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magsview

Bernie’s hair at the beginning of his speech! Hahahaha, it settles down a bit afterwards.

Tyrannocaster

Bernie’s hair often looks like those Swedish troll dolls that were big in the 60s, LOL; the guy is real, and so is his hair. Of course, Mike Pence looks so much more natural…eww.

Has anybody else noticed the large quantity of old guys in congress with SNOW WHITE hair and dark eyebrows? (Speaking of Pence, I mean.) It’s almost like they dyed it, isn’t it?

magsview

American History for Truthdiggers: Bill Clinton, the ‘New Democrat’

Republicans exaggerated, cried wolf, one might say, depicting the Clintons as extreme leftists out of touch with middle (“real”) America and, indeed, even unpatriotic. They stifled the president at nearly every turn, at least when he attempted even marginally liberal policies. Yet just as often the conservatives sided with him, forming alliances of convenience, as Clinton showed his true colors, which were centrist and even right-leaning. Indeed, it would be apparent, in hindsight, that the 42nd president was the first outright neoliberal chief executive, tacking right time and again and paving the way for the rise of neoconservative Republican power.

Clinton ran as a centrist in 1992 but depicted himself as more fiscally conservative than GOP rival George H.W. Bush and promised to “end welfare as we know it.” He sometimes sounded as though he had co-opted the right’s message and its favorite talking points. Still, early in his first term, Clinton attempted two relatively liberal actions: health care reform and ending the military’s ban on gay members. He was rebuked on both counts.

Clinton would also follow through on his promise to gut welfare. In the insultingly titled 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, Clinton ended the core poverty-reduction program of the already sparse social safety net, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). New limits were imposed on the working or unemployed poor. Benefits were cut after two years, lifetime benefits were capped at five total years, and the impoverished without children could receive only three months’ worth of food stamps. The ultimate result was to help increase income inequality, keep wages stagnant and limit opportunities of the poor.

After the debacles involving gays in the military and health care, and after Republicans swept to victory in the 1994 congressional midterm elections, Clinton went fully neoliberal, abandoning almost every traditional liberal cause.

Additionally, Clinton supported the racially charged crime bill that Democratic Sen. Joe Biden had shepherded through Congress. Defended with academically debunked charges—which Hillary Clinton repeated—about the existence of young “super-predators” in the inner cities, the crime bill was a disaster for the urban poor, especially blacks.

The aspirations and dreams of liberalism—once the consensus force in American politics—were ditched by the Clintons in the name of power and money. It would take many more years of domestic and international disaster, and a new, insurgent, progressive generation to strike back and contest ownership of the true mantle of liberalism. The outcome of that story remains uncertain and unclear.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/american-history-for-truthdiggers-bill-clinton-the-new-democrat/

jcitybone

I prefer Mayor Alex to Mayor Pete

https://www.thedailybeast.com/richard-neal-slow-walked-getting-trumps-taxesnow-hes-getting-primaried?source=articles&via=rss

The latest 2020 primary challenger has emerged in Massachusetts.

Alex Morse, the 30-year-old mayor of Holyoke, announced Monday that he is challenging Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), a 30-year-incumbent representing Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District, citing a lack of urgency from the established member and his acceptance of corporate PAC money.

“There’s an urgency to this moment in Massachusetts’ First District and our country, and that urgency is not matched by our current representative in Congress,” Morse said in a statement. “The fact is, the Congressman has been largely silent on the issues that matter most. He’s been absent, unaccountable, and unavailable. It’s not just that we need new leadership in Washington. We need new leadership that understands that we can no longer settle for small, incremental, and compromising progress. We need to be on offense. We need to be fighting for something, not just against.”

In his campaign launch video, Morse, Holyoke’s youngest and first openly gay mayor, discusses the city’s revitalization under his leadership, his parents’ struggles with poverty, and his pledge to take no corporate PAC money. Since his election in 2011, at the age of 22, Morse has implemented a needle exchange program to fight the opioid epidemic, become the first mayor in the state to endorse legalizing marijuana, and declared Holyoke a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants.

