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jcitybone

Thanks la. Relatively warm here In Poughkeepsie. A balmy 4 degrees.
I’m moving these from below because this is the OT

jbob

Relatively warm? I’m not far from you up in Albany where it was -5F in the barn this morning. A few degrees colder outside but the 20MPH wind gusts are pushing wind chills down in the -20F range. I made the horses go out for about half an hour while cleaning their stalls this morning. They wanted to come back in after around 20 minutes so I let one back in her stall and the other in the “common area” know as the run in while I cleaned the second stall. Taking the stuff from the barn out to the pile is no fun in this weather.

jcitybone

My dogs are not fans of the weather or the ice encrusted snow that arrived on Saturday night/Sunday morning. I’m know you got even more of that than here in the Mid Hudson.

jcitybone

The field gets more crowded.

https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000006305266/kamala-harris-2020-election-video.html

Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and barrier-breaking prosecutor who became the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president on Monday, joining an increasingly crowded and diverse field in what promises to be a wide-open nomination process.

The announcement was bathed in symbolism: Ms. Harris chose to enter the race on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, an overt nod to the historic nature of her candidacy, and her timing was also meant to evoke Shirley Chisholm, the New York congresswoman who became the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president 47 years ago this week.

In addition, Ms. Harris will hold her first campaign event on Friday in South Carolina, where black voters are the dominant force in the Democratic primary, rather than start off by visiting Iowa and New Hampshire, the two predominantly white states that hold their nomination contests first. She will hold a kickoff rally Sunday in Oakland, Calif., her hometown.

jcitybone

Thanks to Bernie for a mainstrean Dem candidate advocating this

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/21/sen-kamala-harriss-policy-agenda-trillion-tax-plan-tax-credits-renters-bail-reform-medicare-for-all/?utm_source=reddit.com

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) will run for president proposing a nearly $3 trillion tax plan, billions in tax credits to low-income renters, a Medicare-for-all health-care system, and reducing cash bail for inmates charged with criminal offenses, according to her aides.

Harris announced her presidential bid Monday.

Aides said Harris’s platform will incorporate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) Medicare-for-all health-care proposal, while also pushing enormous tax relief intended to help low-income renters and boost incomes for working-class families.

In that combination, Harris appears to be unique. Several other liberal presidential candidates are running on Medicare-for-all and new government spending programs. For instance, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will tout her plan to create a universal paid leave program, while former Obama administration official Julián Castro will propose universal prekindergarten, funded by the federal government.

Harris, by contrast, is expected to run on both a single-payer health program projected to cost more than $30 trillion, as well as tax benefits that would dramatically reduce federal revenue. Supporters say that reflects her willingness to try to use different kinds of solutions to solve big problems.

orlbucfan

Talk is cheap. Her record so far is spotty. Liberal she ain’t.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/21/kamala-harris-2020-campaign-plan-1116052

Kamala Harris’ Democratic opponents are already telegraphing that they plan to make her law-and-order background an enormous vulnerability with voters on the left.

But the California senator, who announced her bid for the White House on Monday amid an early wave of scrutiny of her career as a prosecutor, thinks she can turn the criticism on its head.

According to interviews with a half-dozen of her confidants and strategists, Harris will court voters wary of law enforcement by presenting herself as a kinder and gentler prosecutor — a “progressive” attorney who advocated for the vulnerable and served the public interest. At the same time, they believe leaning into her background will allow her to project toughness against Donald Trump, and contrast what they call her evidence-based approach to law and politics with the president’s carelessness with facts and legal troubles with the special prosecutor.

“In the face of a lawless president and a lawless administration, Americans are going to be looking for somebody who represents and stands for the rule of law,” one Harris adviser said.

But it will be a tough balancing act, and it’s an open question whether Harris has the political dexterity to pull it off. A scathing New York Times op-ed by a California law professor last week gave a taste of what the Californian is in for: It argued that Harris was overzealous against defendants in a slew of cases she or her office handled. Her critics and opponents quickly circulated the article.

jcitybone

What does she suggest? Dems should give billions for Trump’s useless wall? Good luck in convincing Dem primary voters about this position that Dems are partially to blame for the Trump shutdown.

