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Benny

Off topic, but FYI.The NYT is free today and tomorrow. (I suspect the paywall will be back in effect on Sunday).

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/reader-center/world-press-freedom-day.html

WindDancer13

Thank you! Anyone who has Evernote (the free edition also does this) or a version of Adobe Acrobat can download the stories they most want to save or get back to. There are likely other programs that will do this, but these two I know do. If nothing else, there are always screenshots.

WindDancer13

I just got the email from the NYT. They are describing themselves as “the independent press.” Independent from what? Integrity? Anyway, it is a good way to confuse the public about their real role of not being a purveyor of what is accurate and unbiased information.

magsview

lol on the “Independent from what? Integrity?” WindDancer.

la58

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/03/roaming-charges-biden-in-plain-sight/

MAY 3, 2019
Roaming Charges: Biden in Plain Sight
by JEFFREY ST. CLAIR FacebookTwitterRedditEmail

Abandoned passenger car, Astoria, Oregon. Photo: Jeffrey St. Clair.
+ Joe Biden will never again be more popular than he was the day before he entered the presidential race. Still his residual appeal, a misbegotten nostalgia for the Obama years, vaulted Biden 20 points ahead of his nearest Democratic Party rivals in a Quinnipiac poll taken a few days after Biden’s announcement (in a creepy video) and his first campaign gigs, where, despite decades of service in the legislative ranks of Wall Street, he cunningly wrapped himself in the union label.

This Quinnipiac poll is almost certainly an outlier, but it must be picking up some kind of vibrations. Warren surging, Bernie plummeting. Warren has been hitting hard on new policies. Bernie is avoiding difficult issues and giving same stump speech he has for past 6 years…

This week’s Quinnipiac Poll vs. a month ago:

+9 Biden
+8 Warren
+6 Mayor Pete
– 7 Beto
– 8 Bernie

Everyone else is flatlining.

+ If you don’t think Biden’s the perfect person to represent the Democratic Party, you haven’t paid much attention to what the Democratic Party has become over the last 25 years: interventionist, anti-regulation, pro-austerity, merciless on black crime and devoted to Israel.

+ For 40 years Biden’s been a consistent neoliberal on economics and an ultra-hawk on foreign policy. I don’t see him changing anything but his rhetoric, which he’ll steal from someone else. (Neil Kinnock is all used up, so maybe he’ll lift a few airy phrases from Ed Milliband.)

+ Was Biden reanimated by the Night King, Qybern or Melisandre?

polarbear4

Qybern.

BTW, I ff thru violence or busy myself with something else. Sometimes enjoy a good sword fight.
And love direwolves.

humphrey

Do you mean like this?😁

Monty Python – The Black Knight – Tis But A Scratch

jcitybone

Which is it? Ultimately, who cares? He’s certainly right about Bernie being smarter and quicker!

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-thinks-bernie-sanders-is-smarter-than-biden-2019-5

To his millions of Twitter followers President Trump denounces 2020 presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont as “crazy,” and even launched into a mocking impersonation of Sanders’ mannerisms at a raucous rally in August.

But in remarks to Boston Herald radio on Thursday, the president indicated that he may have more respect for the veteran left-wing senator than he usually lets on.

Discussing his rivals for the presidency in 2020, the president remarked of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden “In many ways, I like him” — but added “he’s not as smart as Bernie [Sanders]. And he’s not as quick.” The president has previously named the two as the Democrats most likely to challenge him for the presidency in 2020.

Sources close to the president told the Daily Beast in April that though he believes he would beat Sanders in next year’s election, he has expressed grudging respect for Sanders’ political acumen, ability to draw large crowds, and his campaign’s fundraising haul from small-scale donors.

So why does the president think Sanders — whose chances in 2020 many top Democrats and pundits have written off — is a serious challenger?

The answer lies in Sanders’ appeal to white working class voters in Rust Belt states, thousands of whom swung to the Republicans in 2016, delivering Trump the presidency.

There is, of course, another possibility: that Trump is praising Sanders to sew division in Democrat ranks, masking his real fear that Biden is best placed to beat him in 2020.

humphrey

The second blockquote makes me laugh.🙄😜

magsview

“sew” division?

Nevertheless, yes, I’m sure that’s part of Trump’s goal. It’s a win-win for him in this case.

Leu2500
Leu2500

Today must be “biden’s Campaign dumping all its oppo research on Bernie via friendly media outlets” day.

