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NYT Reports Slim Lead for Simena over McSally by 9,610 votes.

Democracy Now reported that many more votes had not been counted in Maricopa County, which favors Simena, but the NYT’s chart shows a different picture, which means there are votes to be counted in 4 counties. Definitely a nail biter!

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I think Sinema will keep increasing her lead. Late mail in voters almost always skew more left than early ones. The easy reason for me is that I think older voters get their ballots in right away while younger voters may take longer. It’s also happening right now in California in the House races. It happened in the 2016 primary when Sanders increased his % lead over Clinton after Election Day and decreased his % deficit in California.


My understanding is that same day ballots are an issue too. That is, those who didn’t mail their ballot in time, but dropped it at a polling station.

Don midwest
Don midwest

George W. Bush started an immoral war. Now he’s getting the Liberty Medal because nothing matters | Will Bunch

reporter for Philly inquirer

It’s a pretty safe bet that no one on the Constitution Center’s panel that selected the Bushes for the now-tarnished Liberty Medal consulted with the Iraq-born novelist Sinan Antoon, who wrote in the New York Times in March that “Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country” and noted that estimates of as many as one million dead mean the war “is often spoken of in the United States as a ‘blunder,’ or even a ‘colossal mistake,’ ” but, he writes, “It was a crime.”

Nor did the panel likely investigate the “blessings” that America under Bush’s leadership bestowed upon Lakhdar Boumediene, a Bosnian national scooped up in 2001 by U.S. intelligence on baseless allegations and flown to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, where during nine years of imprisonment he said he was kept awake for days at a time, forced into uncomfortably painful positions, and brutally force-fed during a hunger strike. “These are things I do not want to write about,” he wrote. “I want only to forget.”




LOL. Now she might be running.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday gave her strongest public indication yet that she was contemplating a run for president in 2020, telling the late-night show host Stephen Colbert she would “give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”

“I’ve seen the hatred and the division that President Trump has put out into our country, and it has called me to fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country,” Ms. Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, said in what sounded like the makings of a campaign theme.

Ms. Gillibrand, who won re-election to her second full term on Tuesday, had for months brushed aside questions about her 2020 ambitions by saying she was focused fully on 2018.

But with the midterms behind her, Mr. Colbert asked Ms. Gillibrand if there was “another election that you might be concentrating on.” She closed her eyes, smiled and nodded almost knowingly before answering.

“I do think it’s an important question,” she said.

Colbert jumped in: “It is an important question. That’s why I asked it.”

She called it “a moral question for me,” before eventually saying: “I believe right now that every one of us should figure out how we can do whatever we can with our time, with our talents to restore that moral decency, that moral compass and that truth of who we are as Americans. So I will promise you I will give it a long, hard thought of consideration.”

“That close,” Mr. Colbert joked.

The remarks represent a notable shift for Ms. Gillibrand.

Less than three weeks ago, in the lone debate of her re-election campaign, Ms. Gillibrand pledged to serve her full Senate term.


And another possible contender has a sneaky fundraiser


Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., stepped in on Thursday, tweeting a link to a fundraiser for Abrams.

“Stacey Abrams could still win or force a runoff, despite her Republican opponent’s rampant voter suppression,” she wrote, linking to the fundraiser. “Donate here to make sure every vote is counted in Georgia.”

But some were critical when they noted that by default, 50 percent of donations go to Harris herself, unless donors opt to adjust the ratio.

Some said the ratio was clearly marked and easy to adjust.

“It says right where you donate,” wrote Jessamyn Harris of the disclaimer and note about adjusting the ratio. “And then you can easily do so.”

But others saw it as a cash grab in poor taste.

“Good faith small donors shouldn’t have to read the fine print, if smart pols want to keep their trust,” wrote one critic.


SECOND UGH! All these $hrill copies. I won’t vote for any of them!


I deleted as soon as I saw her name. Wonder if Abrams is aware.



Don midwest
Don midwest

The Political Theology of Trump
What looks like hypocrisy is the surest possible evidence that God is in control

again, worse than you think

clowns saved the Jews from extinction, thus Trump is our clown …



I imagine that she’ll say that she didn’t know anything about it?

Don midwest
Don midwest

The theology prof who wrote Political Theology of Trump has a recent book on neo liberalism

Found this part of the interview interesting. I may be putting words in his mouth so I will add my own thoughts — neo liberalism has become the second nature and in the process has killed politics. Since the big issue is economics, both parties zero in on the same issues and hence extremely close elections. Here are the paragraphs. The author of the book, Adam Kostsko is abbreviated AK and the article is an interview.

AK: The neoliberal approach to democracy fits with the general strategy of entrapment: they give us just enough democracy to be able to say that we chose neoliberalism, but not enough to actually overturn it. If you look back over the neoliberal era, only Reagan commanded really strong majorities – which made sense, because he was trying to change the previous system to a neoliberal one. Once neoliberalism was firmly established, however, we saw the emergence of very narrow election results, with both parties presenting fundamentally similar programs. Obama is the only U.S. president since Bush Sr. to get more than 51% of the popular vote – a result that was pretty mediocre in previous eras.

There’s a reason we’ve had two Electoral College flukes in as many decades after a century with none, and it’s because the neoliberal strategy is intentionally to ‘eke out’ a narrow victory in order to avoid having a strong mandate for change. And under our system, very close elections can sometimes go to the loser rather than the winner – a result for which the ‘people’ are still blamed in mainstream discourse.

