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Benny

For those of you who have Netflix, Knock Down the House is finally out. What I am discovering is that it is about more than AOC. Paula Jean Swearengin, Amy Vilela,, and Cori Bush are in it too.

I expect TYT to talk it up since all of them are Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress. I hope this raises the profiles of the ones who didn’t win but had the courage to run against the corporate Dem machine.

jcitybone

Especially relevant with the DCCC consultant shenanigans.

Benny

The optics are stunning, especially Crowley wearing starched white shirts that likely a PoC pressed the day before in a very working class district that changed in the past 10 years.

Mayor Pete would do well to start wearing shirts that aren’t just white.

polarbear4
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Leu2500
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jcitybone

https://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-pol-bernie-sanders-campaign-machine-20190501-story.html

The Sanders campaign has evolved from an unruly movement four years ago into a highly disciplined, highly structured, proactive machine that is the envy of the Washington establishment. An operation spawned from antipathy toward corporate America now functions with the precision, focus and outsized bank account of, well, corporate America.

“They are much better able to harness all the organic energy this time,” said Ro Khanna, the Silicon Valley congressman who co-chairs the campaign. “There is an infrastructure that wasn’t there before. There are department heads watching every dollar, coordinating messaging, targeting effectively.”

The 2016 operation “grew like a small online business that opened up one day, and all of a sudden orders started flooding in faster than we could supply them,” said Larry Cohen, a Sanders confidant and former head of the Communications Workers of America.

The new Bernie Inc. is like a relaunch after years spent in the lab, honing strategy, recalibrating and steadfastly developing a workforce.
Through the affiliate organization Our Revolution, which Cohen chairs, activists nurtured the movement after 2016, fielding slates of candidates, seeding key Democratic Party committees with Sanders loyalists, and aggressively recruiting new activists.

Sanders helped keep supporters engaged in the political off-season through efforts like his homegrown “Bernie TV” operation, which attracted millions of viewers.

Many political pros expected Bernie 2.0 would go the same way as other lackluster campaign sequels: Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Dennis Kucinich come to mind. That swiftly proved wrong. Instead, Sanders appears to have hardened the loyalty of his voters.

Leu2500
Leu2500

The headline: Bernie Sanders never had this before: A campaign machine that’s crushing it

And I want to point this out: even though bernie’s Campaign may have more structure this time, it still encourages the creativity of his supporters. We’ve been told: keep up with the artwork, etc. so it’s not sterile, unlike hillary’s Campaign.

And this was one of the best things about 2016: the campaign looked at all the creativity, The Art, etc and curated an exhibit. During the campaign! Can you imagine, electing a president with an interest in the arts? How wonderful will that be.

jcitybone

Barr lied to Congress and should be removed.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/house-democrats-just-released-robert-muellers-letter-to-william-barr/

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee just released the letter Robert Mueller sent to Bill Barr complaining about Barr’s initial summary of the investigation.

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-mueller/agreement-reached-to-have-mueller-testify-on-russia-probe-lawmaker-idUSKCN1S73ZV?utm_source=reddit.com

The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Wednesday an agreement had been reached to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify to Congress on his probe into Russian election interference and possible attempts by the President Donald Trump to impede the probe.

Representative Jerry Nadler told reporters the agreement was for Mueller to testify sometime in May, but that a specific date had yet to be agreed upon.

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jcitybone

😁😁😁😁😁

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-got-tricked-into-retweeting-f-donald-trump-account-to-millions-2019-5

President Donald Trump was seemingly tricked into sharing an anti-Trump message Wednesday morning after retweeting an account that promptly had its name changed to “F— Donald Trump” and its picture to a logo of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign.

The president retweeted over 60 messages early Wednesday, largely from firefighters and their families expressing support for Trump after the International Association of Fire Fighters endorsed his rival, Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, for the presidency in 2020.

However, he appeared to be caught out by one account which ultimately ended up insulting the president.

“My husband a New York City firefighter for 15 years will be voting Trump 2020 all the way!!” read the message from one apparent supporter, a Twitter account bearing the display name ‘lana del fenty’ and the username “@glamourizes.”

Shortly after the message appeared on the president’s Twitter page, however, the account’s display name was changed to “F— Donald Trump.”

The picture was also changed, from that of a young woman with flowers in her hair, to the logo of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, another of the president’s Democratic rivals for the presidency in 2020.

