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Cool, LD finds a URL. I got a FB screen.


Story about Paradise fire. I was not aware the community was economically challenged before the fire.

Discussion in auditorium:

“What are you fighting to protect?”


Jeremiah Lowrey, DC activist

Jeremiah Lowery, DC environmental justice organizer and former city council candidate, May 2019 GND Rally.JPG

Ed Markey speaking, full of accolades for AOC.

I love listening to his Boston accent.


Good line–the fossil fuel industry needs to give up some its socialism.


It’s about time someone said that very loud: The welfare paid to oil and gas companies (now to turn the faucet on the rest of the corporations).


I wonder how many in the audience knows what IMF stands for.


Wonder what the audience member said out loud that made Bernie laugh?



I liked that part a lot Benny!


I like it that Bernie isn’t the last speaker–it’s saved for AOC.

Yea, Naomi Klein is speaking to the crowd. OMG, she just hit Biden with “Middle Ground” comment.


We need to turn from a gig and dig economy to a care and repair society.

Naomi Klein-Road to GND Rally, May 2019.JPG

From the Road to the GND film….

From GND Video.JPG

Alexa Roja, Executive Director, Justice Dems

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AOC has made it clear a middle ground is not good enough.

Conservatives on both sides of the aisles–good line.

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Lol, AOC is giving Bernie’s stump speech.


That’s what I was thinking!

"When they say 'oh it's too much' what do they mean by that?

Is 100% clean and renewable energy too much?

is fighting for dignified jobs that pay enough people to live too much?

is proposing a solution on the scale of the climate crisis too much?" @aoc #Road2GND pic.twitter.com/IlDcVLXLWK

— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) May 14, 2019









Latest Emerson National Poll:

Looks like the announcement bump is beginning to fade for Joe “Middle Ground” Biden. Or this might be a poll that doesn’t have all the skewed information seen in other polls, and we are finally seeing a more accurate picture. Either way, I expect Biden’s numbers to slowly and surely to sink in the coming weeks and bottom out after the first debate.

Look who Gravel is beating. Lol.


The weekly Morning Consult poll stayed pretty static this week. Nationwide Biden is at 39 (-1) and Bernie is at 19 (same). Early primary states Biden is at 42 (-2) and Bernie is at 22 (+2). Everybody else is in single digits and basically the same place from last week.


The Emerson poll above does show a bump for Biden from its previous poll last month, which had Biden at 25 and Bernie at 24. Biden is up 8 and Bernie is up 1. Biden’s increase appears to have come at the expense of the other candidates. Emerson does remain the best pollster for Bernie.


Sanders urges political revolution, Green New Deal support

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont called for a political revolution on Monday night as he and other speakers urged approval of the Green New Deal, a sweeping plan to address climate change.

Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, called for an end to all tax breaks and subsidies for the oil and gas industry as the first step.

Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, said Republicans who denounce the Green New Deal as socialism ignore more than a century of tax breaks for the oil industry.

Referring to wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources, Markey said, “Give us some of that socialism that the oil industry has been enjoying for 100 years.”

Sanders, Markey and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York headlined “The Road to the Green New Deal Tour” rally at Howard University that also featured Varshini Prakash, executive director of the Sunrise Movement, the group behind the Green New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez was last to speak.

The Green New Deal has been blocked in the Senate, and Democratic House leaders refuse to take it up, but activists and politicians who back the plan are pushing to make it a top issue in the 2020 campaign.

The rally comes as Sanders and others seeking the Democratic presidential nomination criticize former Vice President Joe Biden over his yet-to-be-released climate plan. Published reports suggest Biden is seeking “middle ground” on climate, a phrase that drew loud boos at Monday night’s rally, along with the mention of Biden’s name.

“There is no ‘middle ground’ when it comes to climate policy,” Sanders tweeted Friday. “If we don’t commit to fully transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels, we will doom future generations.”

Ocasio-Cortez, the chief House author of the Green New Deal, called Biden’s reported approach “a dealbreaker” in a tweet and said there can be no “middle ground” on climate.

“We’re not going to solve the climate crisis w/ this lack of leadership,” she wrote. “Our kids’ lives are at stake.”

For his part, Biden chafed at reports that he’s considering a less ambitious approach to climate change than many of his rivals have endorsed, but he also expressed skepticism at the Green New Deal.

“We do need to finish this green revolution in a way that is rational, that we can do it, afford it and get it done now,” he said Monday in New Hampshire. “There’s so much we can do.”

Biden said he would be making a “major speech” to detail his environmental policy by the end of the month.

