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LieparDestin

Good morning Mags and everyone! Busy day today but I’ll be back in the afternoon with some of the days news.

In the meantime, here is some more Supaman:

LieparDestin

https://www.google.com/amp/s/newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/api/amp/indiancountrytoday/news/supaman-releases-new-powerful-video-miracle-dU_QMqKEx0CR0xylcJPuFQ/

Supaman, known for infusing Native culture and hip-hop culture in his music, says the video for Miracle, featuring Youssef, is “much more than a Water is Life song. It holds so much more meaning and symbolism throughout that the average viewer might miss.”

Youssef, who has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert with Black Thought, delivers lyrics supporting the efforts of Standing Rock water protectors and “the spirit of the Ghost Dance” alongside Supaman.

“This was a spiritual movement of dance promoting hope, unity, and peace amongst the people. In the video, you see the beauty of this movement by the many different cultural dances uniting for the same cause. Maimouna also displays her uncanny musical gifts of singing and rapping while taking us on an unprecedented empowering journey of resilience with her verse with lines like “we gave them liberty and they gave us to slaughter, no land of the free, for my forefathers,” said Supaman.

Throughout the video, which is directed by Jihan Hafiz, the imagery pays homage to Indigenous cultures across the world to include the Indigenous people of Gaza, Palestine, Egypt, Mayan, Honduras, Flint, Michigan, Samoa, and Mexico.

“All and all, Miracle is a timely masterpiece which reminds us of and captures the resilient power and value of the Indigenous people,” says Supaman. 

LieparDestin

Bernie2020 needs to hire Jihan Hafiz, this video is brilliant.

LieparDestin

If I advised Bernie2020 Id do everything in my power to get Supaman, quese imc, frank waln and some of the other indigenous artists onboard the campaign for a massive indigenous gotv campaign in native communities across the country.

LieparDestin

Just to further prove my point, I dare someone to tell me this couldnt be a Bernie2020 campaign song:

Ive really got to get to work now but obviously I feel strongly on the subject lol

Benny

I’m not a big h-h fan, but this artist has potential.

polarbear4
polarbear4

You might communicate with his cadre—Nina, roseann, ro, et al, and Bernie. (autocorrect decides who gets a capital lol). They would be an awesome addition!

Seems they do sometimes get the message and take it seriously. I dunno.

I want him to talk with Andrew bacevich. ?

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

jcitybone

Hi Mags and LD. Rather than start a new post I’ll treat this as the morning Open Thread

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/07/ilhan-omar-nancy-pelosi-democrats-1208842

Now it‘s unclear when the House will hold a vote, as the party’s factions continue to maneuver against each other.

On one side of the argument is a bloc of senior Jewish lawmakers, some of them leaders of powerful House committees, who have demanded Omar apologize for her remarks and be subject to some form of public punishment. Some of those lawmakers wanted the resolution to mention Omar by name and were angered when Democratic leaders decided that would go too far.

On the other side is an equally powerful group of black and progressive Democrats who have rallied to Omar’s defense, arguing that she is being unfairly singled out and shouldn’t be punished at all. Some of those members, including in the Congressional Black Caucus, don’t want to see any a resolution on the floor.

In the middle is Pelosi.

From the start of the conversations, Pelosi has been pushing for a broader resolution that doesn’t specifically name Omar, according to an aide to the speaker. Pelosi also made a point of speaking to Omar on Sunday night about the resolution before making any decisions.

Members of the CBC left a meeting Wednesday largely united that there should not be a resolution at all, arguing it would unfairly target Omar at a time when she has also been the subject of hate speech.

Democratic sources said some Jewish lawmakers, including Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), were upset by leadership’s decision to expand the resolution to address all kinds of hate speech, which they felt watered down the repudiation of Omar’s comments.

“I know that it looks different or feels different to people, but I didn’t come here to just sit quietly and fall in line,” said freshman Rep. Jahana Hayes, one of several members who criticized leadership’s strategy during a tense closed-door meeting Wednesday morning. “I don’t mean that to be respectful.”

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/03/07/progressive-jewish-groups-thank-diverse-coalition-mobilized-thwart-democrats

Progressive Jewish advocacy groups leading the grassroots mobilization in defense of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) celebrated late Wednesday after House Democratic leaders were forced to delay a resolution rebuking the congresswoman over her criticism of the Israeli lobby and government.

“This is a victory. Grassroots pressure from Jews, Muslims, and our allies challenged the double standard applied to Ilhan Omar, forced Dem leadership to delay the vote,” declared IfNotNow, a youth-led Jewish organization. “Now they must withdraw it and replace it with a resolution condemning white nationalism.”

