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orlbucfan

T and R to the usual suspects!! 🙂 Thanks Benny. The Sanders campaign has organizing calls scheduled. One is today. I accidentally erased it off my phone but check the campaign site.

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/21/biden-latino-forum-1374588

A slew of Democratic presidential contenders are scheduled to talk Friday to the nation’s largest association of Latino officials, but there’s one notable absence: Joe Biden.

Biden’s decision to skip the Miami forum has unleashed new criticism that the former vice president and front-runner is taking a pivotal constituency for granted in a primary where the Latino vote could swing the outcome in several key early contests.

The approach is indicative of a campaign that’s employing general election messaging to win the Democratic nomination — and refraining from overt appeals to the racial and ethnic groups that make up the diverse Democratic coalition and who could be difference makers in the general. Latinos are on pace to be the largest nonwhite eligible voting bloc — 32 million — in 2020.

Leo Murrieta, Nevada director of Make the Road Action, said it’s “disheartening” that eight months away from the Nevada caucuses — in which Latinos will make up nearly 1 in 5 voters — Biden’s campaign has not sat down with grassroots organizations or spent more time on the ground.

“The fact that he leaves us out of speeches is a really sorely missed opportunity,” Murrieta said. “And it’s unacceptable.”

“That’s the wrong formula,” Murrieta added. “But I’ll tell you what formula that is — that’s the Democratic establishment, political white elites’ playbook to how to win elections.”

wi61

Univison favorability poll of Latinos. Bernie beats Biden, Out of the group Biden has the most unfavourability factor

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jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/22/surprise-center-us-politics-very-progressive

So why do the powerful call these policy ideas “fringe,” or “radical,” or “socialist”?

Money. Many of these initiatives would cost them—requiring either higher taxes on the rich (many could be achieved by repealing the giant Trump tax cut for the wealthy and corporations)—or regulations that might cut into their corporate profits.

So you can bet that as these proposals become even more popular, the powerful are going to intensify their attacks.

But just remember: the “center” is not halfway between what most Americans want and what big corporations, Wall Street, and the super-wealthy want.

The “center” is what the vast majority of Americans want.

jcitybone

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2019/06/22/war-in-iran-depends-on-a-battle-between-bolton-and-carlson-for-the-whims-of-a-mad-king/

This moment in history would read as an absurd farce if the consequences weren’t deadly serious.

As we speak, the United States teeters on an armed conflict with Iran. The consequences of yet another forever war in the Middle East, this time with one of the proudest and most powerful nations in the region, would be ruinous in ways that dwarf even the monumental catastrophes of Iraq and Afghanistan. And yet only 10 minutes separated the President of the United States from calling off an airstrike that would reportedly have killed over hundred Iranians. President Trump was egged on to launch the strike by most of his foreign policy advisers, including and especially National Security Advisor John Bolton, a warmonger so obscene that even the Bush/Cheney administration was forced to jettison him. Why did he stop it? Apparently, because he saw Tucker Carlson argue against it on his Fox News show. During the show, Carlson called Bolton a “bureaucratic tapeworm.”

So here we are: the fate of the world depends on a battle for the whimsical favor of an incurious commander-in-chief, waged between Fox News’ favorite racist, protectionist buffoon and the neoconservative Republican old guard’s favorite blood-soaked imperialist hawk.

jcitybone

Sixteen years ago, the US committed one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of our country by attacking Iraq. That war was sold to the American people based on a series of lies about weapons of mass destruction. One of the leading advocates for that war was John Bolton, who served as a member of the Bush administration and is now Donald Trump’s national security adviser. Incredibly, even today, Bolton is one of the few remaining people in the world who continues to believe that the Iraq war was a good idea.

That war led to the deaths of more than 4,400 American troops, with tens of thousands of American soldiers wounded, many severely, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. It unleashed a wave of radicalism and destabilization across the region that we will be dealing with for many years to come. It was the biggest foreign policy disaster in American history.

Trump campaigned on getting the US out of “endless wars,” but his administration is taking us down a path that has made war with Iran more and more likely.

jcitybone

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tiffany-caban-queens-district-attorney-progressive-democrats-ocasio-cortez_n_5d0cf0fee4b07ae90d9c38b7?utm_source=reddit.com

Throughout 2018, the Queens DA’s office jailed more people for low-level “misdemeanor” crimes like prostitution and drug possession than any other borough, despite also having the lowest overall arrest rate per capita.