Neal, 70, who first assumed office in 1989, has long seemed ripe for a primary challenge. Progressives have pointed to his reticence to call for impeachment hearings, his prior support for the Hyde Amendment, and his relationship with lobbyists and special interests as reasons for his potential vulnerability. Neal also reportedly discouraged the use of the phrase “Medicare for All” for a recent hearing on Medicare for All legislation.

magsview

magsview

As most of you know already, the Mohawk community is especially close to my heart, so it’s great to hear some positive news about them.

THC slushies, pirate radio and the cannabis-driven boom in a Mohawk community

Driving down Highway 401 in southern Ontario, with the FM dial tuned to 87.9, the 1990s-era rap music fades into an ad, offering a free joint with every purchase over $20 between midnight and 4:20 a.m. at the Pot Shoppe.

Behind the microphone is Joseph Owl, from Serpent River First Nation, Ont., a full-time DJ at the station who hosts the 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. show.

Owl was offered the job through friends and started working at the station at the start of June.

“This is the best [employment] opportunity I’ve come across,” he said.

The station is one of many offshoots from a cannabis-infused economic boom in this Mohawk community of 2,100, nestled on the shores of the Bay of Quinte, between Belleville and Kingston, and just a short drive from Prince Edward County, a growing tourism hotspot.

There are dozens of cannabis stores here — some estimates place the number between 40 and 50 — with names like Smoke Signals, Better Buds, Legacy 420, Peacemaker 420, Buddy’s Dispensary, Fiddler’s Green and Cannabis Convenience.

Cannabis plants sprout outside the front doors of some homes and hundreds more line the surrounding back lots and fields, for harvesting in late summer or early fall.
The community is dotted with renovation and construction projects, including several new gas stations and at least one new franchise restaurant.

Much of it is attributed to the influx of cash coming from sales at local cannabis stores, then spreading throughout the community.

“It’s a straight up economic boom,” said Jamie Kunkel, who owns one of the local shops, Smoke Signals.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/tyendinaga-cannabis-economy-boom-1.5216532

orlbucfan

T and R, LD and la58 for hosting yesterday’s O/T. 🙂 I’ve visited 3 states now w/recreational pot. Everything is running smoothly ‘cept they still deal with the banking headache of cash only.

Tyrannocaster

I didn’t know about this. I’d much rather see pot shops than casinos on tribal lands. (Or anywhere else!) I don’t think it would make much difference here in Oregon, because pot’s pretty much everywhere now that it’s totally legal. We’re producing a major surplus, and growers are getting squeezed out by big Ag, unfortunately. You can see where this is headed.

magsview

The article mentions that some buyers don’t want to pay sales tax and other buyers go there simply because it’s a lot closer than the government dispensary.

It’s a real shame about growers getting squeezed out by big Ag!

orlbucfan

Marijuana is a very easy plant to grow. Illegal growers did it for decades, indoors and out. In fact, Mr. orl threw some seeds into a back corner of my MIL’s yard light-years ago. Result: some plants sprang up. MIL pulled them out and discarded them which she had to do with the rabid FRightwingnuts around here. 🙁

magsview

Offshore Wind Agreement: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

According to a press release sent by the governor’s office, the new wind mandate will call for the development of 1,700 megawatts of renewable energy—enough to power over 1 million homes. Moreover, the offshore wind agreement will result in the creation of more than 1,600 jobs and in $3.2 billion of economic activity. Cuomo believes that his endorsement will put New York on the path to achieving a carbon-free electricity system by 2040 and an 85-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Cuomo’s release states: “Today’s offshore wind announcement is expected to catalyze the first generation of major United States supply chain investments by the fast-growing offshore wind sector, positioning New York to be the hub of the nation’s burgeoning offshore wind industry.”

Today’s turn of events was music to the ears of local environmental action groups, such as Sane Energy Project, which has taken the lead in demanding the reduction of fossil-fuel infrastructure. Cuomo’s support in promoting renewable energy sources in the spirit of assuming a proactive position to counteract that threats of climate change is widely being viewed as a step in the right direction.

