, with a host of haves vying from high point scores with a little up or down being irrelevant, oblivious how much a little up or down means to the have nots.

      Business has always been a game but for most of the 20th century there were enough rules and refs to keep the game fair enough, but now the game is broken so the haves who continue to acquire more and more having every advantage over the have nots who as a whole control a fraction of just a small percent of the haves. We are reaching the end stages of the biggest game of monopoly ever except no one can actually win so they keep playing and playing. The current victory conditions I think are if the haves can put the game away somewhat neat and orderly before the have nots are forced to burn the board and pieces (and maybe a few of the players) to the ground.

      In the last gilded age the rich were contained by logistics, they could only go so far doing harm, but in this gilded age the harm has no bounds, there is always something more to bomb or plunder so i expect things to get worse with little to keep the greed in check until the pitchforks come out.

      The real problem is the masses are becoming so uneducated and desperate they will end up being just as dangerous as the greed heads, meaning its going to get worse before it gets even worse than that, unless we can put the breaks on soon while there is still some lingering sanity or there will only be bad options.

    • Great read as always. We need to keep hammering away at this veneer of respectability the military has amassed in this country. They are not respectable; they are a tumor that is destroying society here and abroad.

  • ACT 1: Washington DC, United States Senate early 2016

    Merrick Garland, an eminently qualified judge, was nominated by Barack Obama to the Supreme Court. For weeks afterwards, Republican senators responsible for […]

    • as empire collapses, will dems stand up

      not this time is my guess

      still dreams of running the world with the war machine

      imperialism attempted but not working out

      Top 5 Lessons from the History of America’s Defeats

    • T and R for the very clever satire, Subir! 🙂 The whole situation is pathetic, tho.

    • Surprise, surprise, the CIA’s mouthpiece…I mean, the Washington Post wants to see Pompeo confirmed.

    • Fantastic work as usual Subir.

      The quoted Senators are part of the usual gang: Cardin, Murphy, Schumer.

      The only reason we aren’t hearing quotes from Feinstein is that she is fleeing left to try to save her skin these days (we won’t be bamboozled, hopefully we can vote her out in November). Hope the voters in Maryland, Connecticut, and New York can do the same to the snakes in their midst.

    • A quote from Rambo III sadly America has been added to the list and it doesn’t bother most R’s.

      “Mousa: This is Afghanistan… Alexander the Great try to conquer this country… then Genghis Khan, then the British. Now Russia.(Add America) But Afghan people fight hard, they never be defeated. Ancient enemy make prayer about these people… you wish to hear?
      Rambo: Um-hum.
      Mousa: Very good. It says, ‘May God deliver us from the venom of the Cobra, teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.’ Understand what this means?
      Rambo: That you guys don’t take any shit?
      Mousa: Yes… something like this.”

      Our politicians haven’t learned a Damn thing from history concerning insurrection responses to invasions by the “Superpowers of History” that are not wanted in “their country”. As long as the MIC owns the Neolibcons and that we have a volunteer armed forces we will go merrily along with these “brush wars” no matter the human cost. The “Vietnam conflict” put an end to the draft and a very temporary end to the “brush wars”. But was it simply replaced by a economic draft(poor Americans) or even a racial one?

  • Daily Kos is currently running a petition against Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be appointed Secretary of State. It lists several very good reasons for denying Pompeo confirmation, and ends with:

    Pompeo is a x […]

    • One of the senators from Hawaii has also stated that he is a ‘No’ vote. T and R, Subir!!

    • As you said in a comment to your DK version of this diary, Pompeo could care less about the advice but does care about the cover such reaching out provides. I can think of some Dems that will lap that up.

    • establishment hangs together

      torture is so quaint

      war is so quaint

      what matters? the next tweet

      killing a few thousand or hundred thousand isn’t so bad

      a million or a couple million died in Vietnam

      and we are still the greatest nation in the history of the universe

      until the next financial collapse which shows that there is no solid foundation to economics

      and the earth strikes back

    • Surely he will sail through with help from those “moderate” Dems like Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp. After all he talked to Clinton and Kerry. I’m also so glad Kaine doesn’t regret his vote to confirm Pompeo as CIA director.

      https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/12/politics/mike-pompeo-confirmation-votes/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Politics%29

      Two key Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are signaling they won’t back CIA Director Mike Pompeo for secretary of state, a sign that his nomination as the top US diplomat is likely to face a rebuke by falling short of a majority on the panel.