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/20/gabbard-democrats-republicans-shutdown-1116066

Hawaii congresswoman and Democratic candidate for president Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday that her party’s leadership was not blameless for the partial government shutdown that is now approaching a month, accusing both sides of posturing and refusing to compromise.

“The problem here is that this issue, like so many others in Washington, are being relegated to partisan politics,” she said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Where if a Republican is putting forward a proposal, Democrats are going to shoot it down. If Democrats are putting forward a proposal, Republicans are going to shoot it down, really thinking about which party can call a win on this issue.”

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-voters-now-blame-him-for-the-government-shutdown/2019/01/20/416051de-1b55-11e9-9ebf-c5fed1b7a081_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Two years ago, Jeff Daudert was fed up with politics. He wanted to shake up the status quo. He didn’t mind sending a message to the establishment — and, frankly, he liked the idea of a disruptive president.

But the 49-year-old retired Navy reservist has had some second thoughts.

“What the [expletive] were we thinking?” he asked the other night inside a Walmart here, in an area of blue-collar suburban Detroit that helped deliver Trump the presidency.

While Trump’s relationship with much of his base remains strong, two years after his inauguration his ties are fraying with voters like Daudert, the kind who voted in droves for Trump in 2016 in key pockets throughout the industrial Midwest and flipped previously Democratic states to him. The shutdown fight, as it has played out over the past month, is further eroding his support among voters who like the idea of beefing up border security, but not enough to close the government.

EyeRound
EyeRound

Well, I’ve said all along that I would support a Sanders-Gabbard ticket and I still think that a lot of her positions are the “right” ones, or are close enough!

Still, recent statements from Gabbard seem to show that she holds the “right” positions for the “wrong” reasons. So what do you do with that problem?

She doesn’t seem to understand the complex, tightrope relationship between religion and the political world. (For ex., of course the country needs to promote religious toleration, but Sen. Feinstein’s suspicions regarding religious “dogma” penetrating politics are well-founded suspicions, which seems to escape Gabbard’s view. When political decisions are based on religious grounds we have a theocracy, not a democracy. Gabbard’s comments show that she is bypassing this crucial consideration.)

Similarly Gabbard’s comments cited above, on the “partisan politics” problem in Washington. Her summation of the situation sounds moronic–as if EVERYBODY replicates Trump’s personality and motives. That’s just plain wrong. It’s a superficial “analysis” of why things are happening, it’s just too simple.

That can be dangerous.

Frankly, I don’t see what she gains from these position statements. Is she taking a lesson from Trump’s playbook and trying to appeal to America’s right-wing alleged “morons”? Does she actually have a deeper, more nuanced understanding of how politics actually works and what its historical grounds are, but she’s concealing the deeper understanding, in order to appeal to Trump voters?

If so, is that good?

jcitybone

I agree I don’t see what she gains with Dem voters in the primaries. That is a group that will not be sympathetic to this both siderism. Appealing to Trump voters will not be helpful there.

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-aoc-owes-mlk/

The urgency in Ocasio-Cortez’s voice echoes the warnings from civil-rights leaders 50 years ago. Back then, organizers urged the case for “fair and full employment” on the looming crisis between workers and automation. In 1964, civil-rights leaders warned of a “jobs crisis,” fearing that “just as Reconstruction had been undone in the industrial revolution, so was the civil rights movement in danger of being undone in the automation revolution.”

Capturing the zeitgeist, new representatives like Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Talib have brought the call for radical economic policy back to Washington. Their work has provided political cover and courage to establishment Democrats like Kirsten Gillibrand, who calls for a guaranteed-employment program, Cory Booker, whose recent proposals include baby bonds, and Kamala Harris, who supports a universal basic income like tax credit.

It is in the embrace of these racially equitable economic policies that we see King’s radical legacy resurrected. The leader didn’t dream of an feel-good multiculturalism in which people merely held hands; he wanted an integrated society where even the most marginalized constituents had housing, an income, health care, and employment.

jcitybone

Let me see. Who more embodies what MLK was fighting for: AOC or Trump? 🤔. You decide.

https://www.newsweek.com/historian-pence-comparing-trump-mlk-1299143

A historian slammed Mike Pence on Monday, taking aim at the vice president’s remarks comparing President Donald Trump to celebrated civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Julian E. Zelizer, who is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, appeared on CNN to discuss Pence’s Sunday comments. The historian pointed out that, counter to what the vice president claimed, Trump’s policies are staunchly opposed to what MLK stood for.

