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LieparDestin

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2019/02/15/beto-orourke-went-robert-fit-elite-boarding-school-still-stuck-badly

<blockquote“He had so much activism in him,” said Anthony Kim, a California doctor who was one of O’Rourke’s best school friends, recalling the Texan as someone who wanted to “rise up against the power.”

“He saw the world as a really unfortunate, unequal place," Kim said.

Benny

Kim is a DSA member, who is advocating for Single Payer. I think I met him at The People’s Summit a couple of years ago.

LD, in addition to meeting Nina again, could you inquire about The People’s Summit? That would be a great place to show case all Dems.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Great News! Trump policy on Iran almost completely fallen apart

Trump sent his foreign policy heads, namely Pence and Bolton off to Poland to trash Iran

Funny thing, it didn’t work

Juan Cole today. In the story there is a paragraph with JC, that Juan inserted in his own article.

Trump’s Attempt to Strongarm Europe on Iran Crashes and Burns

polarbear4

Yay!!!!! We used to have more decorum when we took over other countries. Now, we look crazy, charging around. Regime change here, regime change there, regime change, regime change everywhere!

Don midwest
Don midwest

American political establishment supports a government who attacks indigenous people

Israeli Voter Suppression: Bedouin Villages have no Polling Stations

Zionism continues to grab land and displace people.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Howard Dean has not been an elected official for 16 years

Glenn Greenwald has reminded us that Dean was a member of MEK which was listed as a terrorist organization for years, maybe decades, until the congress said it was now OK. Its goal was to destabilize Iran.

Glenn goes back to Dean’s run for president and he was criticized as being anti Israel by other democrats.

a 2003 article in Salon.com

https://www.salon.com/2003/09/23/dean_israel/

Now Howard is going after Rep I. Omar.

Here is one of Glenn’s tweets

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Glenn Greenwald

The oddest part about Howard Dean – sorry, @GovHowardDean – bashing @IlhanMN is that Dean himself, when running for President, was viciously denounced by Democrats (including Pelosi) for the crime of saying the US should be “neutral” on Israel/Palestine
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and another one

LieparDestin

Indiana gets first national park

Indiana got its first national park on Friday with President Trump’s signing of an omnibus spending bill.

The bill included a measure to rename Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Indiana Dunes National Park, making it the U.S.’s 61st national park.

The park’s new designation was announced by Indiana Reps. Pete Visclosky (D), Jackie Walorski (R) and Sen. Todd Young (R) in a news

“This designation certifies what we Hoosiers have known all along — Indiana Dunes is not just a state treasure, but a national treasure as well,” Young said in a statement. “I look forward to visiting Indiana’s first National Park very soon.”

The state had tried to win a national park designation for more than a century, the The Indianapolis Star reported.

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The area encompasses roughly 15,000 acres of wetlands, woodlands, prairies and savannas in addition to the dunes, with beaches running along 15 miles of Lake Michigan’s shoreline.

The Indiana Dunes, along with Indiana Dunes State Park, ranks just under Yellowstone National Park for visitors, seeing an estimated 3.6 million visitors in 2018, Dustin Ritchea, promotions director for Indiana Dunes Tourism, told the paper.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Well – beat up reporters — will they stand up?

I guess when you are part of the MSM and making a fat salary, no need to do your job, much less to protest.

In other words, will reporters finally notice the repressive practices on citizens who protest?

“It’s What Happens in a Totalitarian Regime”: Capitol Police Slammed for “Disturbing” Physical Attacks on Reporters
“It was insane, people were getting shoved into walls. It was unsustainable. It was violent.”

Press freedom advocates and journalists described a Friday report of Capitol Police manhandling and shoving reporters in the Russell Senate Office Building as “bizarre” and “disturbing,” with some calling the altercation an incident far more likely to take place in a totalitarian regime than in a democracy.

As Roll Call reported Friday, Capitol Police pushed and “slammed into” reporters on Thursday afternoon around the time that senators were voting on the spending bill. The police attempted to prevent reporters from speaking to lawmakers—a practice that is common in the Senate basement, where the incident took place.

wi61

Media barred from Beto O’Rourke event at UW

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke scheduled a visit to Milwaukee Area Technical College on Friday before heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. But while reporters were invited to attend the Milwaukee event, O’Rouke is shutting out most of the media in Madison. The campus newspaper The Daily Cardinal was cleared to attend, according to the paper’s editor. The independent student paper the Daily Herald also had access to the even, and the paper’s editor said other media attended as well. But campus communications officials had earlier said the first hour of the event was off-limits for the media.

