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Bernie Sanders Delights San Diegans, Including Centenarian, 3-Foot Head

He was old enough to be Bernie Sanders’ father — yet might not have voted for the Vermont senator in 2016.

But 100-year-old Sidney Walton, wearing his World War II veteran cap, was among thousands to hear the 77-year-old presidential candidate Friday evening in San Diego.

“He likes everybody,” said his son Paul, who cares for Sidney in Rancho Bernardo. “He finds good things in everybody” — including President Trump.

So who did his father vote for in 2016? Paul says Dad won’t say.
“We try to be diplomatic and nice to everyone,” he said minutes before Sanders gripped a lectern and saluted Walton as a “special guest … a World War II veteran, 100 years old.”


Also present was Vista’s Jon Hansen, wearing a 3-foot-high papier-mâché Bernie head (with a view only of people’s feet).

Hansen, in his early 40s, is CFO of a business that makes honey wine, or mead — “which is what the Greek gods drink.”

The specially commissioned head has made the rounds, even the East Coast, but landed back with a La Jollan named Jerry Malamud before being picked up by Hansen a few days ago.

“I was really down with what (Sanders) was saying,” said Hansen, the focus of many selfies. “A good vibe. If he only can do a quarter of what he says, we’ll be in a very good place.”

Hansen’s girlfriend, Chrystal Coleman, is a real-estate agent (and sometimes a hairstylist and event planner). She said she was active in the 2011 Occupy movement, when she discovered Sanders.

“He’s my all-time favorite politician,” she said. “He’s my rock star.”


Park rental office says it can hold close 4K for events. I think there were more, excluding the MAGA protesters.



Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Makes First Texas Campaign Appearance, Talks Mueller Report

Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris called on Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“That report needs to be made public. The American people have a right and need to know. The underlying evidence that supports that report should be made public. Attorney General Barr should be called to testify under oath before the United States Congress.”

About 400 people came to Grapevine to see the California Senator who answered questions from Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples.

When asked about healthcare, Harris referred to President Donald Trump’s renewed criticism of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, who changed his mind and voted to save Obamacare, after he campaigned to repeal it. “The late great John McCain (clapping) put country above party. You will remember he said no.”

Senator Harris brought Democrats to their feet when she said, “I know how to prosecute the case against Donald Trump.”

She criticized President Donald Trump’s expanded barrier or wall along the Texas-Mexico border as his “vanity project.”

Harris called for a $6,000 tax credit for people who pay more than 30% of their income toward rent and utilities.


Harris left the event in Grapevine without taking any questions from reporters.

Grapevine is just on the outskirts of Dallas located close to DFW airport. 400 is.. ok. When I saw Beto there for his senate campaign it was probably about 1000 or so. When I saw Bernie in 2015 he had around 6-7k for events arranged with short notice. I’ll be paying close attention and trying to get to as many of these candidate events as I can, but couldnt make it to this one.


She got 2400 in Houston today.

Although Beto flipped Tarrant for his race in 2018, Grapevine is still pretty conservative.


Numbers for Bernie in Dallas and Houston in July 2015, for comparison to KH:

Sanders’ daylong trip to Texas easily represented the most well-attended visit to the state by any presidential candidate so far this election cycle. His campaign said 8,000 people turned out in Dallas, while 5,200 showed up in Houston.



And, at that time, he was virtually unknown.


Sanders staffs up 2020 campaign

Here are the members of Sanders’ campaign team:

• Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager
Shakir previously worked as the ACLU’s national political director, overseeing the organization’s Washington office and state advocacy and policy departments. Shakir has a reputation for being well-connected in liberal circles. He has limited campaign experience, but has worked as a senior adviser to former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Shakir also founded the blog ThinkProgress.org, a news site from the progressive Center for American Progress Action Fund. He is the first Muslim campaign manager for a major presidential campaign.

