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Since im “done” working for 2018;figured i’ll start this OT with this;
Japan To Launch Commercial Whaling Again After Withdrawing From Treaty

Japan has announced that it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission next year and will break a moratorium to relaunch widespread commercial whaling operations for the first time in 30 years.Japan plans to resume hunts in July of whale species with “healthy” populations in nearby waters, but no longer in the Antarctic Ocean, said a statement from the government’s top spokesman. Greenpeace blasted Japan’s decision to pull out of the commission.
“The declaration is out of step with the international community, let alone the protection needed to safeguard the future of our oceans and these majestic creatures,” Sam Annesley, executive director of Greenpeace Japan, said in a statement.
“The world’s oceans face multiple threats, like acidification and plastic pollution, in addition to overfishing. As a country surrounded by oceans where people’s lives have been heavily reliant on marine resources, it is essential for Japan to work towards healthy oceans. Japan’s government has so far failed to resolve these problems.



That was a bummer to hear, was the first news I heard this morning.


Same here. Why are the Japanese resuming whaling after not doing it for 30 years? Merry Day-After-Christmas LD/JD and the rest of you lot! LOL. 🙂


I wonder if this will now be fair game for the Japanese whalers? /S


Something a little less sarcastic.




Those paws!!

It looks like mama is adapting to a different environment. Not so ‘white’.



What can Tony Evers really do?

Its about a 15 minute read but he does have some options to get things done. Plus he has a very large veto pen with a line item veto so the R’s will have to compromise on some things. another point is that the R’s don’t have Veto over ride numbers either, so it will be interesting until 2020.



Same wishes and Holidays to you JD-LD and plan on toasting to continued progressive success’s on Monday night. Probably not going out anywhere but will have a beverage and make a toast though.


So I finally broke down and joined twitter (no I wont do facebook :P) because I see there is going to be a huge battle of opinions over the next two years and figured I should enlist in the Progressive Truth Army.

My name there is my original TOP name fToRrEeEsSt and you will likely see me around pushing back on the establishment BS. Sadly I work 6 days a week and cant do much rl activism, but at least I can be a keyboard warrior to counter the bot legions 😛


Your timing is perfect, TheLeftistheCenter. Those on the left are gearing up for the upcoming battle royale. With so much at stake, it’s gonna be a doozy!


Yeah we are following each other already 😀


Is your acct profile pic a forest? I want to make sure it’s you.


Yep that’s what the name is ‘forest through the TREES’.

Ill look for a better avatar over time but for now that served th purpose 😛


You don’t mess around! 🙂


Nope I went to work as soon as a joined and already some of the main progressives have noticed my efforts 😉


Wow, you sure did get right to it! I see one of your responses to Neera already has 48 likes! I’m not sure I’ve ever had that many, lol, maybe once.

Lemme know if you ever get Regina, I think the name is, on your case. ‘Regina’ has blocked me even though I’m pretty sure I’ve never interacted with either her or Neera. (Regina seems to be an ‘alt’ account of Neera’s and is known to jump in to Neera’s defense-it’s very odd)


Ive already had one tool block me after I put them on the spot to prove their point lol

Yeah its up in the 60s now and I have another in the 50s, seems people like bold truth tellers be them in congress or not 😉

Im going to make a lot of friends and a lot of enemies pretty quickly I think lol


The “RR” part stands for Rapid Response. This time we know what to expect with David Brock and all of the other political operatives.

This account will also be sharing accurate information about 2020 challengers. As soon as candidates start announcing, we’re a go.

If the establishment swipes at Bernie inaccurately before then, we fight back. We absolutely must coalesce our messaging to have a bigger impact.

We don’t need bots & trolls to amplify our message. We are powerful on our own. This is a 100% grassroots effort and I want to make clear from the start no one will ever be paid for what we’re doing.

Also, no Ruskies here, so don’t even try it. #Bernie20RR


That’s a very clever way you switch the upper and lower cases back in your un, TLC. I used to proof that stuff back before the Mac/Computer Graphic days.


Maybe Keith can once again be Keith since he left the DNC and was recently elected.



The 4 Musketeers plus Ro. 🙂 Works for me. I read that AOC can not run for POTUS. Reason was not given. Isn’t she an American national?



LOL. That is assuming that Claire McCaskill was actually a Democrat.


I think she’s doing a demo for a FNC contributor spot. Fox probably pays well.


Haha Humphrey beat me to it. Here’s something completely different:



Let us hope that it sinks in!


Are you listening Andrew?



I hope you enjoyed your “escape” LD.

