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Good Friday Evening wi59 and fellow Liberal/Progressives! 🙂 T and R to all the usual excellent TPW suspects who help LD keep this little oasis of sanity alive and well for the rest of us. I posted this reggae classic on a C99 O/T that I infest every Friday.

The song’s title should not be confused in any way with the Orange Dimwitted Disaster and FRightwingnuts who are happily stealing everything in sight and driving this country further down the tubes! 🙁 POX on ’em!!


Tech question: how do I shrink the size of the music link?


Do you mean the text bolding? It is caused by a broken strong close tag in the main post. Can’t seem to enter one here…


The bold text is back to where it needs to be.


Thanks wi!


President Trump is getting a jump start on April Fools’ Day.

Without a hint of irony, Trump announced Friday that next month will be dedicated to “sexual assault awareness and prevention.”

Trump, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by nearly two dozen women, said in a presidential proclamation that sex crimes remain “tragically common in our society” — and “offenders too often evade accountability.”

“We must respond to sexual assault by identifying and holding perpetrators accountable,” Trump said. “Too often, however, the victims of assault remain silent. They may fear retribution from their offender, lack faith in the justice system, or have difficulty confronting pain associated with the traumatic experience.”

Trump was once caught on tape bragging about being able to “grab” women “by the p—y” because he’s “a star.” He has also repeatedly attacked the women who have accused him of sexual harassment and assault over Twitter, and even threatened to sue some of them if they don’t keep quiet.


Gag me


In a typo-riddled White House statement, Trump pledged to raise awareness of sexual assault and to hold offenders accountable, since “these heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately.”

“We must not be afraid to talk about sexual assualt [sic] and sexual assult [sic] prevention with our loved ones, in our communities, and with those who have experienced these tragedies,” he said. “We must encourage victims to report sexual assault and law enforcement to hold offenders accountable, and we must support victims and survivors unremmittingly [sic]. Through a concerted effort to better educate ourselves, empower victims, and punish criminals, our Nation will move closer to ending the grief, fear, and suffering caused by sexual assult [sic].”


I can think of several labels for them


One of the races that the group got involved in was the Chicago-area primary, spending roughly $1 million to back Lipinski over Newman, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. (The spending was technically done through a Super PAC called United for Progress, under the umbrella of Country Forward, which is No Labels’ allied political entity.)

One of the things those funds went toward was an attack ad that questioned the legitimacy of an anti-bullying organization Newman set up, warned that she backed subsidies for foreign airlines, and even called her out for having fruit flies at her restaurant.

Jacobson replied with her reasoning for the group’s intervention, explaining that part of the opposition to Newman was related to her endorsement by Bernie Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont. “I see a whole new crop of Democratic challengers—like Marie Newman—who see Bernie—WHO IS NOT EVEN A DEMOCRAT—as a model worthy of emulation,” Jacobson wrote, all-caps in the original, denigrating Sanders for not labeling himself a Democrat. “But I don’t think we need more people in Congress on either side who rile up their bases and then actually achieve nothing.”


Is this Nancy Jacobson the same Turd Way yahoo we deal with here in central FL? I realize both names are very common.


Here’s a favorite of mine that I heard on Sirius on the way back from viewing Black Panther—which I actually liked even though the Marvel genre is not my cup of tea usually. Especially love Diana’s shorts!


Another favorite heard on the way home. Gotten love American Bandstand. Not sure Van was really enjoying performing this gig



sometimes they had them lip synch. i can’t really tell. might be why he’s not as enthusiastic.


That’s a lip synch. Plus AB certainly is not Van’s cup of tea. Looks like he HAD to do this


Have a great weekend TPW crew! I have a couple of links to drop



Interesting article. I thought the movie for its genre raised some interesting issues, and I especially enjoyed the portrayal of its female characters. (Though there really should have been some black panther queens thrown into the mix) And as always during these movies, the fight sequences go on and on and on.


Fight sequences are longer everywhere, it seems. I think there’s a whole athletic community of jujitsu-type fighters that are employed. Sometimes i enjoy the choreography, sometimes i FF through them.


Obvious that f’ing judge has an agenda


Sentencing in the US


she has to win the appeal. judge should be talked to, at the least.