      In interviews with CNN, Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine and Jeanne Shaheen — who sit on the panel and backed Pompeo’s nomination to be CIA director — say they are harboring concerns with the nominee, a clear signal they may vote against him. In addition, Republican Rand Paul also told CNN that the hearing “really solidified” his opposition to Pompeo.
      “I voted for him as CIA director and haven’t had cause to regret that vote,” Kaine told CNN. “But I have serious doubts about whether he’s the diplomat that we need right now.”

      If all three members ultimately vote “no,” then Pompeo won’t have enough votes to be win a favorable recommendation from the committee.

      But in an extraordinarily rare move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could still bring up the nomination on the floor of the Senate despite the negative vote in the committee. If that would occur, Pompeo would need the support of at least one Democratic senator, given Paul’s opposition and the continued absence of Sen. John McCain, who is recovering from brain cancer. And behind the scenes, Pompeo has been working to lock down support from moderate Democrats, including ones in tough races, to push him through on the floor.

    • Yes! Why are certain Dems “coaching” him? That is a very good question.

    • eve replied 1 month ago

      Thanks for this piece, Subir. You ask why Hillary Clinton and John Kerry would be willing to help Pompeo….It’s discouraging but not that surprising.
      It’s a mind set that’s hard to comprehend.
      Clinton of the two was the only one who Politico confirmed was offering advice.
      It reminds me that Clinton says she admires Henry Kissinger and the Clintons hang out with that war criminal.
      There’s no moral core apparently.
      Sad and shocking, even now.

  • The United States for a second week in a row blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians to “demonstrate peacefully” and endorsing Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a […]

    • psychopathology is US or is it us?

      What Trump was asking for was the murder of children. He was actually, if the report is true, scolding the CIA for leaving the children alive rather than burned and dismembered by a rocket.

      This form of government has gripped the United States with increasing ferocity during the past, succeeding, year. Some informed observers have alleged that once Trump got in, he lightened the rules of engagement for aerial bombardment in campaigns against ISIL such as Mosul,leading to massive civilian casualties and extensive destruction of civilian buildings and infrastructure. Iraq may or may not recover from this brutality.

      Juan Cole’s article today

      Psychopathocracy Matures: Trump asks why CIA did not Massacre family of Militant with Drone

      whoops!

      I didn’t read the headline correctly

      A new word

      Psychopathocracy

      Rule by the psychpath

      • It’s the FRightwingnut war junkie/crooked corpse U.S. mindset that’s feeding all this pollution. It is not US/WE The People. Folks around the world know it, too. T and R, Subir!!

    • It used to be that the Russians, Chinese, North Korea, Iran and the other 2 bit dictators were the bad guys? Are we any better as the US has a presence military wise in 172 countries out of the 180 + countries. Are we becoming the global bully that we used to accuse others of? Then theirs the post from subir yesterday and DM today would the US be charged with war crimes if Trumpcorp changed the rules of engagement to eliminate civilians? , Military technology today has the ability to limit civilian casualties and accomplish a objective, With Trumpcorps idea we mise well go back to WWII tech where civilian casualties were horrible. The way I see this now is its really down to corporate, oligarch and MIC control for the world and its resources. Some of what’s going on hasn’t changed since Star treks “A private little war” with a healthy dose of Profit’s thrown in. And you can add destroying the environment in their pursuit of profits. Why is the Human condition War?

    • T & R, Subir!

    • Thank you Subir. I was so sad to hear that Yaser died. 🙁 🙁
      I had seen a picture of him shortly after he was shot, he was on a stretcher and still alive at the time. He was clearly marked ‘PRESS’!! Just as the shot journalist in your pics up top was.

      Palestinian journalist Yasser Murtaja was 100 metres from the border when he was killed.

      I saw some ridiculous assertions on twitter about how maybe Yaser’s camera appeared to the Israeli snipers like a RPG launcher, but I think it’s more likely that Israel wanted to send a message to photographers and journalists that they will be targeted too. Especially, as you pointed out, since Israel claimed that they knew “where every bullet landed”.

