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sorry wi! didn’t see yours. :O) we must have just missed each other. too bad we can’t merge 😉

Bernie always so good. Love the cartoon.


T and R, wi 59!! 🙂 That cartoon is a (sad) classic. I’m an old broad who can’t claim her country anymore. Take care. LOL.


Thank you wi58 for making an open thread and for that too-true cartoon!

I read that some schools’ security officers will carry rifles now!!

Broward sheriff’s deputies will carry rifles, including AR-15s, to guard schools


Oh shit! This was almost two years ago!

Colorado school district arms security guards with rifles



My nephew’s wife, a teacher, just posted this pic on facebook.


Thanks to wi and pb for the two threads!


California Democrats shocked Senator Dianne Feinstein by not endorsing her for re-election at their state convention Sunday.

Conservative Democrat Feinstein won just 37 percent of the 2,775 delegates’ votes, versus 54 percent for her challenger, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. Support from 60 percent of the delegates was needed to secure the party’s official endorsement.

“The outcome of today’s endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign’s momentum as we all stand shoulder to shoulder against a complacent status quo,” de León said Sunday. “California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.”

“The days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and triangulating at the margins are over,” he said.

“California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines,” de León said. “We all deserve a leader who will take our climate action to Washington, and will fight each and every day to protect our human and civil rights, our immigrant families and Dreamers, champion universal health care and create good paying middle class jobs.”


The usual suspects lost their minds over this! “Ageist! Sexist!”, they cried.


That ‘Palmer Report’ is just awful. Who funds that org’s propaganda?!


Yeah DeLeon is not totally with us but very much more than DF


This article is about that recent CAP (Center for American Progress=Neera Tanden) proposal, ‘Medicare Extra for All’, that I mentioned on Friday. This writer took the time to get into the nitty-gritty of the plan:

Why are Democratic party thinktanks still not backing universal healthcare?

The Center for American Progress is inching closer to ‘Medicare for All’ – but its version leaves some gaping holes

On Thursday, the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic party-affiliated think tank, launched a proposal confusingly called “Medicare Extra for All”. For proponents of a Bernie Sanders-style single-payer “Medicare for All”, this might seem like a positive development. Well, yes and no.

On the one hand, “Medicare Extra” is a step to the left for CAP, suggesting that the Democratic establishment is following the lead of its galvanized base. On the other hand, this new proposal would exact sacrifices from patients to placate the insurance industry, and could serve to divert the single-payer movement, which has been rapidly gaining steam.

I think that should keep a wary eye on this proposal for now, until we know more.



Brutal piece by Thomas Frank!

The hysteria over Russian bots has reached new levels

if a tl/dr, here’s the last three paragraphs:

It is worth noting that the indictment itself, as the deputy US attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, said on Friday, declines to attribute any actual election results to the Russian ads. It is also important to acknowledge that I believe Mueller’s indictment is probably correct in its particulars. Everyone can see that we are living in an age of rampant propaganda, that conspiracy theories have never travelled faster. But no thanks to a new cold war.

Yes, go after the Russian trolls. Prosecute them for their alleged crimes. Punish Putin if he tried to jack with us. But understand that this sort of operation is not going away.

Its extremely modest price tag guarantees it, as does the liberals’ determination to exaggerate its giant-slaying powers. This is rightwing populism’s next wave, and in an oligarchic world, every American plutocrat will soon be fielding his or her own perfectly legal troll army. Those of us who believe in democracy need to stop panicking and start thinking bigger: of how rightwing populism can be undone forever.



Thomas Frank is so right. Recognize but organize


Am making my way through a new Harvard-Harris poll. The first thing that really jumped out a me so far was this part:

Fielding Period: February 16-19, 2018 HCAPS (Filtered on Registered Voters)

Which of the following should be the top priority for President Trump and Republicans in Congress?

Number one answer by far:

Stimulating American jobs 33%


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