Much love to your and JD, with an eagle’s nest full of good wishes for you both in 2019. XOXO


Corporate Democrats Are Already Punching Left Ahead of 2020

Well-informed public discussion is a major hazard for Democratic Party elites now eager to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning the 2020 presidential nomination. A clear focus on key issues can bring to light the big political differences between Sanders and the party’s corporate-friendly candidates. One way to muddy the waters is to condemn people for pointing out facts that make those candidates look bad.

National polling shows that the U.S. public strongly favors bold policy proposals that Sanders has been championing for a long time. On issues ranging from climate change to Medicare for All to tuition-free public college to Wall Street power, the party’s base has been moving leftward, largely propelled by an upsurge of engagement from progressive young people. This momentum is a threat to the forces accustomed to dominating the Democratic Party.

In recent weeks, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has become a lightning rod in a gathering political storm—largely because of the vast hype about him from mass media and Democratic power brokers. At such times, when spin goes into overdrive, we need incisive factual information. Investigative journalist David Sirota provided it in a deeply researched Dec. 20 article, which The Guardian published under the headline, “Beto O’Rourke Frequently Voted for Republican Legislation, Analysis Reveals.”

Such calculated nonsense indicates just how panicky some powerful corporate Democrats are about Sanders’ likely presidential campaign—and just how anxious they are to protect corporate-oriented candidates from public scrutiny. The quest is to smother meaningful discussions of vital issues that should be center stage during the presidential campaign.

Corporate Democrats are gearing up to equate principled, fact-based critiques of their favored candidates with—in Tanden’s words—“seriously dangerous” attacks that are “doing Trump’s bidding.” Such demagogic rhetoric should be thrown in the political trash cans where it belongs.

This is not only about O’Rourke—it’s about the parade of Democratic contenders lined up to run for president. Should the candidates that mass media and party elites put forward as “progressive” be quickly embraced or carefully scrutinized? The question must be asked and answered.



A clamor to create “Medicare for All” has exploded on the left. Democratic presidential hopefuls are racing to co-sponsor legislation, rising stars in the party are embracing it, and national polls show Americans warming to the concept.

But even the idea’s most fervent backers acknowledge that the goal is far off in the distance, beyond the next year or even the 2020 election.

Their aim for now is to shift the health care debate. By making single-payer health care — a model under which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan — the progressive position, advocates argue that gives Democrats representing conservative areas of the country political cover to support more modest proposals to expand the government’s role in health insurance.

“Everybody understands we’re not going to get Medicare for All enacted in January. But it’s a marker about where we want to land, which is to say we want everybody to have health care,” Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii said in an interview. “This is about moving the so-called Overton window.”

“We don’t have the support that we need,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who will co-chair the Progressive Caucus. She said that she’d favor modest expansions of Medicare or Medicaid eligibility as a step toward Medicare for All.

“I am a big bold thinker; I’m also a good practical strategist,” Jayapal said. “It’s why the Medicare For All Caucus was started, because we want to get information to our members so people feel comfortable talking about the attacks we know are going to come.”



The president of the nation’s largest federal workers’ union slammed President Trump on Wednesday for claiming that “many” federal workers who were impacted by the partial government shutdown wanted the shutdown.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents over 700,000 federal employees, said in a statement seen by the New York Daily News that there “should be no confusion” about whether members of the union want to return to their workplaces.

“They are eager to get back to work,” AFGE President Jeffrey David Cox Sr. said in the statement. “They unequivocally oppose using shutdowns as a means of resolving policy disputes. This is not about a wall, this is about 800,000 real people with real families and real bills to pay.”

Trump argued on Tuesday that thousands of workers being furloughed due to the shutdown wanted the government to remain closed until lawmakers are able approve funding his long-desired wall.

Paul Shearon, who currently serves as the president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers – which represents 80,000 federal employees – also blasted Trump’s claim as “false” in a statement seen by the local newspaper.

“We have not heard from a single member who supports the President’s inaction,” Shearon said. “Most view this as an act of ineptitude.”


This should come as no surprise that “The Hill” has an agenda!

Check out this article.

It is written by Amie Parnes:

Who just happened to co write 2 books about Hillary Clinton


Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign is a book by political journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes about Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential campaign. The book was published on April 18, 2017 by Crown Publishing Group, and aims to determine why Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump.[1] It is a follow-on to the same authors’ 2014 work HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton and made use of many of their large number of contacts within Clintons’ circle.


Democrats are worried that they have a problem: The three people leading polls in the very early stages of their presidential race are all white men.

The party traditionally battles over identity politics and wants to be seen as promoting diversity.

Its last three nominees have been Barack Obama, who became the nation’s first African-American president, and Hillary Clinton, the first woman to win the popular vote.

Democratic strategist Seth Bringman added that it “definitely sends the wrong message about who our party is.”