The Green New Deal, introduced by Markey and Ocasio-Cortez, calls for shifting the U.S. away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replacing them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.



In her speech, Ocasio-Cortez was fired up and angry, slamming politicians who want to find a “middle way” to deal with what she described as an existential threat to life on Earth.

“They say calling for a Green New Deal is ‘too much,’” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Let me tell you what’s too much for me. What’s too much for me is politicians looking and allowing babies’ blood to get poisoned in Flint, Mich. for corporate profits. What’s too much for for me, is coal barons coming up to Washington, D.C. and demanding bailout after tax breaks after bailout [for] themselves and then not even paying their own miners’ pensions.”

AOC reminded the crowd that in 1989, the year she was born, Congress was first warned by NASA about the potential dangers of climate change.

“They did nothing… I will be damned if the same politicians who refused to act then are going to try to come back today and say we need a middle of the road approach to save our lives,” she added.

Sanders, in his speech, discussed how corrupt campaign finance systems have allowed the power of fossil fuel companies to persist and said that there would be a reckoning.

“These companies lied to the American people about the very existence of climate change and committed one of the greatest frauds in the history of our country,” Sanders told the crowd. “Just as the tobacco industry was ultimately forced to pay for the fraud they committed, the fossil fuel industry must be forced to do the same.”



The issue of how aggressively to tackle climate change has emerged as an early test of Joe Biden’s ability to navigate a Democratic presidential primary process heavily influenced by liberal activists while simultaneously positioning himself as his party’s best shot at winning back more moderate voters who helped elect Donald Trump.

The tension was on display Monday night as a large crowd of liberal activists repeatedly booed references to a report that the former vice president would seek a “middle ground” on what they consider a defining issue among the crowded Democratic field.

At a rally for the Green New Deal attended by about 1,500 activists at Howard University, speaker after speaker criticized Biden’s reported position, which Reuters attributed to a campaign adviser last week.

But Varshini Prakash, the executive director of the Sunrise Movement, argued in an interview that Biden’s strength could fade if Democratic voters believe his climate policies are lacking.

“It’s early,” Prakash said. “Most of the support he’s received is coming because he just announced his campaign, and because he has such close ties to Barack Obama. As people get used to the idea of ‘President Joe’ instead of ‘Uncle Joe,’ and they take a look at different candidates’ policies, I think you’ll see some different polls.”


T and R, LD and Benny!! Events like this give old wrinkles like me hope and excitement. As the kids would say: way cool!! 🙂



The Trump administration is letting corporate crime run rampant.

“This country’s government is rigged in favor of the rich and powerful, and the Trump administration has turned this power gap into a chasm.”
That’s the message delivered by a new report (pdf) out Tuesday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).

The report, “Rigged Justice 2.0,” explains how President Donald Trump’s government is allowing corporations to do whatever they want.

“Our justice system’s soft touch with huge corporations and billionaires is not a new phenomenon,” reads the report. “But under President Trump, it is far worse than it has ever been.”

The report is the second in a series. The first edition, “Rigged Justice,” was released by Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, in January 2016. The report detailed the weakness of the Obama administration on corporate crime—but, as Warren’s office pointed out in a statement announcing “Rigged Justice 2.0,” those were the good old days.

“This new analysis reveals a catastrophic decline in corporate accountability under President Trump,” said Warren’s office, “illustrating the impact of corporate malfeasance on the American public through a dozen case studies in which the government failed to hold companies and white collar criminals accountable for ripping off the American people, hurting workers, or damaging the environment.”

Among the highlights of the new report are a 20-year low in corporate crime enforcement and an abdication of governmental responsibility for workers, consumers, and the environment. The lack of action to hold corporations accountable, the report argues, is because of an unprecedented takeover of the federal government by corporations.


From Robert Reich


The crisis of income inequality in America is well-known, but there is another economic crisis developing much faster and with worse consequences. I’m talking about inequality of wealth.

The wealth gap is now staggering. In the 1970s, the wealthiest tenth of Americans owned about a third of the nation’s total household wealth. Now, the wealthiest 10 percent owns about 75 percent of total household wealth.

“America is now on the cusp of the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history.”
America’s richest one-tenth of one percent now owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.

Wealth isn’t like income. Income is payment for work. Wealth keeps growing automatically and exponentially because it’s parked in investments that generate even more wealth.

Wealth is also passed from generation to generation. An estimated 60% of the wealth in the United States is inherited. Many of today’s super-rich never did a day’s work in their lives. The Walmart heirs alone have more wealth than the bottom 42 percent of Americans combined.