The House Democratic leadership’s decision to indefinitely postpone a vote on the resolution came as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—all major 2020 presidential contenders—issued statements defending Omar from attacks by the right and her own party.

“Anti-Semitism is a hateful and dangerous ideology which must be vigorously opposed in the United States and around the world. We must not, however, equate anti-Semitism with legitimate criticism of the right-wing, Netanyahu government in Israel,” said Sanders. “Rather, we must develop an even-handed Middle East policy which brings Israelis and Palestinians together for a lasting peace.”

“What I fear is going on in the House now is an effort to target Congresswoman Omar as a way of stifling that debate,” the Vermont senator concluded. “That’s wrong.”

In a statement posted on Twitter, Warren condemned right-wing threats of violence against Omar and said attempts to label “criticism of Israel as automatically anti-Semitic has a chilling effect on our public discourse.”

WindDancer13

We as humanity need to find better inclusive words. The messaging here is problematic. I get the point, but many will not.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/morning-report/432985-the-hills-morning-report

The Democratic divisions pit young lawmakers against old, liberals against centrists and white Jews against black Muslims.

Here is some color from a brutal and embarrassing day of infighting:

> At a Democratic caucus meeting, Pelosi became frustrated and said, “Well if you’re not going to listen to me, I’m done talking.” She then dropped the microphone and stormed off (Politico).

> Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) expressed frustration with Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets. “Everyone stop tweeting!” Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), the subject of one Ocasio-Cortez tweet, said Ocasio-Cortez “could have come down the hall and asked me what my opinion is” (The Washington Post).

> The fight reached new heights when some lawmakers, such as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), warned that Omar’s critics were putting her safety at risk. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus shielded Omar from reporters after a meeting on Wednesday.

orlbucfan

It’s DINOs vs. democrats, plain and simple. Glad the democrats prevailed at least for now.

Torabs
Torabs

Embarrassing? How ’bout “welcome?” Or “encouraging?” People did not elect this new wave to be docile and submissive to the corrupt, soulless establishment bloc.

To Rep. Pelosi: nobody feels sorry for you, as you cravenly seek the mythical middle ground that makes everybody happy. You have enabled the worst Democrats for far too long, you created this problem.

orlbucfan

T and R, mags!! Go LD!! 🙂 I’m really not a rap/hip-hop fan, but I agree with the lyrics 1000%. I also like the way Supaman shows his pride by wearing the Native American clothing.

jcitybone

Billionaire centrist leans on Republicans

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/432954-schultz-recruiting-gop-insiders-ahead-of-possible-2020-bid

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has recruited at least three veteran House Republican staffers and consultants to join his presidential campaign-in-waiting, bringing on seasoned and well-connected GOP operatives who know their way around the very political apparatus helping to reelect President Trump in 2020.

They include Brendon DelToro and Matt LoParco, who served as deputy political director and external affairs director, respectively, to former National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) during the 2018 cycle.

A third Schultz hire, GOP consultant Greg Strimple, founder of GS Strategy Group, has done polling and other consulting for the NRCC, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), according to campaign finance reports.

The hires are reflective of Schultz’s efforts to cast himself as a political centrist who doesn’t neatly fit into the rank-and-file of either major party. They also signal that Schultz, a lifelong Democrat, is likely to make a play for Republican voters should he mount a campaign for the White House.

polarbear4
polarbear4

So basically a stealth GOP.

jcitybone

Both Biden and Bernie are viewed much more favorably than the other major contenders. They are also much better known.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/247388/biden-liked-americans.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=syndication

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LieparDestin

Biden basks in out of sight out of mind glory, when he announces his past and policy positions will be at the forefront. Bernies popularity remains steady in the face of relentless attacks and ‘policy critiques’

LieparDestin

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/us/politics/biden-2020.html

While he is the leading the field, Mr. Biden is far from an overwhelming favorite and appears to have support from about a third of the Democratic electorate. Senator Bernie Sanders is close behind him and other prominent candidates, like Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, trail them both.

Mr. Biden has spent much of this year running what amounts to the non-incumbent’s version of a Rose Garden campaign: giving high-profile paid speeches and appearing at events, both in the United States and abroad, that project him as statesmanlike.

Avoiding Iowa and New Hampshire, and the probing questions that would come in early nominating states, Mr. Biden has instead appeared in Munich, where he spoke about the trans-Atlantic alliance, and in Omaha, where he warned that America’s “reputation is being tarnished” abroad during an event with former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican who was a defense secretary for President Obama.