According to campus officials, the request to bar media from the first hour of the event at the Education Building on Bascom Hill came from O’Rourke’s team. “We have heard from Beto’s team that he is OK with reporters coming into the room after the formal portion of the event,” university spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said in an email. Excluding the media from an appearance at a public institution by a public figure doesn’t sit well with the state’s leading open records advocate. “It’s a public building, an event that’s public, he cannot selectively exclude the media,” said Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council. “It’s a violation of the First Amendment. And I would say if Beto O’Rourke can’t behave any better than this, he should stay the hell out of Wisconsin.”

According to Milwaukee Area Technical College spokeswoman Ginny Knadt, O’Rourke spoke with a tight group of about 16 students, a handful of administrators and “a bunch of media” at the campus’ main building in downtown Milwaukee. “They weren’t really participating but they were allowed to be in there to watch it,” she said. She said the size of the student contingent was small by design. Students were invited by the college’s Student Life Office to conform with O’Rourke’s requests.

“He wanted a small group,” she said. But O’Rourke, who plans to announce his presidential intentions by the end of the month, invited the media to attend. In contrast, O’Rourke reportedly barred the media from his appearance on the UW-Madison campus, scheduled for 5 p.m. McGlone said the media would be escorted in by campus communications officials at about 6 p.m., after he was done speaking and answering questions.The Cap Times did not assign a reporter to cover the event. “The talk and Q&A are closed to media and to anyone outside the UW campus community,” she said However, the Daily Cardinal’s editor said a reporter from the paper was allowed to attend the entire event, which was organized by the Political Science Student Organization. “The reporter directly contacted the student organization who coordinated it and they permitted him to take notes and write a story, but no photo or video,” the Cardinal’s editor, Sammy Gibbons, wrote in a Twitter message. “Also just saw a post there’s going to be a livestream, so makes not allowing press even more interesting.” Ben Stevens and Gracie Prewitt, listed on the PSSA’s website as founders of the group, didn’t respond to emails asking if the group questioned O’Rourke’s exclusion of media at the event.O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans didn’t respond to a Twitter message asking for an explanation for barring the media.

O’Rourke’s appearance, as well as a campaign stop by Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota scheduled for Saturday in Eau Claire, show that Democrats consider Wisconsin very much in play. Trump won the state in 2016, the first Republican to win the state since Ronald Reagan. But O’Rourke’s barring of the media at the UW event sets an unfortunate tone for his potential campaign, Lueders said. It would be different if the event were a private event held at a private venue, he said.“It’s just not fair,” he said. “Why should the media, of all people, be treated as second-class citizens? Is he trying to model Donald Trump?”

Find this rather strange for a potential presidential candidate, LD your the expert on Beto-Has he done this before with the media? The progressive student vote is a key demo in WI. Especially at the UW.

LieparDestin

I cant really recall any specific events but I know AOC was criticized for the same thing so when I saw the article didnt really look into it too much..:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Banned Press from Her Town Hall Event

Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned press from attending her town hall event in Queens, New York, according to The Queens Chronicle. Her campaign claimed that the move was necessary after she was “mobbed” by reporters at a Bronx community meeting. They responded by barring the press from a listening tour stop in the Bronx on Wednesday and the event in Corona, Queens Sunday.

Ocasio-Cortez, 28, gained prominence in the party after her stunning June primary victory over fourth-ranking House Democrat Joe Crowley (NY).

“We wanted to help create a space where community members felt comfortable and open to express themselves without the distraction of cameras and press,” campaign spokesman Corbin Trent told The Chronicle of the press ban. “These were the first set of events where the press has been excluded. This is an outlier and will not be the norm. We’re still adjusting our logistics to fit Alexandria’s national profile.”

He may have wanted to have a real conversation with students first them being under the pressure of outside forces trying to make a circus of a campaign run before having an event with more access. In a way it makes sense if you truly claim to not be about ego. Since theres a livestream the public did have access… sounds more like a case of journalism saddened about new media. But I reserve the right to claim that Im being overly kind to Beto

wi61

Just was wondering basically as I found it a little unusual considering how big the Dem field of candidates will get. He’s in the right area of WI as Dane County (UW Home) gets a large voter turnout as it carried Evers to victory along with Milw. county.

