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Don midwest
Don midwest

hate how the dems are using lie about Soviet linkage rather than facing up to the coup that is well underway in the US

crazy stuff from Maddow and now this from NBC

NBC News, to Claim Russia Supports Tulsi Gabbard, Relies on Firm Just Caught Fabricating Russia Data for the Democratic Party

jcitybone

Pretty much where I fall

https://theintercept.com/2019/02/03/democratic-party-candidates-2020/

THE 2016 ELECTIONS — all of them — were painful. Democrats failed to take back the House and Senate and lost the presidency to a bigoted fraudster. I don’t intend to relitigate the whole thing here, but those losses, as well as key defeats in local and state races across the country, have caused real harm to legions of everyday Americans.

Some people blame the losses on Russia — and that’s ridiculous. Others make it out like the hacking and interference had no impact at all — and that’s ridiculous too. The Democrats lost for dozens of reasons, but the hacking and interference was damn sure one of them. It was a major distraction during the campaign. My fear was that it would also be such a distraction for the Democratic Party moving forward that the party would ignore all of the substantive changes it needed to address.

Don’t get me wrong, I think election interference is a huge deal. The safety and integrity of our elections is no small thing, but since the losses of 2016, Democrats have needed to find a way to walk and chew gum at the same time. There’s good news here: I see four things happening right now that makes me cautiously optimistic about the future of the Democratic Party.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

I remember that 2016 was supposed to be a great year for Democrats as everything seemed tilted in their favor. And that was the general consensus among wonks before 2016.

But each party ran a candidate having a historically low favorability, turnout crashed along with most down-ticket Democratic hopes.

polarbear4

Yay Netflix!

Smart, too. They want all those millennial’s.

jcitybone

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/bernie-healthcare-policies-won-2020-election-190203104231427.html

Nearly every American has experienced up-close the failures of our current system. That’s why Bernie’s initiatives on healthcare have taken hold with voters and the cast of Democratic hopefuls. Those candidates have to know that it won’t be enough in 2020 to simply say that you want to reform our current system or just try or make prescription drugs more affordable. Voters aren’t looking to make gains on the margins, they are looking to end a system that they believe has wholly failed them. That’s why we need Medicare for All.

In 2016, Sanders’ ideas were thought to be too extreme for the Democratic Party establishment. But, just a few years later, they are now the mainstream. It’s unclear whether Sanders will once again enter the race for President. But this much is clear: his ideas have already won it.

polarbear4

We need him to pull it across the finish line.

jcitybone

Brown agrees with Bernie not Booker

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/428252-sherrod-brown-we-have-a-president-whos-a-racist

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Sunday that President Trump is a racist.

“This country hasn’t dealt well with issues of race. We have a president who’s a racist,” Brown, who is considering running for president in 2020, said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Host Chuck Todd then pressed Brown over whether he believes that Trump “in his heart” is a racist.

Brown pointed to Trump’s past claims that former President Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. and allegations that he discriminated against black people as a real estate owner.

“I don’t know what ‘in his heart’ means. I know he built his political career knowing what he was doing in questioning the legitimacy and the birthplace of the presidency of the United States,” Brown said.

“There have been all kinds of news reports on what he did early in his career on housing,” he continued. “We know the president doesn’t tell the truth frequently. We know he lies frequently. And we know his racist comments and background.”

polarbear4

I don’t see why people are afraid to say it. It’s not going to alienate real Trump supporters. They like it. And the other ones, it’s time to start looking at the truth.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Brown seems to be moving to the center with his positions on M4A, Wall Street and Coal.

jcitybone

Brown is not my first (or second) choice but I think he’s more honest about where he stands than some others like Booker and Harris.

polarbear4

Agree.

jcitybone

LOL on DK right now there’s this post about Chuck Todd (who I actually can’t stand) bringing up this what’s in his heart stuff and how awful that is. Meanwhile Booker said basically the same stuff about Trump’s heart (do people people think he actually has one??) and refused to call Trump a racist on Friday. What’s the difference? I asked that question in a comment and someone answered that Booker was being politically savvy. I responded that I prefer politicians to state the obvious.
https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1831925

jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/02/bernie-sanders-estate-tax-proposal-2020-president

Conservatives will react to Sanders’s bill in a few predictable ways. First, they’ll probably try to trick people into believing he wants to impose a massive tax on all inheritances, not just those beginning at a multimillion-dollar threshold. This is the same maneuver they pulled in response to New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70 percent top marginal tax rate, and something they’ve tried with rhetoric about the “death tax” before.

