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Life in the Amazon does not simply receive rain — it summons it.

All of that lush vegetation releases 20 billion tons of water vapor into the sky every day.

Trees saturate the air with gaseous compounds and salts.

Fungi exhale plumes of spores.

The wind sweeps bacteria, pollen, leaf fragments and bits of insect shells into the atmosphere.

The wet breath of the forest, peppered with microbes and organic residues, creates ideal conditions for rain.

With so much water in the air and so many minute particles on which the water can condense, rain clouds quickly form.

The Amazon sustains much more than itself, however.

Forests are vital pumps of Earth’s circulatory system.

All of the water that gushes upward from the Amazon forms an enormous flying river, which brings precipitation to farms and cities throughout South America.

Some scientists have concluded that through long-range atmospheric ripple effects the Amazon contributes to rainfall in places as far away as Canada.

The Amazon’s rain ritual is just one of the many astonishing ways in which living creatures transform their environments and the planet as a whole.

Much of this ecology has only recently been discovered or understood.

We now have compelling evidence that microbes are involved in numerous geological processes; some scientists think they played a role in forming the continents.

I added white space to sentences in a NYT article

The Earth Is Just as Alive as You Are
Scientists once ridiculed the idea of a living planet. Not anymore.


Thank you for your post and for the “white space” (so much easier to read!).


More rewriting history. https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/439988-bernie-sanders-claims-his-sister-souljah-moment

Fox News is today’s Sister Souljah.

In a pre-primary season that sees Democratic candidates struggling to walk neatly along an ever-shifting party line, like some midnight motorist desperate to beat a DUI, showing up on Fox News has become the best way to break from the pack and prove your independence.

Suddenly, everybody’s doing it. And that’s the problem.

Quick historical re-cap: In June 1992, Democratic candidate Bill Clinton spoke to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and blasted comments made a month earlier by activist rapper Sister Souljah, who had asserted it was a good idea to set aside a special week where blacks could kill whites. Said Clinton: “If you took the words ‘white’ and ‘black’ and reversed them, you might think David Duke was giving that speech.”

The candidate’s remarks lifted his profile and poll numbers, convincing what were then called “Reagan Democrats” that he was an independent centrist they could support.

Since then, intentionally breaking with party orthodoxy to plant a flag of autonomy has been dubbed a “Sister Souljah moment.” (You can even look it up on Wikipedia.)

Don’t believe everything you read on Wikipedia. Clinton’s “sister souljah” moment wasn’t about autonomy. It was about racism. Which is why the “Reagan Democrats” liked it.


When I read this, I kind of got what the author was trying to say, but it was a really strange analogy. The weird thing was that the article was very complimentary about Bernie’s appearance on Fox. I guess probably for the wrong reasons.


Bernie way ahead. Of course then there’s that 538 poll of 50 handpicked “activists.”


Bernie Sanders has solidified his front-runner standing among members of the progressive political action committee Democracy for America, while Joe Biden and Beto O’Rourke have both fallen back sharply, according to the group’s latest straw poll.

Elizabeth Warren is now running second to Sanders in the DFA poll — though she trails the independent senator from Vermont by more than 30 percentage points, according to the survey released Tuesday and obtained first by POLITICO.

The straw poll, which is significant more as an indicator of activist support than a measure of public opinion, reflects the durability of support for Sanders and a shift in some left-flank enthusiasm for two rivals: O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, and Biden, the former vice president who is expected to announce his 2020 presidential campaign soon.

In DFA’s first 2020 straw poll, in December, Biden was running second to Sanders at 15 percent, followed by O’Rourke at 12 percent. By this month, Biden’s support had fallen to about 8 percent, while O’Rourke slid to about 3 percent.

Meanwhile, Sanders drew 42 percent support, up about 6 percentage points from December. Warren saw support for her candidacy tick up to about 11 percent, according to the poll, followed by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at about 10 percent.

DFA said Buttigieg likely benefitted most from waning support for O’Rourke. Among members who participated in both the DFA’s December and April polls, about 23 percent of O’Rourke’s supporters shifted their support to Buttigieg, with another 16 percent moving to Sanders and about 12 percent shifting to Warren.

Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg and Biden were followed in the latest straw poll by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), at about 7 percent support. Former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska was just behind Harris, at about 6 percent.

