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But he was Obama’s wing man!


Advocates for children and civil rights who have not yet given up entirely on the struggle to break down the walls of racial isolation in our public schools may want to take a good hard look at Joe Biden’s shameful record on school segregation. Despite his recent effort to allay concerns about that record, it cannot be expunged or easily forgiven.

In an education-policy proposal released by his campaign on May 28, Biden briefly spoke of encouraging diversity by giving grants and guidance to districts that are willing to pursue it. But he said nothing to disown his long history as a fierce opponent of school busing and a scathing critic of the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

“We’ve lost our bearings since the 1954 Brown v. School Board desegregation case,” Biden said in 1975, in an interview that he gave to a newspaper in Delaware that was recently unearthed by The Washington Post. “To ‘desegregate’ is different than to ‘integrate.’”

In the interview, which captured an early unfiltered Biden, today’s Democratic front-runner picked through a grab bag of anti-integration canards to make his case against busing—among them, the idea that a school where children of different races or multiple ethnicities sit in class together is doomed to be inferior. “The real problem with busing,” he said, “is that you take [white] people who aren’t racist, people who are good citizens, who believe in equal education and opportunity, and you stunt their children’s growth by busing them to an inferior school.” For him, it seems, the stunting of black children’s growth in the savagely unequal and deliberately segregated public schools I’ve been describing for years did not elicit the same sense of alarm.

Nor did Biden stop there. With bald disregard for centuries of American history, he said, “I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and…in order to even the score, we must now give the black man”—no reference to black women—“a head start or even hold the white man back.… I don’t buy that.”

He concluded, “I oppose busing. It’s an asinine concept, the utility of which has never been proven to me. I’ve gotten to the point where I think our only recourse to eliminate busing may be a constitutional amendment.”

Unlike Bernie Sanders, who recently proposed a Thurgood Marshall Plan for public education that calls for a renewal and expansion of desegregation plans by means of transportation, Biden still believes his original position was correct and, according to one of his aides, Bill Russo, sees no reason to revise it. No matter how he tries to blur the edges of his past or present beliefs, no matter how he waffles in his language in order to present himself as some kind of born-again progressive, Biden has not shown that he can be trusted to confront our nation’s racist past and one of its most urgent present needs.


The man has no depth.


I’d love it if an interviewer asked him what the book(s) he was reading now and then, assuming he even had an answer, got grilled on what was his favorite passage and/or theme.


Dr. John (the Night Tripper) passed away from heart disease yesterday. He had been ailing for some time. A musician’s musician and a great performing artist.

RIP good sir. You’ve earned it. T and R, LD!!


Played a mean piano, too


I was lucky enough to see him play at a book publisher’s party back in the early 90’s and it was his piano-playing that I recall the most. Was great.


great song.



Doubling down on my cynic today.

On the bright side, I’m going camping with my niece, her son and my dog this afternoon, so I likely will be out of cell range. I can use the Internet vacation.


p.s. thank you all for all you do. 💕🦜🦜


Sounds like fun! I hope you have a great time.


Have fun!🏕🏕🏕



The realization of hopes requires active participation.





This is the real “end Citizens United” group.



Biden managed to tie his reversal re: the Hyde Amendment to WOC. For me, that is highly cynical and transparently manipulative.

Biden, the former vice-president and an early frontrunner for the Democratic party presidential nomination, abandoned the position he has held for decades amid fierce criticism from his top primary rivals, lawmakers and liberal activists who said the provision disproportionately affected poor women and women of color.

“If I believe healthcare is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone’s zip code,” he told an audience at the Democratic National Committee’s African American Leadership Council Summit in Atlanta on Thursday.

As though it hasn’t ALWAYS been largely about “someone’s zip code” and their bank account balance. Abortions could be illegal throughout the country and rich (and/or white) women would still be able to get one if they wanted to.

On Thursday he said he “makes no apologies” for his previous position, but acknowledged that “circumstances have changed”.


The only thing that’s changed is that it has become politically expedient for Biden to ‘evolve’.


LOL. I’m sure circumstances will change again if wins the primary.




It is equally inexplicable that when Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders publicly supported that moratorium, he was subjected to a racialized attack — not only by The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools but here in the Daily News. It is long past time to set the record straight.

The majority of black and Latino families choose public schools, even when charters are an available option. Charter schools drain funds from public schools, and for the kids who choose the local public school, they and their schools have less. Sanders’ plan includes a tripling of Title I funding, whose greatest beneficiaries would be disadvantaged kids, both in public schools and in charters.

For those students who are already enrolled in charters, Sanders does not call for their schools to be shut down. Rather he calls for a moratorium, a pause, on the opening of new charters until charter schools clean up their act.

He is right. The lack of transparency that leads to scandal and the ability to profit and self-deal does not promote innovation or serve the interests of children of color. When charter schools shut down (one third of all charters close in less than 10 years), students, who are more often than not disadvantaged, are left scrambling for a school. There is nothing progressive about showing up to school, sometimes mid-school-year, to find the doors are shuttered and locked. But that is the reality that some kids face.

Why don’t charter advocacy organizations like the Progressive Policy Institute call for charter reform? Perhaps they don’t want to offend the billionaires like the Walton family who fund charter schools.

Unfortunately, the charter industry is now overrun with scoundrels profiteering from people of color. Thank you, Bernie Sanders, for standing up and being willing to expose the scams that the charter establishment refuses to acknowledge or fix.


If you can, please watch through to the end. You’ll see. He and I may not look similar, but we both share that sentiment!


