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America Today: Has A Jew A Path to the White House?

by Oui Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 12:52:23 PM EST

Many Jews supporting Bernie Sanders lost family during WWII and the Holocaust. A build-up to a year where the Democrats offer a wide-range of candidates and the party is looking for an answer to unseat the Republican "President by default" in November 2020. Lacking political stability in America ever since the 9/11 attacks, the US is at risk to be devoured from within ... gun violence, opioids crisis, poverty, large scale inequality, the American Dream is not for every citizen, education and healthcare. The American aggression on the battlefields in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa and the Middle East has become part of a populist rightwing movement in the West as a result. There is hope: a Jewish Voice for Peace - Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders: Senator Gets Emotional Talking About Jewish Relative Who Died Fighting Nazis | Newsweek - |

In the clip, the Jewish senator is visibly moved as he discusses the relative with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

"I'm proud of his courage, and willingly going to his own death in order to protect innocent people," Sanders says. "So I'm very, very proud that I have a family member who showed that type of courage and decency."

The Jewish Weekly reported many of Sanders's relatives perished in the Holocaust. His father, Eli, grew up in Slopnice Poland before immigrating to the United States at the age of 17. Almost all of Poland's Jewish population--90 percent--were systematically eradicated during the Holocaust.

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Sanders rarely discusses his Jewish identity in depth, but talks in the show about how the horrors of the Holocaust motivated him to become involved in politics. He said his own career was borne out of a desire to "prevent the descent of humanity."

"It just makes us realize how hard we have got to work to not descend into this type of barbarity and to create a world where people can love each other," he said. "That's what this reinforces in me."

Dutch documentary aired on Christmas 2009 - I watched a rerun last night:

Anne Frank's classmates look back in new film

MONTREAL -- Her poignant diary and tragic death have given Anne Frank an almost mythic status over the past six decades. But a new documentary film, chronicling a reunion of some of her classmates, is a reminder that Frank was a flesh-and-blood person, a teenager like any other, if more talented and perceptive than average.

Classmates of Anne Frank, an Israeli-Dutch co-production, is also a reminder that its absent heroine, who remains forever young in the imagination, would have been 80 years old in June. Seeing her grey-haired old school friends gathered in Holland to reminisce about her and the dark times they shared brings that home starkly.

Frank died in Bergen-Belsen in 1945 at age 15, about a month before the concentration camp was liberated. Watching her contemporaries talk about how they survived and where life led them after the war naturally makes the viewer wonder wistfully about what might have been for the ill-fated diarist.

In the film, the ex-classmates talk about what type of person Frank was and their relationship with her. Coster remembers that he was sweet on her, but found her too formidable a character to approach for a date.

Coster, a well-known games creator in Israel, and his Israeli-born wife, Ora, were the main organizers of the reunion and are the executive producers of the film. He survived the Holocaust in hiding in a village and has lived in Tel Aviv since 1955. He has spoken many times in schools and elsewhere over the years about Frank and the experience of the Jews of Holland during the war.

The Boers and Coster families were friends going back to 1872 in Amsterdam, where Boers' father was born in 1948.

"About 80 per cent of my family on my father's side were lost in the Holocaust. It's a subject I've been exposed to since I was very little.

Full documentary - Dutch spoken / parts English

Very impressive documentary, gives insight in the German occupation, razzia’s to deport Jews to Westerbork, a transit camp, before the families were send to concentration camps in Germany and Poland. Especially Auschwitz, Sobibor and Theresienstadt were mentioned in the experiences of these children of 11 thru 13 years at primary school and a year on Jewish Lyceum in Amsterdam.

Asked what has become of their lives, it was quite amazing all these persons have made a difference for their community and family. Asked to give a mark about the value of their lives, the classroom average was extraordinary high: a 9 on a scale from 1 to 10. In US terms, an A+! Usually in this program, the class average is placed between a 7 and 8.

This documentary was a joint Dutch-Israeli production. I suspected such, as there was a moment when Maurice Coster spoke of a comparison from the days he arrived in Israel of 1955, a nation filled with ideals. The rest about Israel today was left out. Nanette 'Nanny' Blitz, lone survivor of her family in Bergen-Belsen, emigrated to Brazil and opened an Anne Frank School in Belo Horizonte.

Another lady was active in political activism for peace in the world. Her name is Letty de Levie and she lost her dad and brother, murdered as they were ousted from Auschwitz on a death march to a German interior camp Buchenwald. Here she has written her story, her father was GP in Amsterdam and took two decisions to remain with his patients and not attempt to flee from the Netherlands. On the death march he tried to save his son by carrying him mile upon mile. One moment a German soldier saw in how bad a state his son was, took him from his shoulder and executed Herman de Levie on the spot on the road.

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

How many times does human kind need a reminder we all inhabit Planet Earth, for bad or worse, but need to live together in peace and make society a better place for all. It ain't easy and requires true effort and diligence. Some of the credentials from the life of Bernie Sanders ...