DFA said members cast 94,641 votes in the poll, which ran April 1 through April 19. DFA is expected to run additional straw polls before any endorsement. The next poll will likely come after the first presidential debate this summer.


…then there’s that 538 poll of 50 handpicked “activists.”

Regarding that reference, here’s some 411 — it shows a popular Media Deep-State “Expert” at work generating data rather than honoring it:


It’s interesting that these vulnerable points did come up at the Town Hall last night.


Officials with rival Democratic campaigns said that while they’re still early in the process of digging through his record, they’ve already identified his likely vulnerabilities. A few issues have already worked their way into national press coverage of Buttigieg, including a re-examination of a fraught episode in which he demoted the city’s black police chief, detailed in recent New York Times and NBC News reports.

“Our competitors can run their campaigns how they want,” said Lis Smith, Buttigieg’s top communications adviser. “We’re less interested in politics as usual and more focused on getting Mayor Pete’s hopeful message of generational change out there.”

Other potential points of vulnerability include his signature project as mayor, the “1,000 homes in 1,000 days” initiative to rid South Bend of abandoned homes, and his years at McKinsey and Co., a business consulting firm that has drawn intense scrutiny from Democrats over some of its business practices. His opponents also plan to hit him on his reluctance to take definitive stances on policy issues like health care and immigration, officials said.

Colin Reed, a Republican strategist who specializes in opposition research, said any campaign competing with Buttigieg would be working expeditiously now to piece together his record as mayor, including every interview he ever gave, unpopular personnel decisions he made and any municipal correspondence in the public record. He said Buttigieg’s work at McKinsey could be particularly ripe for “guilt by association” attacks given the current focus within the Democratic primary on “purity and corporate responsibility.”


I’m sort of conflicted on this. I agree with Warren, AOC, and Tlaib that Trump does deserve to be impeached, but I also agree with Bernie that impeachment will take away from issues like health care, etc., especially since the Republican Senate will never convict


Monday was the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had to know might be coming but did her best to forestall. It was the day the dam she had erected against the Democrats’ impeachment fervor was breached.

Despite polls long showing about three-quarters of Democratic voters favor impeachment, Pelosi and her fellow leaders had done a good job keeping their party’s congressional contingent unified behind a more cautious approach. While a handful of mostly backbenchers have kept beating the impeachment drum, it hadn’t really filtered up into the ranks of top leaders and presidential candidates.

After the release of the Mueller report, that’s changing. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first big-name 2020 candidate to come out in favor of impeachment, and on Monday Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) joined her.

In some ways, it’s a wonder it’s taken this long. The 2020 Democratic field has already lurched to the left on a number of issues the party used to avoid for fear of looking too extreme: single-payer health care, jobs guarantees, marijuana legalization, free or debt-free college and reparations for slavery. For members like Warren and Harris, supporting impeachment while other 2020 Democrats remain reluctant is a great way to get to the left of your opponents. And there’s very little downside in the primaries, given this is a 75-25 issue.


Chris Cillizza !!! backs Bernie on this point.


Sanders went on to say that he supports the House conducting an investigation into some of the seemingly obstructive behaviors by Trump documented by Mueller and that, once that investigation concludes, he was open to reassessing.

That seems to me to be right where Democrats need to be heading into 2020. And here’s why:
1) Abandoning the Mueller report conclusions is unacceptable to the party’s political base.
2) Impeachment will allow Trump to paint himself as a victim of overly partisan Democrats looking to run him out because they lost an election.
3) Senate Republicans will simply not abandon Trump en masse, ensuring that even if impeachment succeeds in the House, Trump will not be removed from office.

Given those three competing realities, Sanders’ position — we need to continue to investigate but we can’t build the entire Democratic case against Trump in 2020 around impeachment — is the most politically sound place to be.

Although Sanders didn’t mention the 2016 campaign or Hillary Clinton’s strategy against Trump in that race, it’s clear that his position on Trump and impeachment is informed by that contest.

In 2016, Clinton’s underlying (and sometimes overlying) message was something like this: Trump is awful and you will never vote for him. And I am the only other person running for president.

Yes, Clinton talked policy, too, but the overarching message was entirely focused on her belief that Trump was unfit for office. And voters agreed!