      But, of course, now Israel is saying:

      The Israeli army has said in response: “The IDF does not intend to shoot at journalists, and the circumstances in which journalists were allegedly injured by IDF gunfire are unknown and are being investigated.”

      What tore me up extra about Yaser (other than appearing like a sweet young man in pics I saw-he had a really lovely smile) is that a few weeks ago he’d expressed a desire to travel outside Gaza as he had not yet done so. It really does seem like Gaza is a big open-air prison!

      Murtaja’s desire to travel was a recurrent theme in his social media posts. In February, his dream was fulfilled when he managed to leave the Gaza Strip through the southern Rafah border.

      However, after spending hours in the Egyptian lounge on the other side of the crossing, he was forced back to the besieged enclave along with hundreds of other travellers.

      In a Facebook post describing the events, Murtaja wrote: “The first time in my entire life I was successful in travelling was yesterday but I am back today. I stayed in the Egyptian lounge, and I wanted to get on the plane or even just to see one. Instead what I saw was the humiliation and oppression of the people from Gaza of which there is enough to fill a book with. The Egyptians turned back three passenger buses, citing security reasons in the Sinai.”

      How awful for him! He finally gets out, only to be sent right back.

      Under a picture of Gaza City’s port captured by his drone, journalist Yaser Murtaja wrote the following words: “I hope the day that I can take this image when I am in the sky instead of on the ground will come! My name is Yaser, I am 30 years old, live in Gaza City and I have never travelled before in my life!”

      The attached pic is the one Yaser posted on March 24th, that he took via a drone.

      Murtaja was the co-founder of Ain Media Production Company.[3] Ain Media has produced work for Al Jazeera, BBC, VICE, among several other media companies.[4] Murtaja was one of the first to bring a drone camera into Gaza, a territory with no airport or skyscrapers.

      (If you want to see his wiki page you might want to do so soon because it has a message across the top that the page is “being considered for deletion” for some reason. My understanding is the Israel is really passionate about getting posts removed for telling too much truth.

      Ohhhh, I just found this story, that also talks about his smile! 🙁

      Yaser Murtaja, and his dreams of travelling

      Described as a man with an infectious smile, the slain reporter dedicated his life to telling stories of Gaza residents.

      Please watch/share this documentary that he was a cameraman for:

      He was a respected cameraman for documentaries – most notably, Al Jazeera’s “Gaza: Surviving Shujayea”.

      Known in Arabic as “Beesan”, the documentary was named after a little girl that was pulled from the rubble of her home during Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

      Most of Beesan’s family were killed, and Murtaja, along with a medic called Alaa Abu Shu’eer, struck up a close relationship with the child to help her get through her trauma.

      In the last sequence of the film, which was released in 2016, Murtaja and Abu Shu’eer are seen playing with Beesan, taking her on paddleboat rides and to a fun fair.

      People who knew him, including Gaza residents and colleagues, describe Murtaja as the man with an infectious smile; his social media accounts are full of photographs of him with wounded beaming children.

      I hope that more people learn about Yaser and all of the others targeted by Israel. It’s time to end this madness.

      Murtaja embodied the story of a generation of Palestinians in Gaza whose hopes seem simple: they dream of living a normal life, just like everyone else.

      They dream of being able to travel outside the Gaza Strip, the place representing to them all they know of this world.

      How many more Palestinians must die before the world steps up to end Israeli murders?!

      Yaser was married with one child. RIP Yaser! And may your wife, your child, your brother, and all others who knew and loved you, find peace.

      His younger brother, Hamza, expressed his pain on social media with a few simple words.

      “My beloved brother, my rock … oh my heartache,” he wrote on Facebook.

  • In a long article on Trump’s relationship with the military, WaPo reveals that Trump urged CIA employees to commit more war crimes.

    Trump came to office promising to give the Pentagon a free hand to unleash th […]

  • Tens of thousands of Gazans walked toward the border facing a heavily armed Israeli line. They walked toward rifles and drones. Israel had announced its deployment of a hundred snipers authorized to use live […]

    • Congress and US government bought and sold by Israel Zionists.

