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Eric Swalwell expected to end presidential bid after failing to gain traction

Swalwell is expected to make the announcement at a 4 p.m. ET news conference at his campaign headquarters in California, concluding a short-lived bid for the Democratic nomination that failed to gain any traction.



Just a comment…


Hi friends! Its my birthday and coincidentally enough the anniversary of when JD and I started dating so I kinda extended the holiday weekend and am getting here late. Will post some links below.


Happy Birthday LD!!!!! Happy dating anniversary! 😀

(Mine was last Monday-I think you have a lot less candles on your birthday cake though!)


happy everything, ❤️🦜s!


Ditto to JD-LD




Corporate Team of Rivals: Harris Now in Top Tier with Biden to Prevent a Progressive Nominee

The odds are now very strong that Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic presidential nominee. New polling averages say they account for almost 70 percent of support nationwide, while no other candidate is anywhere near. For progressives who want to affect the news instead of just consume it, active engagement will be essential.

Being preferable to Joe Biden is a low bar, and Kamala Harris clears it. But, like Biden, she stands to lose potential support from many self-described liberals and progressives to the extent they learn more about her actual record.

Overall, Harris’s work as San Francisco’s DA and the California attorney general was not progressive. Lara Bazelon, former director of the LA-based Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, wrote in a New York Times column early this year: “Time after time, when progressives urged her to embrace criminal justice reforms as a district attorney and then the state’s attorney general, Ms. Harris opposed them or stayed silent. Most troubling, Ms. Harris fought tooth and nail to uphold wrongful convictions that had been secured through official misconduct that included evidence tampering, false testimony and the suppression of crucial information by prosecutors.”

Last week, Bazelon said: “Kamala Harris claims to be a champion of criminal justice reform. But as a prosecutor . . . she was anything but. She needs to make the case to the voters that her change of heart is genuine. Crucial to that case is reckoning with her past.”

That past needs scrutiny, especially since Harris has refused to acknowledge there was anything wrong with it.

“As the top law enforcement official” of San Francisco and then California, the New York Times reported in a February news article, “she developed a reputation for caution, protecting the status quo and shrinking from decisions on contentious issues.”

It’s sometimes difficult to gauge what Harris really believes in, especially in light of her tactical backsliding and flip-flops. Longtime observers had no reason to be surprised last week when she walked back her forceful debate position that the federal government shouldn’t leave it to localities to assist school desegregation with busing. “Harris muddied the waters,” the Associated Press reported, when “she told reporters she too did not support federally mandated busing and supported it only as an option for local governments.”

On foreign policy, the little that Harris has to say is often hazy while conforming with mainstream Democratic Party militarism. In the Senate, she has voted for six of eight major military spending bills.


Norman Soloman has a lot more on Harris there and seems to share my concerns about her.


Nancy Pelosi Has Chosen Her War, and It’s With Her Own Party’s Future

To be clear: none of these freshmen Democrats have personally attacked Pelosi and all four of them backed her bid for the speakership. As CNN’s Nathan McDermott tweeted, “It is pretty notable that the most vocally anti-Pelosi Democrats (ala the moderates in swing districts who opposed her leadership) don’t get as much criticism from her as the left-wing of the party.”



Kamala Harris Has a Distinguished Career of Serving Injustice

Harris, who served as San Francisco District Attorney from 2004 to 2011 and California Attorney General from 2011 to 2017, describes herself as a “progressive prosecutor­­­­.” Harris’s prosecutorial record, however, is far from progressive. Through her apologia for egregious prosecutorial misconduct, her refusal to allow DNA testing for a probably innocent death row inmate, her opposition to legislation requiring the attorney general’s office to independently investigate police shootings and more, she has made a significant contribution to the sordid history of injustice she decries.

If Harris is going to run using her that fact that she was a prosecutor, her record doing that is fair game.

Here’s a gem-the court called part of her reply brief “Nonsense”. Ouch.