• Rene Spellman, Deputy Campaign Manager
Spellman is returning to Sanders’ presidential campaign team — in 2016, she was the Sanders’ team’s national director of traveling press and media logistics, where she was said to “run a tight ship.” She got her start in politics as a youth vote director on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and then as a senior adviser in Florida during his 2012 re-election campaign. She was the campaign manager on Georgia businessman Jim Barksdale’s failed 2016 U.S. Senate campaign. Most recently, Spellman worked for the Creative Artists Agency, an L.A.-based talent agency, where she connected clients with advocacy and philanthropic work.

• Ari Rabin-Havt, Chief of Staff
Rabin-Havt is an in-house hire for the Sanders’ campaign; he was deputy chief of staff in Sanders’ Senate office. Rabin-Havt has a background in media: He worked for The Agenda on SiriusXM and at Media Matters for America. He also served as an adviser to former Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

• Analilia Mejia, Political Director
Mejia comes to the campaign from the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, where she served as executive director, defecting from home state loyalties to Sen. Cory Booker. Her background is largely grassroots and labor organizing in New Jersey and the Midwest, and she’s worked on issues like $15 minimum wage and automatic voter registration. She has worked for organizations like the Service Employees International Union, Unite Here, Workers United and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, among others.

• Sarah Badawi, Deputy Political Director
Badawi worked as a senior adviser on Sanders’ 2018 Senate campaign. Previously, she served as legislative affairs director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

• Claire Sandberg, National Organizing Director
Sandberg worked as distributed organizing director on Sanders’ 2016 campaign, and has a background in a Michigan gubernatorial race and in health care reform. Recently, she has repeatedly defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Twitter, saying Omar was “unfairly vilified” for the calling-out of AIPAC, a controversial move that some said was anti-Semitic.

• Josh Orton, Policy Director
Orton is another transfer from Sanders’ Senate office, where he worked as a senior adviser. Orton previously worked for Sens. Russ Feingold and Harry Reid, as well as for the nonprofit NARAL Pro-Choice America.

• Heather Gautney, Senior Policy Adviser
A sociology professor at Fordham University, Gautney served as a senior policy adviser on the Senate Budget Committee when Sanders was the committee’s ranking member. She worked as a senior researcher for Bernie 2016, and as a legislative fellow in Sanders’ office from 2012-13.

• Arianna Jones, Communications Director
Jones is a veteran on Sanders’ communication team. She served as deputy communications director on the 2016 campaign, and as the senior communications adviser for Friends of Bernie Sanders, Sanders’ Senate campaign committee. She has also worked as a senior vice president at Revolution Messaging, a progressive public relations agency, and as a producer for MSNBC.

• Sarah Ford, Deputy Communications Director
Since working as national deputy press secretary on Bernie 2016, Ford worked on Cynthia Nixon’s unsuccessful New York gubernatorial bid, did public relations for labor unions, and was a communications adviser for Friends of Bernie Sanders.

• Briahna Joy Gray, National Press Secretary
Coming to the campaign from The Intercept, where she worked as a columnist and senior politics editor, Gray is one of the bigger names on Sanders’ team. A recent New York Magazine article called Gray out for left-wing factionalism, noting that she dismissed reports of Russia hacking Democratic emails in 2016, to the dismay of Sanders supporters who said it distracted from the content of the emails. A strong supporter of ranked-choice voting, she ultimately cast her ballot for Jill Stein. Previously, Gray worked as a lawyer at a boutique New York litigation firm.

• David Sirota, Senior Communications Adviser & Speechwriter
Sirota comes from a career in journalism, as an investigative reporter at Newsweek/IBT and Capital & Main, a columnist at The Guardian, and a radio host in Denver. He has also had a few political gigs, including working as Sanders’ House press secretary in the early 2000s. Sirota came under fire for allegedly presenting as an independent journalist while already advising Sanders.

• Georgia Parke, Senior Social Media Strategist
Parke has served in Sanders’ Senate office since 2016 as digital director, managing the senator’s social media pages.

• Tim Tagaris, Senior Adviser
Tagaris worked as digital fundraising director during Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Tagaris has led small-dollar fundraising for organizations like Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, VoteVets, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Stacey Abrams’ Georgia gubernatorial campaign.