Inside Bernie Sanders’s 1988 10-day ‘honeymoon’ in the Soviet Union

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-bernie-sanderss-1988-10-day-honeymoon-in-the-soviet-union/2019/05/02/db543e18-6a9c-11e9-a66d-a82d3f3d96d5_story.html?utm_term=.23eee02abf69

Sanders’ gun votes are again a potential liability among Democratic base

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/sanders-gun-votes-are-again-potential-liability-among-democratic-base-n999326

Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ What We Found in the Archives of Bernie Sanders’s Long-Lost TV Show.
What a forgotten trove of videotapes reveals about the man who rewrote America’s political script.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/05/03/bernie-sanders-burlington-tv-show-video-2020-226761

Garbage. A trip to Russia didn’t stop Clinton, and his was much earlier in the Cold War. Glasnost was a thing when Bernie visited. Hillary making an issue out of gun control didn’t stop Bernie from winning 23 states & 40%+ of the pledged delegates. As for cocaine, I don’t think he was trying to buy or sell any.

And none of these are voters top issues.

jcitybone

Yes I’m eagerly awaiting WaPo’s article about Biden’s opposition to school busing and his friendship with dear Strom Thurmond.

jcitybone

And here’s a whole article ostensibly about candidates missing connections with black voters that spends most of its time discussing Bernie’s failure to greet volunteers who made the food at one event in SC, and one woman who was bent out of shape because of that. It also has a swipe about Harris and the fact that she has not made more of her sorority connections.

Crickets about Biden reaching out to black voters there other than comments from Symone Sanders about Biden’s wonderful ability to connect with them. No actual examples. Also crickets about any real policy issues that might affect black voters. Could WaPo be any more transparent?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/african-americans-say-presidential-candidates-are-missing-basic-connections/2019/05/02/8055e02c-68fb-11e9-8985-4cf30147bdca_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.b20de8a06468&utm_source=reddit.com

Staffers for the Democratic campaigns say the candidates are beginning to forge connections and will continue to do so as the race evolves. Symone Sanders, who worked for Sanders in 2016 and is now a senior adviser to Biden’s campaign, said the former vice president’s ability to connect with voters is one of the reasons he leads several polls in South Carolina.

“You are asking people to sign up and saying that you understand their plight and you’re going to work to make it better,” said Symone Sanders, who is black. “They’re making a decision not just for themselves, [but] for their community . . . If you want someone to put that kind of stake in you, there has to be some kind of relationship.”

Former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, one of the chairs of Sanders’s campaign, who attended the event at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, said Sanders is not the kind of person who would knowingly ignore those who worked hard to put on an event.

“He talked to everybody that he could,” said Turner, noting that Sanders was swarmed by elected officials and locals. “Certainly, had the senator known — I don’t think he knew that people were working diligently to make this event the best it could have been in terms of food — he would have gone back there.”

Her candidate is near the top of many polls and has wide name recognition, she said, and “people swarm him all the time, whether we’re at a formal event, a town hall or whether he’s just walking down the street. So, yes, he does make time.”

Pryce said that for her, the missed moment was about more than a few seconds of face time. She’s seen plenty of politicians over the years, and she said Sanders missed an opportunity to learn from her decades of experience talking to and learning from South Carolinians.

“We could have pointed out some things to him,” she said. “He could have learned something.”

Leu2500
Leu2500

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/441921-american-indian-tribe-bans-gop-governor-from-reservation-over-her

A Native American tribe in South Dakota banned South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) from its reservation over her support for legislation limiting protesting of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Oglala Sioux Tribal Council unanimously decided Wednesday that Noem is no longer allowed to enter the reservation until she rescinds her support for two bills that would allow the state to sue anyone for “riot boosting,” according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

“I am hereby notifying you that you are not welcome to visit our homelands, the Pine Ridge Reservation, until you rescind your support for Senate Bill 189 and Senate Bill 190 and affirm to your state and this country that First Amendment rights to free, political speech are among the truths you hold to be self-evident,” Oglala Sioux President Julian Bear Runner wrote in a letter, according to the news outlet.

Noem reportedly announced the existence of the bills in the final week of the state legislature’s session, and lawmakers passed the bills within 72 hours of her announcement.

The tribe took specific offense to Noem consulting about the legislation with the Keystone XL pipeline’s creator, TransCanada, without also speaking to members of local Sioux tribal councils whose land would “traversed and endangered.”