      Democracy Now segment yesterday, 4/2/18 on the goal of killing off all Palestenians

      With the moral collapse of US in the world, along with declining power in a multipower world, how much longer can US continue to support the Zionists?

    • AS long as the legal heat stays on Netanyaboob over corruption, this nasty form of distraction will continue. Netanyaboob and FRightwingnut cabal are the same thing as the FR garbage wrecking havoc in this country. T and R, Subir!!

    • I saw one video of a man being shot while prostrated, with a group of other men also praying, and that was all I could handle viewing-wise.

      But there are lots of other videos, shot from different angles (so those that claim that they are fake are lying). I read about one young man who had just arrived to the scene and was just watching while having a cigarette who was shot in the head (and killed) who wasn’t doing anything but standing there.

      Another person, an 18 yr-old young man, was killed while running AWAY from the fence.

      Bernie taking getting some grief for not condemning Israel more strongly but, other than Rep. McCollum, I haven’t heard any other U.S. politicians condemning Israel at all. It’s like their mouths are all taped shut.

      My Sen. Chris Murphy so vocal about Yemen (which is good) and about Parkland shootings (properly so) but says NOTHING about Israel killing Gazans!

      And, of course, nothing from Sen. Blumenthal either, or anyone else from CT for that matter, as per usual…

    • Thanks for posting the tweets from non-Bernie legislators decrying the massacre Subir, it’s a relief to know that not everybody in Washington is a hypocritical shitsack. The bravery of the Gaza Palestinians, probably knowing the high risk of being killed, is beyond comprehension.

  • Researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census bureau have recently published a study that takes a broad look at equality of opportunity in the US. The data set they analyzed is enormous. It tracks 20 million […]

    • I saw something about the study on Democracy Now! This morning. Was it mentioned on Morning Joe? Crickets.

    • wi59 replied 2 months ago

      Blacks are leading the way on this and more American’s are headed in the same direction as a result of corporate policy courtesy of congress.

  • Today, Trump nominated a person to lead the CIA who ran torture sites and helped order the destruction of videotapes documenting the torture. Gina Haspel was passed over for a promotion in the Obama era, because […]

    • Perhaps the next time Democrats are in power, we shouldn’t give in to circumspection. Perhaps we should prosecute war criminals, rather than let them run free to torture another day.

      Yes.

      • Dems way of turning lemons into lemonade?

    • T and R, subir!! What would we do without the YUPPIE-led DLCraporate Party? Obama should have cleaned out the Cheney/Dumbya trash infecting the federal government when he was elected in 2008. Mr. YUPPIE did not. Thanks, BO!

    • LOL from the Onion

      https://politics.theonion.com/gina-haspel-recalls-having-to-torture-more-prisoners-th-1823740451

      Acknowledging the gender discrimination she faced in her field before receiving President Trump’s nomination to become the first female director of the CIA, career intelligence officer Gina Haspel recalled Tuesday having to torture many more prisoners than her male colleagues to prove herself. “For a long time, no one would take me seriously even though I was abusing twice as many detainees and employing far crueler methods than most of the men I worked with,” said Haspel, the current CIA deputy director, adding that her work overseeing the “Cat’s Eye” secret prison in Thailand in the early 2000s proved she could run an extralegal black site just as well as any man. “It was really frustrating how I’d have to continually come up with more innovative and brutal ways to torture high-value assets just to receive the slightest bit of recognition from my superiors, whereas the men who held the same position as me could just coast by on the same old sensory-deprivation techniques. I mean, I had to waterboard one suspected al-Qaeda member 83 times in a single month until he lost an eye—you think any of my male coworkers had to work that hard to get ahead? When you’re a woman, they never fully appreciate the things you do for them. It doesn’t matter how many videotapes of illegal torture you help destroy on the CIA’s behalf.” Haspel added that she hoped her promotion would help usher in a new age where there were more women like her in power.

    • A new leaf. I guess Pompeo’s anti-Iran anti-Islam stances are just fine with Schumer

      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/03/14/despite-torture-loving-pasts-schumer-not-pushing-democrats-oppose-pompeo-or-haspel

      The Senate’s top Democrat is not calling on his fellow party members to oppose President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state—torture-praising Mike Pompeo—or his nominee to lead the CIA—”actual torturer” Gina Haspel.

      Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York made his stance clear to reporters on Tuesday.

      Schumer said Pompeo and Haspel face “lots of outstanding questions,” but hoped that if Pompeo is confirmed, he “will turn over a new leaf and will start toughening up our policies towards Russia and Putin.”

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    India announced Thursday a program to give half a billion citizens free health insurance, a potentially transformative upgrade of the country’s dilapidated public health-care services and a key element of Pr […]

    • Very interesting indeed. One could argue that CHIP filled in a small gap, but now Congress won’t even fight for it.

    • Yay! A big start on a good road.

    • T and R, Subir! Thanks!

    • All that said, this does pose a question for us in the US. India has a far larger population, and is far, far poorer. If the decidedly right-wing government in India can propose such an ambitious health-care program, why do only half of our Democratic representatives and only a third of Democratic senators support Medicare For All?

      Great points Subir!

      Thanks for the good news.

      I wonder if this will impact medical tourism. My understanding is that some fly to India for their medical procedures to save money.

      This piece tells of an Indian heart surgeon who runs 20 hospitals in India and who is now looking to take advantage of the ridiculous situation here in the U.S.:

      Most American doctors and hospitals see India as far away, and as a result, underestimate the dangers they face from global disruption. They assume that people won’t be willing to travel halfway around the world for surgery. And they may be right. But before they become too complacent, they should look to the Grand Cayman Island, with its seven-mile white sand beach and tourist culture. There Shetty is building a 2,000 bed hospital for a population of more than 50,000 citizens. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that by airplane Florida is less than an hour away.

      (Is that how Bezos/Buffet/Dimon plan to lower healthcare costs? Still waiting for more details on that one.)

  • The New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief, David Halbfinger has a lengthy article about how recent Trump administration and Israeli actions have led Palestinians to more seriously consider changing their p […]

  • So, Steve Bannon is finally unwelcome within the Republican party. The President has given Bannon the treatment he reserves only for the worst offenders, claiming he had nothing much to do with the campaign. N […]

    • Actually, I hope Bannon sticks around to stir up trouble in the Republican ranks. As you point out, he’s no worse than most of that sorry lot and at least on taxes appears to be somewhat better. Opponent infighting can be very helpful

    • Yes, yes, it wasn’t the blatant racism and it wasn’t the xenophobia and it wasn’t the guns or religion that made the elites banish Bannon. No, it was money, it was always about the money.

    • I think that Trump and Bannon for that matter are really the sordid end point of what the Republican Party has been ever since I started paying attention to politics.

      e.g. George H W Bush used the Willie Horton scam on Dukakis.

      e.g. George W Bush used the illegitimate black baby scam against John McCain during the 2000 primary

      Trump’s just the latest in a long line of racists willing to pander to a base of homophobic, racists.

      No shame, No honor, Know nothings.

      Endless wars and financial wrongdoing.

      And then even the Dems joined them in the mayhem of endless regime change wars and irresponsible financial deregulation…..

      Am I bitter and discouraged?
      Y’might say so….

      Go Bernie, go Nina, go Ben Jealous, go Keith Ellison and others who are marching to a different drummer……

      ……the amazing Jack London wrote a novel on “Oligarchy”:
      “The Iron Heel”
      available via the electronic “Hoopla” app at some local libraries…
      He’s a remarkable writer…..

    • we have 2 factions, not 2 parties

      In Federalist 10, Madison defines a faction as “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community”.

      someone pointed out on Naked Capitalism that in 2008 after Obama was elected and democrats had 60 seats in the Senate, they did not undo W Bush’s tax cuts. And they were unable to get through single payer.

      But the Republicans with slightly more than 50 senators passed the tax bill for the oligarchs and the corporations

      it took OWS, Bernie an authentic politician to put issues on the table, and the backdrop of the most important political actor, The New Climate Regime, to highlight how far from the real issues the political parties have moved

      will Trumpism force the necessary counter revolution against modernity that is trashing the Earth? Or, rather than a revolution, do we need a Reset, like a network or a computer?