In 2016, the Court of Appeal rejected Harris’s argument and upheld the trial judge’s recusal of the OCDA. The appellate court wrote in its opinion:

On the last page of the Attorney General’s reply brief it states, “The trial court’s order recusing the OCDA from prosecuting Dekraai’s penalty phase trial was a remedy in search of a conflict.” Nonsense. The court recused the OCDA only after lengthy evidentiary hearings where it heard a steady stream of evidence regarding improper conduct by the prosecution team. To suggest the trial judge prejudged the case is reckless and grossly unfair. These proceedings were a search for the truth. The order is affirmed.

Attorney Jerome Wallingford represented a man who, like Dekraai, was a victim of the illegal Orange County jail informant program. “Harris should’ve done her job and investigated the informant program based on the findings of the Court of Appeal in the Dekraai case,” Wallingford told Truthout. “But instead, she tried to whitewash the scandal by protecting the DA and blaming the sheriff.”

The job of the attorney general is not to protect the DA. As chief law enforcement officer of the state, the attorney general’s duty is “to see that the laws of the State are uniformly and adequately enforced,” as mandated by Article V of the California Constitution. Harris violated her legal duty in this case.



This is the second time that Tulsi has leapt to Biden’s defense. The last time was when Biden was criticized for claiming that, with Trump out of the way, he could work with Republicans to get things done. Is she angling to be chosen his VP?


It’s very odd. I wonder if it’s at least partly because of how her past has been so zoomed in on and she’s testy from people not believing that she’s evolved?


Tom Steyer tells staffers he plans to announce 2020 presidential bid

The source said Steyer began planning an announcement in June and told staffers from the two organizations he funds, Need to Impeach and Next Gen, that he plans to launch a 2020 bid.

Steyer initially cited his efforts to impeach Trump in January as the reason he would not launch a presidential bid of his own.

“Now the impeachment question has reached an inflection point,” he said. “Therefore, I will be dedicating 100% of my time, effort and resources to one cause, working for Mr. Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.”

He added: “I am not running for president at this time. Instead, I am strengthening my commitment to Need to Impeach in 2019 until the House starts impeachment proceedings or Mr. Trump resigns.”

I’m guessing he would be running on impeaching Trump?


gawd spare us. T and R, humphrey!!


Wealthy Hampton Homeowners Are Trying to Suppress Tribal Sovereignty

Wealthy, white homeowners are outraged that the Shinnecock Nation has decided to erect two blazing 60-foot electronic billboards on their tiny patch of sovereign lands at the gateway to the Hamptons, a tony retreat for the rich and famous. Members anticipate that advertising income from the billboards will generate income for the Nation that will help pay for health and dental clinics as well as a community daycare facility.

The Hamptons residents’ anger is rich with irony. In many ways, it reads like an old-time teaching story from my tribe, the Ojibwe. These teaching stories function as parables that offer guidelines for leading a good life, including responsibility for family, the Earth and its inhabitants. In the Ojibwe worldview, water, plants and animals, as well as people are considered to be relatives and therefore deserving of care and respect.

the wealthy landowners in the Hamptons have curated and dominated the area, creating an illusory, bucolic retreat from the rapacious consequences of their own capitalism. The standoff between the Shinnecock and wealthy Hampton landowners is an allegory for the Faustian bargain of American capitalism that childishly assumes the biggest players will never face payback or repercussions as long as their money holds out. Moreover, it’s a spot-on example of the blissful ignorance afforded by white entitlement and classism forwarding the notion that some people are simply above the forces of nature.

The New York State Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order to halt construction of the billboards. The New York State Department of Transportation also issued a stop work order, citing a ban of advertising on state roads, according to CBS New York.

Shinnecock leaders, however, have ignored the orders, pointing out that as a federally recognized tribe, they are a sovereign nation with the right to govern themselves.

The dispute is ongoing.

homeowners interviewed by CBS New York complained that the billboards will ruin the ambiance of the area.