Mr. Biden has already pushed back several self-imposed deadlines for a decision, extending an end-of-2018 timeline into January and then into March. One Democrat eager to work for Mr. Biden was told to expect a launch this month, but more recently got word that April was more likely.

Yet in multiple interviews with Democratic aides and officials, including some who plan on working for a Biden candidacy, there are boy-who-cried-wolf doubts about his intentions and deep questions about his viability in a party that is increasingly young, female and nonwhite.

There is Mr. Biden’s penchant for praising Republicans, former segregationists and right-leaning columnists. Though aides say he will never back away from his belief in bipartisanship, Mr. Biden’s insistence on telling a story that centers on his relationship with former Senator Jesse Helms – a North Carolina Republican who never apologized for his bigotry – grates on even members of his own team, who have told him as much.

jcitybone

The darling of Wall Street

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/03/biden-takes-wall-street-from-bloomberg

After months of indecision, the stars appear to be aligning for Joe Biden, the once and future king of the 2020 primary. On Tuesday, a new poll placed Biden first among equals, with 31 percent support among likely Democratic voters. On Wednesday, Politico reported that he has hired Cristóbal Alex, a high-placed alum from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and the current president of the Latino Victory Fund. Meanwhile, according to Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino, Biden has notified his network of Wall Street supporters that an announcement is “all but certain” in the next month. That mirrors what my colleague William D. Cohan reported last week: with Michael Bloomberg out of the way, Wall Street executives close to Biden say, the centrist-friendly lane is wide open. And there’s nobody who better scratches the establishmentarian sweet spot between Full Socialism and Donald J. Trump.

Biden boosters are also encouraged by the belief that other Democratic presidential candidates will trip over themselves in a breakneck race to the left, luring progressive voters with promises of a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and leaving him plenty of room for Barack Obama’s No. 2 to sweep through the center unimpeded. The prospect is even more appealing now that Bloomberg has removed himself from the race, preferring instead to blanket the election with enough case to inhibit Donald Trump. (A Bloomberg adviser told Fox Business that Bloomberg will not endorse Biden in the Democratic primary.) As Dan Backer, a campaign finance expert, put it to Fox Business, “Biden represents a process Wall Street knows how to manage.”

orlbucfan

What about that obnoxious Schultz (sp?) billionaire? He’s running for the DINO ‘center,’ too.

Torabs
Torabs

I just had to laugh at “high-placed alum from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.” That’s like saying you were a high-ranked officer of the Hindenburg or the Titanic applying for another job.

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/06/health/unitedhealthcare-ruling-mental-health-treatment/index.html

In a scathing decision, a federal judge blasted a subsidiary of the nation’s largest insurance company for focusing on the “bottom line as much or more” than patients’ health, saying the insurer illegally denied treatment to thousands of people. The judge also slammed the company’s medical directors for being “deceptive” under oath.

US Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero issued his decision Tuesday against United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, saying the insurer created internal policies that effectively discriminated against those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment.

“It is well-established that effective treatment of mental health and substance use disorders includes treatment aimed at preventing relapse or deterioration of the patient’s condition and maintaining the patient’s level of functioning. UBH Guidelines deviate from that standard,” Spero said.

Legal observers called the decision one of the most important and most thorough rulings ever issued against an insurance company, at the federal level, on mental health issues.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Thanks mags, jcb, lala and LD! So great to have this space. ???

LieparDestin

LieparDestin

jcitybone

So there will be a vote. Text to come. And Josh she never said what you are claiming she said.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-to-vote-thursday-on-measure-opposing-hate-hoyer-tells-democrats/2019/03/07/8a5c2ada-40e3-11e9-a0d3-1210e58a94cf_story.html?utm_term=.04b615945544&utm_source=reddit.com

The House will vote Thursday on a measure “opposing hate,” Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told Democrats Thursday morning, as the party tries to move past a controversy over alleged anti-Semitic comments from freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar.

The announcement, confirmed by two Democratic aides present in the closed-door meeting, reflects party leaders’ concerns that the acrimonious issue is overshadowing the Democratic legislative agenda, including the expected passage Friday of a sweeping election and ethics reform bill.

The resolution’s text, subject of intense Democratic infighting this week, will be released later Thursday, Hoyer (D-Md.) said, according to the aides present, who were granted anonymity to speak freely. It will not mention Omar (D-Minn.) by name and will condemn “prejudice” and “hate against whomever that is directed,” Hoyer said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who has led the defense of Omar, said that she would reserve final judgment on the resolution until seeing the final language but said “so far it seems amenable to me.”