The project’s goals will be joined by major state investments in workforce development and training through a new $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute and a $3 million Community and Workforce Benefits Fund to create the institutional infrastructure to educate, train and employ New Yorkers.

Wind energy advocates agree that investments will particularly benefit New York’s low-income and environmental justice communities, critical outcomes of the CLCPA and Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to a just transition to clean power.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Protest of telescope on sacred mountain in Hawaii

Most of democracynow.org today covered the protest and the similarity to Standing Rock

Do water and the sacred mountain deserve freedom?

But where did we learn that freedom was reserved for human life forms?

This is where the discovery of Gaia comes in. Gaia is not Earth system science. It is a much more interesting and astute sort of being.19 I have no room here to develop the idea fully, but the key element is the realization that what all life forms have in common is the making up of their own laws. They don’t obey rules made elsewhere.

The crucial discovery is that life forms don’t reside in space and time, but that time and space are the result of their own entanglement. So, although reconciling the realm of necessity with that of freedom is a waste of time, connecting free agents with other free agents opens up completely different styles of association and allows the building up of different societies. The TERRESTRIAL is the same planetary body as the ANTHROPOCENE, but where the politicization of nature might finally take over.

Italics in the original. I added two blank lines for emphasis.

Bruno Latour presents a fictional planetarium of 7 planets with the largest being SECURITY, the planet that most people are escaping to because of the loss of the earth. Here we find the fundamentalists. Another planet, VINDICATION, is covered only briefly. Are plants, animals, coral, etc. finally being vindicated as indigenous protests continue?

If I am somewhat confident in the gravitational pull of this sixth planet, it is for a reason that is not visible until you bring all the planets together in a spatial configuration—just as fictional as the rest, of course (fig. BL1). In this diagram, you will notice that the TERRESTRIAL is pulled toward the gravitational field of a seventh planet that I have not yet mentioned and that I am tempted to call VINDICATION. Why this name? Why do I end with this planet when it is clear that it should have been the first to be considered? Precisely because it has never been allowed to be freed from the retrospective judgment of five of the other planets. Whenever it is treated first, it becomes “primitive.”Whenever people talk about modernization, they immediately create, by way of contrast, a primeval site, that of archaic attachment to the soil, to the ground, which is then either ridiculed as that from which the whole civilizing project has been extricating itself, or—what is worse—celebrated as a mythical, archaic, primordial, autochtonous Ur-Earth free from all the tragic sins of civilized humans.

“We don’t seem to live on the same planet”
—A Fictional Planetarium

Tyrannocaster

Native peoples just don’t matter. Their traditions (oral tradition is just weird to “modern” folks) aren’t worth holding on to; and their spirituality definitely needs to go. Put a telescope on top of the holy mountain, hell, put four US presidents on it! (I have a lot of association with Lakota and Crow and Cheyenne, but the Black Hills were sacred to many, many tribes, even down to the Kiowa. All of these tribes were mobile, and made vast trips all the time through each other’s territory – not always peacefully.)

But their real enemy was always us, and it still is.

: – (

magsview

Ag group likes House bill, but worries about tight time frame

A U.S. House appropriations bill would be good for agriculture, including sustainable ag, but the limited amount of time to gain needed broader support is worrisome, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition says.

The fiscal year 2020 minibus appropriation bill passed by the House contains spending increases for sustainable ag research, food safety, local and regional food systems and outreach and training for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers, the coalition said.

Among other things, an additional $5 million for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program and an additional $10 million for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network were included.

The additional funding would affect the new fiscal year, beginning Sept. 30
But the proposal still must be cleared by the Senate and Trump administration, and — with time to reach an agreement quickly running out — it’s unclear when and even if that will happen, the coalition said.

magsview

I like this pic of Bernie. He appears very much ready to take it all on!

Benny

He exudes leadership in the photo.

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

Taking his “incredible hulk” pose.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Saw an outstanding program on Book TV this weekend

It dealt with a hard problem, namely gun violence in inner cities.