For the Shinnecock, such complaints smack of hypocrisy and racism. Bryan Polite, chairman of the Shinnecock tribe, told 27east.com that rampant development by corporations and the super-wealthy — including condominiums, golf courses, mansions built on small plots of land and a massive cell phone tower — are the real eyesores responsible for ruining the vibe of the Hamptons.

Living with the often-poisonous results of capitalist ventures is an old story in Indian Country. Indeed, the fallout goes far beyond ruining the vibe of a place. The tally of deadly examples of environmental racism on Indigenous lands is nearly endless.



Surprising and very good news for Warren. She and Bernie are splitting the progressive grassroots donors. Warren’s average donation is higher than Bernie’s, which is not surprising because her base is more wealthy.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday that it raised a total of $19.1 million in the second quarter, more than three times the amount her campaign raised last quarter and an amount reflective of the recent surge of support for the Massachusetts lawmaker .

Warren raised more than Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a fellow 2020 contender similarly fighting for the Party’s progressive voters, by about $1 million. Warren outraised Sen. Kamala Harris of California by about $7 million. She was shy of the fundraising haul announced by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg by about $6 million and the total announced by former Vice President Joe Biden by about $2.5 million.

Warren received a total of 683,000 individual contributions from 384,000 grassroots donors in the last three months of the presidential race, according to an email to supporters Monday. More than 80% of the donations in the second quarter were from first-time donors to her presidential campaign.

The average donation to Warren’s campaign was $28, the same as last quarter, according to the campaign. By comparison, Sanders received more individual contributions with a slightly lower average of about $18.

Over the course of the last three months, Warren spent $10.6 million, ending the first half of the year with $19.7 million left in the campaign’s war chest. Buttigieg, whose campaign said he raised $24.8 million in the second quarter, ended the quarter with $22.6 million left over while Sanders ended the quarter with $30 million on hand.

“To sum it up: We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign. That’s big,” Warren’s campaign manager Roger Lau wrote in an email to supporters Monday afternoon, drawing a direct comparison to Sanders, the only other candidate in the race so far to pursue an entirely grassroots campaign.



Q: What differences, if any, do you see between yourself and Sen. Bernie Sanders?

A: I’ve known Bernie and been friends with Bernie forever and ever and ever, long before I ever got into politics. I can’t talk about Bernie and what Bernie wants to do. He’ll get out there and make that case. … We just don’t attack each other. It’s not about a pact. Bernie’s been my friend forever, and I’ve been his friend forever.


Bad if true.



What crap. They voted against the original bill because their votes weren’t needed and they were making a point. If their votes were needed to pass the bill, they would have voted for it. Meanwhile the moderates and blue dogs deserted the Dems to support the bad bill that did get passed. When will Pelosi call them out? They include the ones who opposed her for Speaker.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood by her controversial comments about four progressive Democrats who voted against a House bill to address the humanitarian crisis at the border but faced pushback from some on the far-left for not being strong enough.

In a news conference on Monday, Pelosi argued the four congresswomen — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — opposed a bill that was designed “to protect children,” though she did not mention the members by name.

“All I said was a statement of fact, the four of them opposed the bill. We were protecting the children. Overwhelmingly, our caucus voted to protect the children — our blue dogs, our moderates and all the rest voted to protect the children,” Pelosi said.

“They did not,” she continued. “And they did not have a further following. So that was what I was saying. They have a following in the public, but I’m just talking about in the Congress.”

Rep. Ro Khanna, a progressive from California, came to their defense.

“Do not dismiss@AOC for casting lonely votes,” he wrote on Twitter. “I voted yes for the House bill & no on the Senate. But I am glad the body has voices of moral dissent. History proves that dissent provokes reflection & change.”



Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign announced on Monday that it raised $19.1 million dollars in the second quarter of 2019, slightly more than her left-wing rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, and only a bit less than the race’s current polling frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden.

This is, without question, good news for Warren, whose campaign struggled with fundraising early on. But it’s also a sign of health for the wider Democratic party—a signal that more than one candidate can mount a competitive White House campaign that relies on donations from grassroots supporters rather than large donors.

