Wednesday, April 19, 2017

No More Spin For Bill O'Reilly

Democratic Leaders Are Not About To Let Progressives & Liberals Ruin Their Fun

Earlier this week I was greeted by an email (that everyone who signs up with his list receives) from Senator Chuck Schumer. It goes like this:

I'm going to say something you might not have heard from many Democrats in the past few months: I'm feeling good.

Recently, while I watched the Kansas House election, I was reminded of just how fired up Democrats are at this point in time. In a state that President Trump overwhelmingly won (by 31 points), I watched as James Thompson -- a populist Democrat -- organized a movement to take back his state. In the end, the Republican candidate squeaked by only after everyone from Donald Trump to Mike Pence and Ted Cruz had to help campaign.

This is huge. We can't ignore it.

Democrats are, in the words of Brooklyn resident Beyoncé, getting in formation. We are pushing back and we have the GOP back on their heels. We are showing our fight -- and I don't expect it to stop. But the momentum is only going to keep going if every single one of us commits to seeing our fight through every single battle. That's why I'm asking you to support these three Democratic senators who will be defending their seats in 2018. Let's make sure we lock down their seats while we have our eyes on the future.

Donate to Senator Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia, and Senator Bill Nelson from Florida today!

We have so much momentum, Corey, and we can't lose it before we really start winning. Kansas isn't the only fight that's giving me hope -- the Georgia special House election is next week, and a Democrat is pulling ahead as Republicans get more and more desperate. And, in Delaware, we saw a Democrat win a tight race in their special elections.

And, with Tammy's, Tim's and Bill's seats secured, I know we're going to be moving forward at an even quicker pace. I have no doubt in my mind: If we keep harnessing our anger and determination, we will win more and more in the coming years.

Show Republicans we'll keep winning: Donate to Tammy, Tim, and Bill for their 2018 races!

I have to say it -- I'm truly excited for what we'll accomplish together.

Chuck Schumer
Of course, I noticed three things:

  1. James Thompson ran as "a populist Democrat" in a very, very Republican state.
  2. Schumer did not mention anyone in the Democratic Party helping Thompson, financially or otherwise.
  3. The three Democrats Schumer does want to help out monetarily includes conservative Democrat Bill Nelson and ultra-bland middle-of-the-road Democrat (and recent Democratic VP nominee) Tim Kaine.
It almost goes without saying, but Schumer and the DNC did nothing to help Thompson. And none of the current Democratic leader will lift a finger to help anyone to the left of the Clintons win a race, even if those votes could put the Democrats back in power. 

Remember, Schumer was the one who, not too long ago, was more than willing to sacrifice Democratic voters to pick up Republican ones

Remember, Nancy Pelosi's greatest asset is her ability to rake in the cash, something that she understands will continue regardless of who won

So while Thompson's close loss running as a "Berniecrat" in deep red Kansas is certainly noteworthy, don't think for a minute that the current Democratic leadership is going to interpret this as an opportunity to campaign from the left. It doesn't fit the Clinton model and it would certainly isolate the leaders from their corporate backers.  

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Reminder: The GOP's Biggest complaint About Obama Was That He Was Obama

So we see here that the GOP just loves it when Republican President Donald Trump decides to get all bomb-droppy, but when Obama was thinking about it, the opinion was vastly different:

The Washington Post follows up on this, lest we think that the previous President's part affiliation (or race) wasn't really a factor:

There was actually another Washington Post-ABC News poll that tested views of what the United States should do in response to Syria using chemical weapons. It came in December 2012 — before the 2013 chemical weapons attack. It was a hypothetical.
The question: “What if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons against its people? In that case would you support or oppose U.S. military involvement in Syria?”
In response to this question, fully 67 percent of Republicans said they would support military involvement.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

College is the New High School...

...and it makes sense that college tuition is reduced or even free as we go forward. So congrats to New York, (even though this is certainly a power move for Cuomo to position himself as a 2020 presidential candidate).

Especially since companies like Navient is making a killing approving loans to students they have no business approving.

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Please America, Don't Fall For This

The same "intelligence community" that labeled Martin Luther King, Jr., a terrorist, said that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction and decided to announce an investigation into a presidential candidate in the middle of a presidential election wants you to believe that a country most people barely paid attention too six months ago is suddenly the latest "nation in need of our help."

The same politicians who ignore African-American boys being shot by police, African-American girls disappearing in D.C., dirty water in Flint, Michigan, protesters of oil pipelines getting beat up in the mid-West...are now crying over pictures of Syrians instead of asking if those pictures are real or even dated.

A president who mocked his predecessor for considering military action against Syria and then leaving for the weekend has taken military action against Syria and then left for the weekend.

The media, who not too long ago made calling this president a Russian collaborator a part-time hobby, is now reacting to the prospect of war like teenager who just got asked to prom by the star quarterback.