• Robin Curran, Digital Fundraising Director
Curran did fundraising work during the 2018 election cycle as email director for the Democratic National Committee. She has also worked on several progressive campaigns, including Bernie 2016. She faces high expectations in the role after the 2020 campaign’s $6 million first day, a figure that far outpaced that of the competition.


Whenever I google Bernie, Fox News nonsense pops up. I usually ignore it, but this time they are reporting on an FEC complaint.

>A new complaint by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) notes that three members of the Sanders campaign are foreign nationals, which appears to be a violation of federal election laws that prohibit foreign interference.

>Maria Belén Sisa, Sanders’ deputy national press secretary who joined the campaign last month, was among the staffers named in the complaint, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Sisa claims to be an illegal immigrant whose residency is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program for assisting illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

If you look at the fine print on act blue, etc, you’ll notice that green card holders can legally donate to campaigns. Green card holder = can legally work in the US. So I googled “can DACA recipients legally dork in the US,” supecting that the answer was “yes.”

Using this power, DHS has generally permitted aliens who obtain relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to seek employment in the United States. Aliens who qualify for DACA relief—namely, certain aliens who came to the United States as children, lack lawful immigration status, and have not engaged in activities that render them ineligible for relief—may be permitted to remain in the United States and receive work authorization for renewable two-year periods


Too bad the Coolidge Reagan Foundation doesn’t have a google machine. If they did, they could also have looked up how another FEC complaint re foreign workers & the Bernie 2016 campaign was resolved. In 2016, several Aussies came over to volunteer on Bernie’s campaign. The Australian Labor Party paid their airfare. The airfare was the problem, not the Aussie volunteers, and Bernie’s campaign agreed to a fine rather than fight it in court.



It’s just to get stuff in the news. They don’t care if they have a chance of winning. It’s like the complaints against AOC.


Thanks for the research and post.


First, I am truly sorry for the following.

This has got to be one of the best typos I have seen in some time:

“can DACA recipients legally dork in the US,”

The definition I grew up with of “dork” is inept or idiot. I do not see why a DACA recipient can not be as inept as a non-immigrant idiot.

Again, sorry! However, it does mean that I read your whole statement. Thanks for the rebuttal to the dorks!


Once the site of Bernie Sanders’ last stand, California now is pivotal to his 2020 prospects

Tim Johnson hasn’t stopped feeling the Bern.

A committed Bernie Sanders acolyte since 2016, Johnson was at a UCLA labor strike on Wednesday to watch the senator make his first California appearance as a 2020 presidential candidate. He’s taking part in Sanders rallies this weekend as well.

“It’s like our wildest dream came true,” Johnson said of Sanders’ second presidential bid. “It’s actually happening.”

This time, however, both Johnson’s favorite candidate and his home state enjoy new prominence. Sanders is a Democratic front-runner, not an improbable insurgent. And California will not be the place of a symbolic last stand, as it was for Sanders before, but key territory to mine delegates and build momentum.

“It’s radically different,” said Ben Tulchin, Sanders’ San Francisco-based campaign pollster.

With its earlier primary on March 3 — and mail ballots going out a month prior — California is considered by the Sanders campaign to be among the crucial “first five,” lumping the Golden State in with traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

By holding successive rallies this weekend in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sanders is signaling plans to mount an aggressive bid for California, capitalizing on his demonstrated fundraising prowess and cadre of devoted followers such as Johnson. A waterfront rally in San Diego on Friday evening had the feel of aficionados gathered for the reunion of a favorite band, with many showing up in Bernie gear.

Sanders also has the advantage of being the only candidate in the burgeoning Democratic field to have run a presidential campaign in California before, though one of his opponents, Sen. Kamala Harris, does have the benefit of having won three statewide races.

“There is no doubt he has a base here of some size that is highly committed to Bernie Sanders,” said Garry South, a veteran Democratic strategist based in Los Angeles. But, he cautioned, “I don’t think he can count on getting every single vote he got in 2016. He’s going to have to keep a fair proportion of those voters in the fold while reaching out to new voters.”