Leu2500
Leu2500

Nina in Vogue:

Senator Nina Turner on Why Universal Health Care, Higher Wages, and Free Public Education Are Crucial Issues for Black Women

Snip

For millions of families in this country like the one I grew up in, the stakes are literally life or death when it comes to benefiting from universal programs—or lack thereof. About 20,000 people a year die from not being able to afford health insurance. And Hispanic and black Americans are particularly impacted by our fatally costly health-care system: One out of four non-elderly Hispanic Americans and almost one out of 10 non-elderly black Americans are under- or uninsured. Given that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country, of course health-care costs fuel the already shameful wealth disparity between people of color and white Americans. Many families lose their homes and go into debt in order to pay for medical services.

In the fight against poverty, the difference between a $12 minimum wage and a $15 minimum is anything but immaterial. To be cavalier about that $3 difference (as some critics are, even among liberals)—a difference that is nearly half of the federal minimum wage—is, frankly, an act of privilege. And women disproportionately suffer from the austerity of low pay: Most minimum-wage workers are female, and in all but one state women make up at least 60 percent of the low-wage workforce. And in 15 states, that number is two-thirds. As my friend Kerri Evelyn Harris at Working Hero Action often points out, it takes about three hours of work at the federal minimum wage to afford one box of off-brand diapers. It takes two hours of work to buy the ingredients to make a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.

Snip

Black women carry more student debt after graduation than any other group. Without federal Pell Grants and financial aid, I would never have been able to go to college while taking care of my family, but I’m still paying back loans to this day. My community embraced the narrative that education was the ticket to equality, and black women have become the most educated group in America. But what do we have to show for it? Black women still make 37 percent less than their white male counterparts. And we have fewer opportunities to save money, start businesses, and grow intergenerational wealth because we’re indebted to a system that yields inadequate dividends.

Snip

I’m tired of politicians who kick the can of equality down the road to subsequent generations while the people we know and love suffer today. I’m tired of conversations around the big changes I have fought for and am fighting for still—like Medicare for All, free college tuition, and a $15 minimum wage—dismissing these ideas as too radical or carried out in terms of dollars instead of dignity. I know how much these ideas would have helped my own mother and my own family when we needed it. I want better for my son. I want better for myself.

https://www.vogue.com/article/sen-nina-turner-universal-programs-opinion

jcitybone

Former President Barack Obama and his team blamed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s loss at the 2016 presidential election, regarding her campaign as “soulless,” according to a new book.

The Daily Mail published extracts from a new edition of Obama: The Call of History , written by Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times , first published in 2017. The new edition will be published on May 10.

“She was the one who could not translate his strong record and healthy economy into a winning message,” Baker writes about the Obama camp’s view of Clinton’s campaign.

“Never mind that Trump essentially ran the same playbook against Clinton that Obama did eight years earlier, portraying her as a corrupt exemplar of the status quo.

“She brought many of her troubles on herself. No one forced her to underestimate the danger in the Midwest states of Wisconsin and Michigan. No one forced her to set up a private email server that would come back to haunt her.

“No one forced her to take hundreds of thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs and other pillars of Wall Street for speeches. No one forced her to run a scripted, soulless campaign that tested eighty-five slogans before coming up with ‘Stronger Together’.”

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polarbear4

Actually a lot of us were turned against her candidacy partly because of the way he betrayed us.

magsview

I was disappointed by the way that the Obama ‘folks’ (one of Obama’s favorite words) cleared the way for her, but I wasn’t surprised, not with the mob-like hold the Clintons have on the party.

Benny

Why Universal Health Care, Higher Wages, and Free Public Education Are Crucial Issues for Black Women

My mother was born into a solidly middle-class family, but, as all too many Americans understand, everything doesn’t always go as planned—no matter how hard you work. She died on welfare. Without the support of the state, I shudder to think of where we would have ended up. As is true for millions of Americans, the social safety net saved us. It saved my mother when she was raising her children, and it saved us after she was gone. If not for food stamps, Medicaid, and various job programs, I would never have gone on to be the first in my family to go to college, the first black woman to represent my ward on the Cleveland City Council, and, ultimately, a State Senator.

For millions of families in this country like the one I grew up in, the stakes are literally life or death when it comes to benefiting from universal programs—or lack thereof. About 20,000 people a year die from not being able to afford health insurance. And Hispanic and black Americans are particularly impacted by our fatally costly health-care system: One out of four non-elderly Hispanic Americans and almost one out of 10 non-elderly black Americans are under- or uninsured. Given that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country, of course health-care costs fuel the already shameful wealth disparity between people of color and white Americans. Many families lose their homes and go into debt in order to pay for medical services.