As I sat there, I reminisced on times in the past where there were deep, thoughtful, caring discussions tied to actions on hard problems. As an aside, listening to some main stream media on a car ride recently, I realized the obvious, namely, if one only follows the main stream media on TV or radio or even in the major publications, one can not understand what is going on.

I live in a wonderful suburb and have never put myself into the middle of these racially charged issues like the two men in the interview but there was hope in what can be done.

I looked up the main author and found out that he is very well known in this country and internationally and is now on faculty at Harvard.

My position has been gun control but learned from him about the need and effectiveness of a multidisciplinary intervention on gun control. Not the most important thing to address the many headed problem of poverty, but the place to start.

I don’t know if anyone on this site is interested in following up with this, but I am posting it in case in the future someone might want to look it up. And there may be staff members of people close to political campaigns who might want to pick up these issues.

Here is the Book TV interview of Thomas Abt, “Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence–and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets”

Bleeding Out
Harvard senior research fellow Thomas Abt discussed his research and strategies to reduce urban violence.

Here is his advice to democrats – the problem is not just guns and police (or to some, it is all a problem of capitalism), it can be addressed with hard core diplomacy. And if we are going to not go farther as a police state, the country has to move police off their goal of protecting status.

Democrats are skipping out on the most important gun fight of all

Here is a fairly extensive review in Vox

How to dramatically reduce gun violence in American cities
America’s urban gun violence problem can feel intractable. But Thomas Abt’s new book, Bleeding Out, offers a solution.

polarbear4

As many have said, can you imagine the MSM nonstop uproar if this had been directed by almost anyone at any other candidate. I wish there was someway we could force them to cover this.

OT, I was amazed at how many posts I missed from yesterday – – Great video, @tyrannocaster. lots if interesting stuff.

Tyrannocaster

Rocah is, as they say, feeling the Burn, if not the *Bern* today. She locked her Twitter account and is sending out surrogates to tell the Twitterverse how persecuted she is by BernieBros (who mostly seem to be women, LOL). I really missed the boat on Rocah – I just started on Twitter recently and I had been reading her tweets because of the SDNY stuff, but I didn’t know anything about her politics, or her prosecutorial background. Turns out, they are both kind of ugly.

Glad you liked the tune!

magsview

I can’t see how Rossello can overcome this.

Hundreds of thousands protest in Puerto Rico

Protesters are packing metro train headed to protests

Some protesters are taking buses to the protests in San Juan. Others are taking Tren Urbano, the metro line in San Juan.

Today, the trains are jam-packed with protesters signing and chanting.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/puerto-rico-protests-07-22-2019/index.html

polarbear4

Don midwest
Don midwest

I went to his twitter account. He is still sure that Seth Rich provided the DNC material and Clinton involvement in Russia stuff.

Going down his twitter, it looks like there might be a 3-2 decision by New Zealand supreme court to extradite him. This would require that New Zealand violate their sovereignty for the US. He has been able to hold off the legal system for years but now it might be deportment to the US.

He was a big time supporter of Assange

The global billionaires and their client states like the US hope to keep this stuff hidden.

I have not seen any mention of Kim Dotcom in the usual sources I follow.

polarbear4

“A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a ‘vile idiot’ who ‘needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve,’” NOLA reported Saturday.

magsview

Ripsoli made the comment about Ocasio-Cortez while linking to a fake news story that claimed the lawmaker said that “we pay soldiers too much.” The article was from satirical website Taters Gonna Tate. The post was deleted by Friday afternoon, and Rispoli appeared to have taken down his whole Facebook page by Saturday.

It’s also “disturbing” that his department chief didn’t seem to have much of a problem with the officer believing Alexandria “needs a round”, just that he posted it on social media.

The department’s police Chief Arthur Lawson called the post “disturbing” and said it would appear to violate social media policies. “I will tell you this: This will not go unchecked,” Lawson said. “I’m not going to take this lightly and this will be dealt with on our end. It’s not something we want someone that’s affiliated with our department to make these types of statements. That’s not going to happen.” At the same time, though, Lawson said he didn’t believe the post actually rose to the level of an actual threat against the lawmaker. “Whether you agree or disagree with the message of these elected officials and how frustrated you may or may not get, this certainly is not the type of thing that a public servant should be posting,” he added.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/louisiana-gretna-police-ocasio-cortez-shot-facebook.html

orlbucfan

My guess is his bozo boss doesn’t get “needs a round”‘s meaning in copspeak.