T&R, wi and all. :O)




The threat from Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s chief of staff arrived in a voice mail.

“You better f—–g reply to me or I will f—–g kill you,” Tony Baker said in the May 5, 2016, recording left for Anna Kain, a former Esty aide Baker had once dated.

Kain, who provided a copy of the recording to The Washington Post, alerted the police, filed a report for felony threats and obtained a 12-month restraining order against Baker.

According to emails obtained by The Post, Esty found out about the episode within a week. At that point, the Connecticut Democrat took matters into her own hands.

Rather than firing or suspending Baker, the congresswoman consulted her personal attorneys and advisers, she said. She also spoke to Kain on May 11, emails show; Kain said she provided detailed allegations that Baker had punched, berated and sexually harassed her in Esty’s Capitol Hill office throughout 2014, while she worked as Esty’s senior adviser.

Later, Esty enlisted a friend, former chief of staff Julie Sweet, to look into Baker’s past behavior, emails show.

Baker did not leave for three months. By his last day on Aug. 12, according to documents Esty provided to The Post, he and Esty had co-written a positive recommendation letter he could use in a job search and signed a legal document preventing her from disparaging him or discussing why he left. Baker went on to work for Sandy Hook Promise, the gun-control group created after the 2012 shooting in Esty’s district. He was dismissed from the group this week after The Post contacted him.

According to Kain’s petition for a restraining order, Baker punched her in the back and “repeatedly screamed” at her in Esty’s office while threatening to retaliate professionally if she reported his behavior. She did not tell Esty or the House Ethics Committee out of fear for her safety, her petition stated.

On May 5, 2016, Baker called Kain approximately 50 times and said he would “find her” and “kill her,” she alleged in the petition.



Roughly six months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, the island’s governor signed into law “education reform” legislation that he says “puts our students first” but that critics say stinks of a privatization plan that will do nothing to help students.

The plan will consolidate schools and allow for charter schools and vouchers—ideas that are not endorsed by the Puerto Rico Teachers Association (Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico).

Another teacher’s union, the Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, vowed that it, alongside teachers, parents, and students, would “defeat the false reform with the struggle on the street and in schools.”

Offering background, education historian Lauren Lefty wrote at Jacobin:

In the wake of twin disasters—one man-made in the form of a vulture fund-fueled debt crisis, and one natural in the form of last September’s Hurricane María — Puerto Rican leaders are attempting to implement a vast austerity program, claiming it will solve the island’s economic woes. In the eyes of many Puerto Ricans, however, this is textbook “disaster capitalism”: capitalizing on a moment of crisis, when the population is weak and unable to mobilize, to ram through pro-market austerity measures.

Although the government has slowly been rolling out austerity measures since the debt crisis began, post-hurricane, it’s doubled down. And the island’s public school system is one of the leading targets.

Don midwest
Don midwest

When I interact with someone who spends no time on the web, I usually recommend commondreams.org as a one stop shopping to keep up with important issues.

Ugh. Did I use “one stop shopping”? Has consumerism taken over my brain?



In the week since they organized a worldwide protest against gun violence, student survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida, have faced personal attacks and accusations that they want to repeal the second amendment.

The organizers have stayed focused on their goal: making an impact on the 2018 elections. Less than 48 hours after the March for Our Lives ended, David Hogg, one of the most prominent Marjory Stoneman Douglas student activists, announced a plan to hold town halls across American on 7 April to hold members of Congress accountable for their positions on gun laws. By Friday, they had confirmed events in 30 districts, with a goal of 535, one for every member of Congress.

The student activists pushed back swiftly on Twitter: they did not support repealing the second amendment, they wrote, accusing Trump of stoking unnecessary division.

“March for Our Lives’ position is not to repeal the second amendment, but to effectively address the gun violence issues that our rampant in our country,” the students of March for Our Lives said in a statement.

Their specific demands include universal background checks, investment in public health research, and a ban on a subset of military-style “assault weapons”, as well as on higher-capacity ammunition magazines. These policies do not require a repeal of the second amendment in order to pass. All they need are enough votes in Congress.

