Post #588: Random Obdervations

Can We Please Kill the Obama 12-Dimensional Chess Myth Yet?

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So I'm watching Rachel Maddow last night, and she was busy promulgating the myth of Obama and his twelve-dimensional chess political strategy; this time the myth was being spun about the TPP and Obama's visit to Nike. Obama's big shake...More

Wis GOP Leader: Prayers and Luck Haven't Worked to Improve Economy

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Wisconsin is falling apart and he's on the road campaigning Wisconsin Republicans have met reality and they don't like it. Their subsidies and tax cuts for the 1% and severe austerity for everybody else have produced ZERO GROWTH in state...More

United Kingdom: UKIP false flag is decisive to outcome (13% of vote moves 30 to 40 seats to Tories)

United Kingdom Independence Party is a well financed propaganda operation that prior to 2015 had been taking 3% or so of the overall vote in England and Wales. UKIP has not taken hold significantly in Scotland. Now, come May 6th...More

NV-Sen: Catherine Cortez Masto (D) Fights Back Against Fast Tracking The TPP

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Received this e-mail today from Catherine Cortez Masto's (D. NV) campaign: Trade agreements and Congress’ role in drafting them is critically important to our nation’s economic security. The US Senate is debating a bill that could jeopardize Nevada jobs with...More

Of Caucasians & Caucuses: My Short, Strange Trip To See Ted Cruz In Iowa

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It was late out. So late it was almost early. Almost, but not yet—the timers on the upside-down soft-serve lightbulbs that lined the balconies and shone down on all the little stairwell moths still having a few hours life left...More

PA-Sen: Joe Sestak (D) Highlights Pat Toomey's (R) Obstructionist Record On Nominees

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Received this e-mail today from former Rep. Joe Sestak's (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign: Newspapers across Pennsylvania are inquiring as to why Sen. Toomey is saying one thing in Pennsylvania but doing the opposite in Washington, D.C., by holding up...More

Deflated Balls

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Charges brought in Baltimore offer a modicum of hope to a deflated city that seems defined by despair. Dems and the prez battle over a massive trade deal that has deflated the spirits of those who cheered Obama’s post-midterm progressive...More

UPDATE Israel: Netanyahu coalition announced at 61 seats. Kulanu sets presser tomorrow

Recall all the stories telling us how Likud and Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu had won a great victory at the polls on March 17th ???

Old Seeds and New Growth

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From Rebecca Bloomfield, Adamah Associate http://hazon.org/adamah/ I set the box on the counter, and opened it to thumb through the still-firm bulbs of white and purple garlic. Their wrappers flake off like the most perfect croissant. Crushing the bulbs just...More

Victory in NYC! Emmanuel Caicedo, Demos

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( Reposted from and email from Demos ) Theresa— I’m proud to tell you that just moments ago New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio signed the strongest piece of legislation in the country banning discriminatory credit checks! We applaud...More

IL-Sen: Tammy Duckworth (D) Leads The Fight To Protect Military Families From Predatory Lending

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Received this e-mail today from Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaign: Abusive lenders have long preyed on military families. They surround bases with misleading advertisements and charge heavy interest payments, causing unmanageable debt. The good news is that...More

WI-Sen: Watch Ron Johnson (R) Confess That He Would Love To Abolish The Dept. Of Education

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More words of lunacy from one of the most vulnerable Senators up for re-election next year: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/... If he had it his way, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) would like to see the Department of Education abolished. Johnson, up for re-election...More

DC trip 2015...Legislators, ambassadors, Cspan and Dr. Reid..Oh my !

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I have been trying to plan a trip to DC for a very long time regarding the quest of making Veterans equal regarding Pre 911 and Post 911 benefits. The Presidential Medal of Freedom for Dr. Ferguson Reid idea I...More

UPDATE Israel: Midnight deadline... Netanyahu gets to 61 seats, Kulanu objects based on instability

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Recall all the stories telling us how Likud and Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu had won a great victory at the polls on March 17th ??? Well, it's not just Fox News. They all had it wrong. Netanyahu's group of parties lost...More

Israel: Round Midnight on Wednesday... or Netanyahu is out of time

Recall all the stories telling us how Likud and Benjamin ("Bibi") Netanyahu had won a great victory at the polls on March 17th ???

PA-Sen: Toomey (R) Just Doesn't Have The Time To Explain Why He's Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee

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This is ridiculous: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand. Toomey has long supported Luis Restrepo, who President Barack Obama nominated in November to the...More

Dog Whistle Politics. Fact or Fiction?

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Dog whistle politics usually refers to the use of certain code words or phrases that are designed to be understood by only a small section of the populace. Generally speaking, these are phrases that have special meaning to that subsection...More

Mika Brzezinski Questions Freddie Gray's Lawyer About Campaign Contributions

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Mika Brzezinski (@morningmika) wasted 60% of her interview with Freddie Gray's lawyer questioning him about campaign contributions he made to Prosecutor Mosby's election campaign. The Baltimore Police Union and Mika are concerned about a potential "conflict of interest". Mika failed...More

Technocrats behind the Curtain

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According to legend, after the murder of the despotic emperor Caligula, the assassins discovered Claudius hiding behind a curtain. To his great surprise, instead of being stabbed to death, Claudius was proclaimed as the new Emperor of Rome. Claudius was...More

Traditional America Is Ending ? Really ?

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You Mean THIS Traditional America Is Ending? Traditional American Indians, who were here first, and who have been fighting against genocide for over 400 years? Traditional American Africans, whose ancestors were brought here against their will, and who have been...More

Top Comments: Non-Christian Christians

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For decades now whenever I see intolerance, bigotry, hypocrisy, homophobia or the like it's almost certainly coming from someone who claims to be a "good, God fearing Christian". From the haters who won't pizza-cater a gay wedding to the folks...More

Isaac Bloom, Everytown for Gun Safety

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BREAKING: Oregon just passed a law to require background checks on all gun sales. This is an incredible victory for Oregon -- but also for gun sense across the country -- because it shows what happens when we come together...More

Strategic Racism

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They were not bigots. And, this isn’t about bigotry. A stereotype is a sort of cultural presumption of minority inferiority: blacks are lazy, Latinos are dirty or filthy, and Muslims don’t respect human life. Dog whistles are when politicians use...More

Is it Deja Vu all over again?

The 2016 election is shaping up much like the 2012 election's. For example, we're already hearing lots of early talk about how the Democrats are in trouble and trodding out the latest polls showing a close race in a random...More

5% Is Too Many

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The GOP attracts only about 5 percent of the African American vote. 5 percent, however, is too many when you break down the numbers. There were 131,144,000 voters during the 2012 Presidential election . That means that over 655,000 blacks...More

GOP 2016 clown show

The Saga about the First African-American Republican Female Congressional Candidate

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Erika N. L. Harold ethnic background is Greek , German and English ancestry on her father’s side, and on her mother's side, Native-American , and African-American ancestry. That one drop of African – American blood, cause the papers to refer...More

My Sunday Post

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Chuang Chow Dreaming He Was A Butterfly ( A Parable By Philosopher Chuang Tzu ) Once . . . Chuang Chou Was dreaming he was a butterfly Suddenly he awoke And there he was Solid, unmistakable Chuang Chou But ...More

Are Sanders' Ideas Really That Radical

Even the most fervent Sanders supporters likely understand the overwhelming unlikelihood of posing a serious threat to Hillary Clinton. Yet despite the campaign’s single-digit polling, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) brings considerable value to the marketplace of ideas. It is important that...More

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