Gripped by ALS, Social Justice Activist Ady Barkan Inspires With Story of ‘The Best Hug I’ve Ever Had’

How important is a hug? What’s the value of ‘precious beauty’ in a world full of atrocities and deceit?

Healthcare and social justice campaigner Ady Barkan, who rose to national prominence as as an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress even as he suffered from the debilitating disease known as ALS, answered that question late Friday night with an eloquent, heartbreaking, and very personal thread on Twitter that also served as a reminder to other progressives about the human side of the political battles waged in Washington, DC and far beyond.

The topic: the best hug ever from his young child.

He wrote:



(click the tweet to read the entire thread)


Israel’s Netanyahu to play Trump card in tight election

Israel’s April election has at times felt like it might be Benjamin Netanyahu’s last. But even as he tries to fend off a string of corruption accusations, the prime minister cannot be counted out. He has survived 13 years in office, and he now has a Trump card up his sleeve.

Netanyahu will use that card on Monday when he arrives in Washington to bask at the White House in the warmth of his relationship with Donald Trump, whose popularity has soared in Israel as it has sagged almost everywhere else in the world.

Even before the Israeli prime minister’s arrival, Trump bestowed an electoral gift, declaring US readiness to endorse Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights, a plateau Israel captured from Syria and occupied more than half a century ago. Accepting the annexation of conquered land is unprecedented in modern US history and runs counter to the founding principles of the United Nations. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was on hand in Jerusalem to celebrate with Netanyahu when Trump tweeted out his decision on Thursday.

Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, helped amplify Netanyahu’s tendency to frame the current political moment as an echo of biblical episodes when the very survival of the Jews was at stake. Asked by an evangelical broadcasting network whether Trump was a latter-day Queen Esther, an ancient heroine celebrated as the saviour of the Jews in this week’s Purim holiday, Pompeo replied: “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”

The shared theological – frequently apocalyptic – language, has helped bond an alliance with American evangelicals which is key to Netanyahu’s clout in US politics. Pompeo underlined the symbolism of that coalition by visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Netanyahu, becoming the first senior US official to visit the contested Old City accompanied by an Israeli counterpart.

Coming after the decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy there, Thursday’s Golan declaration served to boost the central message of Netanyahu’s campaign: that only “King Bibi” could get an American leader to implement hawkish policies on Syria, Iran and the Palestinians that previous US presidents dismissed as catastrophic for Middle East peace.


Bernie Sanders visit shows California could hold key to 2020 victory

Bernie Sanders brought his anti-establishment message and calls for progressive reform to California, no longer as a long-shot presidential candidate but as a frontrunner with a good chance to win it all.

On Friday evening, Sanders kicked off a rally in sunny San Diego by thanking the thousands of supporters who had gathered, alongside a handful of right-wing protesters, for joining his “political revolution”.

Sanders quickly pivoted to the day’s biggest news: special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, submitted Friday, on possible collusion between Russia and the Trump administration.

“I don’t know what’s in the report. Nobody does”, Sanders said. “I do know, however, that Mueller wound up indicting 34 people, including 6 Trump campaign officials.” And, he added, “The people have a right to know what’s in that report.”

Sanders’ launched his campaign in California in the same location, right by San Diego’s harbor, where 82 years earlier President Franklin Delano Roosevelt chose to address residents. He’s scheduled to speak in Los Angeles on Saturday, and then a swing by the Bay Area.

The reason for the California tour – Sanders’ first since announcing his new run for president – is simple: math. America’s most populous state has the most delegates up for grabs, and its voters can begin casting ballots 2 February, the same day as the Iowa caucuses.


Do we even really know the final numbers from last time? How long is it going to take to even know who won California this time around…


No, we don’t know the final numbers BC there were so many irregularities. Especially with No Party Preference voters.

So here’s my plea to CA Bernicrats: please, register dem for the primary to prevent those same problems from happening again. CA isn’t NY (although the rules are changing in NY), you can easily change back afterwards. But don’t risk not getting the dem ballot, or being given a provisional ballot. If you want to vote for Bernie, the surest way is to be a registered dem.