      Modernity has had so many meanings and tries to combine so many contradictory sets of attitudes and values that it has become impossible to use it to define the future. It has ended up crashing like an overloaded computer. Hence the idea is that modernity might need a sort of reset. Not a clean break, not a “tabula rasa,” not another iconoclastic gesture, but rather a restart of the complicated programs that have been accumulated, over the course of history, in what is often called the “modernist project.” This operation has become all the more urgent now that the ecological mutation is forcing us to reorient ourselves toward an experience of the material world for which we don’t seem to have good recording devices.

      Reset Modernity! is organized around six procedures that might induce the readers to reset some of those instruments. Once this reset has been completed, readers might be better prepared for a series of new encounters with other cultures. After having been thrown into the modernist maelstrom, those cultures have difficulties that are just as grave as ours in orienting themselves within the notion of modernity. It is not impossible that the course of those encounters might be altered after modernizers have reset their own way of recording their experience or the world

      people who follow my comments can guess where that quotation came from

      • 2 factions is correct!!! Most employed by the fascist corporate oligarchy. We do have some that are fighting back but their in the minority for now.

  • Have you ever wondered what America felt like on the eve of the Great Depression?

    I don’t know for certain, but I can guess that we had wealthy heiresses who dabbled in fashion pontificating on politics, based on […]

    • Thanks, Subir. I want to hear more than a convincing message, though. I want to see some real evidence–hard votes and stances–that show me this is not just another neolibcon in progressive clothing.

      Great comparison.

    • See my post on propaganda. The US is polarized at the working-class level in a way it was not in 1930. And with the end of net neutrality and the rise of mergers, it is going to get far worse. I’m afraid I don’t have much faith at this point. Sigh. Maybe it is better outside the South, and I’m just responding to what I live with. I hope it is the case.

    • Excellent post, Subir! 🙂 I have been raising cain about the GOPukes since Trick the Dick. phatkhat makes a very good point regarding propaganda. It wasn’t like that back in the 1930s. Next year’s elections will be beyond critical. Fingers and toes are x’ed!

  • Virginia’s Democratic governer-elect won by 9 points in an election where he campaigned heavily on expanding Medicaid. The election saw enormous efforts expended by the Democratic grassroots. Now that Northam ha […]

    • Thank you Subir!!

      It was so discouraging to hear this news about Northam yesterday. Great way to take the wind out of the voters’ sails really fast.

      I missed him talking about his car collection.. (eye roll)

      • At the very least he should be talking about Electric Cars and not backing the pipelines that fuel his hobby (literally). Would be a great chance to highlight evolution in the industry while still talking about something he cares about… but that would require him expanding his knowledge base since the restoration skills he took in during in High School (something many and probably most schools do not even teach anymore), which is probably asking for a lot these days.

    • “I’m not going to make that determination because he went through an election process,” Manchin told CNN’s “New Day” when asked if the president should be investigated

      Sounds like a quote directly from Sarah Sanders. Elections are not the medium for fair or impartial investigations and they are certainly not a trial, and do not supersede them.

      • Getting outraged by Manchin quotes is about the same ballgame as getting outraged by Republican quotes. This guy is not our friend.

        Granted, we are pushing a candidate trying to unseat him in a primary, so highlighting his awfulness does serve some purpose. But expecting him to change his behavior is a lost cause.

    • So true and so typical of establishment Dems.

      • Expect the same from Jones, the new senator from Alabama. Of course, he is better than Moore, but then anyone would be better than him.

        • He’s also probably the best you can get in dark red Alabama, while we could do a whole lot bet than Northam in bluish purple Virginia

      • Too bad Perreillo didn’t win the primary. He would have won the general election with about as much ease as Northam and he wouldn’t be making statements like this

    • Good on everybody holding Northam’s feet to the fire. Hopefully some of the true progressives elected in November in Virginia’s state legislature can seize this opportunity to increase their profiles, and mount a run against Northam in the future.

      Establishment Dems need to be trained to be afraid to show their true colors in public, at the very least. (What I mean is, they are entitled to think their constituents are as stupid as they want in private, but don’t think you can promise something, use bogeymen like bipartisanship and tax increases to take it away, and expect anybody to give you the benefit of the doubt again.) We’ve lived through Obama, we know how this story ends.

