HomeBernie Sanders12/21 News Roundup – Bernie Blasts The GOP’s Handouts To Billionaires, 10 Amazing Social Movements To Give Us Hope & More
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Glad to see Bernie is calling it for what it is ” EARNED BENEFITS “


Oh God please no! Hopefully she listens to the ones saying maybe not.


Hillary Clinton has all but avoided appearing at campaign events since her stunning 2016 loss, but some Democrats believe she would be a welcome voice in the 2018 midterms.

Despite polling that shows Clinton with low favorability ratings, they say the former secretary of State could help Democratic candidates in congressional districts she won last year.

“For me, it’s a no-brainer,” former Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman during the 2012 and 2014 election cycles, said in an interview.

“If she’s willing to go into those districts she won, she would be extraordinarily helpful,” he said.
“Trump’s numbers have only fallen in those districts, so you start there. It would be such a loss if she sat it out and a double loss if she didn’t go into those districts.”

Clinton confidants — who have spoken to the former Democratic nominee about the topic in recent months — are aware of the potential pitfalls should Clinton choose to hit the campaign trail. Clinton herself, they say, is aware of the tightrope.

“She’s the human personification of what the split in the country is,” said one Clinton friend. “And look, she understands what that means and what that means for her. She’s very attuned to what’s going on. She’s not confused about it. She has some people pulling on her to be involved and others who are saying maybe not.”


I bet republicans would be in favor of her involvement


Catching up on the Caitlin I’ve missed and I came across this. I’ve never heard it explained as “taking up the space meant for leftist politics and I really like it. I think sometimes her salty language distracts from her smart, incisive thoughts.

Crosses, hooks, overhands and uppercuts are the punches that end fights and wind up in highlight reels, but any boxing coach worth his salt will tell you that the most important attack in all of striking martial arts is the jab. The way a quick, straight punch from the lead hand can be used with solid footwork to control distance, disrupt the opponent’s techniques, distract, blind, and set up other strikes provides a fighter with a solid base from which to launch combinations while stifling the opponent’s offense.

In exactly the same way, Democrats are able to stifle any American movement to the left on issues of economic justice and anti-corporatism by monopolizing the space meant for leftist politics and providing little if any pushback against the pro-war, pro-oligarchy, pro-corporatism agendas of the Republicans. Even when they controlled both houses and the White House, they advanced a corporatist Republican healthcare policy while continuing and expanding all of George W Bush’s wars. Sure they don’t shove things as far to the right as humanly possible when in office like Republicans do in the same way a jab rarely lands with fight-ending force, but they hold the space and measure the distance for a crushing knockout cross to your face as soon as the GOP regains power.

My bold.


This is very true on an even deeper level in that the Overton Window has been shoved so far to the right that the moderate conservatives (Dem) look ‘left’ to the extreme right (Repubs) so it makes Bernie look extremely left, but in reality when looking at the whole political spectrum Bernie is just Middle left.

They have turned the whole left of center into an extreme and the Dems feed this by calling themselves Liberal when they are anything but.


Here’s to bringing more empathy into the world, through a group called Roots to Empathy:

Really the heart of the program is bringing the attachment relationship into the classroom: Every month for nine months, we bring an infant into the classroom with its parents, accompanied by a Roots of Empathy instructor. Children watch love grow over a whole school year; they watch confidence and security and emotional attunement between parent and child grow as well. …

I remember once when we had children in a fourth grade class talking about a time when they felt sad; we were helping them understand that we all feel sad and lonely at times, but we can help one another. And this little girl, out of the blue, said, “I felt sad when my mommy gave me away because we didn’t afford good food.”

Nobody said anything at the time. But the next day, most of the children in the class came with food. The majority of the children quietly in the cloakroom gave the food to the little girl. But what was so poignant was how some of the children said, “This is for your mommy, so your mommy can get you back.”

Clearly we’ve not begun to plumb the depths of the human heart, and I think it beats most deeply in our children. Very often little children are more emotionally literate than we are.

© Roots of Empathy
I think we in North America are emotionally illiterate. We worry about our traditional literacy rates, but we should be more worried, I think, about our emotional literacy, our ability to connect to ourselves and one another. In schools, we teach children to read, but if we don’t teach them to relate to others, they will be lost in life—lost in their relationships, they will not have success in their jobs, and we will not have peace in the world. It’s our mountains and our continents and our oceans that divide us. But it is our similarities through our emotions that connect us



Human of the Year award! 🙂

Suing the US Government for Climate Change Negligence

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is raising awareness of environmental issues through fiery speeches, hip hop, and federal lawsuits.

Given that he has years of experience challenging other power brokers, and has received threats from the notoriously aggressive fossil fuel industry, Martinez has learned to take legal stalling and intimidation tactics in stride.

“They are afraid of the truth,” he told me. “If they’re coming after you, it means you’re doing something right. [But] I think there’s so many of us that it will get to a point that they won’t be able to pick targets like that. It’s a long process, and it’s hectic, but we are optimistic and hoping we will prevail.”

Ultimately, though, Martinez thinks appealing to our leaders through lawsuits, elections, and protests is just one avenue to create change. What’s most important for him is that people recognize that their own choices, which may seem insignificant and mundane, have an enormous cumulative influence on the planet, and its future.


This is mostly for Benny (replying to a comment made yesterday, but I wasn’t around yest).

