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polarbear4

T&R for Benny, tho. :o)

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jcitybone

Absolutely disgusting

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/03/us/wisconsin-wolves-killings.html?referringSource=articleShare

Hunters in Wisconsin killed more than 200 wolves last week, far exceeding the state’s limit as they scrambled to take advantage of Trump-era wildlife rules that they worry may be tightened by the Biden administration.

At least 216 wolves were killed in less than 60 hours, exceeding the state quota of 119 and prompting Wisconsin to end what was meant to be a one-week hunt four days early, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Environmentalists, who fought unsuccessfully in state court to stop the hunt, said the killings had occurred during breeding season, when gray wolves are especially vulnerable. They said the large number of wolves killed in such a short time underscored the need for President Biden to put the gray wolf back on the list of animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

“These animals were killed using packs of dogs, snares and leg-hold traps,” Kitty Block, chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, said on Tuesday. “It was a race to kill these animals in the most cruel ways.”

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orlbucfan

The blatant and sometimes very cruel stupidity in this country has ceased to amaze me. 🙄🙁💩

wi62

Same here not surprised, Way to many so called hunters just want to kill anything so they can brag about it. To me a true hunter is one that use’s the skill of bow and arrow and then actually eats what they kill.

polarbear4

i see fear in these people of the wild in us all. fear of acknowledging that we, too, yearn for running in the snow with the wind in our nostrils, maybe fear of the feminine.

it’s hard to read the truth of their brutal and tortuous deaths. harder still to understand such a mass psychological perversion in their torturers.

LieparDestin

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/03/wisconsin-hunters-kill-216-wolves-less-than-60-hours-uproar

As Native American tribes claimed a quota of 81 wolves, this left 119 for the state-licensed trappers and hunters. Because the tribes consider wolves sacred, they typically use their allotment to protect, not kill, them

Should we, would we, could we have [closed the season] sooner? Yes.” Eric Lobner, DNR wildlife director, said, according to the Journal Sentinel.

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Because officials rushed to open the season, there was dramatically limited opportunity for legally mandated consultation with Native American tribes, the newspaper also notes.

“This season trampled over the tribes’ treaty rights, the Wisconsin public and professional wildlife stewardship,” a representative for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission reportedly said.

magsview

I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would want to kill those beautiful, and overall good for the ecosystem, creatures.

jcitybone

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-justice-progressives-idUSKBN2AW18M?utm_source=reddit.com

Three Black female local prosecutors aligned with a movement to end racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system are seen as contenders for top federal prosecutor posts, sources said, a potential sign of how President Joe Biden aims to reform the Justice Department.

Rachael Rollins in Boston, Sherry Boston in Atlanta and Satana Deberry in Durham, North Carolina have been approached by congressional Democrats or members of Biden’s transition team about potentially leading some of the department’s 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices, sources familiar with the matter said.

They are part of a growing national movement of “progressive prosecutors” who support efforts to eliminate racial disparities by rejecting the traditional “tough on crime” culture that has led to the disproportionate incarceration of Black men.

The movement has gained momentum since nationwide protests followed the May killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

“It’s definitely on reformers’ minds that it would be good to get U.S. Attorneys who are like the progressive prosecutors who have emerged in big cities across the country,” said Jeffrey Bellin, a professor at William & Mary Law School.

orlbucfan

I hope these 3 gals are the real deal, and not some stupid idpol nonsense.

orlbucfan

T and R, Ms. Benny!!☮️😊👍

NYCVG

Chris Hayes nails it. He’s captured the absurdity of the moment.

Biden and the Democrats have the ball. (It is true that their majorities are slim.)

But what they are doing with their power is denying all the lessons Mitch taught.

If you have the ball, get it to the hoop. Full steam ahead.

This moment calls for investment, not austerity.

Sad to watch this failure in slow motion. Yet, nobody who reads this blog can be surprised.

magsview

I’m definitely for Full Steam Ahead! I think they really need to add some fuel to the train!

jcitybone

An almost book length article about Bernie’s years as mayor of Burlington.

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/03/bernie-sanders-burlington-vermont-mayoral-election-open-socialist

On this day in 1981 (3/3/81), Bernie Sanders became Burlington’s first socialist mayor by a margin of just ten votes. Here’s a definitive history of how Bernie beat the political establishment with a working-class coalition behind him and how we can do the same today.