Tyrannocaster

A Millennial Feminist Explains the New Feminism to a Boomer Feminist Philosopher

Quite interesting article by Katie Halper on the Clinton supporters and their grudges against Bernie, etc; the article goes beyond that into a general critique of the Hillary love we’ve all experienced. It’s well written.

You and Cohn agree that Sanders is uniquely principled and progressive. I would agree. But that undermines your entire argument which is based on how similar the candidates were. If Sanders is so much more progressive than Clinton, the enthusiasm gap between him and Clinton isn’t a mystery. It doesn’t require a conspiracy between sexism (which was undeniably present) and Sanders. It’s perfectly logical.

But you don’t seem interested in logic or the facts. If you were, you would have done what Cohn did in his piece, called “Hillary Clinton Is A Progressive Democrat, Despite What You May Have Heard.” You would have made the case for Clinton without distorting the truth.

But this isn’t about history or knowledge or even the election or Hillary Clinton. It’s about how much you identify with her. It isn’t about Bernie Sanders. It’s about how much you associate him with men of the left from your past. Your piece sets out to blame millennial feminists and show us what we did wrong in supporting Sanders, but it winds up illuminating your own failings, sadly not uncommon among certain Clinton supporters, especially those who chose to blame everyone and everything but Clinton for her loss:

– An over-identification with Clinton and her biography that eclipses appreciation of young women’s lives and hardships and the political differences

– Basing an argument solely on personal impressions, vague remembrances, mental and emotional associations

– A condescending tone with occasional unconvincing gestures of respect and understanding for your younger sisters

– Misleading statements, omissions, falsehoods or indisputable error, here related to Clinton’s statements on superpredators and warranting an immediate editorial correction

Too much to quote; whole thing is worth reading.

Benny

jcitybone

Bernie has a big lead among those who place M4A as their most important issue. Not sure how Cunningham includes Harris at 12% with Bernie at 32% and Warren at 26% as a frontrunner. She’s much closer to Biden and Yang.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/22/progressive-straw-poll-shows-sanders-leading-2020-democrats-green-new-deal-and

The new poll also found that the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are far and away the two top priorities among DFA members heading into the 2020 presidential election.

Impeaching President Donald Trump ranked a distant third, according to the survey.

Charles Chamberlain, chair of DFA, said in a statement that the poll results showed “members’ support is solidifying behind three candidates committed to bold, inclusive populism and structural reform.”

“Going into the second debate, there’s little doubt that Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris have momentum building behind them,” Chamberlain said. “As Bernie Sanders continues in his position as the progressive frontrunner, we’re very interested to see if he uses this debate and the all-important month of August to build up from his robust base of support or cedes ground to the rising challenges of Senators Warren and Harris.”

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/bernie-sanders-climate-change-elizabeth-warren-green-new-deal

Let’s imagine Sanders were to succeed in turning out an extra ten to twenty million people from the 137.5 million (61.8 percent) who voted in 2016. Such a turnout could mean a landslide win for Sanders, and could create the conditions for a left blue wave in 2022 to lay the foundation for a Green New Deal in Congress.

Again, a legislative majority will do absolutely nothing unless it is accompanied by a mass working-class movement demanding these changes. This movement can’t revolve around the “single issue” of climate. Although many mainstream commentators lambast the Green New Deal resolution for folding in too many non-climate issues, it is imperative to unite movements around Medicare for All, the fight for $15, revitalizing public education, and the Green New Deal into one large-scale, working-class force.

Of course, the donor base of the Democratic Party would rather burrow more deeply into affluent suburban communities for votes than allow the party to build a durable multiracial working-class majority. In fact, Democratic gains in 2018 were mostly concentrated in affluent communities like Orange County, California. The donor base would rather win by razor-thin margins — or even lose — than cede the party to the left.