Exit polling from that race showed that just more than a third of all voters liked Trump, thought he was honest and trustworthy or believed he had the temperament to be president. But even some of those who didn’t like Trump voted for him anyway because they didn’t like Clinton much more — and, as importantly, they had no sense of what she would do differently.
In short, the 2016 race became a personality contest between two people that voters didn’t like. So they chose the one they thought might change things more.

Sanders is clearly wary — and rightly so — of re-running that race.


I would love nothing more than Bernie say “your fired” to Trumpcorp on Nov 7 2020.

That would be better than any impeachment!!!



California Sen. Kamala Harris is resisting pressure from the left flank of her Democratic party to take a more critical stance on the Israeli government and its policies towards Palestinians, holding firmly to her moderate approach to U.S.-Israel relations in her 2020 run for president.

In the Senate and on the campaign trail, Harris is opposing the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel, foreign aid cuts to the state, condemnatory votes on Israel at the United Nations and public criticism of its leadership — all tactics increasingly popular with the Democratic base and adopted by several of her Democratic presidential rivals.

Unlike those rivals, Harris is standing by her association with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, as the advocacy organization becomes a lightning rod within the Democratic Party.

“Her support for Israel is central to who she is,” Harris’ campaign communications director, Lily Adams, told McClatchy. “She is firm in her belief that Israel has a right to exist and defend itself, including against rocket attacks from Gaza.”

Harris’ embrace of Israel — one of her first foreign travel destinations as senator — and her diplomatic response to some of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s most controversial policies are consistent with Democrats’ traditional support for the Jewish state.


Lily Adams. Worked on Hillary’s campaign. Cecile Richards daughter.

Lily, why don’t you tell us how much money Harris has gotten from pro-Netanyahu interests?


There’s a contrast with Senator Sanders’ statement earlier in the evening, calling Israel a “racist government.”



The fact that we’re even having this debate is a good sign for where the Democratic Party is moving with regard to voting rights, even if an amendment to lower the voting age to 16 only received support from a little over half of the House Democratic caucus last month. But the entire question from the Harvard student is a trap, one which Cuomo of course immediately fell into because his brain is concentrated in his jawline. For every convicted bomber who’d be granted the right to vote, there’s a hundred thousand people who became felons due to nonviolent drug offenses who’d be re-enfranchised.

Also, relying on a justice system that systematically protects the powerful in society—who only rarely answer for their own crimes—to sort out who should vote in America is dangerous and stupid.

Contrary to what Buttigieg said, being thrown in jail does not remove you from the “political life” of America. In fact, people in prison interact with the government (or a government contractor, unfortunately) 24/7, which is decidedly more than most of us. If they’re lucky, their needs are factored into state budgets. If they’re not, bad shit tends to happen in the way that it tends to when a population’s needs are ignored by people elected in a process which that population didn’t have the right to participate in.

Sanders is right; the right to vote shouldn’t be taken away for bad behavior, and that includes Dhokar Tsarnaev. And considering this country’s racist history of both administering justice and taking away the right to vote for bullshit reasons, no one should trust the state to be a fair arbiter of who gets to vote.


Hope Bernie reads this before his next town Hall. 😜


The question though, was surely meant as a gotcha. Just like the debate question Dukakis got ‘would you favor the death penalty for a man who raped your wife.’

That question (and the tank picture) are believed to have contributed to his losing.


The MOE is 5.4 so really this poll is not too different from the previous poll, except for Buttigieg rise.


In a field of 24 announced and potential contenders, Joe Biden currently has the support of 27% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, which is similar to his 28% support in March and 29% in January, according to this morning’s Monmouth University Poll. Support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is currently at 20%, which is down slightly from 25% in March, but still higher than his 16% support in January.

“If Biden does enter the race this week, he starts off with a fairly stable amount of good will from Democrats. We might even expect to see a small bump after his announcement, but the bigger question will be what happens when those voters start taking a closer look at him on the campaign trail. It’s a long way to Iowa and a lot can happen,” said Murray.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg currently has 8% support. He registered less than 1% in prior Monmouth polls. California Sen. Kamala Harris has 8% support, off just slightly from 10% in March and 11% in January. Rounding out the field of top contenders are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 6% (from 8% in both March and January) and former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 4% (6% in March and 7% in January).


