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Benny

We should keep an eye on Delia and see if she naturally folds into the Squad.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

She was interviewed a few days ago on Democracy Now. Sounded pretty good to me.

orlbucfan

I’m trying to get updates on Katie Porter’s race. So far so good, but all the CA races haven’t been called yet.

Benny

orlbucfan

She did it! She won! Yeayyyyy!!!!!! Thanks, Ms. Benny. 🙂 You know I avoid TWITter like the plague.

wi64

Once in a while me 🤞🤞 works 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Today Howie Klein’s post at Down With Tyranny discussing the corruption and control that crypto finance criminals, specifically Sam Bankman-Fried, have over our Congressional representatives, yes, democratic reps, has my hair standing up. At the end of the article, he even implicates Maxwell Frost for taking their money and pledging fealty to them.

Sam Bankman-Madoff… And The American Political Establishment

It starts out –

On Tuesday, Rolling Stone ran an interview with Bernie in which he discussed the midterms. When Kara Voght asked him about his priorities for the next two years, he brought up the way political corruption has undermined democracy and how so many candidates and the media avoid that discussion. “One of the other factors not talked about, I think, enough is the degree to which billionaire money impacted this election. It’s disgusting. As I mentioned, I was in Pittsburgh with Summer Lee. She had to run against millions of dollars of AIPAC super PAC money coming in the last couple of weeks, and she ended up beating it back. This is a major, major problem.”

This morning at Popular Info, Judd Legum and Rebecca Crosby broke an unfolding story about one of the biggest founts of corruption in the American political system: the cryptocurrency Mafia buying into the political establishment. Now that the crimes are becoming fodder for the media, a few of the recipients of a tiny bit of the millions and millions of dollars spent bribing politicians, is being rejected, returned and donated to charities.

Bankrupt crypto-billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, a self-professed conservatieve Democrat, was Biden’s second biggest individual contributor in 2020. This year he spent so much money on Democratic candidates ($38,837,000) that when he demanded Nancy Pelosi spend a million dollars on some crackpot candidate he was supporting in Oregon’s new district— against the progressive Democrat, Andrea Salinas— Pelosi hopped right to and wasted a million dollars on a ridiculous campaign that was buried by the primary voters. Eventually the $12 million Bankman-Fried and Pelosi spent against Salinas hurt her in the general and she nearly lost in a blue-leaning district. This week the race was finally called in her favor:

Bankman-Fried was the second biggest Democratic donor this cycle, after George Soros. One of Bankman-Fried’s SuperPACs, Protect Our Future PAC, spent $27,922,040, almost all of it on independent expenditures boosting candidates he felt would back the cryptocurrency regulatory agenda. Coordinating with 3 extremely crooked New York Democrats Hakeem Jeffries, Ritchie Torres and Sean Patrick Maloney, Bankman-Fried spent massively to elect crypto-shills he felt would be easy to control:

It gets more sickening. Go check it out at

https://www.downwithtyranny.com/post/sam-bankman-madoff-and-the-american-political-establishment?postId=ed81d1ab-e1dd-445f-9162-0f318609fa82&utm_campaign=bf6dca0a-9544-4390-93e8-c950589fa249&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=935509c1-d759-42d3-9bd3-ad7c4b38318e&cid=bb23cea9-cd29-4fea-85c0-ca002ba5cb6a

orlbucfan

According to NC, this ahole is in serious $$trouble. Frost isn’t stupid. Fried wasn’t the only one supporting him down here. A lot of ‘little’ folk were, too. 🙂

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I was one of those little folks supporting Frost. I hope he’s not beyond hope. I remember supporting Ritchie Torres from NY when he first came on the scene only to later find out that he is owned by AIPAC.

orlbucfan

Frost is 25 y.o., and Hispanic-AA. I know I mentioned this earlier, but he was sorta GenZ ‘meh’ about politics. The Parkland H.S. mass shooting happened. It struck a major nerve in him. He got major politically active then. Time will tell.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

My hope is that when he gets to congress, he moves toward the squad and away from Ritchie Torres who is also young, Hispanic-AA and is a total sell out.

wi64

The corruption in DC is like the most addictive drugs, one try and your hooked to the $$$$$$. The Dem younglings need to be very very careful.

Benny

Benny

The sole one who didn’t make it was Michelle Vallejo of Texas.

orlbucfan

I hope Liz has enough class to have apologized to Bernie about that fake sexism stunt she pulled.

wi64

Just gotta keep building on 24 sucess stories…

Benny

wi64

How come everytime i see Lake’s Picture she reminds me of Gozar from Ghostbusters: She fits right in with that Cult-45 diatribe.

orlbucfan

You’re referring to the original? Great satire, and even I saw it in the theatre. LOL.

wi64

yes original and the theater as well

wi64

Almost Twice as Many Republicans Died From COVID Before the Midterms Than Democrats

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7vjx8/almost-twice-as-many-republicans-died-from-covid-before-the-midterms-than-democrats?utm_source=reddit.com

Covid had to have an effect on votes espically in the close races that flipped from R to D.
Over 1 million Americans died and counting.Most were in the Boomer voting block.
Thankfully Cult-45 went the route of Fake news on covid and spread the anti vax message until he got it and damn near didnt make it.
Pick yor particular dieity and thank them. The Cult could of sold red MAGA masks in the beginning and did what Byedone did by getting shots on TV saying they would help. This would’ve lead to a second term and last presidential election this country would have.