“Look, the policies of this administration, from the border wall to voting rights restrictions, are antithetical to absolutely everything Martin Luther King fought for,” Zelizer explained. “Having Vice President Pence invoke Martin Luther King for this deal [regarding border security], or anything else, really flies in the face of his memory.”

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/426280-mlks-son-hits-pence-for-comparing-trump-to-his-father-he-was-a

Martin Luther King Jr.’s son is criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for invoking his father’s words to pitch President Trump’s immigration proposal.

“The vice president attempted to compare the president to Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a bridge builder, not a wall builder,” Martin Luther King III said on Monday, according to The Atlantic.

jcitybone

No shock that our racist-in-chief is mostly ignoring MLK Day except for a statement put out by his office.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-martin-luther-king-jr-day-holiday-services-mlk-government-shutdown-a8738831.html?utm_source=reddit.com

President Donald Trump will not be making any public appearances or participating in services in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr and his legacy.

On Sunday, just hours after vice president Mike Pence compared Mr Trump to the civil rights movement icon, the White House schedule release showed no public events scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Reverend Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, blasted the president for his failure to honor the King during a national breakfast event for the civil rights legend.

“This is an insult to the American people that the president of the United States does not officially recognize or give any ceremony for Dr King,” Mr Sharpton said on Monday.

“The White House has not only shut down those workers, they’ve shut down the King holiday,” he added, referring to the nearly month-long government shutdown.

jcitybone

Unannounced 2 minute visit

wi60

Looks sunny out, if it were raining I doubt he’d take the 2 minutes

humphrey

I don’t remember Trump putting out a statement with regards to Steve King.
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humphrey

Obviously the NRA has no shame.

jcitybone

https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Elizabeth-Warren-With-Airport-Workers-on-MLK-Day-504625312.html

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to rally with Boston airport workers to highlight the federal government shutdown and other concerns.

The Democrat, who is weighing a run for president, will join labor union leaders, workers and other elected officials Monday at Logan Airport’s international terminal.

jcitybone

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand represents one of the biggest and bluest states in America, anchored by the nation’s largest urban metropolis. But as she made her way across snowy Iowa during her first visit as a presidential candidate, Ms. Gillibrand put far more emphasis on her upstate New York roots, bipartisanship and small-town political ancestry.

She talked about her love of RVs and her family vacation last summer to see a Nascar race — and suggested she could make an RV trip in Iowa this year. She spoke of her faith and finding common ground with Republicans. And she harked back repeatedly to her first run for Congress, in 2006, when she ousted a Republican incumbent in a seat that her pollster warned she couldn’t win because there were “more cows than Democrats.”

“I grew up in upstate New York, a community not unlike this one,” Ms. Gillibrand said as she introduced herself at a house party in Sioux City on Friday evening. Of her first race, she said, “It was a two-to-one Republican district, a lot like the district we’re in today.”

The next morning, inside a cafe in Boone, she told the dozen or so people there: “I really appreciate being in a rural place. I’m from a rural place. I grew up in a rural place. I represented a rural place for Congress.”

jbob

She was a blue dog in the house and has been acting more progressive in the senate due to a more liberal constituency state wide pushing her left vs. where she represented while in the house. So far I’m not impressed by her moves as a possible presidential candidate at all. She never met a military spending bill she didn’t love, love and love when she served in the house. She is a third generation politician and seems rather chameleon like in her views lacking a certain conviction in my opinion. I doubt she’ll be getting my vote!

jcitybone

Yeah she’s not getting my vote either over Bernie or Liz, but it is interesting to see where these more establishment candidates are positioning themselves.

jcitybone

I wonder if Merkley is going to run for President. I haven’t heard much about that lately

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/21/politics/jeff-merkley-kirstjen-nielsen-fbi-perjury/index.html

Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley said Monday that he asked the FBI to open a perjury investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last week because “it’s time for some real accountability.”

“I am just sick and tired of this administration lying to the American people, lying to Congress, doing it under oath,” he told CNN’s John Berman on “New Day.”