Ummm, I was not a math major, but pretty sure that progressively lower does not equal similar:

Joe Biden currently has the support of 27% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters, which is similar to his 28% support in March and 29% in January,

Don midwest
Don midwest

WA Post publishes propaganda


Or was it? On closer inspection, the report wasn’t coming from the D.C. paper’s newsroom. Though the link takes you to a page published by WashingtonPost.com, the story is actually a publication of WP BrandStudio, the paper’s branded content platform. In other words, the article is really an advertisement, and the copy was paid for by the American Petroleum Institute. The tagline — “Content from American Petroleum Institute” — is plain to see if you’re looking for it, though easy to miss if you’re not.

It’s not surprising that the trade group representing the oil and gas industry would want to leap to the defense of natural gas now. The notion that the energy source is a “bridge fuel” that will somehow safely deliver us to wind and solar — and past the threat of climate change — has been vaporized by recent science.

The combustion of natural gas does in fact create less carbon dioxide than the burning of coal, as the API “article” notes, pointing out that “new natural gas plants emit 50 to 60 percent less carbon into the atmosphere than new coal facilities.”

But what the piece doesn’t mention is that the drilling, extraction, and transport of natural gas also releases methane. And though carbon dioxide is the best-known greenhouse gas and stays in the atmosphere longer than methane, methane traps at least 86 times more heat than carbon dioxide before it degrades.

Nor does it reference the fact that the amount of methane in the atmosphere has increased sharply in the past few years and, scientists warn, threatens to derail efforts to limit warming. While there are questions as to which of several global sources of methane — including cows, wetlands, and coal mines — is driving the recent spike in emissions, evidence has tied it to the boom of natural gas production. And that in turn has led many scientists to assail the idea that natural gas is a “greener” fuel. In fact, depending on the leakage rate during production, natural gas may be even worse for the climate than c




Iowa politics veteran Jessica Vanden Berg will join the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as his senior adviser for Iowa.

Vanden Berg is a veteran of state Democratic party politics, beginning her career working for Rep. Leonard Boswell. She managed the campaign and served as a senior adviser to former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb before working as chief of staff to Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She also ran Christie Vilsack’s campaign for Congress and worked as deputy director of the Iowa Democratic Party during the reelection campaigns of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Sen. Tom Harkin.

In late March, the Associated Press reported Vanden Berg met with a top aide of former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the possibility of a “senior role” on his presidential campaign. Biden reportedly will announce his intention to run this week.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Jessica joining our growing team here in Iowa. She has a long track record of working for successful statewide campaigns that have brought real progressive change to Iowa and across the country,” Sanders’ Iowa State Director Misty Rebik said in a news release. “I have no doubt her expertise and vision will play an important role in driving us to victory in next year’s caucus.”

Vanden Berg is the founder of Maverick Strategy and Mail, a Des Moines based public affairs and direct mail firm, and recently helped found Emerge Iowa, a nonprofit that encourages women to run for office.


More positive polling news. Bernie has the highest favorability of all the candidates.

NEW POLL: @BernieSanders now has the highest favorability ratings among Democratic voters of any 2020 candidate https://t.co/oe3qwWmb6O pic.twitter.com/KpqlNfIQRP

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 23, 2019


And the most support it’s A-As.

NEW POLL: @BernieSanders has largest amount of support from people of color of any 2020 Democratic candidate https://t.co/2BtdYLpmMq pic.twitter.com/1q6TfUKX8k

— David Sirota (@davidsirota) April 23, 2019


Oops. Make that all people of color.



As a mayor from a city with a 40 percent minority population, Mayor Pete’s integration of African Americans on his staff and campaign lags far behind 2020 candidates like Julian Castro and Cory Booker, who were also mayors. While the black residents of South Bend, Ind., may be patient with Mayor Pete’s tepid black policies, it’s hard to imagine his record will translate well to the black base of the Democratic Party as a whole. In the face of Trump’s open bigotry and white nationalism, will symbolic gestures and good intentions be enough for black voters?


The results of this poll (so far-still a few hours to contribute) were somewhat surprising to me:


Bernie on Barbara Walters. https://youtu.be/1u-YVPQT2dM




Another Iowa here for Bernie. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/04/23/iowa-caucuses-2020-bernie-sanders-hires-jessica-vanden-berg-advisor/3545434002/

Iowa politics veteran Jessica Vanden Berg will join the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as his senior adviser for Iowa.