Also: CA has a LOT of minor parties. If you register as an independent there is actually an independent party & you can’t vote for Bernie in the primary. Do your homework!


Progressives Refuse to Back Down as DCCC Moves to Kneecap Primary Challengers

Progressives made clear they have no intention of backing down to the party establishment after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Friday threatened to cut off funds to firms and strategists that support primary challengers against incumbents.

“The DCCC can do anything it wants to try to prevent the next generation of Democrats from taking power. They will not succeed,” Sean McElwee—co-founder of Data for Progress, which is recruiting progressives to oust conservative Democrats—said in a statement.

The new policy was included in the DCCC’s list of vendor hiring standards, which state that the organization “will not conduct business with, nor recommend to any of its targeted campaigns, any consultant that works with an opponent of a sitting member of the House Democratic Caucus.”

According to National Journal, which first reported the policy change, “Democrats involved in crafting the standards intend for them to bolster members across the ideological spectrum, from the fiscally conservative Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas to the progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota—both of whom could be subject to contested primaries.”

But progressives argued that the ostensibly neutral rule will disproportionately harm grassroots organizations looking to replace right-wing Democrats with bold figures like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), who both ousted incumbent Democrats in primaries last year.

“Make no mistake—they are sending a signal that they are more afraid of Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez winning primary challenges than Henry Cuellar who votes with Trump nearly 70 percent of the time,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, told The Intercept.



The most generous read of the DCCC’s decision is that it represents ordinary, nonideological professional cowardice. Anyone given the opportunity to create barriers for people who would compete with them for their jobs would likely do so, especially if it were possible to tuck their efforts away in an innocuous-looking form. A more ideological read would hold that the DCCC continues to be frustrated by the success of leftward congressional challengers such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who successfully “primaried” then-Democratic caucus chair Joseph Crowley, and hopes to nip the campaigns of these progressive challengers in the bud.

The DCCC’s move to undercut primary challengers comes at a particularly ironic moment for the Democrats: 2020 candidates such as Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren have advanced the idea of abolishing the electoral college in order to empower the popular vote; meanwhile, Andrew Gillum has launched a massive voter registration drive in Florida; and Georgia’s Stacey Abrams is pushing back against voter suppression in her state. It would be fair to characterize the 2020 Democratic message as primarily centering on the importance of democracy itself, with due focus on enacting the will of the people.

But the DCCC’s decision, and establishment Democrats’ placid acceptance of it, call into question just how serious the party of democracy is about the practice of democracy. The committee doubtlessly has its reasons for jealously protecting its incumbents, but its members should ask themselves if those reasons ought to supersede the voters’ right to choose among candidates in free and fair elections carried out on even fields. If they think they know better than the voters, then by all means, blacklist vendors and consultants who work with primary challengers. But they should be aware that, in doing so, they are undermining what could be the Democrats’ clearest and most resonant message heading into 2020 — and beyond.


I would be really mad, except I’ve already pretty much excepted what the Democratic Party has become.


BREAKING: Democrats Will Now Cut Off Anyone Who Helps Progressives


Perhaps this is because she is from a small state and doesn’t want to lose the outsize influence voters in Hawaii have over voters from California, Texas, and New York. It’s not only the side that loses an election that should be unhappy about the electoral college. I live in New York and don’t appreciate that voters in small states have more say in electing a president. Also why should a handful of large swing states get all the attention—Ohio, Florida, Virginia etc. I would like to hear what Tulsi thinks is good about the electoral college. And the electoral college doesn’t have to be scrapped to have the national popular vote determine the winner. The national popular vote compact will do the same thing. What does Tulsi think of that?


Asked about the Electoral College, Gabbard said “there are reforms that need to take place to make it so that our votes are being cast and counted and represented in the outcome of our elections. I think there are pro and cons to the existing Electoral College and to getting rid of it. What I would think would be important is for us to have a conversation about how we can best move forward.”