Lucky for us he didnt and thiers thousands of dead cult- 45 followers whose epitaph should read; Covid was fake, masks infringes muh freedum, and i was anti vax. Hey i may be dead but i sure showed those Libs…

Final thought It never ends well when your in a Cult; Jim Jones gave his cult the “Kool-Aid” for free. Cult-45 wants a dontaion first and the results are still the same…

orlbucfan

Hubster and I follow Covid precautions including masking. We are semi-hermits. It works cos we sure haven’t caught it.

wi64

Having to go to work was my downfall to gettin it.

Benny

Karen Bass Becomes First Woman Elected as Los Angeles Mayor

Karen Bass, a veteran Democratic congresswoman, on Wednesday became the first woman elected as mayor of Los Angeles after pledging to build coalitions in a metropolis torn by racial tensions and fed up with homelessness. The race was called by The Associated Press.

Ms. Bass survived a bruising race against Rick Caruso, a billionaire real estate developer, that had remained too close to call for more than a week after the election. Mr. Caruso had pumped roughly $100 million into his campaign as a law-and-order candidate, hoping to appeal to a frustrated electorate.

Ms. Bass’s election comes at a tumultuous moment in Los Angeles, a city of 4 million people that emerged from the pandemic to a landscape of tent camps, debris, economic anxiety and spiking violence. Although matters have gradually begun to improve and crime rates remain far below the city’s peaks of the 1990s, Los Angeles residents have expressed fury and exhaustion, particularly at the city’s epidemic of homelessness, according to surveys, focus groups and pre-election interviews.

In an interview last year at her hillside home — a ranch house in the Baldwin Vista neighborhood that was burglarized in September by thieves who stole two handguns — Ms. Bass, 69, said that the main reason she ran for mayor was the familiarity of the current civic unease. She said the city’s mood reminded her of the fear-stoked distrust and divisiveness that preceded the 1992 riots.

“That’s what is frightening to me now — the anger,” she said. “And my concern is the direction the anger can move the city in.”

Benny

more from that article

In a Democratic stronghold so liberal that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont received the most Los Angeles votes in the 2020 presidential primary, Ms. Bass will bring a liberal perspective to the nonpartisan office.

As a child during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, she said, she grew up watching demonstrations on the news with her father, a mail carrier, and volunteered to walk precincts for Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated not far from where she grew up. In the 1970s, she joined a group of young leftists working on construction projects in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, the Venceremos Brigade.

By California standards, however, she is viewed as more center-left than progressive. As assembly speaker during the 2008 financial crisis, she worked with the governor at the time, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to negotiate billions of dollars in deep cuts to balance the state budget. In Congress, where she has served since 2011 and was chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, she has represented a district that spans affluent West Los Angeles and some of the city’s poorest quarters. She was shortlisted as a running mate by Joseph R. Biden Jr. during his presidential campaign.

She will be the city’s second Black mayor, taking office nearly three decades after Tom Bradley retired as the longest-tenured executive in Los Angeles history. And, as the first woman to be elected to the post, she will join an increasingly female pantheon of local leaders, including the city’s first female city attorney and the county’s powerful, five-member Board of Supervisors, which is dominated by women.

Ms. Bass said in the interview last year that she welcomed the opportunity to work with so many women in powerful positions.

“These are general statements, OK? But women are more collaborative. Women are not as transactional. And I think women focus on different issues,” she said. “I think women tend to lead differently.”

For much of the mayoral campaign, Ms. Bass was the front-runner, with polls showing her to be the best known candidate by far in a crowded primary field. But that changed with the late entrance of Mr. Caruso, a deep-pocketed Brentwood businessman who had developed some of Southern California’s best-known shopping destinations and served on powerful boards overseeing the Los Angeles Police Department and the University of Southern California.

That explains why Bernie was very welcome there. I had thought it was from an old friendship from the House. Probably both.

orlbucfan

🙂 !!! 🙂 !!! 🙂 !!!

Benny

orlbucfan

Well, I’ll be da##ed. These old fossils realize it’s 2022, not 1962.

wi64

Millions of Americans willing to do “Research” 🙂

Benny

orlbucfan

She is one of my faves along with Katie Porter. Anyone got any reliable updates on Katie’s race?

phatkhat

It’s been called for her. Yay!

They have about an hour to finish curing votes in Colorado 3…

orlbucfan

Ms. Benny posted the great news about Katie, too. I am sooo glad. 🙂 That Orange Co. CA area she represents was a GOPuke stronghold for decades.

Benny

This is the results from Macomb county, Michigan. Macomb is one of the bellweather counties that Dems look at because it is a working families area and it fell to Reagan in 1980. Since then, the pols look to see how it voted. This year it was a blue wave overall:

https://clerk.macombgov.org/sites/default/files/content/government/clerk/pdfs/elect-2022-11-08-unofficial-summary-results1.pdf

Whitmer, if she continues to do well, maybe becomes another presidential candidate in the making.

orlbucfan

Whitmer is developing the national cred, and her striking looks don’t hurt. I did not vote for $hrill. I considered her an insult, and she proved it. The orange turd beat her. Whitmer isn’t an insult.

wi64

She has caught my intrest, she’s tough as nails after all the BS she had to endure during Covid.