To be blunt, it is hard to imagine a world in which we solve climate change while the rich donor base’s grip on the Democratic Party remains intact. Sanders’s grassroots fundraising machine and working-class base are a real threat to these donors.

But here is where the personality, identity, and policy differences between Warren and Sanders should fade into the background. The real question is which candidate’s election is most likely to lead to the kind of mass movement needed to force elites to concede to radical climate demands. Sanders himself has not yet proposed what we need to do in terms of the nationalization and public power mentioned above. But he routinely calls for exactly the kind of movement that might force him to — and exactly the kind that could take on fossil fuel companies.

Warren’s smart plans and fighting spirit make her beloved by many progressives, particularly in the professional class, but it’s questionable whether she could both generate an environmental movement and drive the kind of massive gains in turnout needed to transform the makeup of Congress.

The other question is which candidate is most likely to respond to mass movement demands. While Sanders has spent his lifetime embedded in civil rights, labor, and other mass struggles, Warren is a lawyer-academic and a policy wonk. She would be more likely to seek compromises than side with mass popular demands in the streets.

Tyrannocaster

With the current sex scandals and the revisiting of Al Franken’s whole thing, I thought I’d share this tune (no video) that I did WHILE our senior senator from Oregon, Bob Packwood, was imploding, resulting in his resignation. This is quite an old tune, as ol’ Bob resigned in 1995. May he live in infamy.

The main thing I remember about doing this was anger. I gave the tune to the local PBS radio station, and was told “This is awesome [yes, they used that word], let us hold it until he actually resigns”, and like an idiot, I went along with it, keeping it from other media. They never used it, so effectively, it was a ploy to kill it, and it worked. Chalk it up to a learning experience. So I was mad at Packwood, I was mad a Oregon Public Broadcasting, and I was mad at myself for falling for such a stupid line.

At the time, I was limited by my setup and I used some techniques I wouldn’t use now, especially some Zappa-like vocal filtering. And the instrumentation is not what I would do now, but there is actually *too much* decent guitar playing in it – there is a solo section that is too long, but I still don’t know how I’d cut it out – I like it that much.

Anyway, here is the soundcloud link: https://soundcloud.com/tyrannocaster-rex/bob-peckerwood

(I was hoping that the link would embed itself like YouTube links do, but darn – it didn’t.)

Tyrannocaster

Oh, BTW, Packwood did actually say “Healthcare is dead; now we just have to make sure nobody sees our fingerprints on it”!

Benny

Dems Should Rally Around AOC, Not Pelosi Part 1

When people say that Democrats should unify, the part they leave out is most important: Around what? Nearly everyone in Washington seems to assume that progressives should shut up, accept their place, and unify around the status quo.

Think about what an arrogant and preposterous request that is. Progressive leaders, including our representatives in Congress, should abandon all of our policy positions and sell out our voters to please the Democratic establishment. Saying “hell no” to that would be an enormous understatement.

If Democratic leaders don’t want to fight Donald Trump, that’s their problem, not ours. We signed up to rout him and send him home. If you’re not on board with that, get out of the way and let us do it. Democratic voters were clear in 2018 that they want Mr. Trump impeached. Yet again last week Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies blocked an opportunity by tabling Rep. Al Green’s resolution.

Unlike Mr. Green, I don’t think we need to discuss President Trump’s political or racial ideology to favor impeachment. The president has clearly committed two crimes. Robert Mueller’s report outlines double-digit instances of obstruction of justice. That’s a felony. Michael Cohen confirmed that Mr. Trump worked with him to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels in violation of campaign-finance laws—a crime for which Mr. Cohen is in prison.

That’s apparently still not enough for Mrs. Pelosi. There is not a single public official doing more to protect Mr. Trump than she is. Even Attorney General William Barr couldn’t stop an impeachment inquiry if he tried. The only person who has the power to seek justice against Mr. Trump steadfastly refuses to pursue him. The only thing Mrs. Pelosi appears to be resisting is holding Mr. Trump accountable.