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N. J), who helped draft an initial measure that specifically condemned anti-Semitism, stopped short of endorsing the broader measure.

“We have to address it, and I’m eager to see it,” he said. “If you question someone’s loyalty to the United States of America due to their faith, that needs to be addressed.”

jcitybone

https://www.theroot.com/we-must-have-equity-in-our-outrage-ayanna-pressley-de-1833123544

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, along with several top Democrats, released statements defending Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Wednesday, as the freshman congresswoman faced mounting criticism—including death threats—following her most recent comments on Israel.

“I always have and always will stand in opposition to any and all forms of hatred and discrimination, including white supremacy, racism, transphobia, ableism, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, islamophobia and xenophobia– there is no hierarchy of hurt,” Pressley said in a statement released Wednesday evening. “This week, Congresswoman Omar and her loved ones have had their humanity threatened, both by the general public and by government officials.”

“This is unconscionable,” the Massachusetts rep added. “We should have equity in our outrage.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

“Brock wouldn’t provide details on what he learned about Sanders but said he and Clinton supporters won’t hold back in 2020.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

So they’re actively campaigning against us. But we are the bad guys.

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2019/3/7/18253521/israel-ilhan-omar-antisemitism

But amid the frenzy, there’s been a glaring lack of context surrounding Omar’s beliefs. Perhaps most of all, there has been total disregard for the plight of the Palestinian people.

One might be inclined to ask, “Why is Rep. Omar steadfast in her criticism of Israeli policies and groups like AIPAC, knowing it will spark attacks, smears, and mischaracterizations?” One of the core issues of the Palestinian human rights struggle is that Palestinians have faced 70 years of refugeehood. Omar, who is a refugee herself and continues to identify as such, chooses to uplift the voices and affirm the struggle of refugees worldwide — including Palestinians. As a researcher of the Palestinian diaspora, and as a descendant of a Palestinian family that was ethnically cleansed from their land in 1967, it is a relief to me to finally hear voices in Washington speaking out for Palestinian rights like that of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Reps. Betty McCollum, Rashida Tlaib, and Omar.

Omar has experienced firsthand how innocent humans pay the price for militarism, warfare, and systemic injustice, and is using her platform to protect the most vulnerable. She challenges the Democratic Party to adopt a more progressive and humane foreign policy, one that will not inflict upon others the type of suffering she has faced. Instead of dismissing her, or questioning her role on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, we should defer to her expertise as a survivor of war and refugeehood.

Omar has shared her own story of fleeing civil war in her homeland of Somalia, living in a refugee camp, being unable to dream of a better future in those harsh conditions, and how her passion for public service was born while serving as her late grandfather’s interpreter in the US as a teen. She knows intimately how innocent civilians are forced to endure injustice from governments and other powerful actors, and is attempting to use her voice as a member of Congress to protect the most vulnerable.

For her, this means speaking up for victims of the Saudi war on Yemen and citizens living under the brutal Saudi regime. It also means speaking up for the Palestinians. Just as it is becoming clearer to many Americans that a progressive agenda in the United States includes solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality, Omar’s support for Palestinians is part of her core belief system. As such, she and other new members of Congress are creating the space for others to speak up on this issue without fear.

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/07/house-vote-ilhan-omar-rebuke-1209347

Tensions flared again Thursday after House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said in an interview with The Hill that Omar’s own experiences fleeing violence in Somalia were “more personal” than those of Jews who are generations removed from the Holocaust.

“I’m serious about that. There are people who tell me, ‘Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors.’ ‘My parents did this.’ It’s more personal with her,” Clyburn said. “I’ve talked to her, and I can tell you she is living through a lot of pain

polarbear4

LieparDestin

polarbear4

“I do and don’t know….” LOL. ???

humphrey

Benny

jcitybone

I always like it better when Bernie says it, but Harris supporting Omar is a good thing. Haven’t heard anything from Booker, Klobuchar, or Tulsi (who will be voting on the resolution) yet.

Tulsi was mentioned in this article:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-plan-to-condemn-all-hate-after-backlash-over-planned-ilhan-omar-rebuke

Members involved in crafting the resolution have already been hit with requests from the offices of Democratic lawmakers for specific groups to be included in the resolution. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who is Hindu, reached out to top Democrats to ask that Hindus be specifically mentioned in any resolution condemning religious prejudice, sources said.

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