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polarbear4

Here is Tulsi and Van Jones. May be a repeat, but since there is lots of controversy on Twitter about her….

humphrey

The video is quite revealing.

Bernie is still my first choice but she will benefit the progressive point of view.

humphrey

There are some who hold her past views against her.

humphrey

humphrey

Hilbots are using this as a weapon but are quite forgiving for this.

BTW look who is in the lower left hand corner in the above video.

magsview

As I mentioned just now on yesterday’s la58 thread, Tulsi came around on LGBT on 2012, around the same time Obama did, and before Hillary did.

Too many people are buying the lies going around about her, imo.

In 2012, Gabbard publicly said that she believed same-sex marriage should be legalized throughout the United States.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsi_Gabbard

Clinton came out in support of same-sex marriage in 2013 after more than a decade of opposing it.

https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2015/jun/17/hillary-clinton/hillary-clinton-change-position-same-sex-marriage/

polarbear4

Yep. Bernie, Warren, Tulsi. Probably in that order

polarbear4

Some Sunday fun. BTW, the wild animal sounds you hear a lot of in the earlier Midsummer Mysteries are Fox, iirc.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

This is a fun video, my little nephew loved it. This and “Trucker’s Hitch” are my own favorite Ylvis videos.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Sema is gearing up early this time. I hope JD support her.

magsview

Thanks jcitybone!

I thought I’d share this (what a nerve-wracking primary shaping up right now!).

https://twitter.com/franglophonic/status/1084453101942304768

I am ‘the cat’ when I see my lefty friends fighting. Which has been happening a lot lately.

polarbear4

LOL

polarbear4

I am sad to see Bernie supporters sliding over to those I don’t see as fully supportive of progressive goals.

Wonder if some of it is guarding hearts from what happened last time.

magsview

Yay Copenhagen!

polarbear4

Of course Brazil does.

humphrey

The State Department and the CIA are hidden actors in this development.

polarbear4

Like Brazil. Who’s next?

magsview

I posted this reply under your comment in yesterday’s thread:

Venezuela’s opposition leader briefly detained after challenging Maduro

Venezuelan secret police seized and then swiftly released a prominent opposition leader, less than 48 hours after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency of his crisis-stricken country in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro.

Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, was reportedly taken by agents from the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) on Sunday morning as he travelled north out of the capital, Caracas.
On Friday the politician threw down the gauntlet to Hugo Chávez’s heir, telling a rally Maduro was an illegitimate “usurper” and declaring that he therefore had the constitutional right to assume leadership of the country until fresh elections were held. Several regional powers, including Brazil and Colombia, voiced support for that move.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/13/venezuela-opposition-leader-briefly-detained-juan-guaido-maduro

That bolded part is a big clue. Know them by their friends.

polarbear4

Thanks! I’m glad they did that. And where have we had some of our strongest tentacles? Brazil & Colombia. Colombia for years.

orlbucfan

Don’t forget Chile. The list is endless. 🙁

polarbear4

Why is it not a scandal that we get no mews of this?

This one is funny.

magsview

Creative!

polarbear4

What no cat jokes?

magsview

A couple of interesting pieces by Nathan J. Robinson, the first dark, the second much sunnier.

If you’re not up for the dark one jump right to the second one. (I’m glad I read the first one first).

I think you might all like the second one.

The first one was published January 1, 2019:

Thirty Years Hence

And it begins with this:

Today, looking back at everything I wrote from 2019 onwards, I still think I was pretty perceptive, given the climate of the time. What’s difficult for people to understand, what I can’t even really understand myself, is how everyone—including me—could have been oblivious to so much that was so obvious. I know everyone my age (I am 59) has dealt with the question—even if younger people haven’t asked it explicitly, we’ve all thought it.

The second one was published on January 3, 2019:

Thirty Years Hence (Part II)

Sometimes I think about just how close we came to ruining everything. I don’t mean to become a “you kids don’t know how bad we had it” type, especially because I never had it bad myself, but I do believe it’s important to note just how far we’ve come and what it took to get there. It’s hard to believe today, but about thirty years ago people were literally asking whether human civilization should go extinct. Some talked about an impending apocalypse. There was a quite serious notion that we were heading for some kind of large-scale catastrophe, the rise of fascism or the total destruction of the planet. And the truth is, we were.