Kibbutz experience

50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz | Times of Israel - Feb. 2016 |

Sha'ar HaAmakim was a bastion of socialism when the Vermont senator volunteered there in the '60s, and continues to preserve `social democratic values'

Every morning, Bernie Sanders would wake up at 4:10 a.m. to pick apples and pears.

Leaving the cabin he shared with a few other American college student volunteers, Sanders would have a quick bite of bread before heading out to the orchard. After 2 1/2 hours of work, he and the other 20 or so volunteers would sit down for a traditional 30-minute Israeli breakfast of tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, butter and hard-boiled eggs.

It's hard to know his routine for sure, but that spartan schedule was standard fare for American and French volunteers at Sha'ar HaAmakim, the Israeli kibbutz where the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate apparently spent several months in 1963. The name of his kibbutz had remained a mystery until last week, when Haaretz unearthed a 1990 interview with Sanders identifying the agricultural commune.

Revisiting Bernie Sanders' Socialist Roots in Israel | Israel24 news - video |  

Roots of Socialism in the Founding of Israel

Organizational Foundation of Labor Zionism in Palestine -- 1905

The defeat of Herzl's Uganda Plan [some researchers say East Africa or Kenya - Oui] ensured that the fate of the Zionist project would ultimately be determined in Palestine. In Palestine the Zionist movement had to devise a practical settlement plan that would ensure its economic viability in the face of extremely harsh conditions. Neither Herzl's political Zionism nor Ahad HaAm's cultural Zionism articulated a practical plan for settlement in Palestine. Another major challenge facing the fledgling movement was how to appeal to the increasing number of young Jews who were joining the growing socialist and communist movements in Russia. To meet these challenges, Labor Zionism emerged as the dominant force in the Zionist movement.

The intellectual founders of Labor Zionism were Nachman Syrkin and Ber Borochov. They inspired the founding of Poalei Tziyyon (Workers of Zion, see Appendix B)--the first Labor Zionist party, which grew quickly from 1906 until the start of World War I. The concepts of Labor Zionism first emerged as criticisms of the Rothschild-supported settlements of the First Aliyah. Both Borochov and Syrkin believed that the Rothschild settlements, organized on purely capitalist terms and therefore hiring Arab labor, would undermine the Jewish enterprise. Syrkin called for Jewish settlement based on socialist modes of organization: the accumulation of capital managed by a central Jewish organization and employment of Jewish laborers only. He believed that "antiSemitism was the result of unequal distribution of power in society. As long as society is based on might, and as long as the Jew is weak, anti-Semitism will exist." Thus, he reasoned, the Jews needed a material base for their social existence--a state and political power.

The Left's Views on Israel: From the establishment of the Jewish state to the intifada | LSE - A Thesis |

    Within the [British] Labour Party (and the French Socialist Party) the virtual consensus of support for Israel was maintained in 1956; was tested but not completely broken in 1967 and more or less collapsed in the early 1980s. Within the British and French communist parties, the initial support for the formation of the Jewish state broke down by the 1956 crisis and the parties adopted a consistently pro-Arab perspective thereafter. However, in the 1980s the extreme anti-zionism of earlier periods was replaced with a more tolerant approach to Jewish nationalism. The left's attitudes did not derive directly from democratic socialist or communist principles. Non-ideological factors including political expediency, linkages between the left and the nationalist movements, intra­party organisational developments and the campaigning activities of certain individuals were critical to understanding the left's policy positions.

The secret behind the Sanders campaign: people before tech | Common Knowledge |

he Iowa caucuses this week were a tale of two political technologies. There was Shadow Inc's disastrous app for tallying votes, funded by a team drawn from [Clinton/]Obama-era politics and technology, which failed due to impossible timelines, a lack of training and testing, and a likely measure of hubris. And then there was the political technology of Bernie Sanders' campaign, which won the popular vote in Iowa.

Each of these point to differing approaches to the interaction between politics and technology in Democrat election campaigns over the past decade or so. It is the key difference between an approach characterised by mobilising (top-down and centralised) and one characterised by organising (bottom-up and distributed).

Partly by virtue of its sheer scale, US electoral politics has always been a proving ground for new deployments of political technology. The first time digital technology was adopted with real success was Barack Obama's first campaign in 2008, which made effective use of social media ...

The Sanders campaign did not junk data entirely, but supplemented it with face-to-face interaction. The "big data'' of the Obama era had given way to big organising. Niche targeting of specific demographics gave way to a social democratic, universalist message regarding issues such as healthcare.

The techniques that evolved out of these campaigns have increasingly emphasised "relational organising": placing relations, conversations and existing human networks at the centre of efforts, rather than data-based targeting. In 2020, the Sanders campaign's Bern app is encouraging people to "have open, honest, and thorough conversations with our friends, family, and neighbours" and record their information, persuading them over the course of the campaign. This simple technique is a hallmark of traditional campaigning, but the communication power of digital technology helps it take place on a massive scale.