On Friday, Merkley asked the FBI to investigate Nielsen a day after he released a draft memo that shows the Trump administration was drafting policy to separate families apprehended at the US-Mexico border as early as December 2017. Both the administration and Nielsen repeatedly have said there was no policy to separate families. Merkley said Nielsen made the same claim when she testified before Congress last month.

“I write to request an investigation to determine whether Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen committed perjury during her sworn testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary on December 20, 2018,” Merkley wrote in his request to FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Compelling new evidence has emerged revealing that high-level Department of Homeland Security officials were secretly and actively developing a new policy and legal framework for separating families as far back as December 2017.”

jcitybone

Accident or wishful thinking?

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/426276-fox-friends-accidentally-shows-graphic-saying-ruth-bader-ginsburg-is-dead?amp

The hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Monday apologized for showing a graphic saying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead, blaming a control room error.

The graphic, similar to those marking the deaths of other famous figures, briefly showed a photo of Ginsburg and the dates “1933-2019.”

“We need to apologize … A technical error in the control room triggered a graphic of RBG with a date on it,” co-host Steve Doocy said later in the program. “We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. That was an accident.”

EyeRound
EyeRound

Thank you for today’s Labor News and Open Thread, la58, on this day to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

He surely would have applauded the Unions’ efforts to help out those who are adversely affected by the current gov’t. shutdown!

How many shutdown victims are also struggling with deep winter right now? May warmer temperatures descend on you, me, jbob and jcitybone and anyone else caught in subzero winter weather!

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/1/21/18185536/cory-booker-news-today-2020-presidential-election-baby-bonds

Baby bonds, a proposal embraced by likely presidential candidate Cory Booker, would give newborns savings accounts that would be worth tens of thousands of dollars by age 18. It’s an ambitious plan — and, according to a new study, it would almost entirely close the wealth gap between black and white young people.

Booker’s plan would offer all newborns $1,000, and then add up to $2,000 annually for children in low-income households. By age 18, that could add up to serious money; Booker’s team estimates that for kids from lowest-income families, the nest egg would average some $46,000.

humphrey

polarbear4

And maybe actually help communities that freedom fighters come from.

humphrey

Lee Carter keeps plugging away in Virginia.

humphrey

humphrey

This is how propaganda works.

humphrey

Once again a good article by Matt Taibbi.

I suggest reading the whole article at the provided link.

One of the first things you learn covering American politicians is that they’re not terribly bright.

The notion that Hill denizens are brilliant 4-D chess players is pure myth, the product of too many press hagiographies of the Game Change variety and too many Hollywood fantasies like House of Cards and West Wing.

The average American politician would lose at checkers to a zoo gorilla. They’re usually in office for one reason: someone with money sent them there, often to vote yes on a key appropriation bill or two. On the other 364 days of the year, their job is to shut their yaps and approximate gravitas anytime they’re in range of C-SPAN cameras.

We’ve seen this a lot in recent weeks with the ongoing freakout over newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Lest anyone think any of the above applies to “AOC,” who’s also had a lot to say since arriving in Washington, remember: she won in spite of the party and big donors, not because of them.

That doesn’t make anything she says inherently more or less correct. But it changes the dynamic a bit. All of AOC’s supporters sent her to Washington precisely to make noise. There isn’t a cabal of key donors standing behind her, cringing every time she talks about the Pentagon budget. She is there to be a pain in the ass, and it’s working. Virtually the entire spectrum of Washington officialdom has responded to her with horror and anguish.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Crusher of Sacred Cows

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polarbear4

Sorry, but I love that earthy dress on her.

LieparDestin

bernin
bernin

Bernie’s MLK speech in South Carolina today:

jcitybone

https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article224844370.html

“It gives me no pleasure to say this, we today have a president who is a racist,” Sanders says of President Donald Trump. “Instead of bringing us together as Americans, he has purposely and aggressively attempted to divide us up.”

humphrey

They even lie about his small hands. LOL

https://gizmodo.com/president-trump-posts-altered-photos-to-facebook-and-in-1831909849?utm_source=gizmodo_twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow

President Donald Trump’s social media accounts are filled with vile racism, idiotic xenophobia, and inaccurate statistics. And now we can add another category to the list: fake photos.

In recent months, Trump’s official Facebook and Instagram accounts have published photos of the president that have been manipulated to make him look thinner. If it only happened once you might be able to chalk it up as an accident. But Gizmodo has discovered at least three different retouched photos on President Trump’s social media pages that have been published since October of 2018.