In the fight against poverty, the difference between a $12 minimum wage and a $15 minimum is anything but immaterial. To be cavalier about that $3 difference (as some critics are, even among liberals)—a difference that is nearly half of the federal minimum wage—is, frankly, an act of privilege. And women disproportionately suffer from the austerity of low pay: Most minimum-wage workers are female, and in all but one state women make up at least 60 percent of the low-wage workforce. And in 15 states, that number is two-thirds. As my friend Kerri Evelyn Harris at Working Hero Action often points out, it takes about three hours of work at the federal minimum wage to afford one box of off-brand diapers. It takes two hours of work to buy the ingredients to make a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.

In no state in this country can a person earning the minimum wage afford the average rent of a one-bedroom apartment. Forty percent of Americans cannot come up with the money to address a $400 emergency. And college costs have grown so exponentially that between just 2004 and 2017 the average student debt rose from $18,650 to $38,000.

Black women carry more student debt after graduation than any other group. Without federal Pell Grants and financial aid, I would never have been able to go to college while taking care of my family, but I’m still paying back loans to this day. My community embraced the narrative that education was the ticket to equality, and black women have become the most educated group in America. But what do we have to show for it? Black women still make 37 percent less than their white male counterparts. And we have fewer opportunities to save money, start businesses, and grow intergenerational wealth because we’re indebted to a system that yields inadequate dividends.

As you can guess, Nina Turner is the author of that Vogue piece.

Benny

Don midwest
Don midwest

maybe in the past one could ignore your past

but even is MSM ignores it, there are many who will point it out

including BERNIE

death throws of the establishment dem party

Tyrannocaster

This is interesting on Biden:

A commenter dug up the video where Biden lies about his academic credentials, and it is…something:

My favorite part is when in defense of his claim of an extremely high IQ Biden cites…the fact that he took far more credits than were necessary to get his BA. One of his few redeeming qualities as a candidate is that he’s too far removed from America’s leading credential factories to even fake it.

Tyrannocaster

I can’t seem to find an EDIT button to embed the video in that post, so here it is. It’s a pretty strong indictment of Biden. “I’m smarter than you are” is not a good selling point, especially when the way you make the claim simultaneously undercuts it.

WindDancer13

My favorite in that clip is his being proud of graduating in the top 50% of his class. That makes him mediocre. Hmmm, who else have we heard recently bragging about their overwhelming smartness?

Tyrannocaster

Exactly. In the clip I posted just now, it’s incredible how similar Biden’s affect is similar to Trump’s. The same pushy “I’m talking over you”, the same lack of actual competence (his argument is seriously flawed if he thinks that taking more classes than required for a degree makes you smarter) – really, all he needs is the New York accent.

“Uncle Joe”…yeah, if by that they mean “That creepy uncle of yours is back”, LOL.

WindDancer13

He is running on the platform of “I am not Trump.” *wink* *wink* Whereas, he should be running as “I am not Trump with itchy Twitter fingers.” Lol, sorry. After I typed that I realized how bad that sounds, but I am going to leave it.

Being one of the thousands of women who had that “creepy uncle,” Biden is giving me some very bad flashbacks which may actually be contributing to my current depression.

magsview

Sorry to hear that WindDancer!! Solidarity {{HUG}}

jcitybone

LOL. Establishment Biden is going to bridge that divide.

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2019/05/02/biden-wins-endorsement-of-florida-democrats-in-early-show-of-force-1005334

In an early show of force, more than a third of Florida’s Democratic state legislators endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his bid for president.

The endorsements, from 23 of the Legislature’s 64 Democrats, were gathered over the past month by state Rep. Joseph Geller, a Broward County Democrat and longtime Biden supporter. Geller said Biden has the best shot at bridging a growing divide between progressive Democrats and those representing the party’s more moderate, traditional wing.

orlbucfan

What a bad joke. The Floridumb Democratic Party is so badly run/disorganized that it barely exists. Anyone this bunch ‘supports,’ I proudly oppose as I have a bit of a brain.

humphrey

Good one Orl!

polarbear4

WindDancer13

It is too bad that the majority of shareholders, in any corporation, do not have a moral backbone. If they did, selling off their shares would have a huge impact on these companies. As it is, their places will just be filled with jellyfish.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Posted for the bottom cartoon.

humphrey

I kinda like the first image.😏

polarbear4

Sometimes it’s the only thing left to do.

WindDancer13

I know this may be a stupid question, but other than election season, I do not spend a lot of time with Twitter. How do you Like a page? Just clicking on Likes doesn’t seem to do anything, and there is no button to push saying “Like.”

I refer to the wold as my totem animal, so truly loved this.

Tyrannocaster

I think you have to have a Twitter account to do that. I have managed to live without one so far so I can’t say that for sure, but it would make sense that non-members wouldn’t be allowed to post likes, dislikes, etc.