Tiffany Cabán wants to radically change all that. She’s a 31-year-old public defender living on her savings in order to mount an underdog bid for Queens DA. If elected in the Democratic primary next Tuesday ― the general election in Queens is a virtual formality ― Cabán would be New York City’s first Latina and first queer district attorney.

Cabán wants to serve as a “decarceral prosecutor” ― a DA with a mission to reduce the borough’s jail populations ― who would transform the Queens DA’s office from a clubby, conservative outlier to the vanguard of the national criminal justice reform movement.

The impact of Cabán’s candidacy is already pushing the national debate on incarceration leftward. When Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed her on Wednesday, they were obligated to take a stance on Cabán’s plan to decriminalize sex work. Both senators, who voted for an anti-trafficking bill that consensual sex workers say undermined their safety, said they were open to decriminalization for the first time. They join rival Sen. Kamala Harris of California, who went further in February, unequivocally embracing decriminalization.

NYCVG
NYCVG

Bernie’s campaign texted me about Tiffany Caban. They asked me to join her in the get-out-the-vote effort for the next 3 days. I’ve donated to Tiffany, so that may be why I was contacted. Or maybe Bernie’s people are texting all of their NYC supporters.

Either way, This is how we win the White House, isn’t it? We build our support by electing our allies and standing with them with endorsements and our labor.

wi61

Turns out you can see the Democrats debate live in Miami. But it will cost you

Thought you couldn’t get a ticket to the first presidential debate in Miami?
If you’ve got about $1,750 to burn, you’re in luck.
According to a private invite obtained by the Miami Herald from a Democratic politician, the Florida Democratic Party is offering exclusive access to the highly sought-after event in the form of sponsorship packages. For $4,500, a sponsor gets two tickets to a pre-debate reception on June 26 and two tickets to both debate nights. For $3,000, a sponsor will get the two tickets to the reception and two tickets for one of the debate nights, though it is unclear if the person gets to pick which night. A $1,750 donation to the party covers one ticket to the reception and one ticket for a single debate night

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article231676383.html

This is a load of unbelieveable BS!!!!! Just another way to lock out Berners from attending–Wi61

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magsview

Very upsetting. Yet another way for the rich to influence the outcome! Or should I say ‘buy’ the outcome?

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

I cannot say that I have any sympathy for their apparent financial distress. Most of what they raise will go to their consultant class anyway.

magsview

Yes, but how many of those rich people will be cheering for Bernie during the debate? I suppose it’ll be interesting to hear who those people DO cheer for?

polarbear4

Nice intro by Clyburn and a great crowd! Good to see. Thanks.

Tyrannocaster

Personally, I am finding this whole Trump thing exhausting. And stressful. For anybody else who is feeling similar, I urge you to check out Glenn Kirschner’s Twitter account; just go to his account even if you don’t use Twitter; you can still read the tweets. He’s an ex-prosecutor with 30 years of experience dealing with the nastiest stuff you can imagine and somehow, he still has a positive attitude — I find it amazing. And he talks to people on Twitter about it, and also what we are all going through.

Link: https://twitter.com/glennkirschner2

One tweet:

Lately, he’s been on a run about the Hope Hicks testimony; Kirschner tweets multi-tweet threads on a subject, so there’s a lot here. And in a world where nearly everything is negative, it’s really, really nice to hear from someone who isn’t going to give you nothing but downers. (Side note: he’s also founded a non-profit which helps families of murder victims navigate the legal system. there ARE good people in the world.)

magsview

Sounds like Kamala did really well just now in SC, tied her prosecutor past to prosecuting Trump.

Warren speaking now.

magsview

Ooops, MSDNC showing its true corporate colors.

Tyrannocaster

If you are trying to follow polls you might want to give this a read: Listen to bookies, not polls: Trump has a good chance to be re-elected

The article makes valid points IMO.

Democrats rarely lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity. (If they’re planning on talking about things like “reparations” for slavery for the next year and a half, this thing is already done.)

At this stage in the runup to the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama was trailing any “generic” Republican by 8 points, 47% to 39%.