polarbear4

Love the second one and especially look like the link to The Dismal Frontier: What Is Star Trek Without Socialism.
“Before I delve into exactly what’s so disturbing about this new Star Trek series, it’s worth talking a little bit about the ethos that characterized the earlier shows. Previous Trek narratives, while differing from each other in setting and tone, all share a common dorky exuberance for exploration and cross-cultural understanding. While technically, yes, Starfleet has always been a military organization, its functions have tended to the diplomatic, scientific, humanitarian, and logistical. Except during relatively rare times of defensive warfare, the space station in Deep Space Nine, for example, functions more or less like an interstellar DMV, issuing permits, performing inspections, and resolving disputes. In all the various shows, crew members hang up the uniform after work and unwind with decidedly goofy side projects: science experiments, learning to paint (badly), acting in plays (badly), pretending to be James Bond in the holosuites, trying (and sometimes even liking) alien cuisine. The main characters—human and alien alike—more or less get along, learning to accept (if not always understand) each other’s cultural practices and idiosyncrasies, like the Vulcan belief in the primacy of logic, or the often bloody Klingon code of honor. Interspecies tolerance—while frequently rendered in problematic ways—is a critical component of the Star Trek philosophy. Reflecting on this underpinning ideology, and why it resonated so much with viewers, Roddenberry said:

We believed that the often ridiculed mass audience is sick of this world’s petty nationalism and all its old ways and old hatreds, and that people are not only willing but anxious to think beyond most petty beliefs that have for so long kept mankind divided…What Star Trek proves, as faulty as individual episodes could be, is that the much-maligned common man and common woman has an enormous hunger for brotherhood. They are ready for the 23rd century now, and they are light years ahead of their petty governments and their visionless leaders.”

orlbucfan

One of the best sci-fi movies ever made was Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Its message is even more powerful now than when the flick was released.

polarbear4

I find solace in them. Especially TNG, for some reason.

polarbear4

No one was shot, yet.

polarbear4

If this is true and we are ignoring it— what the heck? Surely, if nothing else, this is newsworthy.

TheLeftistheCenter

The helicopter part is fake they are from hand launchers

polarbear4

Well that’s a relief.

polarbear4

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polarbear4

I do hope he’s serious and takes a liking to #MMT.

humphrey

Because of his past behavior as a Clinton surrogate I have lost trust in Dean.

polarbear4

M2. Read a comment that the article is nothing like Dean’s tweet. But he did have a lot of comments urging him to study it, so maybe something got through.

humphrey

OH! OH!

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1084566074681569280

https://theintercept.com/2019/01/13/beto-o-rourke-public-sector-unions/

YEARS BEFORE HE was a potential 2020 presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke was a city councilman in El Paso—and a leading voice in a high-profile battle with unions representing police and firefighters.

At the height of the conflict, O’Rourke publicly mused about disbanding the police union, calling it “out of control” and lamenting his colleagues’ unwillingness to stand up to the powerful political force. A year later, he was calling for “better checks on collective bargaining in the public sector.”

The fight came at one of the bleakest moments of the Great Recession, and the city was stuck in contracts with the police and firefighter unions which provided for annual raises and benefits. The city manager was proposing a five percent property tax increase and other hikes in fees to pay for them, but the city council wanted the unions to defer some of the wage increases and forfeit some of the holidays. The Firemen and Policemen’s Pension Fund was in need of more money, which meant they were open to negotiations, but O’Rourke was frustrated at how dug in he said they were.

humphrey

There are two types of responses to this.

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1084615047471497216

polarbear4

I hope Sirota starts vetting Kamala soon.

humphrey

That is easy pickings.?

humphrey

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1084672072242978816

Trump’s response to climate change and Pelosi’s to a Green New Deal.
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humphrey

I can only SMH.

humphrey

I bet that Rachel Maddow thinks that this is a great idea!

Now Girl Scouts can grow up to be like this.

polarbear4

Yeah, someone was tweeting, that’s one fracked up view on being a feminist.

polarbear4

In a nutshell

humphrey

I wonder if the one in the pink bikini is a lobbyist! LOL

humphrey

This is the email that Tulsi Gabbard sent to her followers.

Aloha,

Earlier tonight I spoke with my friend Van Jones about the challenges we face and the future of our country.

He asked me bluntly whether I’ll run for president, and I told him straight: I’ve decided to run and will make a formal announcement next week.

There are many reasons I’m offering to serve you as President — to ensure every American gets the healthcare they need, to bring about comprehensive immigration reform, to make sure we have clean water and clean air for generations to come, to fix our broken criminal justice system, to end the corrupt influence of special interests in Washington, and so much more.

But the main reason I’m running has to do with an issue that is central to the rest — war and peace. I look forward to talking with you more about this in the coming days.

When we stand together, united by our love for each other and for our country, there is no challenge we cannot overcome.

Aloha,

Tulsi

humphrey

I think that Bernie Headlines is giving Peter Douche some competition. LOL

https://twitter.com/BernieHeadlines/status/1084167414319861762

humphrey

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