Benny

Part 2

Democratic powder to fight Republicans is forever dry. Detention centers without any constraints? Check. Defeating an amendment to prohibit the Pentagon from housing kids at the military facilities? Check. Continuing to let Mr. Trump run roughshod through a House the Democrats control is an abdication of responsibility. Democrats have been surrendering to the GOP for as long as I have been alive. That is part of the reason we formed the Justice Democrats—because we’re sick of the nonstop capitulation. It’s time for strong Democrats. Justice is coming.

Then Mrs. Pelosi makes the absurd point that we don’t want to waste our time fighting or impeaching Trump because that would take time away from policy. What policy? She calls the Green New Deal, the “green dream or whatever.” She says she has 30-year-old “signs about single payer” in her basement but insists we aren’t ready for it.

Progressives have been asking for a vote on the minimum wage for six months. Mrs. Pelosi said she’d hold one within the first 100 hours. When she didn’t, the rationale was that some conservative Democrats objected. So what? Let them vote no and it’ll pass easily anyway. We were right. After enormous pressure by progressives, finally the House voted Thursday. Only six Democrats opposed it.

So Mrs. Pelosi allowed six corporate Democrats to hold up that legislation for six months—but God forbid a progressive Democrat ever objects to leadership. Then we’ll have a national controversy over how insolent young progressive women are.

The overwhelming majority of Democratic voters want to fight Mr. Trump and pass progressive priorities. If the Democrats unify around anything, it should be around their voters, who clearly prefer the positions of Justice Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If the pundits really believe in unity—as opposed to submission to the establishment—they will support the logical conclusion that the Democratic Party should unify around AOC, not Mrs. Pelosi.

Cenk wrote this op-ed.

orlbucfan

Cenk’s on a mission fer sure. 🙂

Benny

What surprised me was the WSJ actually published it.

jcitybone

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article232964237.html#storylink=cpy

As they rise to the top of 2020 Democratic presidential field, Harris and Warren are increasingly in direct competition for many of the same voters and donors, according to polls and fundraising data, with each drawing support from the party’s more affluent, college-educated wing — particularly women.

The overlap between their supporters might be a surprise, especially for Warren, who is usually portrayed as being in direct competition with fellow liberal stalwart Bernie Sanders. But Warren’s strongest support so far has come from the same group of voters that is critical to Harris’ path to the nomination.

Recent polls have underscored just how much support Warren and Harris each receive from white, college-educated voters — and how much room to grow they still have with this group.

Warren and Harris are increasingly competing for the same sources of money, too. More than 800 donors gave to both candidates between April and July, the highest overlap between any two Democratic presidential candidates during that period, according to a McClatchy analysis of the most recent fundraising reports.

And Warren still draws heavy support from the wing of the party that supports Sanders. She and Sanders shared roughly 700 donors in common during the most fundraising period, compared to about 100 for Harris and Sanders.

polarbear4

To Warren’s benefit.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/22/politics/elizabeth-warren-bernie-sanders-voters/index.html

The 2020 primary has more than 20 candidates and, with the exception of Vice President Joe Biden, all the top tier hopefuls sound a lot more like Sanders than Clinton. That, as Sanders often points out on the stump, is a testament to the success of his last campaign and the force of his progressive message.

But there is no 2020 contender with whom he shares a greater affinity — both politically and personally — than Warren. Their non-aggression pact has held throughout the early months of the campaign, with both routinely pivoting away from opportunities to draw sharp distinctions between their candidacies.

During the first debate — when they were on separate nights — Warren made a point of pulling Sanders close, raising her hand to make clear her support for “Medicare for All” and saying, “I’m with Bernie” on health care.

Sanders has been friendly, too. Asked this weekend what he expected from sharing a debate stage with Warren next week in Detroit, he answered simply, “Intelligence.”