And second, they will tell us that rich people earned their money and should get to keep it as a reward for their hard work. For an example, take a look at this op-ed calling Sanders’s bill an “inherently immoral” attempt to “penalize innovators.”

To this, there are two responses. First, we’re talking about dead people here, and dead people’s children. Did Wyatt Koch, the Koch heir who designs money-themed patterned shirts when he’s not partying at Mar-A-Lago, lift a finger to build his father’s and uncles’ fortunes? No, he did not. In fact, Wyatt has never needed to work at all — the shirt thing is just a hobby, sort of like the cosmetics line of Peter and Harry Brant, the “dandy teenage boulevardiers of New York society” who can be spotted at charity galas in “ensembles that would have made Little Lord Fauntleroy blush.” What exactly do these kids “deserve,” and why? They haven’t done anything but be born into rich families.

Second, it’s impossible for anyone to earn a billion dollars. An individual can acquire a billion dollars, but that fortune is not proportional to difficulty of work or value added to society.

orlbucfan

+1M!

jcitybone

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-st-cory-booker-could-be-first-vegan-president-20190201-story.html

Sen. Cory Booker’s launch of his bid for the White House on Friday raises the possibility that the United States could see its first vegan president.

But it appears that the New Jersey senator’s philosophy of promoting “universal love” applies to his dietary choices, which — particularly against the backdrop of President Trump’s affinity for fast food — make him a standout amid the global rise of plant-based eating. Given this list of U.S. presidents’ favorite foods, Booker could be a dietary trailblazer in the White House.

Veganism, of course, is the practice of abstaining from animal products, mostly in the diet. Many apply the practice to clothing and other avenues as well. Some do it for the animals; some, for the planet and others, for personal health or beliefs.

“I find myself more and more rejoicing in the delicious simplicity of a whole food, plant based diet,” the politician wrote on Facebook last May, sharing a picture of lunch consisting of roasted cauliflower and other vegan items.

Benny

His pro-animal legislation is stellar. Bernie and Liz scored 100 along with Booker in the Humane Society scorecard for the 115th Congress (2017) , but Booker was a leader more than once on bills. Bernie and Liz were mainly co-sponsors.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

There is not enough fur-washing in the world to make Booker acceptable to me.

jcitybone

Yeah I agree but it’s good to give credit where credit is due

wi61

with the up and down of the foxxconned deal this is pretty much how it’s going

wi61

oops for got to add this

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Benny

Benny

orlbucfan

POX on that corrupt idiot!

jcitybone

This is great. Schumer is not our favorite senator but Bernie teaming up with him on this legislation and a Times op ed is 👍

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/03/opinion/chuck-schumer-bernie-sanders.html

That s why we are planning to introduce bold legislation to address this crisis. Our bill will prohibit a corporation from buying back its own stock unless it invests in workers and communities first, including things like paying all workers at least $15 an hour, providing seven days of paid sick leave, and offering decent pensions and more reliable health benefits.

In other words, our legislation would set minimum requirements for corporate investment in workers and the long-term strength of the company as a precondition for a corporation entering into a share buyback plan. The goal is to curtail the overreliance on buybacks while also incentivizing the productive investment of corporate capital.

jcitybone

I’ll stand in for our esteemed colleague from Florida and say: shut the f up Sick Rot!

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/rick-scott-hatred-for-trump-among-democrats-blocking-border-deal

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., on Sunday said the animosity toward President Trump in Congress is one of the reasons for the recent record-breaking federal government shutdown.

“People are being disingenuous. It’s like they’re just actors. There’s just a lot of hatred up there for President Trump on the Democrat side, and it’s frustrating. We’ve got to get something done. I don’t — it’s not my first choice for him to use his emergency power. But he’s proposed things. Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are not being — they’re not negotiating with him in good faith, I don’t believe,” the freshman senator said during an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

orlbucfan

Spoken like a true dumbazzed indicted white collar crook. The other ‘winner’ from Florida is Marco Barfo Rubio!! Ta-da! 🙁 Both of them want to run for POTUS, BTW.

polarbear4

Sad to see some of these names on here.

Liberal Elite Still Luring Us Towards the Abyss

A group of 30 respected intellectuals, writers and historians has published a manifesto bewailing the imminent collapse of Europe and its supposed Enlightenment values of liberalism and rationalism. The idea of Europe, they warn, “is falling apart before our eyes,” as Britain prepares for Brexit and “populist and nationalist” parties look poised to make sweeping gains in elections across the continent.