Soon after the president’s retweet, the account shared an insult-laden attack on the president.

“What a great morning. In all seriousness, our president is an awful, hateful human being who wants nothing more than to keep the status quo and hatred prevalent in our country when we should be pushing forward with the rest of the world towards progress and change. Please vote,” tweeted the account, linking to a government voter registration site.

At the time of publication, the tweet insulting Trump is still present on his Twitter feed.

polarbear4

One of my favorite authors is Anne Lamott.

Hope springs eternal!

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

I loved this story. A few weeks ago I received a text from my baby sister which contained the obit of one of her white friends, Sybil. Anne L reminds me so much of Sybil. I wish much happiness to the newly weds.

WindDancer13

Well, that was interesting. Someone was knocking on the door for upstairs (stacked duplex). I answered because I wanted to let whatever drug dealer who was calling know that the previous tenants were gone.

It was the Census Bureau. I remarked that I thought the census is scheduled for next year. No, the lady replied. It goes on constantly. It is only the short form that goes out every ten years. I have never, anywhere I have lived, had the Census Bureau come to my door.

Apparently, addresses are picked randomly so mine was not part of the current survey. I have been at this address since 2011, so I expect it should be coming fairly soon.

As the upstairs is currently vacant (Thank the gods!), I have no idea whether or not the citizenship is being asked regardless of current rulings (should have asked her, but only thought of it as I shut the door).

And, yes, I did check her badge. Well, thank you letting me share my excitement for the day.

polarbear4

humphrey

They are going to need pretty large equipment to handle some of those buildings. (just kidding)
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humphrey

Is there something fishy about stacking the Super Tuesday primary?

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/441559-colorado-moves-presidential-primary-to-super-tuesday

Colorado will hold its presidential primary on Super Tuesday next year, raising the already-high stakes on the biggest day for delegate allocation on the 2020 calendar.

Gov. Jared Polis (D), who has sole discretion to set the primary date, said he decided to hold the primary on Super Tuesday to attract attention from presidential candidates.

“Our Super Tuesday primaries will be a tremendous opportunity to participate in democracy and for Coloradans to have their voices heard by presidential candidates in all parties,” Polis said.

Colorado becomes the 14th state to hold its nominating contest on Super Tuesday. The 58 delegates it will allocate that day will make it only the eighth-largest prize, well behind mega-states like California and Texas.

The move means that more than 38 percent of all delegates to the Democratic National Convention will be allocated on Super Tuesday alone.

Underlining by me:

humphrey

It might clear the field but there are implications.

https://www.270towin.com/content/thresholds-for-delegate-allocation-2020-democratic-primary-and-caucus

The biggest potential implication of proportional allocation in such a large field is that no candidate arrives at the Milwaukee convention in July with enough delegates to win — and a brokered convention results.

However, there are a couple issues at the state level that could also arise in these large field 2020 contests that weren’t really mathematically possible in the two-person 2016 race

No candidate receives 15% of the vote. If no candidate meets the 15% threshold, Democratic Party rules state the minimum to receive delegates will be 50% of the vote received by the front-runner. For example, if candidate A wins with 10% of the vote, delegates will be allocated proportionately to anyone that receives 5% or more.
Only one candidate exceeds 15% of the vote — but just barely. If only one candidate gets 15%, the allocation is effectively winner-take-all. This is not a big deal if that person is the clear frontrunner, getting 40%, 50% or more. However, what if the opposite is true — a candidate wins with 16% vote share, while the next three candidates are just a few points behind. If that happened repeatedly favoring the same candidate, the party could potentially end up with a nominee that lacks broad support.

jcitybone

Since Bernie will have one of the better (if not the best) funded campaigns with a very healthy campaign infrastructure, front loading might not be a bad thing for him.

polarbear4

It helps deny other states’ importance, though.

jcitybone

Yet because he was Obama’s VP, he has a big lead among black voters. Bernie has to defend himself in this area, but so far Biden gets a pass

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/biden-2020-past-better-candidate

An unrecognized irony of the South Carolina primary’s current importance as a gauge of African American support is that it and other southern primaries figured prominently in the late 1980s and 1990s strategy of the conservative, pro-business Democratic Leadership Council – of which Biden was a member – to pull the party to the right by appealing to conservative white southern men, in part through stigmatizing and scapegoating poor African Americans.