As they move into their second month of activism in the toxic American gun control debate, the teenage activists continued to show moments of remarkable discipline in their responses.

“My question would be for little Davey Hogg,” a caller identified as Carlos from Mustang, Oklahoma, asked Hogg in a live call on NPR’s On Point Monday. “What are you going to do when the 5 million members of the NRA take up arms against your faction? Because what you’re trying to do is confiscation of firearms. And don’t tell me that that’s not the case.”

Some listeners heard this comment with alarm, as a suggestion of violence against student activists. But Hogg responded live with complete calm. He did not support confiscation of all guns, he explained.

“I want to thank Carlos for making his voice heard,” he said. “I think it’s important that at this discussion that we hear all the sides.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

My hunch is that when elections get closer, and Bernie continues to win the day, this site will become more followed. Look at what happened when it was at GOS/DK.

Now it is so small but not to underestimate its reach in the future.

Don midwest
Don midwest

How to change the course of human history

That is the title of an article, but with a parenthesis added

How to change the course of human history
(at least, the part that’s already happened)

The conventional wisdom says that with the growth of civilization comes control systems, income inequality, and so forth, and of course TINA.

You might want to add TINA to your everyday vocabulary.

TINA = There Is No Alternative

As humans approach the possible end to humanity, what can be learned from civilizations in the past that have been lost in our Post Enlightenment view of the world?

A long article by two archaeologists that claims that ancient civilizations have a lot to offer about possible ways to create collectives.

They spend most of the article describing the current approaches which do not fit with evidence that pushes way beyond the simplistic: the birth of agriculture allowed people to settle and then civilization arose and along with this the control systems and inequality. That sentence is way, way too simplified but it is the gist of the article.

Note that the title contains (at at least the part that’s already happened)


Man, I am glad I avoid Twitter, etc. Nothing like reading illiterate writing in a small space. Exceptional, huh? Yeah, stupid down to the max! Hope you guys have a safe/peaceful weekend. 🙂

Don midwest
Don midwest

Political Power studies by Robert Caro

I have seen him on Book TV and various interviews, but have never read his long books. Thought this was interesting.

Robert Caro, The Art of Biography No. 5

I know this is too long, but no one cares.

Robert Moses ran the state of NY and the largest city in the country and he was not an elected official.

I loved being a reporter. I loved finding out about how things really worked and trying to explain them in my stories, and I became more and more ­interested in politics because I was starting to feel that it was important to ­explain political power. The paper assigned me to cover this bridge that Robert Moses wanted to build. The bridge was supposed to run from Oyster Bay to Rye. I can’t remember the details, but it would have required something like six more lanes on the Long Island Expressway just to handle the traffic. And the bridge itself would be so big that the piers on which it crossed Long Island Sound would have disrupted the tidal flow and caused pollution.

The bridge was still years away, but there was some minor measure, a bill or appropriation or feasibility study, perhaps, pertaining to it that Moses needed to keep the project moving forward. I went up to Albany, I saw Governor Rockefeller, I had a long session with his counsel. I saw the ­assembly speaker, a guy named Tony Travia, and I saw the president of the state Senate, Joseph Zaretzki. They all understood that this bridge was just a terrible idea.

So I went back and told my editor, The bill is dead. And then a couple of months later, a friend in Albany called me and said, Robert Moses was up here yesterday. You better come back up. And I drove back up there and walked into the assembly chamber just as they were approving the bill by a huge majority.

See, before that, I had written articles on politicians, investigative pieces, and I had won a couple of journalism awards. They were really minor awards, but when you’re young and you win any award, you think you know everything. So I thought I was accomplishing my purpose, which was to explain political power to my readers. But driving home from Albany to Roslyn that night, all the way I kept thinking, Everything you’ve been writing is bullshit, because everything you’ve been writing is based on the belief that political power comes from the ballot box, from being elected. Here was Robert Moses, a guy who was never elected to anything, and he came up to Albany for one day and changed the entire state government around, from the governor to the assembly. How did he have the power to do that? You have no idea and neither does anybody else. I said to myself, If you really want to explain political power, you’re going to have to understand that. So I decided to apply for a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard to study urban planning, and I got it. I was taking a course taught by two professors who had written a textbook on urban land-use planning, and they were explaining why highways get built, where they get built, and they were explaining it as if it were a mathematical equation, and with every class, they added a couple of factors—population density, grade elevations, things like that. Totally rational. I would sit there diligently taking notes, and then one day I suddenly said to myself, This is all wrong. They don’t know why highways get built where they’re built, and I do. They get built where they’re built because Robert Moses wants them built there.