Benny said this yesterday on GOP’s tax bill:

Guess the delay did not hinder the process.

House has to revote but the GoP has more than 10% for its passage.

So much time spent on Russia.

I think if they going to spend time Russia, they should compare the GOP to the oligarchs there.

So I thought of Benny when catching up on a bit of twitter from yesterday:


Russia or Corporate Tax Cuts: Which Would Comcast Rather MSNBC Cover?

The link Eoin Higgins included was to a FAIR article from Dec. 20th that he wrote.

At the beginning of December, liberal TV hosts Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow—the anchors of MSNBC‘s primetime schedule—were confronted with ever-escalating breaking news. In the span of a week, from December 1 through December 7, President Donald Trump shrank two national monuments, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saw his travel ban upheld by the Supreme Court and possibly began to create his own spy network. Meanwhile, the Senate passed a tax “reform” bill that would radically restructure the US economy at the expense of poor and middle-class Americans, and climate change-fueled wildfires devastated Southern California.

Yet on the days their shows aired during those seven days—the weekdays, December 1 and 4–7—both Hayes and Maddow bypassed all these stories to lead with minutiae from the ongoing Russia investigation that has consumed MSNBC‘s coverage like no other news event since the beginning of the Trump presidency. Topical news of the day, whether on legislation or natural disasters, took a backseat. The Comcast-owned network’s two most popular personalities used their position to focus endlessly on speculative coverage of Russia’s role in the 2016 election—devoting the bulk of each show’s 15-minutes opening segment to the story, at a minimum.

It’s a good article, and reminds us how MSNBC dumped Phil Donahue even though his show had become “the network’s highest-rated show”.

After unsuccessfully attempting to sell audiences on Tucker Carlson in 2005, the channel grudgingly turned to the left—giving Maddow a show in 2008 and hiring Hayes in 2011. Yet even as the network has promoted nominal progressives to anchor the lineup over the past decade, the nagging feeling that MSNBC would rather be pursuing a different agenda has never gone away.

That’s allowed the Russia story to fill an important role: It’s both a way for liberals to blow off steam and grumble at the sinister plots of the Trump administration, and for MSNBC executives to obfuscate policy in favor of tabloid-style reporting.


An aside to jcitybone, whom I respect a lot, I wanted to tell you, jcitybone, that because of you I try to be careful to not ‘pooh pooh’ the Russia aspect too much.

-I do worry about the way some news outlets talk so much about Russia so, therefore, have less time to cover other news, and,
-I worry that if the Russian connection turns out to be a dud that it’ll be a kind of ‘crying wolf’ thing, which could be a problem if Russia tried future manipulation.



Thanks Mags! I understand where you’re coming from. Russia cannot be the sole focus and the focus should not be on bad Russia–we do some of the same stuff too. I don’t think it will be a dud though–Trump is corrupt and has been involved with the Russians for a long time. Also I really don’t see how the Republicans would have been stopped from passing their tax abomination by anything we did. It’s massively unpopular. They don’t give a shit. Their billionaire donors wanted it. Time to organize to make them pay.


The resolution, also captured in the ANC’s National Conference declaration, reads:

“In order to give our practical expression of support to the oppressed people of Palestine; the ANC has unanimously resolved to direct the SA government to immediately and unconditionally downgrade the South African Embassy in Israel to a Liaison Office.”


“We concur with the PLO leader, Jibril Rajoub, who was at our conference where explained that the downgrade of the SA Embassy in Israel will send a clear message to Israel that there is a price to pay for its human rights abuses and violations of international law.”

Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas sent delegations to attend the ANC National Conference “to observe the processes of democracy within the ANC and are especially interested in a debate at the conference regarding a recommendation from the ANC’s July policy conference which proposed the downgrading of the South African embassy in Israel.”

A source said that International Relations Subcommittee met with and discussed the issue with ANC delegates attending the conference for over three hours on Tuesday evening and that an overwhelming majority were in support of the downgrade.



CT lawmakers vote against funding bill they say falls short

Although the short-term spending bill passed today did include some funding for CHIP (extending it until the end of March 2018) CT senators voted it down.


Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said, “Congress in effect is AWOL by delaying decision-making on our government’s budget, woefully underfunding CHIP, patching together meager spending for community health centers, and gutting the (ACA) Prevention Fund.”

“Most critically, I could not in good conscience support another short-term funding extension that does not include protections for dreamers,” Blumenthal said.


Murphy said, “I voted against this bill because people in Connecticut want us to start acting like adults and stop just keeping the lights on two weeks at a time.”

The senator was pressed by Connecticut dreamers, who staged a sit in at his Capitol Hill office this week, to vote against the continuing resolution if it did not include protections for the immigrant youth.

“This tradition of regular, predictable shutdown panics is embarrassing,” Murphy said. “I’m also furious that this continuing resolution does not protect the thousands of young people in Connecticut who President Trump is planning to deport next spring, nor does it provide permanent funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides health care to 17,000 kids in our state.”

I would have thought that repairs to military assets would have been covered under the huge $$ amount already allocated to the military?

In a largely partisan vote, the House voted 231-188 for a continuing resolution, or CR, that would fund most federal agencies at last year’s levels until Jan. 19. It also would provide about $5 billion to bolster the nation’s missile defense programs and repair the U.S.S. John S. McCain and the U.S.S. Fitzgerald, which were damaged in collisions last summer.

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