Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Run on Behalf of the People, and You Can Get Elected

So Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez beat the odds and won the primary from incumbent Joe Crowley.

While everyone from CNN to Fox News tries to make this about Ocasio-Cortez's age, gender, race or experience, I believe it came down to two important things: (1) she currently lives in the district than she was running for (Crowley is currently residing in Virginia) and (2) she was running on a populist platform.

The second point will most likely be overlooked by the pundits and even some self-proclaimed left-leaning groups, mainly because Crowley was in line to replace Nancy Pelosi (if/when she retired) as one of the major mover and shakers of the Democratic Party. But no one should dismiss that because Ocasio-Cortez kept on message and funneled her progressive policies through populist lenses (people forget that Trump also ran on a populist message) she was able to make inroads and get votes that normal newcomers usually fail to acquire.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Around the Internets

  1. (TheRoot): People like Sean Hannity are the real welfare queens.
  2. (Gizmodo): Do trust everything you see and hear in a video. 
  3. (SocialSecurityWorks): The GOP-led Congress almost wiped our surplus clean.
  4. (JimmyDore): CNN is about to get sued. 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

When Capitalism Meets Law Enforcement... get people like Sheriff Donny Youngblood of Kern County, California, who advocates shooting to kill instead of shooting to wound because it's more cost effective in the long run. As opposed to say, making sure that you're shooting the right person in the first place.

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Navy Chaplin Wades in the Wrong Waters

And by "wade in the wrong waters," I mean, "gets caught having sex on tape at a bar."

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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Georgia On My Mind

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Few Myths Related to Guns Violence in America

  1. Gun violence is mostly committed by those with mental illness. (Actually, about 5% of those who commit gun violence have a "diagnosable mental illness.")
  2. If more African-Americans bought guns, it would scare lawmakers into passing sensible gun regulation. In truth, thanks to the NRA cash trumps inherent racism
  3. Video games are making our children violent. On the contrary, groups like the NRA are using first-person shooter video games to indoctrinate a new generation of potential gun enthusiasts
When you look at the gun industry as a microcosm of America's military-industrial complex (aka, "war is good for business") the reason why things are the way they are makes more sense. 

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

No Main Topic

  1. For some reason, our military is slow to react and losses track of the money they spend. So why are we giving them so much cash? 
  2. The "Shock Doctrine" has come to Puerto Rico
  3. The impact of the upcoming Black Panther movie. 
  4. President Trump's lawyer says that he paid off Stormy Daniels


Friday, February 09, 2018

All Part of the Show

Some Democrats seem to be cheerleading Nancy Pelosi for her kinda filibuster (The House of Representatives cannot technically do this, but it still happened) in the wee hours.

I would say that she is someone who never got around to having that debate for a "better deal" that she claimed to care about. Someone who, when she became Speaker, said that impeachment of then-President George W. Bush was "off the table." Someone who lamented that Mitt Romney was not POTUS. Someone who gave the current POTUS more spying powers. Someone who declares the bill she kinda filibustered something "good for Democrats." 

BTW, the people who she was supposedly fighting for weren't impressed

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The FBI is Not Your Friend

Monday, February 05, 2018

When Democrats Start Acting Like Democrats Then Democrat Supporters Can Support Democrats

Look what I found:

In short, anyone whose politics are two the left of the current Democratic leadership (or who just doesn't like President Trump) should just ignore that the so-called "opposition party" is only around to fund-raise and pay lip service to their base and give them 100% support, no questions asked.

How is that democratic?

And before people say, "Well, Trump's a monster!" I say, "Okay; then why did they give that monster more than what he was asking for in the military budget?"

Sorry; I will not just clap louder and pretend this is the political Superbowl. I will not support a flawed candidate because their main opponent happens to be selfish and bigoted. I will not limit myself to choosing between a Republican who's running as a Democrat and a Republican who's running as a Republican. 

It's not that hard. Medicare for All/Single Payer/Universal Health Care. $15 Minimum Wage. A Jobs Program. Rebuild our Infrastructure. Reduce Military Spending. Campaign Finance Reform. And a whole slew of equally-important issues (Equal Pay for Women, Police Reform, Net Neutrality, etc.)

If you want our vote, you have to earn it like everyone else

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Democrats Still Don't Know How To "Resist"

It's about the policies, not the person.

Over the past several months, Congress has approved a military spending bill, an extension of the surveillance law and sanctions on Russia.

The Trump Administration decides to ignore the last one, and apparently some Democrats are upset.

I don't understand why; you can't claim that Donald Trump is a danger to the country and probably has too many compromising connections to Russia WHILE GIVING HIM A BIGGER MILITARY BUDGET THAN HE ASKED FOR AND THE ABILITY TO SPY ON EVERYONE.

At best, it makes your "resistance" appear to be flimsy.

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