In terms of technocratic rule, I think it’s telling that the only alternative that has been allowed to arise is precisely the buffoonish brutality of Trump. If the people must be given a real choice between two options, it must be a forced choice – a choice between having a government and having a total shitshow. Yes, the American people chose the competent choice, though not enthusiastically enough for it to matter. And now many centrist liberals are more or less openly fantasizing about a coup, or some other outcome where the unelected bureaucrats somehow ‘take down’ Trump. When push comes to shove, neoliberals are willing to ditch democracy – but in this case, push came to shove in a way that they didn’t expect, so they were caught off guard.

Adam Kotsko:
The Political Theology of Neoliberalism

Don midwest
Don midwest

suicide as a means to deal with the economy

His Body Was Behind the Wheel for a Week Before It Was Discovered. This Was His Life.
A software designer ended his life in his parked car in the East Village. His family asked the police for help finding him, but met resistance.

This part of the story is headlined “He Had It All”

The young people heading off to future careers in computers and information technology, are assuming that these jobs will be around for years and years. Well, …

He moved to New York City and worked at the software company Hyperion, designing performance management tools. He led a team at Hyperion that worked with universities, signing and managing Yale, Harvard, Brown and dozens of other schools as clients. He traveled the world.

He married and had a son, settling down in a large, 19th century house in Fairfield, Conn. His friend, Mr. Biagini, himself having found success as a longtime body double for Robin Williams, visited and marveled at how far his fast-talking fellow space geek had come.

“It was Geoff having come to fruition as a responsible, high-earning family man,” he said. “He adored his son. He adored his wife. He had it all.”

Then he lost it all.

Hyperion was acquired by Oracle in 2007, and eventually, Mr. Weglarz was offered a new position in the company, one that he viewed as a lateral move at best, Mr. Biagini said. He left and went to Dell as a senior director of development.


Passing a cough drop to Michelle Obama during McCain’s funeral does not rehabilitate Bush from his most heinous action: an illegal and costly war.


This greedball craporate business needs to end. These multi-nationals want pipelines? Then go in and fix the existing ones that are rotting. They have the money! This country is cris-crossed with pipelines. Use what’s already there. T and R to all the TPW usual suspects!!


Benjamin Dixon interview of Sarah Smarsh about the media’s narrative of the white working class and Kansas.

IKYDK, Smarsh canvassed for Bernie in 2016!



Just Trump’s type. A bellicose bully.


If You Want A Just World, Neither Republicans Nor Democrats Will Give It To You
Many are reimagining and building the world they want, beginning where they live

On my 12,000-mile road trip around the U.S. collecting stories for The Revolution Where You Live, I saw example after example of people making profound change. In communities from Detroit, Michigan, to Greensboro, North Carolina, from a North Dakota Indian reservation to the Kentucky coal fields, I found real progress as people came together, imagined the world they wanted, and then took one small step after the next to achieve their goals.

This election was an important check on the power of the extremists who control the Republican Party, and we now have a group of promising new public leaders serving in Washington, D.C. and in state and local government around the country.

Still, the change we need today goes much deeper.

So pause to catch your breath, and then reach out to the people you canvassed or phone banked with, or people you know who are on fire to act. Begin small or large, but begin where you live, and you’ll find you have far more power than you might have imagined. There is too much at stake to wait until 2020 — we can work now to build a just, sustainable, and compassionate world.

I would have loved to be on that road trip with her.

For calendar: more regular attendance at the ORLC (Our Revolution Lane County) meetings.


The truck she traveled in.

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would have loved to “have been” on that road trip…. geesh. i hurry.


This is why I am on fire for a progressive Speaker of the House:

Bernie, from the interview with Taibbi that Benny posted:

…But this is what I absolutely do believe. I absolutely believe that from day one, the Democrats in the House have got to come out with a progressive agenda that speaks to the needs of working people. And that leads to — as you know, the Medicare-for-all bill I introduced, which is to be implemented over four years, lowers the eligibility age from 65 to 55, covers all of the children, and lowers the cost of prescription drugs. My guess is that about 80-percent of the American people would support a proposal like that. It’s wildly popular. And that’s what the Democrats have got to do. …


A Challenge to the New Blue Congress: Govern as Progressives (Norman Solomon)

When political campaigns are deeply authentic from the grassroots, they serve as compost to prepare the ground for future victories.
Incantations about the need for so-called moderate policies do little to stimulate a big turnout from the Democratic base — and other voters — oriented to voting against Republican candidates if their opponents draw sharp contrasts between advocacy for economic justice and flackery for de facto oligarchy.

Surveys show that voters are hungry for genuinely progressive policies that have drawn little interest from mainstream media outlets. For instance, polling of the US public shows:

76 percent support higher taxes on the wealthy.
70 percent support Medicare for All.
59 percent support a $15 minimum wage.
60 percent support expanded tuition-free college.
69 percent oppose overturning Roe v. Wade.
65 percent support progressive criminal justice reform.
59 percent support stricter environmental regulation.

Yet such popular positions are routinely ignored or denigrated by elite political pros who warn that such programs are too far left for electoral success. The same kind of claims assumed that Bernie Sanders would never get beyond single digits in his 2016 presidential campaign


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