Vanden Berg is a veteran of state Democratic party politics, beginning her career working for Rep. Leonard Boswell. She managed the campaign and served as a senior adviser to former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb before working as chief of staff to Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. She also ran Christie Vilsack’s campaign for Congress and worked as deputy director of the Iowa Democratic Party during the reelection campaigns of Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Sen. Tom Harkin.

In late March, the Associated Press reported Vanden Berg met with a top aide of former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the possibility of a “senior role” on his presidential campaign. Biden reportedly will announce his intention to run this week.


Interesting that Jessica reportedly considered working for Biden, but will now work for Sanders (for Iowa at least).


It will be very interesting to see what approach Buttigieg and Klobuchar take to their town halls. I’m sure they will avow that they are not, never have been, and never will be socialists in any manner, shape, or form.


Fox News announced Tuesday that it will host a town-hall event with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on May 19 in New Hampshire. This comes after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participated in a Fox News town hall that was considered a ratings success, causing other Democrats to consider scheduling their own. Another Democratic candidate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), also recently announced a Fox News town hall, scheduled for May 8. “We look forward to hosting Mayor Buttigieg in New Hampshire and again showcasing our first-in-class journalism and election coverage,” Jay Wallace, president and executive Editor of Fox News, said in a statement.


It might be interesting, but I do not encourage anyone to actually tune in for them. There will be plenty of clips later.

Why? I encouraged everyone to turn into Bernie’s Town Hall on Fox to show them what a ratings boost he would bring. If the ratings are lower, and especially much lower, for the others, corporate greed will kick in.

So step one is to get them to focus on Bernie, and Step 2 is get them to treat him and his policies fairly (unlike MSM outlets). Yes, I am advocating turning Fox into Pavlov’s dogs.


Start around 55 for the list. Pay particular attention to 4, 7 and 10.

Number 8 is also good if you substitute black/white with any of the other seemingly divided interests in this country.



Joe Biden will announce his presidential campaign on Thursday with an online video, sources familiar with the plans confirm to CNN.

The former vice president’s team has been laying the campaign groundwork for months.

Biden will hold his first campaign event in Pittsburgh on Monday, a source said.

The Delaware Democrat also is making plans to hit the road to the early voting states of Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire in the coming days, a person familiar with his campaign planning said.


*Yawn* Wake me up when his run is over.

What already!?! But, I am still sleepy.



So insane. What has Venezuela ever done to us??



And gold and oil.

Don midwest
Don midwest



CNN ran the Pol-a-Palooza on Monday night, with back-to-back-x-five town halls with, in order: Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Pete Buttigieg. All of them stayed pretty much in their lanes, especially Buttigieg, who is by god going to romance those Better Angels until they cry uncle.

As Democrats, this is a habit that we have. We go right to the policy proposals and we expect people to be able to figure out what our values must be from that.

I think it’s important that we not drown people in minutia before we’ve vindicated the values that animate our policies.

I realize that everybody’s mileage may vary on this but, to me, this is doublespeak edging toward weaselspeak. How does one vindicate one’s values in a political context without enacting policies, and how does one enact policies in a democratic republic without explaining them to the people who elect the people who will vote for those policies? Nevertheless, you’d have to be stupid to think that there isn’t a substantial audience for this kind of thing, and it’s clear that Buttigieg has found the cause for which he’ll ride to Jerusalem.





Haha, kindred spirits we are!

It’s too late for me to delete mine but, if we’re going to duplicate a post, it’s good to see this one twice! 🙂


Peter Daou writes about his change of heart,


If you had told me in the spring of 2016 that three years later I’d be touting the merits of the Bernie Sanders campaign— taking flak from Hillary Clinton supporters for not being loyal enough to her—I would have laughed and asked what alternate reality you lived in. But life and politics have a way of taking unexpected turns, and here I am writing about the considerable strengths Sanders brings to the 2020 election.

Virtually every state and national poll shows Sanders at or near the top of the Democratic field. Polls are fluid at this stage, but Sanders is a known quantity and his base of support is solid. His proven appeal to young voters and independents is a powerful asset, and his ability to deliver a well-crafted and unapologetic progressive message to Americans across the political spectrum is crucial if Democrats hope to take on an increasingly extremist GOP.

He is not without his flaws and inconsistencies. He needs to do more outreach to black voters, the base of the Democratic Party. His positions have sometimes been at odds with the principles he touts. But that holds true for every candidate and politician.