I guess that’s why President Mitt Romney is now finishing his second term, and “The Romney Files” became a, er, best-seller.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone who offered an opinion on the election had to put their money where their mouth was? That’s my new survival strategy for the rest of the cycle. I don’t want to hear your prognostications. Don’t tell me — just go bet.

la58

LOL

The odds tell a better story than the polls. The bookies are not always right, but they’re rarely stupid, because stupid bookies don’t tend to stay in business very long. (Don’t get me started on people who manage to go broke running a casino.)

polarbear4

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

I love it, love it, love it. My mama hailed from Beaufort. I’ll be back there knocking on doors for Bernie before their primary.

magsview

magsview

Buttiwhatever sounds like he kinda bombed, it sounds like Castro did well, and Amy?

magsview

magsview

Lol, I feel this tweet from the American Librarian Association annual conference:

polarbear4

❤️

magsview

For polarbear & Humphrey- the publish docs & Assange part:

magsview

Bernie’s due to speak at 1pm

WindDancer13

Have kids?

polarbear4

peeps happy and excited!

WindDancer13

Poignant

I have a telephone cabinet that one of my uncles made when he was 17. He is now in his late 80s. I am thinking I should find one of his children to see if they would take care of it.

magsview

Going on right now:

magsview

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

Yes, Bernie’s taking it to the Turd Way.

polarbear4

i’m sorry, @wi61

polarbear4

magsview

Bernie at the Planned Parenthood event.

magsview

magsview

la58

A email from Bernie

Lawrence –

Yesterday we learned that the United States came very close to striking targets inside Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. drone in the Persian Gulf.

Last week the White House announced thousands of additional troops would be sent to the Middle East in response to the alleged Iranian attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Last month, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon had presented a plan to the White House that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the region to fight Iran.

Mark my words. A war in Iran would make the Iraq war look like a walk in the park. It would be an unmitigated disaster.

If the United States were to attack Iran, Iran could respond with attacks on U.S. troops and on countries around the region. It would lead to the further destabilization of that region in a way that is unimaginable and would result in wars that would go on year after year and likely cost trillions of dollars.

Taking us into a war without Congressional authorization would be unconstitutional and illegal. The United States Congress must do everything it can to prevent this war. The Constitution is very clear: It is Congress, not the president, who decides when we go to war.

And it is long past time for my colleagues in Congress to reassert that authority.

Please add your name if you agree:

Sign my petition saying that Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war with Iran without Congressional approval.

Sixteen years ago, the United States committed one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the history of our country by attacking Iraq. That war was sold to the American people based on a series of lies about weapons of mass destruction. One of the leading advocates for that war was John Bolton, who served as a member of the Bush administration, and is now Trump’s national security adviser. Incredibly, even today, Bolton is one of the few remaining people in the world who continues to believe that the Iraq war was a good idea.

That war led to the deaths of more than 4,400 American troops, with tens of thousands of American soldiers wounded, many severely, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed. It unleashed a wave of radicalism and destabilization across the region that we will be dealing with for many years to come. It was the biggest foreign policy disaster in American history.

Voices of dissent went unheeded in the lead-up to the Iraq war. They must be heeded now.

We also need the people themselves to speak up and make themselves heard. Earlier this year, we made history in Congress by passing, for the first time in forty years, a War Powers Resolution to withdraw the United States from an illegal and unauthorized war in Yemen.

We did this with the strong support of a trans-partisan grassroots coalition, with progressives and conservatives working together to bring sanity to our foreign policy. We need those same voices to make clear to the Congress and to the reflexively hawkish, interventionist foreign policy establishment here in Washington that we will not accept another American war in the Middle East.

If you agree that we must not allow Trump to go to war with Iran on his own, please add your name to my petition:

Sign my petition: tell Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.

When we are in the White House, we will pursue a course that resolves conflicts peacefully, not through endless war.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

polarbear4

“There is no way I am going to prison for saving people in distress,” Klemp said. “It is the most ridiculous thing on so may different levels. And I will never accept anything else but acquittal.”

magsview

She’s a strong woman with integrity. I saw a stat that only 1 in 100 marine pilots are women. And apparently she is also a biologist. Have you seen her tattoos? Not usually a fan of tattoos tbh, but that fish tattoo on her leg is dynamite.

I certainly hope she prevails. And I hope she stays safe. Her strength threatens some.