But Gabbard seemed to jab at fellow Democrats, saying, “I think it’s unfortunate that too often these calls for changes come about by the side that has lost or suffered as a result of the Electoral College.”

An increasing number of Gabbard’s rivals for the nomination have been supportive of scrapping the Electoral College and having the national popular vote determine the winner of presidential elections.




Hand marked paper ballots would be a good start to ensure that everyone’s vote is really counted.


Hand marked AND hand counted.


While I agree that the Electoral College needs changes, exchanging one problem for another which is what the popular vote would do is not the solution. Some states are winner-take-all; others are proportional to the number of popular votes. I think that would be a good place to start.



Socialism is in vogue in America. Radical left politics, embodied by the likes of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is gaining traction among millennials who came of age during the Great Recession. And conservatives, in turn, have reverted to using decades-old Red Scare tactics in response.

With the hype around a resurgent American left, it might feel like socialism is a newcomer to political discourse in the United States. But only if you don’t know your US history. Long before Bernie Sanders came along, there was Eugene Debs. It is impossible to understand the appeal of socialism in America today without looking at its past. And that inevitably leads to Debs.

An activist and trade unionist, he was jailed for his role in the 1894 Pullman strike – the nationwide railroad strike that changed the face of US labour laws. His storied life as a socialist was marked by his opposition to large corporations and his role in helping to unionise labour. later, as a member of the Socialist party of America, Debs ran for president five times between 1900 and 1920. A charismatic orator he was jailed, again, in 1918 on grounds of sedition for his speeches denouncing US participation in the first world war. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Long before the Brooklyn-to-Vermont idealist launched a senatorial career, Bernie Sanders had declared Debs to be his idol. Sanders even made a spoken-word album about the vanished giant. A portrait of Debs, to this day, hangs on Sanders’ office wall.


Dear The Guardian,

Please define “radical left” and your version of “socialism.” Then we can have a discussion.

Speaking of history, why leave out FDR and his “socialist” agenda? After all, he is much better known than Debs, mostly because his agenda worked for the people.


Inquiring Mind


Greenwald goes after Dovere


THE ATLANTIC ON TUESDAY published a sensationalistic series of accusations by reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere aimed at long-time journalist David Sirota, whose hiring by the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign as a speechwriter and adviser had just been announced earlier that day. The Atlantic article predictably and quickly went viral, cited by major media outlets and Democratic Party operatives as proof that Sirota had acted unethically by critically reporting on rival presidential candidates in the prior months while dishonestly concealing his work as an operative or adviser for the Sanders campaign.

As it turns out, there are indeed serious breaches of journalistic ethics from this episode, but they are ones committed by the Atlantic and Dovere, not by Sirota. That’s because the core accusation of the Atlantic article – that Sirota “for months” had been “informally” advising the Sanders campaign as a speechwriter while pretending to be an independent reporter attacking Sanders’ opponents – is simply false. It relies on a timeline that simply never happened.

Since publication of Dovere’s bombshell, the Atlantic has tweaked and edited the story to reflect the multiple errors and denials that make it appears as though the original version contained those edits. The article at first added what it called an “update” reflecting the Guardian’s vehement denial that Sirota, who had been working as a columnist for the paper as well as an investigative reporter for Capital & Main, had performed any work for the Sanders campaign, “informal” or otherwise, while publishing articles at the Guardian: a central claim of the Atlantic story. It now simply includes that denial with no indication that it was added after the fact.

But the various edits and “updates” made by the Atlantic after publication do not begin to reflect what a journalistic debacle this article was. Most critically, the key claim that made the article such a sensation – that Sirota’s “informal work for Sanders goes back months” and included “quietly writing speeches” for the Senator – is entire and demonstrably false.

Don midwest
Don midwest

excellent, detailed article that hopefully will put most of the crap to rest.

but that may be too much to hope


A rundown of some problems associated with awarding reparations. I don’t like how some Dems are using it as a catchword to attract votes when I’m sure they have no real idea (or plans) to pursue it.