Most importantly, Sanders has played a central role in advocating enlightened, compassionate, forward-looking policies like Medicare for all, free public college, a living wage, and more. In the heat of the 2016 primary, I was reluctant to give Sanders credit for moving the national debate to the left. But it is impossible to deny the important role he has played, and continues to play, in countering the far right’s extremist ideas.


Virtually every state and national poll shows Sanders at or near the top of the Democratic field.

Virtually every poll in 2016 showed Bernie beating Trump by wider margins than Hillary.

“Across the political spectrum” it was well known that Bernie did for better with independents than Hillary.

As for the “needs to do more outreach to Black voters, the Democratic base” poll after poll, including one I shared today in this thread, show Bernie polling best with them (and all people of color). And, By the end of the primaries Bernie did better with poc than Hillary.

Sorry, but I don’t believe that a leopard can shed its spots.


Oh, FFS.


That’s so gross. I hope that Syria regains control of the Golan Heights and changes the town’s name name to Ahed (Tamimi).

Netanyahu has Trump’s number, fawning praise will get you everything with him.

Expropriation of the Golan Heights a dangerous precedent

The US unilateral declaration by Presidential Proclamation on March 25th that the US recognises Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights…has set a dangerous precedent in international relations and trampled on what remains of the international rule book.

It has become a growing trend that the US is determined to undermine UN Resolutions that have attempted to call states into line which have acted in violation of international law and all acceptable norms and standards. This dramatic change in US policy regarding the Middle East has serious consequences as its next move may be to officially recognise Israel’s intention to annex the West Bank. It is looking increasingly like Trump’s proposed “Deal of the Century” for the Middle East which was expected to be unveiled after the Israeli elections, will be nothing but an endorsement of Israel’s illegal occupation of territories that belong to Syria and the Palestinians.

Just as Israel continues its land grab in the Occupied Territories, building more settlements and illegally settling Israelis on Palestinian land, it is doing so in the Golan Heights as well. Michael Oren, a former Israeli Ambassador to the US and a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, formally launched a plan last year to quadruple the size of the Golan’s settler population to 100 000 within a decade.

What is lost in this underhanded game is that expropriation of Syrian and Palestinian lands will not bring security or prosperity to Israel, only greater regional instability.




Uh oh, I hope she doesn’t decide to run for President some day!



Look who’s scared.

I will be in Green Bay, Wisconsin this Saturday, April 27th at the Resch Center — 7:00pm (CDT). Big crowd expected! #MAGA https://t.co/BPYK8PF0O8

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 23, 2019


Even if you do not watch Game of Thrones, I still think you might enjoy this guessing game:

Who said it: Donald Trump or a #GameOfThrones character? pic.twitter.com/0uwur61c1J

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 15, 2019

“Enjoy” being a relative word.



“I Was Bernie’s Biggest Critic in 2016—I’ve Changed My Mind”

I don’t know how to quote sections of articles on this site, so there’s the link to today’s piece in The Nation by Peter Daou, who seems to be liking Bernie and says so. Daou is not, in my opinion, always honest (like the part where he says “I spent fifteen years before the 2016 election as a progressive activist, a critic of the Democratic Party’s meekness in the face of GOP extremism, and a supporter of the policies Bernie Sanders promotes.”), and the piece smacks of self-reinvention, but it’s hard to disagree with the general thrust of this article. And better late than never. But I remember Daou from the Clinton-Obama wars. Some of us have long memories.


How to quote: click “b-quote’ button at top of comment block/screen.. Copy & paste words you want from other article. Click “/b-quote” button (it changes from the b-quote button) at top of the comment block/screen.


I hope he’s sincere, and he’s certainly not hurting Bernie here. However, he may be setting himself up as a sheepdog should Bernie fail to win on the first ballot.


Obsessive Rubin’s latest anti-Bernie screed. No Jen we don’t want free stuff. We want to tax the super rich and corporations to pay for benefits to all of society


It’s reassuring that at least one Democratic presidential candidate has perfected the art of standing up to the socialist left, whose dream nominee, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), would provide the perfect foil for President Trump. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) might be too sensible to succeed, but she deserves credit for reminding Democrats that there is no free lunch or free college or free health care or … really, free anything.



This poll asks who you voted for in 2016 and who you will vote for in 2020. Might be a better reflection of how many supporters Really stayed with Bernie.