WindDancer13

Most likely, but I do have a Twitter account and use it to post support for Bernie and his/our policies. I have kept the list of who I follow down to four which includes Bernie, so I am obviously not very active. Lol, I have no idea how I have managed to pick up 15 followers.

polarbear4

You get there by clicking on the date and time, then the ❤️, once you’re there.

WindDancer13

I did that with the individual tweet, but don’t know how to like the group that posted it. Thanks!

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/02/bernie-sanders-running-unprecedented-campaign

Last Saturday, my partner and I showed up an hour early to get ready for our Bernie 2020 Organizing Kickoff event. As we re-arranged tables and learned how to operate the ring of TVs in the back of a local pizza joint, I tried to ignore the nagging question that often creeps into an organizer’s head before an event: What if no one shows up?

Forty-five people had RSVP’d online, but with the standard flake rate of about 50% that is common for political gatherings, we expected a couple dozen, maybe 30. But as the line of people coming in to register filled the spacious entryway and backed up through the front door, it became clear that standard metrics for estimating attendance would not apply for the first official campaign event of Senator Bernie Sanders’ second run for president.

All told, at least 65 people attended, working and retired people of all ages and races from across the community. What was going on here? One thing was clear: a lot of important local organizing work had been done in 2016 (and afterwards) that set the foundation for 2020. We were essentially getting the band back together.

But we knew that couldn’t be the whole story.

The truth is that the Bernie 2020 campaign is being thoughtfully and deliberately designed to create an unprecedented grassroots movement driven by hundreds of thousands of volunteers – and that approach is already showing results.

WindDancer13

It is a podcast, so I didn’t listen to it. However, the accompanying article details what is covered in this interview. I will need to check ebook libraries to see if there is a copy of this book available, based on the fact that RFK’s son agrees with the conclusion regarding Sirhan.

MintCast Interviews Lisa Pease: Why Revisiting the RFK Assassination is Crucial to Palestinian Rights and BDS Today

In the first part of this interview, MintCast co-hosts Alan MacLeod and Whitney Webb spoke to Lisa about the compelling evidence of Sirhan Sirhan’s innocence, how Robert F. Kennedy’s son, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., also maintains Sirhan’s innocence, and how the assassination’s investigation was covered up by powerful forces in the Los Angeles Police Department and elsewhere.

In the second part of the interview, the discussion turned toward the role of the mainstream media and the long-standing connections of many media outlets to the CIA as well as the role of Israel in the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and how the senator’s death was exploited to push the left to support unfettered U.S. military aid to the Israeli state and demonize Palestinians — as Israeli media and pro-Israel pundits have since labeled Sirhan Sirhan the “first Palestinian terrorist.”

humphrey

I am posting this tweet for the included image. The link is also worth a read.

orlbucfan

Barfo Bolton is the classic example of no-brains suddenly given power. Why this mistake keeps happening, I have no clue.

magsview

Arguing for non-stop war and intervening in every country that doesn’t toe the line per U.S. ‘interests’ seems to be a very good way of getting on tv and staying employed (in a very lucrative way).

humphrey

Benny

humphrey

Neera is still hard at it using her platform to undercut m4all.

humphrey

Cute!

WindDancer13

Now if we could only do that to the corporations who are sucking off the public teat.

Didn’t mean to interject politics into a cute moment, but I am very undisciplined.

humphrey

Me too. 😁 No problem.👍

orlbucfan

Now, that’s one gal who won’t put up with any backtalk aka lip. LOL 🙂

polarbear4

I wonder if she is also weaning them at all.

magsview

ICYMI

magsview

And another one from Beth. She’s quite the pip!

humphrey

Let us unite with him comrades!

polarbear4

Replace the hammer and sickle with a rose or a peace sign and we have a great stamp!

magsview

Why though?

WindDancer13

Why? It is a plot to keep me killing pixels. I imagine a lot of people re throwing their hands up in disgust at this obvious subversion of democracy. It might also serve to drive the turnout down as some people may just give up on trying to figure out who to vote for…so why bother, let someone else choose.

Which states still need someone to throw their BS into the ring?

humphrey

Most of the large states have at least one candidate. It looks like an establishment operation to disrupt any chance of getting a simple majority on the fist ballot at the convention. Then plan B is implemented.

WindDancer13

This makes those first four that will be holding the elections in February (Iowa, NH, Nevada and SC) massively important for Bernie. Although, I do expect to see a good chunk of the field melt away before the actual elections start. Funding, low polling, mistakes, lack of national attention and the debates should winnow out some of the chafe.

humphrey

An evening open thread has been posted.

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