Biden was one of the lustiest practitioners of that tactic. In fact, that’s what often underlies Biden’s boasts about his talent for “reaching across the aisle”. In 1984, he joined with South Carolina’s arch-racist Strom Thurmond to sponsor the Comprehensive Crime Control Act, which eliminated parole for federal prisoners and limited the amount of time sentences could be reduced for good behavior. He and Thurmond joined hands to push 1986 and 1988 drug enforcement legislation that created the nefarious sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine as well as other draconian measures that implicate him as one of the initiators of what became mass incarceration. (Making political hay from racial scapegoating was nothing new for Biden; he’d earned sharp criticism from both the NAACP and ACLU in the 1970s for his aggressive opposition to school bussing as a tool for achieving school desegregation.)

Joe Biden was also an enthusiastic supporter of the 1996 welfare “reform” that ended the federal government’s 60-year commitment to direct provision of aid to poor and indigent people. Instead, his tender mercies have been reserved for the banking and credit card industries. He has a record that goes back to 1978 of consistently working to make it more difficult for poor and working people to declare bankruptcy. And he actively supported the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that repealed the New Deal-era Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial and investment banking. The result was to give commercial bankers access to depositors’ money and intensify the wild financial speculation that culminated in the Great Recession.

As times have changed, Biden has expressed retrospective misgivings about some of those earlier actions and stances. For example, he very recently attempted to offer an apology of sorts, more like an unpology, to Anita Hill, which she quite understandably rejected. And he remains a pure, dyed-in-the-wool neoliberal, as much as ever a tool of Wall Street and corporations. We deserve better than a candidate who wants us to look past his record and focus only on the image he wants to project and, when that tack fails, can offer progressives only a “my bad”.

Fortunately, there is such a candidate in this race. Bernie Sanders has consistently and resolutely opposed every one of those racist, sexist, anti-worker and jingoist initiatives Biden has supported. And he offers a clear, unambiguous vision for an America governed by and in the interest of working people and grounded fundamentally on commitments to social, racial and gender justice. And that’s an important contrast to keep in mind as we move forward in South Carolina and all over the country.

humphrey

WindDancer13

Except with young voters not being counted, which means that young Black voters are not being counted, the numbers are skewed.

Bernie Sanders made me young again! joins Bernie Sanders made me white and Bernie Sanders made me male.

WindDancer13

I call them anti-choice, not pro-life. It is really too bad that none of them care about facts or information or humanity or, ummmm, life.

humphrey

I still think that she is waiting for the appropriate time to accept Biden’s offer to be his running mate.

polarbear4

M2.

WindDancer13

Biden and Abrams…the reluctant candidates…forced into it because the people cried out for them to save the world.

humphrey

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polarbear4

NYT is a tool. I’m almost sorry I post them at all, anymore. Them and bewapo.

humphrey

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jcitybone

In fact, he helped pave the way for the war as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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WindDancer13

Sharing this because I did not watch Joe “Anita Hill” Biden’s rally so didn’t know this was happening. Yes, people stumble during speeches, but most will stop, take a deep breath and regroup so they do not keeping stumbling over their words.

Biden had two aneurysms in 1988. Is this a sign of a pending problem?

Leu2500
Leu2500

Or, he’s still getting used to his face lift.

WindDancer13

Could be. His face gets all screwed up when he stumbles on the words…kind of like it is trying to slide off.

A report I just watch. Lol, cannot even remember what MSM it was. During one of his speeches, he said the word “folks” 32 times. Apparently, his speeches are so riveting that people find other things to do.

Leu2500
Leu2500

If he were Southern & said “y’all” that many times no would think anything of it.

“Folks” and “guys” (guys is gender neutral in the Midwest) are synonyms for “y’all” & their usage depends on what part of the country one is from.

For that matter, how many times does Bernie say “brothers & sisters” in his stump speech?

WindDancer13

Not 32 times. In any hour speech, that is once every two minutes.

And yes, when any word becomes that repetitious it does become noticeable.

I grew up in Southern California waaay back when. My high school friends used to comment on me referring to them as “guys.” (e.g., Why don’t you guys come over tonight?”) We were all females. So that term is hardly limited to area or even era.

Meanwhile, my comment was directed at MSM’s perception of the usage.