Democratic strategist Patti Solis Doyle, who served as campaign manager during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign, also poured cold water on the early polling.

“I don’t know if such early polls say anything about the party,” Solis Doyle said. “Such early polls don’t tell you much.

Still, she added, “I do think that Democrats won 2018 in large measure due to women voters. Women are leading movements politically, socially and culturally across the country. I just don’t see how a woman is not on the ticket in 2020.”

As mentioned above Patti Solis Doyle was Hillary’s campaign manager while Bringman:


Bringman worked as a researcher on then-Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He later served as communications director of the Ohio Democratic Party from 2009 to 2012.

In 2013, Bringman became the first employee of Ready for Hillary, a SuperPAC focusing on grassroots organizing to support Clinton’s potential 2016 presidential campaign. As communications director, he served as spokesperson for the PAC and its supporters. He was also the driver of the group’s “Hillary Bus.” Bringman is the author of the book, “Ready for Hillary: The Official, Inside Story of the Campaign before the Campaign.

There is absolutely no bias in this carefully crafted article. HAH!



Joe Lockhart has been a RW Lite horse’s arse for years. The Craporo-DINOs wouldn’t be in such a tizzy if they didn’t feel threatened. Joe Biden, the early Peoples’ choice for POTUS—-Give me a break!! LD: just wanted you to know that the usual suspects did their (usual) excellent job holding down the TPW fort while you and JD enjoyed Xmas! 🙂



Who is this awesome Noelle Seguin? 🙂


Just someone I know who is a DSAer and a Berniecrat. 🙂


Who are you going to believe? The affected workers or The”Liar in Chief”.


I have my doubts that this will become a new fad.?


It is hard to keep a secret.


The ‘Royal’ Ahole-in-Chief–Pox on him/it!


Banks Are Making Black and Latino Homeownership a Thing of the Past

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act banned racial discrimination in lending, African Americans and Latinos continue to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts.

This modern-day redlining persisted in 61 metro areas even when controlling for applicants’ income, loan amount and neighborhood, according to a mountain of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act records analyzed by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting.

The year-long analysis, based on 31 million records, relied on techniques used by leading academics, the Federal Reserve and Department of Justice to identify lending disparities.

It found a pattern of troubling denials for people of color across the country, including in major metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Detroit, Philadelphia, St. Louis and San Antonio. African Americans faced the most resistance in Southern cities – Mobile, Alabama; Greenville, North Carolina; and Gainesville, Florida – and Latinos in Iowa City, Iowa.

No matter their location, loan applicants told similar stories, describing an uphill battle with loan officers who they said seemed to be fishing for a reason to say no.

“I had a fair amount of savings and still had so much trouble just left and right,” said Rachelle Faroul, a 33-year-old black woman who was rejected twice by lenders when she tried to buy a brick row house close to Malcolm X Park in Philadelphia, where Reveal found African Americans were 2.7 times as likely as whites to be denied a conventional mortgage.

The analysis – independently reviewed and confirmed by The Associated Press – showed black applicants were turned away at significantly higher rates than whites in 48 cities, Latinos in 25, Asians in nine and Native Americans in three. In Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital, Reveal found all four groups were significantly more likely to be denied a home loan than whites.


This statistic is absolutely disgusting. Society is sick!


More than 4 million school students in the United States participated in lockdowns during the 2017-2018 school year, according to a new Washington Post analysis on school safety.

According to the analysis, 4.1 million students had to participate in at least one school lockdown during the school year, and on average 16 campuses per day across the U.S. were placed on lockdown. There was not a single day between Labor Day of 2017 and Memorial Day 2018 without a lockdown, according to The Post.

Of those lockdowns, 15 percent were reportedly due to bomb threats, while 61 percent were related to firearms.

The Post notes that the number of students who participated in lockdowns is larger than the combined populations of Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont. As the first study of its kind, there is currently no comparable data on lockdown frequency from past school years.


This is what the establishment does to keep in power.


They are in full Bernie panic mode and DS is just collateral damage and things are just getting started. He has the creds to back himself up and he did a very good job of defending himself and to be honest its this whole debacle that convinced me to throw my voice in.

Establishment Dems and Repubs all get their money from much the same sources, so there is only really one establishment and everything else is just bad cop/worse cop, which is which just depends on the audience.

I think that whole establishment is really freaking out right now knowing that if Bernie started at 3% and got to 45%, what will happen if he starts at 33-45%? Thats why they are so frantically pushing anyone and everyone, someone different every week hoping to get some lift from their trial balloons.

Their tone is kind of warlike and I think thats appropriate because its going to be a war between truth and propaganda, with the whole establishment gearing up for the fight of its life and I think we are going to have to do the same.

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