So how do we address the crisis of wealth inequality?

A wealth tax, as proposed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, would begin to tackle all this by placing a 2 percent tax on to wealth in excess of 50 million dollars.

According to estimates, this tax would generate 2.75 trillion dollars over the next decade, which could be used for health care, education, infrastructure, and everything else we need.

Not only would a wealth tax raise revenue and help bring the economy back into balance, but it would also protect our democracy by reducing the influence of the super-rich on our political system.

We must demand an economy that works for the many, not one that concentrates wealth in the hands of a few. A wealth tax is a necessary first step.






Without evidence. That is the defining phrase of this administration, which just this week rolled out a State Department security advisory for Iraq on the basis of “escalating tensions” between the United States and Iran. If the government will not learn the lessons of the Iraq War, our best hope is that the media will. The New York Times played a major role in fomenting support for that world-historical boondoggle, and they would do well not to take the word of an administration that makes the Bush folks look like the Truth Squad.

Every word that comes out of the pit of fraud and deceit the Trumpists have dug should be treated with the utmost suspicion, but that impulse should shift into overdrive once they start talking about what the Iranians are supposedly up to in the Gulf. These times are perilous enough already without another war in the Middle East that will dwarf Iraq in terms of the scale of the task—and the human misery that will flow freely in its wake. Sometimes, “the Forever War” doesn’t seem to do it justice.


that will dwarf Iraq in terms of the scale of the task

That’s actually what occurred to me when I read that 120,000 is about the number that were sent to invade Iraq. (Because conquering Iran =/= conquering Iraq! Iran far more capable)

But I just read this:

It does not call for a land invasion of Iran.

So maybe they can trigger WWIII just by blasting missiles at them from navy boats?

It’s quite a worry. Damn you Bolton!

Don midwest
Don midwest


There is, however, abundant evidence that one particular group of Democratic voters is turned off by soak-the-rich policies, and they’re clustered in the country’s top-earning zip codes. As a January Politico article, an April 16 CNBC.com article, and an April 28 New York magazine article have made clear, Democratic donors on Wall Street have a very firm opinion on which candidates are too ideologically extreme. “It can’t be Warren and it can’t be Sanders,” the CEO of a “giant bank” told Politico; the other pieces are similarly stocked with alarmed quotes from finance-types about the possibility of either becoming the nominee. A Variety article in March, meanwhile, noted that “populist rhetoric” espoused by some primary candidates “may not be music to the ears of entertainment executives,” citing the opinions of Disney CEO Bob Iger (who has a history with Bernie Sanders) and United Talent Agency co-president Jay Sures, who told the publication he was excited about the electoral potential of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar because her positions on economic policy were “realistic” and “not pie in the sky.” (Klobuchar is currently pulling zero percent in some polls.)

Advocacy for left-leaning fiscal programs is clearly not the only thing that voters, even Democratic partisans, are looking for—if is was, Biden wouldn’t be leading the primary polls. But neither is there evidence that it’s a disqualifying turnoff to voters outside the very top income brackets. (And even some of those individuals, Politico and Variety have noted, take pride in being “’traitors’ to their class” and supporting candidates like Sanders and Warren.) It makes sense that Pelosi is worried about electability—beating Donald Trump is, you know, a worthwhile priority—and it is, in fact, true that campaigns require money, which has to come from somewhere. But especially in an era in which small-donor online fundraising can be hugely effective, it would be dubious to let “who bankers and entertainment CEOs feel comfortable with” define what electability means when there’s so much evidence that their interests aren’t actually that widely shared.


And they keep on coming


Montana Gov. Steve Bullock just became the 23rd Democratic candidate to enter the presidential race Tuesday, seeking to distinguish himself from the crowded field by highlighting his record as a Democratic governor in a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump in 2016.

“We need to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 and defeat the corrupt system that lets campaign money drown out the people’s voice, so we can finally make good on the promise of a fair shot for everyone,” Bullock said in a video announcement.

Bullock has managed to win several statewide elections in predominantly rural Montana by running as a moderate who also embraces some liberal proposals. During the 2016 election, when Mr. Trump won Republican-leaning Montana by nearly 21 percentage points, Bullock was reelected by a 4-point margin.


Now would be a good time for someone to leak the DNC emails. There are only 20 spots on the debate stage, so at least three so far won’t even get their 15 minutes of fame in the spotlight.


I wish the Montana Left well, but maybe the Dem’s there need a bit more time to “cure.”