Leu2500
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Ruin mousetits poll, folks.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/5/1/1854573/-Daily-Kos-Democratic-Straw-Poll-May-Day-edition

It’s Bernie & Warren right now w ~5000 votes?

An e-mail is required to vote. Don’t let that stop you. [makeupsomething]@gmail.com will work.

Tyrannocaster

Please do not spam their poll; you just do what they are already accusing Bernie people of doing. By all means, vote…ONCE.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Excuse me. I wasn’t suggesting voting multiple times. I was just suggesting a way for people who don’t want to get mails from Kos to get around the email requirement.

Besides, Kos thinks we’re already cheating if we read about the poll somewhere besides dk & show up just to vote.

WindDancer13

Thanks! Gives me yet another chance to Unsubscribe from Kos.

wi61

I hang on their just to vote Bernie on these polls just to piss off the $hillbots. Otherwise I don’t really do anything else there.

WindDancer13

Other than to vote, I have not been back there since I removed all my essays.

wi61

Don’t like giving the GOS the clicks but for Bernie OK!!! Any way Bernie at 34% 15,000 votes Warren at 20% and 8800 votes and the MSM favorite Biden at 18% with 8100, thats out of 45,000 “votes” cast.

polarbear4

polarbear4

I digress. Been thinking about GOT, and the one big drawback I can see besides perhaps too much unnecessary violence, is a dearth of POC in leading roles.

Even though she is striking, perhaps Daenerys could have been a POC, and those she liberated, lighter. The writers were being true to the books. Maybe a continuation of the saga could explore something different.

Lunchtime musings. #GOTforLunch.

WindDancer13

No spoilers!!

Good point though.

polarbear4

I agree. No spoilers! I was only talking about up to the last season. But if you haven’t watch that, I won’t even talk about that anymore. :0)

WindDancer13

LOL, no problem with previous seasons, but I won’t see this season until it is over. I have to avert my eyes from any articles about it now. = )

polarbear4

M2. I’m learning how to use muting words on Twitter and I’ve put a few in there.

jcitybone

Way way way way way too violent for me. I started to watch it and fled pretty quickly. I wonder if the series would have been as popular if it didn’t put its foot to the pedal on that.

wi61

Not in my wheelhouse but to each their own.

WindDancer13

GoT like many other stories or movies that portray a lot of violence often have an underlying message regarding the inhumanity of it. When it is just violence for violence sake, then I totally agree with you.

One of my main complaints with most fiction over the years is that all too often characters (almost invariably) that we come to care about or the ones we totally despise always escape consequences, including death, for poor choices or having some character flaw or even because that is the way life is. Maybe I read too many Greek tragedies. = )

polarbear4

It might have been more popular. I know quite a few people who feel like you do. Some won’t even watch it.

The dragons are a lot of it to me. And the horses and the acting.🤴👸⚔️🗡

polarbear4

This seems yuge.

WindDancer13

It needs to be said over and over.

magsview

If that’s the bogus CNN poll you’re & Noratorious are referring to, didn’t they not even sample anyone under 50?? Crazy.

WindDancer13

Yup, no one under 50. the also forgot that 2/3 of the people polled (400 something) said they may change their minds…that is 2/3 of people over 50 are not sold on Biden either.

The day that poll came out (yesterday?) I posted chunks of the poll data so people could see how skewed it was. Tim Black has a piece out on it also.

wi61

Skewed isn’t the word ,more like outright manipulation to fool the uninformed voter into a false narrative on Biden and his popularity.

WindDancer13

Well, there are certain words that I tend to refrain from in polite company. = )

I am hoping that they do not resort to hiding their data sheets or else we will not be able to winnow out the lies.

jcitybone

The Q poll was even worse with Bernie in third place. I haven’t seen anything about it having a bad sample. I’m following the Morning Cinsult poll, which comes out every week and has a huge sample with a small MOE. It had a Biden bounce but no different than the Harris or Bernie bounce.

WindDancer13

I have been posting some of the anomalies I am finding in those polls. I think the Q poll info was posted in the afternoon thread yesterday, and the others in the morning.

Morning Consult had a small MOE over the questions asked of the total people surveyed. Those questions were like “How old are you?” When broken down into subsets for questions like “Who would you vote for if the election was held today?” the MOE shot up quite a bit into the 5.9 range.