All the Niemans had offices then. I walked back to my office, and I ­really sat and thought, How am I going to explain to the readers of Newsday about Robert Moses? And the more I thought, the more I realized, My God, I’m never going to be able to do this in the context of daily journalism. It’s ­going to take a book. To me it seemed that the story of Moses was the story of modern New York. I didn’t have an agent, but I wrote a book proposal and got a $5,000 contract, $2,500 then and the other $2,500 when I finished.


Scary stuff From TPM: watch-in-unison-sinclairs-local-stations-denounce-one-sided-news-stories

Local newscasts nationwide last week decried “fake” and “one-sided” reporting by reading from a shared script written by one of the most powerful broadcasters in America.

The so-called “must run” script, which local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group were required to read, according to several reports, blasts “the troubling trend of irresponsible, one sided news stories plaguing our country.”

“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media,” the script continues, according to a copy published Friday by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

“More alarming, some media outlets publish these same fake stories… stories that just aren’t true, without checking facts first,” an anchor adds, according to the script. Another anchor continues: “Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control ‘exactly what people think’…This is extremely dangerous to a democracy.”

Sinclair Broadcast Group owns more television stations than any other broadcaster in the country, and stands to spread its influence even more if the Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission approve a massive merger with Tribune Media.

“At my station, everyone was uncomfortable doing it,” one unnamed television anchor at a Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned station told CNN earlier this month, referring to the “one-sided news” script.

“They’re certainly not happy about it,” an unnamed KOMO employee told the Post-Intelligencer Friday, referring to their colleagues.


Hope everyone has their bonnets ready for tomorrow! Gene Kelly was supposed to star opposite Judy Garland but he broke his ankle before filming and was replaced by Fred Astaire who was a little long in the tooth to play Judy’s love interest. Plus Gene was a dreamboat.


I remember from childhood when Easter and April 1st coincided; my sister told me the Easter Bunny had already come and the eggs were in the backyard. I dashed outside and there were none! April Fools on me!

Not an April Fool — Bernie is scheduled to be on CBS Face the Nation and CNN State of the Union.

I’m hoping the weather forecast is an April fools–they are predicting 2-4 in of snow tomorrow where I live after a high of 61 today.

Happy Passover and Easter for those who observe. I will be making a Peking roast for our dinner. I don’t observe formally as I’m not a trinitarian nor Jewish, but I recognize that historically Jesus was a man of peace and advocated for the poor more than just occasional charity.

Below is a goofy Bernie Bunny.


or this little bunny…


Watched JC Superstar tonight. Fab production. Everyone was great (John Legend, Sarah Bareilles, Alice Cooper, etc.) but especially Brandon Victor Dixon (from Hamilton) as Judas. Love that outfit for the title number!

JC Superstar was the first show I saw on Broadway. Went with my Aunt Gert who I owe a lot to for my theater loving ways.



I liked this version a lot, but I had to adjust to all of the applause and crowd partipation. Alice Cooper stole the show a little by being himself; he was perfect as King Herod.


I really liked the concert effect of this production with the wild excited audience participation. I think it worked well for JC and for tv. The casting was great—even the smaller roles like Caiaphas and Annas (Broadway veterans Norm Lewis and Jin Ha) and Simon Zealotes (Swedish metal rocker Erik Gronwall). I especially liked Lewis’s hair! Dixon was the one who called out Pence when he attended Hamilton.


For those who missed Sara Bareilles’ performance as Mary Magadeline, here’s the YT:


I’ve always liked Yvonne Elliman’s version (I think she won a Tony for her performance) as she belts it out more, but I found Bareille’s version more tender, which worked very well.

I wasn’t aware who Dixon was. That’s quite catching!


Great performance

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