Max Baucus was a leader of the Montana Dem party not that long ago. You know, the senator who eviscerated the Obama ACA as it was working its way through congress. And who then got some form of M4A but only for constituents in Libby, MT, who are located next to an asbestos mine.

The Libby people needed and still need medical care.

But Baucus got it by throwing the rest of the country under the bus.

Sorry, I don’t trust Montana Dems. Not yet, anyway. Ruthless ranchers.


LOL at the media treating this like a good faith candidacy. This is yet another ploy for 15% of a state’s dels.

22 down, 28 to go! (in this perversion of the 50-state strategy)



I don’t post these often, partly because it’s so hard to tell what’s happening a lot of the time. But this is so, so wrong.


Of course, “equal force” will not solve anything.


I’m reading up on it now and from what I can tell the officer may very well have shot her because he was pissed off at her for using his taser on him.

Supposedly she had ‘mental health issues’, and was not actually pregnant, per someone who said she was her niece.

The officer was patrolling that area and saw the woman, who he said he knew had outstanding warrants, and:

Police said a struggle ensued, forcing the officer to use his Taser on the woman. As he was attempting to take her into custody, the suspect managed to get control of the Taser, and she allegedly used it on the officer. The officer then pulled his gun and shot the woman at least once.

Witness video appears to show the woman on the ground when about five gunshots ring out. Police said the officer attempted to render aid to the woman, but she died at the scene.

Since they claim that tasers are not lethal, per se, then the officer can’t claim that his life was in danger when she tased him, right? So basically he executed her for resisting arrest and tasing him?

This part jumped out at me:

The officer was not seriously hurt but suffered pain, police said.

Funny (not funny) that they never seem to bring up the ‘pain’ part of being tased when they’re not talking about a police officer..

Then, there’s this:

When asked about the witness video going around on Snapchat and Facebook Messenger, Dorris said they’d like to speak with the witness who recorded it.

“It’s unfortunate that someone takes a tragic incident like this and starts posting it on social media,” said Dorris. “It’s extremely disrespectful for everybody involved. But that’s the day and age we Live in with social media.”

I sure do wonder what they mean by wanting to “speak” with the person who recorded the video. I hope that person doesn’t get in any kind of trouble!




Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is declining to participate in a Fox News town hall, a move that comes after a number of her fellow 2020 Democratic competitors have agreed to engage with the network’s audience.

“I love town halls. I’ve done more than 70 since January, and I’m glad to have a television audience be a part of them. Fox News has invited me to do a town hall, but I’m turning them down—here’s why,” she wrote Tuesday morning in a series of tweets. “Fox News is a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists—it’s designed to turn us against each other, risking life & death consequences, to provide cover for the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class.”

Warren charged that the network “balances a mix of bigotry, racism, and outright lies with enough legit journalism to make the claim to advertisers that it’s a reputable news outlet.” She said that participation in a town hall on the network sends a signal that it is appropriate to still buy ads on the cable channel, which hosts a primetime lineup of overtly pro-Trump hosts who engage in bigoted and conspiratorial rhetoric—something she doesn’t want to encourage.

In mid-April, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participated in a Fox town hall in Pennsylvania, which was a ratings success and an opportunity to showcase how some of his staple issues like Medicare for All resonated with an audience in a state President Trump narrowly captured in 2016.


For me this is disappointing.

I am NOT a fan or viewer of Fox News, but the other MSM outlets do the same thing, imo, just not as obviously, for the most part at least.

So a side effect of this statement from Warren is that she is legitimizing all the not-Fox-News outlets who are also engaging in providing cover for “the corruption that’s rotting our government and hollowing out our middle class”.


Yeah I understand her point about what Fox represents, but it’s not going away or being made legitimate whether or not the Dems do town halls. Might as well use it to try to reach some in Fox’s audience, which is not entirely made up of rabid Republicans. Warren is good at preaching to the choir, but can she reach out beyond that?

Dem debates on the other hand should not be there. Too much chance Fox will not be even handed and try to benefit Trump.


Sure would be nice to hold the Dem debates with a fair moderator!


The first one will be Chuck todd and Maddow. Which is too bad. I’d prefer Chris Hayes or Lawrence O’Donnell.



By calling Fox News a “hate-for-profit racket,” and asserting that anyone who participates in a Democratic town hall gives the network cover with potential sponsors and helps their business model (“that profits from racism and hate”), she’s taking a pretty direct shot at Sanders, one of her chief adversaries in the primary. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t believe what she’s saying—only that her ethical stand doubles as an attack on the other leftist candidate, whose supporters she will need if she has any hope of challenging for the nomination.