Leu2500
Leu2500

I know Secret Service protection isn’t Bernie’s favorite thing, but it’s getting scary already.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/florida-man-convicted-for-threatening-to-behead-sen-bernie-sanders-isis-style

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been convicted of leaving threatening voicemails for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Court records show that a federal jury in Orlando found 57-year-old Robert Francis Pratersch guilty Tuesday of threatening a federal official and interstate transmission of a threat to injure. He faces up to 15 years in prison at a July 16 sentencing.

Federal prosecutors say Pratersch left three profanity-laced, anti-Semitic voicemail messages last fall at Sanders’s office in Burlington, Vermont. Authorities say Pratersch threatened to behead Sanders, “ISIS-style,” and videotape the execution. The remark was a reference to the Islamic State militant group.

Pratersch was indicted by a federal grand jury in February and arrested later that month in St. Cloud, Florida.

orlbucfan

Another nutcase loser from central Florida. Figures. T and R, LD!!

WindDancer13

Somebody is paying attention:

WindDancer13

After watching all the plastic passing as liberals, it is a relief to be able to watch and listen to Nina Turner.

polarbear4

🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿 With these hands.

Leu2500
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WindDancer13

The real effects of the MSM propaganda machine:

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/01/joe-biden-2020-1296862

Joe Biden has a healthcare plan, but doesn’t “have the time to completely lay out all the details.”

He also has a proposal for college debt, but no specifics on that either because “I don’t have time; I don’t want to keep you standing any longer.”

The former vice president’s ideas on climate change and foreign policy? Also works in progress.

Yet there’s time for relatively lengthy anecdotes about how his dad long ago was unable to secure a loan to help send him to a school he wanted to attend. And time to describe a New Yorker cartoon that hung in his office, to praise President Obama, to remember the untimely death of his beloved son Beau and — a crowd favorite — to bash President Trump.

In his first campaign tour of Iowa since announcing his bid for president, Biden has been light on policy detail and heavy on emotion. There are clear signs of rust: he mangles phrases and flubs names. He needed a teleprompter at his Pittsburgh debut and relies on notecards for names and important subjects.

WindDancer13

He sure has been getting a lot of bad press this past week. I am wondering if the MSM and DNC have different horses in the race.

CT: Biden is in the race to show that old white men cannot stand the pressure of a campaign, much less a presidency, and when he bows out for “health reasons,” people will start looking crosswise at Bernie.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Won’t work, because Bernie wears out the much younger press corps. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/reporters-notebook-year-bernie-sanders/story?id=40534390

jcitybone

For those Hickenlooper voters who want a second choice. More moderates to split the vote.

https://www.cpr.org/news/story/sen-michael-bennet-will-declare-for-president-hes-told-friends

Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet has told friends he will declare for president, multiple sources close to the senator have told CPR. He told people in a conference call on Wednesday.

One source said Bennet discussed an economic plan that would help all Americans prosper; and that he wants to restore integrity to the White House — Bennet said the winner-takes-all philosophy in Washington “leaves nothing for the American people.”

The source also said Bennet wants the educational system to work for everyone and afford people the same opportunities for a strong education that he had.

A formal announcement is expected in the coming days. Bennet is scheduled Thursday to be on CBS This Morning, “to talk about his plans for the future,” according to a tweet from the show’s official account.

WindDancer13

Okay, now this has gone beyond obvious. There will now be at least 15 people in the race with nothing to say. Yeah, all but five polling at 1%…just the right time to jump in cuz I am just so important.

Two weeks to the deadline to get into the debates. Him and four others need 65,000 individual donors or poll 1% in three sanctioned polls. Want to make a bet it will be donors? DNC thinks it has big pockets. Guess it is time for another donation to Benie.

Someone call Wikileaks and Anonymous. We need the DNC payout list for all current and future candidates. Except Bernie, of course, as this is directed at him.

Making a list now of these people so I can contribute to anyone who primaries them.

polarbear4

!!!!!👍🦜

WindDancer13

Lol, I took a break after that one. Jumped into one of my computer games so I could kill something without damaging any living, breathing being. Just a lot of bloody pixels. = )

polarbear4

Yeah, because we just made it to super Tuesday!