I was happy to see someone highlight this issue. And the fact that the local leafblowers went off at 7am this morning had nothing at all to do with it. (winky face)

How to minimize your ‘noise footprint’

The modern world is too loud. Noise pollution wreaks havoc on the behavioral patterns and stress levels of wildlife. Ecosystems shift in the wake of chronic noise: seed dispersers, pollinators and their predators avoid the clamor, thus changing the landscape of plants and trees. And, as the New Yorker reported earlier this month, all this human-made noise is responsible for a public health crisis for humans, too – causing hearing damage, high blood pressure, heart disease, low birth weight, and disrupted sleep on a mass scale.

The takeaway? We are literally killing ourselves with noise.



Bernie Sanders links Hitler’s murder of his family to his fight against occupation of Palestinians

Bernie Sanders weighed in yesterday with a forceful message that connects the murder of his own family by the Nazis to his fight against the crushing, humiliating military occupation by Israel of Palestine.

Sanders said that Gaza is also occupied, that Netanyahu is a reactionary who is planning to annex the West Bank, and that a two-state solution must produce a viable Palestinian state based on the ’67 lines, with Jerusalem as a capital. Just what Netanyahu rejected and shoved in Barack Obama’s face eight years ago in the White House, without any consequences.

Sanders began by saying that anti-Semitism is not an abstract idea to him. “I am Jewish and very proud of my heritage.” His father emigrated from Poland at the age of 17 to escape discrimination.

I’m glad that they can’t accuse Bernie of anti-Semitism and that frees him up to speak more bluntly than most.

He said that Jews therefore have a special role to play. “Jews who have been victims of discrimination for centuries must help lead the effort in fighting back against hatred and racism wherever and whenever we see it.”





I’ve decided to take Bill McKibben’s lead on this:



Some interesting background on how Tom Perez became the DNC chairman, and how it affects the DNC’s position on the climate change debate:

If you recall (and this was two years ago, which is a millennium in Trump-era time), the disparate wings of the party were coalescing around Keith Ellison, the former progressive congressman who is now Minnesota’s attorney general, for DNC chair. From Elizabeth Warren to Chuck Schumer, from Bernie Sanders to prominent Hillary supporter Randi Weingarten, everyone jumped in for Ellison—except the outgoing Obama administration.

Obamaworld recruited Tom Perez, then labor secretary, to challenge Ellison, ensuring that their imprint would linger in the party. It was a preview of progressive/establishment scuffles to come. A third candidate, a little-known Indiana mayor named Pete Buttigieg, got a little attention, but this was mainly a Perez vs. Ellison race, and within the DNC it was almost an even split.

According to Grim’s book, in a silent coup, supporters of Puerto Rican statehood kicked out all the Democratic delegates to the DNC with a new set of statehood-backing politicians, many of whom were Republicans. The coup plotters managed to call a DNC meeting with a tiny notice in El Nuevo Día, a leading island newspaper. According to Luis Gutierrez, the former Illinois congressman of Puerto Rican descent who was helping Ellison with the race, “They posted something in the newspaper, which fulfilled some fucking rule to have a meeting of the Democratic Party. … Only the statehooders showed up.”

The anecdote reveals a mildly seamier side of backroom politics. But it throws the decision to nix the climate debate into even sharper relief. Tom Perez owes his chairmanship to some maneuvering on the island of Puerto Rico. If there’s anyone who owes an island devastated by extreme weather, it’s Tom Perez. And yet while he seeks the favor of power-broker Puerto Rican politicians enough to meet their demands, he won’t grant the people of Puerto Rico some debate time to address the very topic that’s led to so much of their destruction.

Climate change has become a top issue for Democrats in 2020 because voters recognize the urgency of saving the planet from the worst damage. Climate migrants, townspeople suffering flooding in Iowa, fire-ravaged Californians, and Puerto Ricans washed out of their homes do not have DNC members they can employ to bargain with Tom Perez for their votes. If transactional politics is what it took for Perez to win, the least he could do is actually honor the people his Puerto Rican political friends represent, and allow a debate that speaks to their pain.</blockquote




I am really enjoying the Gravel campaign. (Although it looks to me like they might have misspelled his first name there.)


Me too.





Is Bernie experiencing some kind of breakthrough? Time magazine and Newsweek in the same week?

1972 Article Surfaces Showing Bernie Sanders Backed Abortion Rights Year Before Roe v Wade

Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders backed abortion rights and ridiculed male-dominated legislatures governing women’s bodies in a 1972 article surfaced Wednesday. The commentary reveals another stark, decades-long contrast between he and former Vice President Joe Biden’s progressive stances.

Sanders told Vermont’s Bennington Banner newspaper in September 1972 — months before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade — that abortion procedures should only be a concern between a woman and her physician. The article sits aside several letters the then-Liberty Union candidate for governor wrote to local newspapers calling for the abolition of “all laws dealing with abortion, drugs, sexual behavior.”

The Bennington Banner confirmed to Newsweek Wednesday that Sanders was interviewed for the published 1972 article in which he feared women “will be forced to go to those states where abortions are legal.”

“It strikes me as incredible that politicians think that they have the right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do with her body,” Sanders told the Bennington Banner on September 1, 1972. “This is especially true in Vermont where we have a legislature which is almost completely dominated by men.”

The opinions Sanders expressed to the Vermont newspaper were highly unpopular at the time, according to U.S. surveys, and Sanders’ backing of abortion for nearly 50 years unveils a striking separation between himself and Biden, currently the 2020 Democratic frontrunner.

“Abortion is an issue which brings out deep feelings in people, and I respect the feelings of those people who are opposed to abortion on moral grounds,” he told the Bennington Banner. “I feel, however, that these people should not be allowed to impose their sense of morality or religious feelings on people who hold a different opinion.”



Benny has an afternoon thread up, fyi.

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