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Good morning LD & PW peeps. I’m back home in upstate NY after completing my one year vacation in Yosemite National Park. It was fantastic! I went to the Stockyards Cafe for Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs breakfast in Amarillo TX on my way driving across the country. It was early (before sunrise) and there was only me and a few old regulars in the place. A real slice of life! Bernie is speaking at the VFW hall in Burlington VT tonight. That is close to me but I just can’t make it over there today. I would be happy to see him run for President in 2020. A strong pick for running mate could help to continue progressive policy into following administrations.


Welcome back to NY state jbob! I’m a new resident of Poughkeepsie in retirement though we’ve had our house in the Catskills for years.


Thanks jcitybone. I’m in the Albany area. Also retired and loving it.


Yay! jbob is back!!

I’m so glad you had a “fantastic” time in Yosemite.

I’m just fine with Bernie giving it another crack! With what appears to be a very crowded field, I agree with you about a strong running mate.


American journalists should have booed too


Donald Trump has been booed at the World Economic Forum in Davos after launching an attack on what he described as the “nasty, mean and fake” press.

“It wasn’t until I became a politician, that I realised how nasty, how mean, how vicious and how fake the press can be,” Mr Trump said. Pointing into the crowd, he added: “… as the cameras start going off in the back.”

The comment was met by a mixture of boos and laughter from the audience.

Mr Trump continued: “But overall, the bottom line, somebody said ‘well they couldn’t have been that bad because here we are, we’re President’. I think we’re doing a really great job with my team.”

Ishaan Tharoor, a reporter for The Washington Post, confirmed “foreign journos sitting next to me booed Trump’s attack on the press”.


See Listen Liberal by Thomas Frank.
Probably the main reason why the US, is so different from the Western European democracies


If the Democratic Party wasn’t bleeding support from white working-class voters in its old labor strongholds, it would dominate our national politics. Understandably, Democratic partisans often blame their powerlessness on such voters — and the regressive racial views that led them out of Team Blue’s tent. But as unions have declined across the Midwest, Democrats haven’t just been losing white, working-class voters to revanchist Republicans — they’ve also been losing them to quiet evenings at home. The NBER study cited by McElwee found that right-to-work laws reduce voter turnout in presidential elections by 2 to 3 percent.

Further, the notion that grassroots organizing cannot make a non-woke white man prioritize his class interests over his racial resentments — and thus, that the Democratic Party’s refusal to bolster the union organizing was irrelevant to its failure to fend off Trump — is unsupportable. In 2008, labor invested a quarter-billion dollars into Barack Obama’s election, allocating the bulk of those funds into burnishing the candidate’s support among union voters in the Midwest. That year, unionized white men backed Obama by an 18 percent margin; while nonunionized ones went for John McCain by 18.

If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms?


LOL. Great programming by Kimmel


President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address will not be the only thing the world will be watching come January 30. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel announced on Thursday that he will be interviewing adult film star Stormy Daniels right after Trump’s speech.

“I am pleased to announce that the very gifted @StormyDaniels will be on #Kimmel Tuesday 1/30 after the #StateOfTheUnion. I have MANY QUESTIONS! #MAGA,” Kimmel tweeted Thursday night.

Daniels made the news earlier this month amid a wave of reports about Trump’s personal life before he entered the White House, including allegations that the two had a relationship. In a 2011 interview with InTouch Weekly that was not published until January 19, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she was invited to Trump’s hotel room where they had sex. The alleged encounter happened four months after his wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.

The story was first publicized by a report in The Wall Street Journal that Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, gave Daniels a $130,000 payment to keep quiet about the 2006 sexual encounter less than a month before the 2016 election.

On the one-year anniversary of Trump’s inauguration, Daniels kicked off her “Make America Horny Again” tour at a South Carolina strip club. She posted the event on Instagram, but the social media site suspended her account two days after the tour took place.


Not good. Her “faith advisor”?


A senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign who was accused of repeatedly sexually harassing a young subordinate was kept on the campaign at Mrs. Clinton’s request, according to four people familiar with what took place.

Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider. But Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job.

Mr. Strider, who was Mrs. Clinton’s faith adviser, a co-founder of the American Values Network, and sent the candidate scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign, was hired five years later to lead an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy, Correct the Record, which was created by a close Clinton ally, David Brock.

He was fired after several months for workplace issues, including allegations that he harassed a young female aide, according to three people close to Correct the Record’s management.


Strider was arguably the most prominent member of a very small group of people who make a living as “faith consultants” to Democrats—advisors who make introductions between candidates and religious influencers, and help candidates craft language and policies to appeal to them. It’s a tiny community in large part because contemporary Democratic campaigns do so little outreach to religious groups. Congressional campaigns rarely have faith outreach staffers, and Democratic presidential campaigns hire them much later in the campaign cycle than Republicans do. It’s a job that basically exists for six months out of every four years. In the off-season, many of them run consulting firms that connect corporate and nonprofit clients with “values-based” communities. Strider is the founder of the American Values Network, a lobbying group, and a consulting firm, Eleison Group, whose clients have included the Democratic National Committee. “Eleison” is a part of a Greek phrase used in many Christian liturgies; it means “have mercy.”


A short (17mins) film from inside Standing Rock called Dislocation Blues. I enjoyed it.

Carly Whitefield: Dislocation Blues weaves together an audio interview with Terry Running Wild recorded at Standing Rock, your subsequent video conversation with Cleo Keahna, and fragments of the footage that you shot at camp. Can you talk about the decision to structure the film around three perspectives and these two moments in time?

Sky Hopinka: It began as a reaction to the number of cameras and documentary crews that were at camp, and how documentaries are often structured to be authoritative of an event or experience, interviewing numerous people to gain a wider perspective. I wanted to be accountable for my own perspective about my experience and to give a place for Cleo and Terry to do the same, without the burden of representation falling on any of our shoulders, as is often the case for anyone that’s historically been Othered.</blockquote)

Mike Taylor
Mike Taylor

I hope he doesn’t run as a Democrat. The party will just fix the primary process again. He should run as an Independent. He would at least get into the general election that way.

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