Leu2500
Leu2500

Well. This explains it.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/01/bernie-sanders-black-women-voters-colour-2020

Aimee Allison is the president and founder of She the People, a national network elevating the political voice and power of women of color

Much has been made of this booing. Many Sanders supporters called it shameful to boo the March on Washington. And to be fair, no candidate – including Joe Biden, who referenced the tragedy in Charlottesville in his campaign announcement video – has offered a bold plan to prevent violence and protect communities targeted by white nationalists and white supremacists – black people, Muslims, immigrants, Jews.

Black voters and women of color do not want another president who does not see or value us
Women of color and black voters need specific proposals about meeting this scourge. No candidate will win over black voters or women of color in 2020 unless they can respond with authentic understanding and address the rise of white supremacist violence that many of us cannot escape. Sanders’ failure to meet the moment at the She the People forum is a mistake that Democrats running for president have made for too long.

But the other Democrats running didn’t get booed, did they?

As for “No candidate will win over black voters or women of color in 2020 unless they can respond with authentic understanding and address the rise of white supremacist violence that many of us cannot escape. ” How blind can you be? Do you really believe that the Jewish candidate, whose Polish father’s family was wiped out in the Holocaust, doesn’t have an ‘authentic understanding of white supremecist violence?” Please. Especially after, just to name a couple of recent events, Charlottesville & Pittsburgh.

polarbear4

Yes. He seems to be very private about being Jewish. I don’t think he even made a statement about this last synagogue, did he? Or am I off base here?

Leu2500
Leu2500

He at least tweeted something.

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polarbear4

Oh good.

wi61

Meanwhile The FoxxCONNED deal gets worse in WI

Scott Walker’s Foxconn Deal Is on Its Way to Becoming a World-Historical Debacle

As a parting gift to Wisconsin, Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus once hired by Koch Industries to manage that particular midwest subsidiary, gave away most of the southeast corner of the state to Foxconn, a Taiwanese tech giant that could see a sucker coming from an ocean away. You will note that, Trump on his visit to Green Bay on Saturday, with Walker himself sucking up from the cheap seats, El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago didn’t mention the Foxconn deal while patting himself on the back for his economic genius. There’s a reason for that. The Foxconn deal is on its way to being a lemon of historic proportion.The latest examination of this ongoing, slow-rolling debacle comes from the Wall Street Journal, which tells us the tale of Mount Pleasant, a small farming town on which Foxconn has fallen like nuclear bomb.Contractors have bulldozed about 75 homes in Mount Pleasant and cleared hundreds of farmland acres. Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Village and county taxpayers have borrowed around $350 million so far to buy land and make infrastructure improvements, from burying sewer pipes to laying storm drains. One thing largely missing: Foxconn. President Trump and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou hatched the factory plan in 2017, and both attended last summer’s gold-shovel groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant, 20 miles south of Milwaukee.
As of Dec. 31, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant, famous as an Apple Inc. supplier, had spent only $99 million, 1% of its pledged investment, according to its latest state filings. The company projected as many as 2,080 in-state employees by the end of 2019 but had fewer than 200 at last year’s end, state filings show. The village is still awaiting factory building plans for review. Locals said Foxconn contractors have recently been scarce on the site. The impact on Mount Pleasant, by contrast, is palpable. Its debt rating has slipped. Local politics has become fraught. Neighbors have fallen out over land seizures. So far, then, the partners in Walker’s genius deal have reneged on what they promised to build there and they’ve spent one percent of what they’ve promised to spend-not to mention the fact that they’ve run roughshod over the people who live there and that the company has been giving newly elected Governor Tony Evers a hard time. From AppleInsider:Following complaints from Wisconsin’s recently-elected Governor, Tony Evers, Foxconn has attempted to renegotiate the contract. “To my knowledge, this was the first time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin has mentioned amending or changing the agreement approved [in] 2017,” Evers has said. While not revealing Foxconn’s recommendations, Evers added that Wisconsin is identifying areas that “will enable greater flexibility and transparency as the project continues to evolve.” “Foxconn has never wavered from our commitment to our contract with the State of Wisconsin and the creation of 13,000 jobs as part of our broader effort to make the Badger state a global technology hub,” the company said to us in a statement earlier in April. In the meantime, the local council has decided to lease 966 acres of land back to the local farmer they bought it all from for $1.7 million last August. For the privilege, the farmer is paying $170,000 per year. Local residents who haven’t accepted deals are campaigning to keep their homes, and are complaining to officials from the county about the future of the Foxconn plant. “At some point we’re talking about things that are just imaginary,” said Nick Demske, a commissioner in Racine County. “We’re pretending.” If you’ve ever wondered why people are fighting the Keystone XL pipeline so hard on the grounds that foreign corporations shouldn’t be stealing people’s land, this is why.