This is the first real sign of even a subtle attack between Warren and Sanders, and it will be interesting to see how it changes the tone of the campaign for two senators who have routinely expressed mutual respect.




I hope Tulsi makes it to the ‘big’ stage in the debates.



Maybe “The Second Coming” has something to do with this.🤔


Has Joe Biden just opened Pandora’s Box?


Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) on Tuesday pushed back against criticism of his forthcoming climate plan by progressives who have characterized it as a “middle ground” approach to addressing global warming.

“You never heard me say middle of the road. I’ve never been middle of the road on the environment,” Biden told reporters in New Hampshire. “Tell her to check the statement that I made and look at my record.”

“I don’t think she was talking about me,” Biden added.

underlining by me:

Joe it is your record that will be your downfall!😁





On The Issues lists Bernie Sanders as a Socialist. I do not remember that identifier in 2015/16 when I checked this site. Anyone else remember or have a screen print from then?

Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)


This is dangerously delusional. Or deceitful. I can’t decide.


Joe sides with the people over the polluters?



Joe Biden has long been known for his ability to get along with Republicans and make bipartisan deals ― a plus or a minus, depending on where you are on the political spectrum.

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, the former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate expressed confidence that he’d be able to work with the other side if he became president because, he predicted, a fundamental shift would occur in the Republican Party once Donald Trump is no longer president.

With Trump gone, in other words, Republicans will suddenly be willing to work with Democrats.

Biden was known as a dealmaker in the Obama White House, and he did help legislation get through Congress, drawing on his decades of service in the Senate. So it’s understandable he would insist he’s equipped to do so again if elected president.

But many of the deals that Biden brokered in his career ― including under Obama ― have been criticized by progressives as being inadequate and too favorable to moderates and conservatives.

In an interview on Fox News Thursday, McConnell also seemed to distinguish little between centrists like Biden and someone more to the left, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), saying that “the nominee for president on the Democratic side is going to be on a path to try to turn America into a socialist country.”


Lol. An ad I found while searching for Biden’s missing years.

Biden Sold Direct on eBay | Fantastic Prices on Biden


You are only allowed to see what we want you to see!


“It is hard to overstate the significance of this revelation,” tweets former British MP George Galloway of a new report by the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media (WGSPM). “The war-machine has now been caught red-handed in a staged chemical weapons attack for the purposes of deceiving our democracies into what could have turned into a full-scale war amongst the great-powers.”

“An important #Douma #Syria ‘Assad chemical weapon attack’ development and yet more evidence to suggest the ‘attack’ was staged, as it’s now revealed that @OPCW suppressed expert engineers report that found the cylinders were likely not dropped from the air,” tweets former Scotland Yard detective and counterterrorism intelligence officer Charles Shoebridge.

“The engineering assessment confirms our earlier conclusion,” the excellent Moon of Alabama blog writes. “The whole scene as depicted by ‘rebels’ and propaganda organs was staged. The more than 34 dead on the scene were murdered elsewhere under unknown circumstances.”

The report has grabbed the attention of those who’ve expressed skepticism of establishment Syria narratives because it casts serious doubts on the official story we’ve been told to believe about an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Syria in April of last year. A document titled “Engineering Assessment of two cylinders observed at the Douma incident” has been leaked to the WGSPM which reveals that an engineering sub-team of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission in Douma came to conclusions which differ wildly from the OPCW’s official findings on the Douma incident, yet we the public were never permitted to see this assessment.



At 4:12 ppm est….Warren 27%, Bernie 23% (over 28,000 votes)


I think the Villagers prefer Harris but they want to see Bernie lose this poll, so they are voting for Warren.


That was my first thought. They have decided to stack on one candidate just to spite those who prefer Bernie. However, at 7:20 pm with 56,000 votes, it is Bernie 26% Warren 25%. Maybe they ran out of member voters. They will have to plan better for the next poll.

While there I read through a few comments, and remembered why I left.



It’s that time again!

The new @DailyKos straw poll is officially live.

We’ve won this poll many times in a row & I’d like to win it again.

Please retweet this poll and tell your friends to vote for #Bernie2020!https://t.co/shEvihxsSu

— NY For Sanders #Bernie2020 (@NYforSanders) May 14, 2019

You can wear your hazmat mask and gloves as you click a name. 🙂


American Bridge type donor.



or amnesia.


R’s work with Dems? yea thats


Classic! 🙂 One of my very favorite grafix!


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