Benny

I don’t think he was paid for his appearance. He was going to Chicago today to give a luncheon address to USHLI, and I suspect he did the appearances in WI as last minute gigs. The thing is it is a public building, and I think he should have met with the media in addition to the public radio station on campus.

I hope the students got to ask any questions they wished.

Benny

Benny

polarbear4

RoseAnn D. likes this for a campaign slogan. M2.

https://twitter.com/TedKottler/status/1096804080511442945?s=20

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orlbucfan

T and R, jcb!! 🙂

LieparDestin

humphrey

I haven’t turned on my tv yet but I doubt that CNN or MSNBC covered it.

Tulsi TV on the road – Townhall-style gathering in Keene, NH – TULSI 2020

LieparDestin


‘The beginning of great change’: Greta Thunberg hails school climate strikes

Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on Friday can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament.

The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilisation planned in the UK, which follows demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan and more than a dozen other countries.

“I think it’s great that England is joining the school strike in a major way this week. There has been a number of real heroes on school strike, for instance in Scotland and Ireland, for some time now. Such as Holly Gillibrand and the ones in Cork with the epic sign saying ‘the emperor is naked’,” she told the Guardian.

With an even bigger global mobilisation planned for 15 March, she feels the momentum is now building.

“I think enough people have realised just how absurd the situation is. We are in the middle of the biggest crisis in human history and basically nothing is being done to prevent it. I think what we are seeing is the beginning of great changes and that is very hopeful,” she wrote.

LieparDestin

Blow to ‘Powerful Corporate Interests’ as Federal Court Throws Out Pipeline Company Lawsuit Against DAPL Water Protectors

In a “landmark” ruling on Thursday, a federal court in North Dakota tossed out a “baseless” case against Greenpeace and other environmental and Indigenous activists who organized protests against the deeply controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which drew thousands of people to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016.

District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed (pdf) all claims against all defendants in a lawsuit brought by fossil fuel giant Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), which sought to hold the water protectors liable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for millions of dollars in alleged damages.

“Donating to people whose cause you support does not create a RICO enterprise,” Wilson wrote in his opinion. “Posting articles written by people with similar beliefs does not create a RICO enterprise.”

While the protests against DAPL, which were met with a militarized response from law enforcement, were ultimately unsuccessful—and the now-operational pipeline already boasts an alarming track record of oil spills—the activists and their attorneys welcomed the win in court on Friday, noting that Wilson’s ruling aligns with that of a similar case that was dismissed in 2017.

“We are confident that this decision will set a precedent that deters Energy Transfer and other corporations from abusing the legal system in their quest to bully those who speak truth to power,” declared Greenpeace USA general counsel Tom Wetterer. “This is a huge victory not just for Greenpeace but for anyone and everyone who has ever stood up against powerful corporate interests.”

polarbear4

🤗🙌🏼😺

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A rare DNC action I can get behind.

Now do Venezuela.

polarbear4

Geeeez. Deja vu depression.

bernin
bernin

Lots of people with inside sources have been saying Bernie will announce in the next week or two — and this Politico article today pretty much confirms it:

Bernie Sanders records video announcing 2020 campaign

humphrey

Thanks for the link bernin. A few excerpts from the article.

He is not doing the just because he is bored. He is going to run. YAY!👌👍😁

Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot.

It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement.

Another hint that Sanders is getting closer to a launch: As POLITICO reported this week, the Sanders team has been interviewing people for top staff positions. Chuck Rocha, a political consultant who advised Sanders’ 2016 campaign, is expected to join him again if a second bid materializes.

It is unclear when, or even whether, the Sanders video will be released. It’s possible that Sanders could launch a 2020 campaign with an exploratory committee and then formally declare his candidacy later, a route other presidential candidates, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have taken.

Sarah Ford, a spokeswoman for Sanders, did not respond to a request for comment about the video.

humphrey

polarbear4

🙌🏼❤️🔥

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

As near as I can see, this is just speculation and rumor.

It is not good to have peoples hopes raised and dashed repeatedly.

It won’t be news until Senator Sanders himself announces.