But Warren’s success isn’t just good for her campaign. It’s good for the whole Democratic party. If the Senator’s poll numbers had improved, but not her financials, it would have been a serious cautionary tale for Democrats about the risk of trying to play small ball on fundraising—a sign that it might be unrealistic for more than one candidate to run a race without relying at all on $2,800-a-plate dinners. Instead, she’s showing that at least two progressives can pull it off, and maybe more. That should encourage other candidates to attempt the strategy in the future, and ensure that left-leaning voters with a good government streak have more than one candidate to choose from. Pumping Wall Street and big tech for cash is still an effective way to fuel a campaign. But it’s not the only way.


Snowball has some new moves, and scientists have learned more about animals and dancing from him. Interesting article on how it has to do with animals that can imitate sounds gives them an ability to link sound and movement. Or something like that


or you can go to this thread where the different moves are broken down in separate videos with a little blurb about things.



Senator Bernie Sanders is teaming up with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a resolution calling for “massive” federal government action to reverse climate change.

The Vermont senator, who’s running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is seeking to shore up his progressive base as other candidates like Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California make gains in opinion polls.

It’s not the first time that he’s partnered with Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman from New York who last week publicly feuded with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the speaker’s dismissive comments about her Twitter followers.

The nonbinding sense of Congress resolution, also to be sponsored by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, is set to be introduced on Tuesday and follows earlier efforts to champion Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. Moderate House Democrats, however, are leery of the Green New Deal because it includes proposals that have little support in their districts. Prospects for passage of the Sanders-Ocasio-Cortez resolution are uncertain.

A Sanders spokesman, Keane Bhatt, said that President Donald Trump “insists on calling” climate change a hoax.

The senator, Bhatt added, “is proud to partner with his House colleagues to challenge this absurdity and have Congress declare what we all know: we are facing a climate emergency that requires a massive and immediate federal mobilization.”


Pelosi is detached from reality. These four courageous freshmen represent the interests of average working people who Nancy doesn’t even see.
She’s long past due on needing to be primaried.



LOL. Rubin pushing Warren. Easy to see what’s going on here. As if she would actually support Warren against any Dem other than Bernie.




Bernie Sanders is the gold standard in 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders showed his true pro-people, pro-planet, pro-peace and common sense — once again and as usual — in last month’s Democratic nomination auditions. For that, he gets pooh-poohed by The Baltimore Sun (“Biden, Bernie and Beto were debate roadkill. Here’s what they (and other underachievers) need to do to stay in the game,” July 1).

The Sun posits that if Senator Sanders repeats his same urgent messaging of 2016, he will likely be abandoned by voters in favor of the same message in a “fresher package.” Really?

Many of the Democratic candidates are fairly new exponents of the ideas Mr. Sanders has consistently championed and refined for decades. I’m grateful most of them are espousing the fundamental fairness of our American-made homegrown version of democratic socialism, some more credibly than others. But Senator Sanders has advocated and defended his positions in argument after argument in Senate chambers and back rooms, in local town halls and on the national stage. He has refocused the national discussion. We face daily increasing, historically high inequalities of wealth and power that threaten our existence as a government by, of and for the people and the very survival of our planet. We need a strong unwavering advocate, not a less tested “fresher package” who may well talk the talk but hasn’t yet walked the walk. Senator Sanders is our best and strongest hope to uncompromisingly slam the brakes on our suicidal downward slide.

While any of the candidates would clearly be a better choice than the narcissistic dictator-loving tank hugger in the Oval Office, one could say the same about virtually every Sun reader (editors included). It’s good that so many of the would-be next generation of Democratic leaders are stepping up this year and introducing themselves to the voters, but I have no problem supporting the one steadfast candidate whose cues they all follow.

Louis Brendan Curran, Baltimore








LOL. Barbara Walters seems somewhat out of place.


cool gif



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