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polarbear4

oh wow! 😎 art. thx. 🌝

polarbear4

I like to think that Bernie‘s popularity allows people a little more room to come forward in these ways, too. Or, at the very least, they can inspire each other.

magsview

I happen to agree with you. When people like Bernie & Jeremy stand up, it’s a bit easier to stand up as well.

magsview

Sounds like Cory Booker stirred up the Planned Parenthood event. Some details would have been nice though. He’s passionately vague.

polarbear4

Planned Parenthood is not a Bernie fan.

magsview

No. Certain people will never forgive him for saying that their political arm is part of the establishment. Never mind that its head, Cecile Richards, was earning over half a million dollars a year at the time.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Right! People often forget that organizations such as Planned Parenthood will lose most of their raison d’être and thus the power wielded by their elites if Senator Sanders gets his M4A.

They are much like the entrenched leadership in so many large labor organizations, all about having power.

magsview

So true.

polarbear4

and fiercely backed Hillary. iirc

polarbear4

magsview

Yay, keep pushing that envelope!

polarbear4

I admit, though, I dearly hope he adopts her student loan forgiveness.

WindDancer13

The favored argument against M4A is that people will not be able to keep their beloved insurance plans:

Trump Wants Your Employer to Ditch Its Health Care Plan

The Trump administration has just issued a final rule governing HRAs and is busily promoting it. An HRA is a Health Reimbursement Account, and what it means is this: your employer can now decide to cancel its group plan and replace it with an HRA that reimburses you for an individual plan that you buy in the open market. There are various rules in place about how much employers have to spend and who can qualify, but the nut of the thing is simple. It’s a new policy that actively appeals to employers to ditch their group plan—most likely for an assortment of individual plans that provide worse coverage.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

If they keep doing things like this, the public might take notice!

Just kidding.

WindDancer13

I will try to do my part to make sure they see it. I bookmarked the article and will post it to every tweet that so much as suggests anything against M4A.

polarbear4

and cost more. On the bright side, more people for Medicare for all!

magsview

Sorry if a repeat, was mega-busy yesterday.

Gov. Evers vetoes four anti-abortion bills

MADISON (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed four anti-abortion bills Friday afternoon; the bills were sent to his desk yesterday after state Senate and Assembly Republicans held a bill signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda to urge the governor to sign the legislation.

“Everyone should have access to quality, affordable healthcare, and that includes reproductive healthcare,” Gov. Evers said. “Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”

https://wkow.com/news/2019/06/21/gov-evers-vetoes-four-anti-abortion-bills/

polarbear4

WindDancer13

I believe Oregon has some of these, particularity along the migration route for elk. This article also describes an underpass that was created in 2015 in Oregon.

Wildlife Crossings Reduce Collisions And Save Lives

polarbear4

polarbear4

It’s in South Carolina.

polarbear4

magsview

I’d bet they’ll be some of this going on!

polarbear4

All the speakers berned it up!

magsview

polarbear4

magsview

FWIW, I did a l’il post. I decided to take the day off today after a tough week, which gave me time to web surf, which meant that I learned things.

Thought I’d mention that because often I just keep the Open Thread on my screen, and don’t realize that there’s been a new posting.

polarbear4

Yes, thanks for letting us know!

polarbear4

just so you know, it did not show up on my phone, even though I am logged in

magsview

Hmmm, thanks for letting me know. That way maybe I won’t get too down if I don’t get traffic. 😉

I’d begun a long reply (wait, I never do that!) and decided what the heck, turn it into a post in case anyone had the urge to share on twitter or wherever, and spread the TPW word.

polarbear4

polarbear4

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

Go get ’em, Govenor. I love it. Finally a dem with some balls.

polarbear4

polarbear4

WindDancer13

Flashback

This episode of Bernie Sanders on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show aired originally on 4/18/2016. Meyers points out that in June of 2015, Bernie was at 15% to HRC’s 57%. Think how close he came to winning in 2016. Currently, Bernie is around 15% with Biden at 30% (with a few people drawing numbers from Bernie). Think about it.

Pay close attention starting at 4:15 about how the Republicans refused to work with Obama who was a moderate. Why again does Biden think they will work with him? Bernie then explains how he could get things done by harnessing the power of the people, something that Biden won’t have.

polarbear4

thanks for the reminder. 😎🦜🦜

polarbear4

Go Bernie!

polarbear4

not sure if these are all progressive challengers…yet 😁

polarbear4

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