Sanders would leave City Hall in 1989 as Burlington’s then–longest serving and most beloved mayor. By that point, he and the movement behind him had transformed the city from a decaying former industrial center to a vibrant hub regularly ranked among the country’s “most livable.” That tenure became a springboard for higher ambitions, as Sanders broke through into the US Congress in 1990, moved up to the Senate in 2006, and used his national profile to launch two bids for the US presidency, the second halted only by a last-minute, all-out mobilization by the Democratic Party to stop him.

Perhaps more importantly, at the local level, he had ushered in the “political revolution” he later turned into a national rallying cry. The fall of the city’s Democrats, it turned out, wasn’t temporary; the party suffered a permanent decline.

People in the Left in the United States were actually given an opportunity to govern. Actually run a government. Actually run a government. With a socialist. Who’s the head of government. In the United States of America. Think about that.

In its stead, the Progressive Coalition that organized itself behind Sanders wound up the city’s dominant political force. Its standard-bearer, one of Sanders’s own appointees, became his immediate successor, and progressives held the mayor’s office for most of the next three decades, forming a majority coalition in the mid-’90s, a feat achieved again just last year. In 2000, it officially became the Vermont Progressive Party, which over the years has elected twenty state representatives, four state senators, a lieutenant governor, becoming, as Bouricius wrote in 2015, “the most successful third party effort in any state over the past several decades.”

“We were really presented a gift by history here,” says John Franco today. “People in the Left in the United States were actually given an opportunity to govern. Actually run a government. Actually run a government. With a socialist. Who’s the head of government. In the United States of America. Think about that.”

Some of Sanders’s allies, perhaps even Sanders himself, had hoped his presence in the White House could have seen this history repeat on a much grander scale, a possibility the now-senator seems to have firmly shut after his defeat in the 2020 primary.

Yet there are important lessons in Sanders’s first year as mayor, for both socialists and progressives: lessons for navigating the electoral waters in a hostile political landscape; for the need to connect election campaigns and governing to social movements; for finding ways to build political power and measurably improve people’s lives outside the dusty institutions made to stifle change and ordinary people’s voices; and for understanding that obstruction, inexperience, and long odds don’t guarantee failure, if you’re willing to fight.

Bernie Sanders rode a wave of demographic change and organizing to the barest of wins, then faced a year of warfare in an office that was designed to let him do as little as possible, and that he knew little about. He came out of it a well-loved political figure who transformed a city for the better, and gradually ended up the most powerful socialist in US history. His journey began as just one middle-aged single parent struggling to pay his rent and electricity. Perhaps it ends with many more like him following the trail he left behind.

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jcitybone

orlbucfan

I live in an area filled with conservatives, religious and otherwise. Only political question I pose is are they registered to vote? If not, I tune out immediately.

wi62

Same here, talking to them about politics is like banging your head against a cylinder block wall. Their in their right mind 🙂

magsview

Thank you jcitybone. I would like to add a pic I saw not too long ago if you don’t mind.

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jcitybone

Refine? The only way any voting rights act will pass is if the McConnell filibuster is “refined.”

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/541574-biden-vows-to-work-with-congress-to-refine-voting-rights-bill

President Biden early Thursday praised the House for passing a sprawling election reform and voting rights bill and said he will work with Congress to “refine and advance it,” a tacit acknowledgement of the uphill climb the legislation faces in the Senate.

Biden in a statement touted the legislation, which mandates states to offer mail-in ballots and a minimum of 15 days of early voting, calls for online and same-day voter registration and provide more federal funding to prevent foreign meddling in elections. However, it passed the House late Wednesday with no Republican support, a grave sign for its chances in an evenly split Senate where it will need to reach a 60-vote threshold.

“The right to vote is sacred and fundamental — it is the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring. This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy,” Biden said.

wi62

To bad the senate doesnt have the guts to abolish the 60 vote BS and pass it. I wonder if it even sinks in the thier are over 200 proposed laws by the R’s to suppress the vote.

jcitybone

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Piece of garbage successor to Sick Rott is eye balling a POTUS run. 💩🤮

polarbear4

polarbear4

apparently a KHive psycho threatening the Bruenings over Neera. talking about firebombs. calling her children retarded.

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-can-end-afghanistan-war-if-adheres-to-trump-deal-2021-3?utm_source=reddit.com

The war in Afghanistan is over, if President Joe Biden wants it.

Well, to be a little more precise, the 20-year US military intervention in decades-long Afghan civil strife is scheduled to be concluded on May 1 of this year per the terms of an agreement negotiated between our government and the Taliban.

That deadline can be met and Biden’s campaign pledge about Afghanistan fulfilled if he chooses to ignore his advisers and stick with his predecessor’s plan.