Just to throw them off, I put Mike Gravel as my second choice. Thanks for the posting so I had a chance to tell them that I am still with Bernie.




Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is going to have to raise money like he’s never raised money before.

With Mr. Biden now planning to enter the 2020 presidential race on Thursday, according to three Democrats familiar with the preparations, one of the anxiety-inducing questions hanging over his team of advisers is just how much of former President Barack Obama’s record-setting financial operation Mr. Biden will inherit now that he is setting off on his own for the first time in a decade.

It is an urgent task, especially for a politician not previously known as a prolific fund-raiser. His leading rival in the Democratic primary, Senator Bernie Sanders, has amassed $26.6 million across his various political committees, including more than $10 million left over from his 2016 presidential run and 2018 re-election in Vermont. Mr. Biden begins at $0, and it would take his raising more than $100,000 every day until Christmas just to match what Mr. Sanders had banked at the start of April.

The incipient Biden campaign has raced to lock down the party’s biggest donors in recent weeks, pressing the message in private calls that the former vice president’s ability to marshal funds quickly will represent the first major test of his run, according to people who have been contacted. Mr. Biden’s allies have pointed with concern to the $6 million sums that Mr. Sanders and former Representative Beto O’Rourke generated in their campaigns’ first 24 hours as the high bar against which he will be measured.

Unlike those two rivals, Mr. Biden does not have an at-the-ready list of hundreds of thousands of contributors to ply for small donations. He must rely heavily, at least at first, upon an old-fashioned network of money bundlers — political insiders, former ambassadors and business executives who can expedite dozens, if not hundreds, of checks for $2,800 each, the legal maximum an individual can contribute in the primary.

But there is an inherent tension in the pursuit of big money in the current Democratic Party: the more of it that Mr. Biden gobbles up, the greater the risk of a backlash from a liberal base skeptical of the influence of the wealthy on the party. For Mr. Biden, in particular, it threatens to cut against a “Middle-Class Joe” image that is central to his electoral argument and appeal. Mr. Biden will enter the race already facing wariness from some on the left that he is a political and policy moderate with deep ties to moneyed donors and big companies, many of which are incorporated in Delaware, his home state.


No mention of Mayor Pete eating into biden’s Donor base.


Nice synopsis from Tim Black on the CNN Town Halls:

I must say, though, that when he went on about the “nice guy” image of Buttigieg that my thoughts strayed to the “nice guy” remarks that everyone makes when they discover their neighbor is a serial killer.


Beto actually might have had better luck trying the more progressive route—maybe trying to be a younger Bernie or Liz. Now he is getting run over by Mayor Pete


BETO O’ROURKE STARTED his presidential run with a nearly unprecedented asset: a trained and functioning ground operation, staffed and ready to deploy at the flick of a switch. When he lit it up on March 30, his campaign generated tens of thousands of text messages sent by volunteers and raised some $6 million in the first 24 hours.

Days later, he named Jen O’Malley Dillon, a Barack Obama veteran, as campaign manager. The decision led inexorably to the jettisoning of that field operation and its two architects, Bernie Sanders alumni Becky Bond and Zack Malitz, whose departures from the O’Rourke campaign were reported on Saturday by BuzzFeed News.

The internal conflict between O’Malley Dillon and Bond is more than just personnel drama — it suggests that O’Rourke has settled on a strategic direction for his campaign. O’Rourke, who won an insurgent primary campaign to get to Congress, and ran as a political outsider against Sen. Ted Cruz, is refashioning himself as an insider.

“If he doesn’t run a similar campaign that he’s run his entire career, he’s not gonna be the same candidate,” said Lillian Salerno, a Texas congressional candidate in 2018 and an outspoken O’Rourke supporter. “The loss of Bond and Malitz makes me think he is going to run down the middle, and if he runs down the middle, he will get run over,” she added, an allusion to a Texas quote by her friend and occasional podcast co-host Jim Hightower.

The question dogging O’Rourke throughout his Senate campaign was whether he was too progressive for Texas. Around the country, the question soon became whether he was too conservative for a national Democratic primary. Ostensibly choosing Team Obama over the political revolution, O’Rourke took one more step toward reshaping himself as a more mainstream candidate.


So here’s that mean post by the Hill.

We’re backing of the Bernie by commenting two words “he’s right.“

If you want, we can use all the “He’s right.” comments we can muster. I was happily surprised to come upon this.

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