urban curfews begin – keeping the peace, owning the night

I am putting this up here in case folks want to share updates and more local stories, resources and information about the first night of curfews for what has been a fluid weekend of George Floyd protests. Police violence has begun to escalate. The Twin Cities’ curfews has begun. Chicago’s began at 9pm. NYC has…

Late Night Trump worries about his masculinity because his fee-fees are hurt

Trump tweeting at 11pm last night probably got around to reading Tom Nichols’s article in The Atlantic and will probably wake up trying to figure out how to take tenure away from him. More importantly Nichols reminds the reader that the attraction of white, non-college educated men for Trump is complex and conflicted. Is it the Beaver’s…

I dreamt I saw Jerry Garcia last night …

Alive as you and me. “You are a decade gone!” I cried. But he just strummed, “Sugaree.” “When the next election sets us free, We’ll all meet at the Jubilee, and if that Jubilee don’t come,  We’ll all rally on the run.” “But Jerry,” I cried it’s been so long How much longer can I…

Things You Can Count On In Tomorrow Night's Democratic Presidential Debate.

I think there will be certain things that are predictable for tomorrow night’s Democratic presidential debate.   You know you suck as a moderator when you get panned by both Democrats and Fox “News.”  And I am talking about Bothsiderist Chuck Todd.  Seriously, I don’t normally pay any attention to Fox, but this take down of Todd…

Alarm Bells Are Blaring As Iowa Melted Down Last Night

Alarm Bells Are Blaring As Iowa Melted Down Last Night By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America Tell Your Senators We Need Elections We Can TrustSupport PDA’s Work to Protect Your Voting Rights   As we await the delayed results from the Iowa Caucuses, conjecture and competing victory declarations further muddle an…

Relax. Democrats had a bad night; Trump has had 1,111 of them

I’m not sure how to feel about this Iowa caucus snafu, other than to ask, once again — why the hell does Iowa have such an outsized influence on who gets to be president? It looks bad on a few levels: Turnout was mediocre, which suggests enthusiasm is not where it should be. Iowa Democrats looked…

The Night Before Trumpmas

T’was the night before Trumpmas, and down in Palm Beach An old fashioned holiday seemed out of reach The guests all stood silent, not touching the food As their host stormed around in a terrible mood He ranted and raged and he made quite a scene As he screamed how “The whole damn impeachment’s obscene!”…

Happy Solstice, Midwinter, Yule, the Longest Night, Jól

The famine months begin. In a year may our Blue Xmas be less so. x SATELLITE SPOTLIGHT: The #WinterSolstice arrives at 11:19 pm EST tonight so we decided to look back at 2019 with a time lapse of each day of the year from @NOAA's #GOES16 #satellite. Notice how the seasons change as the sun angle…

Did You See The Debate Last Night?

Archives photo: PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky and Friend In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Janis, Deb, Dr. Bill, Donna, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA national team. Tell The DNC And The News Networks:We Need Debate Questions About Poverty   Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) staffers watched and live tweeted the Democratic Presidential…

The Daily Bucket–Working on some Night Moves

Sundown in Portland Oregon was at 4:32 pm.  At 4:40 pm, I walked past my kitchen window and startled a Great Blue Heron who was eating goldfish out of my backyard pond.  Then we both pretended not to see each other.  I began watching from a small bathroom window, and the heron continued fishing. It…

Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got Nobody but this ABC/Wash Post Poll on the Race.

I’m up, and I saw this ABC/Washington Post poll on the Democratic race for president.  Let’s get to the meat of it. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ health poses a concern to Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden prevails on electability and strong leadership and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is competitive on mental acuity and bringing “needed change” to Washington – attributes…