Also Terry Goh has removed himself from the day to day operation of the deal to run for president of Taiwan. Went to see Trumpcorp for pointers last week?

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Leu2500
Leu2500

The 75 homes bulldozed is what really gets me. 75 families lives disrupted & for what? A big fat nothing.

wi61

Yes and a farmer shelling out $170k to use land that used to be his. Politically this area of Wi. is solid red and voted heavily for Walker and Trumpcorp so this bit them in the ass and the tragedy is they’ll vote R again. A classic Thank you sir may I have another moment if I ever saw one.

polarbear4

That fracking lease should be illegal.

jcitybone

So looking forward to more of this. Is he trying to out clueless Trump?
“It was not clear to what mountains or issue Biden was referring.”

Maybe not enemies but certainly competition

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/biden-says-china-is-not-competition-for-us-prompting-pushback-from-republicans/2019/05/01/4ae4e738-6c68-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html?utm_term=.863451784e0c&utm_source=reddit.com

At a campaign stop in Iowa City, Iowa, Biden pointed to his years serving as vice president and as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, telling the crowd that there’s not a “single solitary” world leader who would trade the problems the United States faces for those confronting China.

Biden on China: “They’re not competition for us”

“China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man,” said Biden, who last week announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

He argued that Beijing has its hands full dealing with its own domestic and regional problems, such as tensions in the South China Sea — which Biden called the “China Sea” — and the “mountains … in the west.” It was not clear to what mountains or issue Biden was referring.

“They can’t figure out how they’re going to deal with the corruption that exists within the system,” Biden said of China. “I mean, you know, they’re not bad folks, folks. But guess what? They’re not competition for us.”

Leu2500
Leu2500

That’s funny. Because the new defense plan is to prepare for war with Russia or China. So China is certainly perceived as a threat. Oh and btw, an ex CIA officer just plead guilty to espionage for China. Then of course there’s whatever is going on with the Chinese down at Mar a Lago.

I wasn’t expecting to see 1988 Biden quite this fast. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Biden_1988_presidential_campaign

WindDancer13

He needs to do a couple of rallies a day. With him talking like ths, I give him two weeks before he has his melt down.

polarbear4

Or he’ll have enough time for his staff to get him prepared. Darn it.

polarbear4

Leu2500
Leu2500

A user commented further up that Biden’s been getting negative press this week.

This could be why.

Someone tell the Biden staff that they should use a rope to corral the press. https://www.cnn.com/2015/07/04/politics/hillary-clinton-rope-line-reporters/index.html

WindDancer13

Give them the rope. They are going to hang themselves.

polarbear4

I got lost in this for a while.

WindDancer13

Remember all the screaming about Bernie’s tweet about Venezuela? (Note: Only one showed up regularly out of the three that were part of a set; the one that looked like he was agreeing with regime change which the other two clearly showed he was against it.) Note 2: Yes, i know the one that got all the attention was poorly worded, but there was total amnesia regarding his anti-regime stances and votes for 40 years.)

Biden Sides With Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo in Backing Coup Effort in Venezuela

Despite progressive critics and anti-war voices speaking forcefully against the Trump administration’s overt backing of the attempted coup d’état by rightwing opposition forces in Venezuela on Tuesday, 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden aligned himself with the White House by throwing his support behind the overthrow effort.

“The violence in Venezuela today against peaceful protesters is criminal,” Biden tweeted on Tuesday. “Maduro’s regime is responsible for incredible suffering. The U.S. must stand with the National Assembly & Guaidó in their efforts to restore democracy through legitimate, internationally monitored elections.”

For critics, however, one of the salient dynamics about Biden’s announced support for the U.S.-backed coup in Venezuela in 2019 is what it suggests the former vice president has learned—or rather has not learned—about U.S. intervention (aka “meddling”) in the affairs of foreign nations since his support for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

polarbear4

polarbear4

@liepardestin

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