    • That last tweet is the one that gets me because it just shows there are still people who believe the Dems are just naive to try bipartisanship and not that its just a cover to give their owners what they want.

      What will it take to get people to finally see the Dems want much of what the Repubs want, they just arent allowed to act like it?

      • Yes, this. And it has been this way for at least the last 20 years (unless you think that Obama got elected because of his bipartisan pandering, not in spite of it).

    • Thank you Subir for this, and as a VA resident, and as a Perriello voter in the primary. The votes to be found are by really working on voter registration, full time, especially among the young, and by having a solid, left-facing message, that Independents will like. Bernie found it easy enough to do; Jeremy Corbyn is doing a fine job of it as well! Why D’s want to think that suburban republicans will switch to D’s after years of voting R? (Well, I know why, and you do too). Ain’t gonna work.

      And Northam better get on the Medicare train pronto, or he’s in for an ass-whipping by his own party in VA.

    • Manchin needs to change to the GOPukes. He’s already one of them. As for Northam, the VA progressives need to keep a real close eye on him. He starts up showing Turd Way colors, he needs to get hit over the head and HARD! I trust very few Democrats now. T and R, Subir! 🙂

  • Like many of you, I initially despaired when reading exit poll results from the Alabama senate election. It seemed unbelievable that over 63% of white women would vote for a man who was credibly accused of […]

    • Add to this mix: Mike Pence did not support Roy Moore and was disturbed by the allegations. He supported appointed Sen. Luther Strange, who had won the primary, may have continued sitting in the seat. I think Pence and Shelby encouraged R’s to do a write-in, which I believe could have tilted the results had they backed Moore, but Moore was heavily flawed. Cenk Ugyur said Moore was at the bottom of the barrel. Now if we could find a way to get rid of some of the other crazies like Steve King in the House.

    • Its the evangelical mind set along with the typical “God, Guns and Gays”. Every time you heard Moore speak you heard something about 1 of these 3 directed to his base. I wonder about the women that voted for him though didn’t they listen/believe to the numerous women that came forward? if it was only one person I too would have some doubt but not in this case.

    • The thing about Christianity for me is it’s really a ripoff of other religions. They didn’t adopt the sign of the cross until hundreds of years after Jesus’ death. They changed from the fish to the cross because it was a more recognizable symbol. The cross, the death and rebirth, the flood and many other aspects of Christianity were used by the Sumerians and the Persians long before Christianity. If you believe a sky god is watching over everything you do and keeping score, like Santa Claus, you’ll pretty much believe anything. Imho, we’d be a lot better off without religion.

    • Great post, displaying some real out-of-the-box thinking (particularly the notion that evangelicals could be allies in fighting against economic inequality).

      Having grown up around these people, I remain very skeptical that the clergy has the courage to challenge the savage tribalism of their communities. In places where conformity is king, can we expect organized religion (the guardians of the orthodoxy for centuries) to lead the push for change?

      To their credit (as you note at the end), the black evangelical community has a history of doing this, so maybe it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

  • Before last night, this is what the Senate looked like:

    Notice the sea of red stretching from North Carolina to Texas? It’s now got one unexpected kink in it, Alabama.

    There are three senate seats that wi […]

    • Subir, double-check that blue/red district map. Birmingham was solid blue. Now it’s in Jefferson County but that area’s color code is not accurate. Only reason I’m bringing this up is I lived in B’ham 40+ years ago. It was not KKK country then, and it’s not now. Otherwise, T and R!! 🙂

      • It looks like that little sliver of blue projecting NE from AL6 heads into Birmingham (assumably the black areas). Gerrymander. Making sure as many black voters as possible are packed into one district.

    • Trump’s disapproval with Alabamians (in exit polls) was 48%, 1% more than his approval rating. There’s definitely a crack of a window.

      The other thing is Clinton was not the candidate anyone in the South was waiting for.

  • Moore, Trump and the RNC deserve to be tarred and feathered for what they tried to pull. They tried to send a child molester to the Senate.

    The good people of Alabama saw the light, and with a heavy lift from […]

    • We needed that space last night to have this discussion. I concur that we have to put the pressure on the GOP and the media. One election doesn’t make all of the wrongs disappear.