Benny

Welcome to the AOC primary

As her fellow Democrats jostle for position before the 2020 primary elections, an endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez is likely to be a widely coveted prize, a guaranteed shot of adrenaline sure to energise her army of millennial voters.

But it could also come with perils in the later presidential contest, especially for so-called “centrist” candidates hoping to draw independents and moderate Republicans away from Donald Trump.

In little more than a month, Ocasio-Cortez, whose New York district includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, has taken Washington by storm, overshadowing career politicians who have spent years labouring in the 435-member House of Representatives. Her proposals – among them a Green New Deal to combat climate change and a 70% tax rate on earnings over $10m to tackle economic inequality – have reset terms of debate in the early stages of the Democratic contest.

“This is a race to the left,” said Dave Handy, a New York-based political consultant and organiser. “Even if people don’t like her or her policies, they will be racing to get her endorsement because it’s a progressive check mark. She embodies the general direction the party is going in.”

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humphrey

Give me a break!

humphrey

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She sure does read fast!😃

humphrey

But the rich got richer.

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Benny

A bit of cognitive dissonance from the DNC, considering that one of the qualifications to get on the debate stage is the amount of grassroots donors that contribute.

humphrey

What is the rush? HAH The consultants haven’t come up with a plan yet.

Obviously those that have endorsed her a really impressed.

humphrey

Very SOON!

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Benny

humphrey

If you have a strong stomach check out this article about Kamillary.

Here is a hint.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/430359-kamala-harris-shopping-trip-stirs-twitter-controversy

humphrey

Gag!

humphrey

polarbear4

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LOL

polarbear4

Fun to watch. Very short. Too bad Americans aren’t as savvy? Compassionate? Smart?

humphrey

The violence against the “yellow Jackets” continues in France.

https://www.rt.com/news/451632-france-yellow-vests-eye-hand-injuries/

In summary, 20 have lost eyes, five hands have been partially or entirely torn off, one person lost their hearing as a result of a TNT-stuffed GLI F4 stun grenade.

“I have repeatedly seen injuries consistent with those suffered in serious traffic accidents, or after falls from a great height,” neurosurgeon Laurent Thines told L’Express newspaper this week.

Human rights officials, activists and trade unions have urged French police to review its use of so-called “sub-lethal weapons,” particularly LBDs – the odd-looking hand-cannons that have become a symbol of the confrontations. Banned in all but three European Union states, these French-patented devices fire relatively slow and large compressed foam – or ‘Flash’ – balls, and have been responsible for most of the injuries, alongside tear-gas projectiles.

In theory, strict limitations exist on their use, but these are open to interpretation (such as what constitutes self-defense) and videos show armored cops firing the guns at will, pointing them at demonstrators and even journalists when under no immediate threat. Their supposed non-lethality may mean that they are actually used more freely than real guns, and together with the Molotov cocktails and rocks thrown by rioters, encourage the deadly street theater of French protests.

The police have not budged, and have won a court case allowing them to persist with their current loadout.

“I have never seen a policeman or gendarme attacking a protester,”said Christophe Castaner, who recently placed an order for a further 1,280 LBD cannons, earlier this month.

humphrey

Andrew Yang Claims His Friends in Media Wanted to “Kneecap” Bernie Sanders

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I’m having trouble coming to terms with the country I really do you live in and love, with great sadness. And anger.

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We apologize for the interruption we are Back in Lubbock with Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders, Jim Hightower, and Nina Turner live in Lubbock with Our Revolution Texas.

Posted by Our Revolution Texas on Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nina and Jim live now.

polarbear4

Aaarrgggh

polarbear4

When I go into edit it I can see the Facebook link but when I posted the link disappears

humphrey

I got the link from here.

humphrey

volume isn’t very good

polarbear4

Yeah, I moved on. Thanks tho.

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humphrey

I think that I am going to call it an early night.🤐

polarbear4

M2. Last one. GNite. 🌸

phatkhat

Been doing other stuff, just saw the news about Bernie’s announcement video! He’s gonna do it! YAY! I vowed to send $27 the minute he announced, and I did – to Our Revolution – even if it may be a little soon, LOL. I guess OR is kind of stockpiling money at this point in order to hit the ground running as soon as the announcement is official, so I added my bit.

Oh, I so hope it goes better this time, but not sure what the DNC has in store to install Harris, just like Shill last time.

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