That’s a big “if,” and a recent report from Vox, citing unnamed officials in the administration, suggested Biden keeping the deadline is already “off the table.” It shouldn’t be.

For all their differences, leaving Afghanistan is a point on which Biden and Trump agree — and for all Trump’s failure to end the US role in this war as he promised, the May 1 deadline is worth keeping.

The reasons to leave are manifest: We’ve occupied Afghanistan for the span of a generation. We’ve fielded deployments north of 100,000. We’ve suffered and inflicted tens of thousands of casualties, many on innocent civilians. We’ve spent and borrowed trillions.

And, for all that, we have not eradicated terrorism or built a stable democracy or guaranteed human rights or fostered peace. Another year of fighting won’t change that. Nor will another 10.

“Washington has spent $2 trillion in Afghanistan just to stay exactly where it was almost two decades ago,” as the Atlantic Council’s Emma Ashford recently explained at Foreign Policy. “And if Biden doesn’t withdraw now, we’ll all still be having this argument in five or 10 years, with no substantive improvement to the situation.”

This is a lost war which is not worth our while to continue, and everyone but the Washington establishment knows it.

And speaking of Washington, that brings us to the absurdities typically presented as reasons to stay. As Ashford observed, it’s “the Washington establishment that wants Biden to throw out Trump’s Afghanistan policy.” She pointed to the findings of the congressionally mandated Afghanistan Study Group (ASG), which were published last month.

“The group actually ignored the recommendations of its own advisors,” Ashford said, “which advocated two options: withdraw by the May deadline, or negotiate a single, one-time extension to push for political settlement.”

Instead, the ASG advised the Biden administration to keep US boots on the ground in Afghanistan indefinitely, prolonging the occupation until an “independent, democratic, and sovereign Afghan state” somehow emerges from the ether.

It should go without saying that any person of good conscience wants Afghans to live in freedom, peace, security, and prosperity with a transparent government that respects — and is competent to protect — their rights.

But by now, approaching the 20th anniversary of the US invasion in 2001, it should also go without saying that these are not conditions the United States can create for Afghanistan. It’s not that the goal is wanting in merit. It’s simply a goal we have proved, year after year and administration after administration, we cannot accomplish.

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/03/biden-minimum-wage-negotiations-republicans-473583

The White House is weighing whether to engage in talks with Republicans on a minimum wage hike once Congress passes its Covid relief bill, two sources with knowledge of their strategic thinking say.

White House aides said they believe there’s room to bring Republicans into the fold because raising the minimum wage is popular across ideological grounds. They pointed to the recent $15-an-hour wage increase passed in Florida, a state that voted for Donald Trump, as evidence that the issue has widespread support.

In a sign that the White House is looking to broaden the coalition behind a wage hike, administration officials reached out to trade groups last week to gauge their willingness to support legislation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Negotiations with Republicans would be another step entirely. And it would likely frustrate progressives and raise alarms among labor and advocacy groups who are looking to Biden to make good on his promise to deliver a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Progressives argue that a phased-in $15 floor over five years is already a compromise and would likely oppose any deal that would go significantly lower.

The White House has repeatedly insisted that Biden remains committed to a $15-an-hour minimum wage. And in a meeting with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, the president reiterated his position: “We need to get to $15,” he said. “I fully support $15.”

But the White House has, in the past, telegraphed that a final negotiation could mean they don’t hit that mark. And within Biden’s orbit, there is not a strong desire to use the issue as a battering ram against the opposition.

“There is zero percent chance the White House is going to shove the minimum wage down Republicans’ throats,” a source close to the White House said.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, argued that Biden could use the support he’s built around the Covid relief package to push lawmakers to support a $15 wage floor: He has “got all this support back in their home districts and states.” Nelson expected a $15 wage hike to be part of discussions around a jobs and infrastructure package that the White House is expected to focus on in the coming months. And she argued that Biden should pressure Republicans by building support for a wage hike with governors and mayors.

“This is something that Biden understands,” said Nelson, “that you can’t write people off because when you write people off, you are excusing them and you’re not holding them accountable.”

polarbear4

they cannot go lower. if wages had kept up with inflation, it would be appx. $25/hr.

wi62

There is zero percent chance the White House is going to shove the minimum wage down Republicans’ throats,” a source close to the White House said. Anyone think that Byedone has the balls to do that?

magsview

Thank you Sara. She’s one of the good people, as far as I can tell so far. I had fun watching her at a live rally online a few years back. She’s got chops.