    • Whats scary is 600,000 voted for the R no matter what. With these accusations that usually is a death sentence politically and the candidate withdraws. But we now have a president that supported Moore and all his baggage. Jones should’ve crushed Moore under normal circumstance’s but It was proven that people will vote R no matter what. If this was a dem I had to vote for where I live and it was a solid D I would have not voted for the D with this baggage couldn’t do it as a parent. I would sit it out ,write in or vote for the R if I had to. I do figure that in 2020 Jones will most likely lose as its a deep R state and they will want a R back in there. But if Jones does a good job in the meantime who knows he could be reelected in a 2020 wave. I just don’t understand how women and mothers in Alabama could vote for Moore.

  • In 2012, Bob Vance came within four points of beating Roy Moore in a state-wide race for an Alabama Supreme Court seat. Democrats didn’t run against four of the other judges on the ballot, but they did run a […]

    • Wow, that is interesting, Subir. I lived in Birmingham from 1977-1979. It has a lot more true progressive-liberal types in its natives than we think. The University of Alabama and Auburn are also well respected academically. T and R!!

    • Eeeeew, is all I can say about Moore. Thanks for the diary!

    • Moore is a creep. This is very interesting, Subir.

    • I was surfing TV before I went to bed MSNBC actually had a very good breakdown on what has to happen for Jones to win, Their is a Belt of dem votors across the whole state that have to turn out and voters in Jefferson county also voters in the Mobile, Huntsville if that happens Jones has a chance along with Women and blacks turning out for him. Sadly the extremist bible thumpers are entrenched though. Hoping for the best but Its ALA -bama Where Satan R would beat Jesus -D

    • I think because Obama was the democrat in the presidential race, Romney had a bigger margin than Moore in his race, probably due to racial issues than dislike of Moore.

  • You can find the Sackler family’s name on numerous museums and universities, they’ve bought naming rights to several. They also donate to conservative organizations.

    Richard’s political contributions have gone […]

    • Just heard about them a few months ago.

      Another billionaire out of the closet, the religious closet of money, like the priests, they prey on people. Evil seems to have few bounds

      Seems that more and more of them are not afraid to show their colors

      What ever happened to tar and feathers?

      Only 60K die per year from opiod overdose. Is that about 2x car accidents.

      Where are the MADD, the mothers against drunk driving

      wait, that was the poor slob — these are rich bastards. A different standard holds for themn

      • Read an excellent book called Dreamland. It describes how the heroin merchants are profiting big-time off the opiod addiction epidemic. I highly recommend it. T and R, Subir!!

  • The polls are close, and Doug Jones has a real chance to win the Senate seat in Alabama. Most pollsters have the race tied or leaning towards Jones. Which means it’s now a turnout game.

    Here’s the problem tho […]

    • The FL Democratic Party is almost a carbon copy of Alabama’s. It’s a very corrupted, disorganized joke. That has driven liberal progressives like me to seek out other groups like PDA, for example. Jones can win this race if he puts his feet on the ground, goes door-to-door, and encourages small donations. Forget the DLC/DNC. T and R, Subir!!

      • Jones can win this race if he puts his feet on the ground, goes door-to-door, and encourages small donations.

        I agree orlbucfan!!

    • Thanks Subir!

      I wonder how effective those ads will be.

      Do you remember Jesse T. Smith in Alabama? He ran, and lost, against Mike Rogers in 2016, but he’s still out there and still challenging Rogers and the GOP in general. It appears that he’ll be challenging Rogers again in 2018.

      I wonder how much reaching out to local politicians Jones is doing. I think that could help turnout.

    • One thing I think should be made clear, the Dems abandoning areas is intentional, their role in the play is to feign opposition, but always failing in the end, parading some token gift as the consolation prize we get for them opposing.

      They saw how damaging that was when they held both house and the Presidency early under Obama and still caved, so they have been losing ground ever since, but much of it intentional. Dean showed how it works as DNC head, but from that point on it they intentionally weakened the party.

      They are cool spending a little here and there for those they think will play along, but they aren’t interested in being a strong national party anymore and the question is if the oligarchy will just let it die or not, ending the charade completely.

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