The image below, published on the official Donald J. Trump Facebook page on January 17 and on his Instagram account over the weekend, has been altered to make the president look more fit.

Quite the article that shows the extremes that the Trump team uses to distort reality.

humphrey

polarbear4

And Bucher just had a campaign rally at a charter school. At least he’s a bit more honest about that than some.

polarbear4

Booker. Voice texting. Ugh.

humphrey

humphrey

Not sure if there is enough lead time but there is this.

polarbear4

Going. :0)

polarbear4

polarbear4

Contrary to the “funny” the pic suggests, he does have links to go with every item.

humphrey

Joe Biden’s quest for the Presidency is a non starter.

humphrey

polarbear4

Wasn’t that the bills it made it so that you couldn’t include student debt in bankruptcy proceedings?

jcitybone

It really is. The Dem ground has shifted so much in a few years.

humphrey

jcitybone

I’m for Bernie, but I believe establishment candidates having this as a platform is a good thing. The ground has shifted—thanks to Bernie.

I trust Bernie and I mostly trust Liz, so I’m behind them, but it’s a good thing that someone like Harris is putting this out there.

Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) will run for president proposing a nearly $3 trillion tax plan, billions in tax credits to low-income renters, a Medicare-for-all health-care system, and reducing cash bail for inmates charged with criminal offenses, according to her aides.

Harris announced her presidential bid Monday.

Aides said Harris’s platform will incorporate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) Medicare-for-all health-care proposal, while also pushing enormous tax relief intended to help low-income renters and boost incomes for working-class families.

In that combination, Harris appears to be unique. Several other liberal presidential candidates are running on Medicare-for-all and new government spending programs. For instance, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will tout her plan to create a universal paid leave program, while former Obama administration official Julián Castro will propose universal prekindergarten, funded by the federal government.

Harris, by contrast, is expected to run on both a single-payer health program projected to cost more than $30 trillion, as well as tax benefits that would dramatically reduce federal revenue. Supporters say that reflects her willingness to try to use different kinds of solutions to solve big problems

humphrey

I agree that they are using policies that Bernie champions but I have 2 concerns. Most of them say it is a goal but qualifying it by saying that it can only be achieved incrementally. The second is that they are trying to siphon off Bernie supporters then failing to act on the program. Obama gave a good speech but his results left a lot to be desired.

humphrey

There is also this.

polarbear4

In one way it’s a good thing, but in another I don’t want voters to believe she’s sincere. She’s not.

“Access,” check. “”Affordable,” check.

jcitybone

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-uncanny-similarities-between-president-trump-and-martin-luther-king-jr/2019/01/21/a6e23bb8-1dc5-11e9-8e21-59a09ff1e2a1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.8c7503812066&utm_source=reddit.com

It had not previously been obvious that Trump, in shutting down the government until Democrats agree to hundreds of miles of border wall, was fulfilling King’s dream, nor that King had been such a strong influence on a man who challenged the birth certificate of the first black president, hesitated to disavow David Duke, protested the removal of “beautiful” Confederate monuments, often retweeted white supremacists and approved of the “very fine people” marching among neo-Nazis in Charlottesville.

But Pence is a man of nuanced thinking. For example, he has determined that it is “deeply offensive” for the media to report on his wife taking a teaching job with a Christian school that attempts to exclude gay and lesbian students and teachers because of their “moral misconduct,” but he vigorously defends a man who paid hush money to a porn star alleging an affair.

Using the same subtlety of mind employed by the vice president, we, too, discover the many uncanny similarities between Trump and King:

polarbear4

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polarbear4

I bet his mouth has some kind of receptors for everything that’s in the wind.

humphrey

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polarbear4

@chucktodd ‘d that baby

humphrey

Bernie Sanders Urges Democrats to Oppose Military Industrial Complex.

polarbear4

Thank god he is talking about military spending! The MIC was already totally against him and it desperately needs to be said.

polarbear4

humphrey

humphrey

LOL

polarbear4

LOL.

polarbear4

Deleted due to having the empty head of a MAGAT. 😜

polarbear4

Probably Not true. LOL

humphrey

polarbear4

Kamala may be the chosen one.

humphrey

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