Now, Mr. Castro, let’s look at the questions associated with reparations.

Would these payments be to all people in the United States of African descent? If my nephew, for instance, is 50 percent African-American, would he be eligible? And how much? Would that handsome lad get a one-time payment of $1,000, or $100,000, or $500,000? Or would payments be paid monthly for his lifetime? And, if so, would these payments continue, in perpetuity, to his descendants?

Would a woman of 90 percent African-American descent get more money than, say, my nephew? What about a threshold for being “black” and deserving reparations? If I send my money and DNA to ancestry.com, and I discover my Iberian background is 15 percent African, would I be in line for reparations? What about my friend Louis, who is fair-skinned and black? If he turns out to be 40 percent African-American, how does he stand relative to a payout? Another friend goes to a hairstylist who is from Jamaica. Where does she stand? Will blackness count? Those African-Americans who happen to be fair-skinned with European features, would they be bypassed? What about a lineup before a reparations commission to weed out the wannabes from those with enough African genes to be truly considered “African-America”? If an African grew up in, say, Massachusetts in the 1700s and was never a slave, would his or her descendants get a payout?

What mechanism would decide reparations? Would the Department of Health and Human Services be the go-to agency for this? Who would be on such a commission or panel? A recent Somali refugee, a recent immigrant from Jamaica, Nigeria or Guyana? Where would they stand as far as reparations? How big would such an agency have to be or grow to cover what is said to be 13 percent of the population?

It could be that Castro is ahead of his time, but reparations as a plank in the Democratic Party platform could be a problem. One PBS website shows 55 percent of Americans opposing reparations, 40 percent supporting them and 5 percent undecided. An Associated Press poll in 2016 reported 68 percent of Americans opposed. A recent Rasmussen poll showed 70 percent of Americans opposed to slavery reparations. But, of course, these are only numbers from a small sample of Americans.

American Indians — where do they stand? Having lost 100 percent of what is now the U.S. land mass, I would assume they are wondering about Castro’s largesse for African-Americans but not for Native Americans, who endured genocide and banishment from their lands.


It’s a mess. I read somewhere that it would cost over $1 trillion, for starters.

Sometimes I think people on Twitter get a following and don’t realize that they’re maybe enjoying a sense of power as they make more and more stringent demands.


THIS is why I have said that Bernie asked the right question (about defining reparations) when he was pressed for a response at a town hall. The “left” came down on him hard for his question.

Like many issues, there are always unforeseen consequences. The issues and possible solutions need to be studied and discussed in an apolitical setting before they can be addressed, not used as hammer in the political arena, especially when the topic serves as yet another divide.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Marcy Wheeler on Muller report
Dems spent too much expecting that Russia had hacked the election
Someone in a tweet listed where election hacked: money, voting, etc. We hacked it ourselves.


Don midwest
Don midwest

On the morning of 9/11 there was scheduled a hearing in the House on eco terrorism.

Something else happened that day.

Only today did I realize why the focus on eco terrorism.

Corporations and industry put pressure on the government and the FBI and others went along in the hunt for domestic eco terrorists. Not much concern with right wing terrorists, or murders of abortion cnics, …

There is no money and lobby behind going after right wing terrorists. In fact, they are an important of Trump’s base.

How a Movement That Never Killed Anyone Became the FBI’s No. 1 Domestic Terrorism Threat



Quite the sculptor!


Russiagate Fizzles Out As Mueller Ends Investigation


Like all Famous crooks, the getem on taxes SDNY will nail him on something simple on the tax code


CNN Concocts Deceptive Poll to Hurt Bernie Sanders


Uhhhmmm, correction…AND, not OR.

$700 billion into health care AND infrastructure AND education system AND clean energy with change left over.


Long overdue.


It is worse than Edward Issac Devore’s series this week. I won’t debunk as it is that poorly written.


Sorry won’t go there. I have a delicate stomach and little to no patience with stupidity.

Well, one exception. I do go to vote in the Bernie poll, but I vote and get out as quickly as possible.

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