The short manifesto has been published in the liberal elite’s European house journals, newspapers such as the Guardian. “We must now fight for the idea of Europe or perish beneath the waves of populism,” their document reads. Failure means “resentment, hatred and their cortege of sad passions will surround and submerge us.”

Unless the tide can be turned, elections across the European Union will be “the most calamitous that we have ever known: victory for the wreckers; disgrace for those who still believe in the legacy of Erasmus, Dante, Goethe, and Comenius; disdain for intelligence and culture; explosions of xenophobia and antisemitism; disaster.”

The manifesto was penned by Bernard-Henri Levy, the French philosopher and devotee of Alexis de Tocqueville, a theorist of classical liberalism. Its signatories include novelists Ian McEwan, Milan Kundera and Salman Rushdie; the historian Simon Shama; and Nobel prize laureates Svetlana Alexievitch, Herta Müller, Orhan Pamuk and Elfriede Jelinek.

In one sense, their diagnosis is correct: Europe and the liberal tradition are coming apart at the seams. But not because, as they strongly imply, European politicians are pandering to the basest instincts of a mindless rabble — the ordinary people they have so little faith in. Rather, it is because a long experiment in liberalism has finally run its course. Liberalism has patently failed — and failed catastrophically.

Apparently, we is the rabble. They sound like England’s old houses as the monarchy lost (loses?) power.

These intellectuals are standing, like the rest of us, on a precipice from which we are about to jump or topple. But the abyss has not opened up, as they suppose, because liberalism is being rejected. Rather, the abyss is the inevitable outcome of this shrinking elite’s continuing promotion – against all rational evidence – of liberalism as a solution to our current predicament. It is the continuing transformation of a deeply flawed ideology into a religion. It is idol worship of a value system hellbent on destroying us.

It’s a pretty dense article by Jonathan Cook, on how the individualism and creativity (especially where used in the MIC, or corporate grabs), which can be positives, inherent in this liberalism, are now definitely negatives, and are killing us in different ways.

He warns of ethno-nationalists.

The criticisms of the liberal elite made by the ethnic nationalists sound persuasive because they are rooted in truths about liberalism’s failure. But as critics, they are disingenuous. They have no solutions apart from their own personal advancement in the existing, failed, self-sabotaging system.

The new authoritarians are reverting to old, trusted models of xenophobic nationalism, scapegoating others to shore up their own power. They are ditching the ostentatious, conscience-salving sensitivities of the liberal so that they can continue plundering with heady abandon. If the ship is going down, then they will be gorging on the buffet till the waters reach the dining-hall ceiling.

In conclustion,

The third trend is the only place where hope can reside. This trend – what I have previously ascribed to a group I call the “dissenters” – understands that radical new thinking is required. But given that this group is being actively crushed by the old liberal elite and the new authoritarians, it has little public and political space to explore its ideas, to experiment, to collaborate, as it urgently needs to.

We should have no use for the guardians of the old, those who held our hands, who shone a light along a path that has led to the brink of our own extinction. We need to discard them, to close our ears to their siren song.

There are small voices struggling to be heard above the roar of the dying liberal elites and the trumpeting of the new authoritarians. They need to be listened to, to be helped to share and collaborate, to offer us their visions of a different world. One where the individual is no longer king. Where we learn some modesty and humility – and how to love in our infinitely small corner of the universe.

polarbear4

The little “Apparently….” paragraph is mine. Oops.

jcitybone

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS

Benny

orlbucfan

I skipped the second half. Capt. Hi-Tech works in that field so he checked out the production values. It was super lame especially the halftime. However, I’m glad “our esteemed colleague from [New York]” enjoyed the game. LOL 🙂

polarbear4

polarbear4

At around 8 minutes, very interesting background on Guiado. Apparently groomed in tha states by a neoliberal Latin American from the IMF. Starting sometime around 2007, iirc.

Also, Extinction Rebellion shuts something in NYC down.

polarbear4

orlbucfan

🙂 :-)pb4!!

polarbear4

http://liblog.law.stanford.edu/2019/01/memorandum-reveals-united-states-government-planned-to-traumatize-migrant-children/

They “gamed out” ways to tear children from their parents as a way to deter immigration.

This may be a repeat, but this might finally push me into the “Impeach” camp.

Benny

Pro-lifers?

orlbucfan

Definitely and Prosperity Dominionist X-tians, too. UGH!

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