But their respective cores of support come from different places. Sanders, according to recent polling, enjoys a strong grip on younger, working-class and less-educated voters. Warren, meanwhile, has done better with older, college-educated voters, and polls stronger with women than Sanders.

magsview

I imagine that there are some that would like to see Sanders take on Warren to some extent at the next debate. But I think nothing would aggravate certain quarters more than Warren and Sanders continuing their “non-aggression pact” through the next round of debates.

jcitybone

https://vtdigger.org/2019/07/22/margolis-sanders-staff-complaints-about-poverty-wages-fall-short/

And nobody on Sanders staff earns “poverty wages.” And the union contract to which Sanders agreed really does guarantee decent pay and benefits to its workers. And – at least in this case – Bernie Sanders isn’t the one being a hypocrite. Perhaps some of his workers are. So are some of his critics.

In this case, Bernie Sanders is neither a hypocrite nor a heartless employer. He and his campaign honored the contract they signed. The complaints, it seems, came not from the union, but from a segment – small or large we do not know – of field workers who were dissatisfied with the agreement.

As to the significance of this flappette to the rest of the world, to economic policy, or to the wisdom of raising the minimum wage: there is none.

magsview

I honestly can’t imagine wanting to work for Bernie and also being willing to hurt the cause by griping publicly. Those two things do not square.

jcitybone

https://patch.com/california/santamonica/senator-bernie-sanders-coming-santa-monica

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at Santa Monica High School this Friday, July 26. The event is part of the Santa Monica Democratic Club’s “Meet the Candidate” series.

Senator Sanders will speak at the Memorial Greek Amphitheater — doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the event starts at 6 p.m.

“Though Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders rose to national prominence during his 2016 presidential campaign, he has been a fierce progressive champion dating back to his active role in the Civil Rights Movement,” the Santa Monica Democratic Club said in their announcement. “Since then, as Mayor, Congressman, and Senator, Bernie has consistently fought for the agenda that has defined what it means to be a progressive: increasing the minimum wage, single payer healthcare, college affordability, expanding Social Security, reforming Wall Street, implementing a carbon tax, legalizing marijuana, fighting for veterans, and strengthening the middle class.”

wi61

Spending the evening getting caught up as I had a busy weekend. Good news is that I got another Bernie bumper sticker in the mail today, didn’t send for another one but decided that I’ll will pass it on to another Berner.

Benny

I have donated 3 times for a sticker and I haven’t seen mine.

magsview

Hmmm, that’s not a good sign. I wonder why.

I got mine recently and I treasure it dearly. Have been seeing the odd one on cars around town and I give a thumbs up whenever I can.

polarbear4

magsview

So I guess centrists will now call Jimmy Dore a tool of Iran? I thought he was a tool for Russia. I guess one can be a tool for more than one country?

p.s. I try to avoid tv screens when I’m out in public, the ones I see usually seem to be set on MSM propaganda stations.

polarbear4

magsview

This is snark, right? (haven’t watched the video)

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jcitybone

https://morningconsult.com/2019/07/22/study-aca-medicaid-medicare-expanded-insurance-yet-hospital-use-didnt-rise/

While the progressive flank of the Democratic Party has coalesced around proposals to enact a government-run health system to achieve universal health coverage, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare for All” plan, skeptics have sounded the alarm on the adverse effects for providers, warning that millions of newly insured Americans could overburden hospitals and cause lengthy wait times to see a doctor.

But new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the enactment of the two most sweeping health reform laws in American history — Medicare and Medicaid in 1966 and the Affordable Care Act in 2014 — did not spur a surge in overall hospital use, which remained stable in the wake of both expansions.

magsview

millions of newly insured Americans could overburden hospitals and cause lengthy wait times to see a doctor

People who haven’t seen a doctor in years might actually…try to see a doctor for their ailments?? Oh no Mr. Bill!

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polarbear4

Good for him.

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Benny

Ain’t right.

humphrey

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This is really cute!

polarbear4

cutie.

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Looks like something from The Third Way.

humphrey

It seems like a competition between CNN,MSNBC and the Washington Post as to who can smear Bernie the most.

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magsview

They went on a home demolition derby yesterday. Can you imagine what would happen if Palestinians demolished some of those illegal settler homes?

humphrey

polarbear4

last.

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