America: you are being coerced into yet another unnecessary military conflict.  It will not pay for itself, the "enemy" is not the next Hitler, our freedom is not in danger. Blowing up innocent civilians a world away will not alleviate the sorrow you felt in seeing a picture of a dead child.

The American Military is a broadsword, not a scalpel.

The American Military-Industrial Complex is never satiated.

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Monday, April 03, 2017

The Walking Dead Season Seven Finale: That Tiger Went Tiger (SPOILERS)

I think I'll just write about the first, mid-season and final episode of the TV shows I watch, staring with The Walking Dead (SPOILERS!!!):

  1. The tiger Shiva is well-trained, ain't she? 
  2. I like Eugene as the works-for-the-bad-guys-yet-sympathizes-with-the-good-guys guy. He's really too smart and cowardly to be effective as anything else.
  3. Dwight apparently left a little toy soldier note for Darryl/Rick's group. How he figured anyone would find it right after the fight is anyone's guess. 
  4. Saw the Heapsters/Scavengers double-cross coming. Why? We never had a moment on the show where they showed any sympathy. Compare scenes with them to all the scenes with Dwight this season.
  5. I would have believed Negan more if he had threatened to kill Rosita or Aaron. Carl? Really?
  6. I've read some people complaining about how Michonne handled her fight with the Scavenger sniper. People tend to mix up her killing prowess with Carol; Michonne is awesome with walkers but with people she struggles like a majority of the group (see: her fight with the Governor). 
  7. I like how Maggie's speech tied everything that's happened to the moment Glenn saved Rick in Season One. Two bad she didn't give the speech during the mid-season finale.
  8. I think this is the first time King Ezekiel was straight-up killing people. I always pictured him as a G1 Optimus Prime type (as opposed to a Michael Bay Optimus Prime type). 
  9. Speaking of which, if they had paid homage to the Earth battle in Transformers: The Movie, I would have squeed like a little kid.
  10. Actually, the Saviors leaving to fight another day was very G1 Decepticons, if you really think about it. 

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

No Main Topic

Monday, February 27, 2017

They Keep Saying...

People who claim to be progressive yet support the Democratic Party Leadership keep saying the same things...

They say that liberals and progressives need to back the moderate/conservative Democratic candidate because they can beat the Republican.

They say that there needs to be more moderate/conservative Democrats to show that, "We have a big tent."

They say that these same Democrats who end up vote for Republican legislation did so because they were tricked or manipulated.

They say these same Democrats who vote for the cabinet and judicial picks of Republican presidents did so because either "something worse was coming" or "they must respect the office of the POTUS."

They say that progressives should not say anything disparaging about elected Democrats who vote against their base's interests.

They say that Democratic candidates with conservative economic policies should still be endorsed because they supported civil rights.

They say that it's the fault of progressives and liberals if a conservative Democrat loses to a conservative Republican.

They say that everyone in the Democratic Party needs to unify against the GOP...but only after the progressive candidate loses.

I say this: until the Democrats begin to embrace progressives instead of dismissing them, they will continue to be GOP-lite.

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Who cares if one judge blames rape on the Internet and another is blatantly racist? It's all about them being the "umpire!"


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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Trump Is Too Much For South Park to Handle, But Not SNL!

South Park on their reasons for "backing off" of Trump:

 “We were really trying to make fun of what was going on [last season] but we couldn’t keep up. What was actually happening was way funnier than anything we could come up with. So we decided to just back off and let [politicians] do their comedy and we’ll do ours.”

Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live seems to have no shortage of material to use.

It's almost like one group is made up of comedic actors who know how to find humor in everything, and the other group are political/social contrarians who may actually agree with the ideals of the latest target.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Nancy Pelosi is WEAK.

She just undercut Maxine Waters, one of the few Democrats who came close to mimicking this so-called "resistance" to President Trump's more dangerous policies.

Now, has Trump done anything to warrant impeachment? In a world where Bill Clinton was impeached because he lied about oral sex, I really can't be sure myself.

But to take that weapon out of the picture, much like she did when the Democrats regained Congress under the Bush Administration, handicaps the Democrats.

When Obama was president, Republicans dropped impeachment threats all the time. We all knew they weren't going to do anything (either their case was flimsy or the person making it had little credibility), but the threat served three purposes:

  1. It let the President know that they will be watching his every move for screw-ups;
  2. It let the party's base know that they are worth being in the majority;
  3. It let the opposition party know that they should play nice (whether they were in power or not).
Pelosi gave all that away with her back-peddling. Sure, the Democrats can't authorize a birthday party right now (on both the state and federal level) but the GOP has shown us that lack of numbers does not mean that your voice can't be heard.

If the Democrats don't start barking and balking soon, the media will go back to "Republican Prism" mode, and all the Democrat-friendly and left-leaning outlets will bemoan why (once again) all the political shows are chick full of Republicans.

(Here's a hint: it's because Democrats like Pelosi would rather act like Republican-lite and play nice-nice instead of being the opposition party, and that just isn't as entertaining as a guy rambling about being walls and starting a war with Australia).

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