Bernie's Army of Coders | Politico - Feb. 2016 |

As the Jewish State of Israel has become most powerful in the Middle East, it has become racist and Islamophobic. The abuse of Holocaust as a theme has become political and does not embrace a vision of the future for mankind. Israel seeks friends amongst the most authoritative regimes around the world and the settler community in no way resembles the ideals of Zionism and community spirit. It's become a caricature of Biblical History of David against Goliath. In contemporary times, the roles have been reversed, so has the ugliness of politics in Jerusalem.

My Brush with JDL Bombers: Murderers of Palestinian-American Activist Live Freely in Israel

As so often, my inspiration to write this diary comes from Tikun Olam, Richard Silverstein.

Discussing the issues during this worthy political presidential campaign of 2020? From the defeat of progressives in Europe and the UK referendum and sweeping victory by Boris Johnson, keep it simple. A smear campaign of your opponent works miracles in any democracy.

Clintonite Dems' strategy to take down Bernie: if you can't red-bait him, then Nazi-bait him. And if that doesn't work, Israel-bait him

This aphorism of propaganda is somewhat facile criteria upon which to predict 2020 election outcome. Its points of departure--Holocaust memory, tragedy, and victory--relies heavily on the writer's prejudices shared with imaginary America and none of its "exceptional" political history. US Americana embraces only its "victory" over European racism writ large (WWII) and ironically repressed (domestic ghettos, apartheid laws, and "ethnic cleansing".

The writer is not interested in merit of the individual Sanders apart from insinuating a sentimental, personal association with Israel (nation), past or present, its peculiar sectarian traditions or polity, assimilation by diaspora or unity by zionist ("nationalist") isolation.

In US America--cesspool of an immigrant lurv--these are difficult and most pertinent tests that every individual endures in contests for status and solidarity with the ruling class --not Israel per se. "Clinton Dem" is a mere apparition of the oligarchy which designs "representative democracy" incorporated in units of cash. That is to say, the nominee selected for POTUS by the "uniparty" (oligarchy) above all "identities" flourished before the masses must identify with the oligarchy. Obama successfully demonstrated how to transcend stereotypes (Lippmann, jew) discarded by the oligarchy and reinforce a tattered "American Dream" of raceless, middle-class equality and security in an antithetical world.

Has A Jew A Path to the White House?
The ruling class periodically tests the fortitude of stereotypical political barriers--race ("color" or "ethnicity"), sex, religion ("creed")--the very same memorialized in provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, itself disreputable remedy to centuries of commonplace US Constitutional violations hiding in the we. These episodes whether staged in strictly political or "cultural" milieus are for they who hold the purse strings talent searches. Who is most loyal to status quo yet vividly expresses middle-class aspiration this year?

(See above)
In the "jew category" Louis Brandeis should readily rise to consciousness. But it didn't, doesn't. Why is that? Before Thurgood Marshall, before christ Kennedy or the beatification of the several FIRST woman [INSERT OFFICE] Brandeis transcended most stately, reactionary fever and literally ruled the nation. Not alone of course; contrary to trenchant propagandists' alarms, no one rules alone.

On Thursday, beginning with a minimum bid of $15,000, you can participate in an online auction for a chance to own a relatively anti-Semitic letter written by ex-President William Howard Taft to Washington-based Jewish journalist Gus J. Karger, in opposition to Louis Brandeis's Supreme Court nomination by then-President Woodrow Wilson. Brandeis, of course, is the first Jew to have served on the Supreme Court, from 1916-1939.
He could be Sanders' forebear of "social justice" in the USA, but I surmise that not even Sanders is interested in that formula. Why is that? while Israeli press would have their shared philosophical root divided by a kibbutz. That view strikes me as odd, disingenuous, even opportunistic "election interference" by a foreign agent. I am not impressed by this caricature tied around "Clinton Dems" simultaneous revulsion for Sanders and adoration of AIPAC. Have they another favored jew?

Has A Jew A Path to the White House?
Mr Richards has not mentioned Mr Bloomberg's ahh belated, meteoric rise in opinion polling. Why is that? One might easily want to imagine the man is no less vulnerable to antisemitic insult than Mr Sanders.

by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 06:44:08 PM EST
by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 06:50:53 PM EST
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Certainly hopes he doesn't run as an Independent once he misses out on the Democratic nomination. Another multi-millionaire messed-up the 1992 election that eased  Bill Clinton into the White House.

Five charts on the Democratic race to take on Trump | BBC News |

One other notable thing is how quickly Michael Bloomberg has risen. The billionaire only joined the race in November, but he is well positioned to gain if Biden continues to lose support.

Turbulent few weeks ahead

If you look at the chart below, it shows the latest average for candidates in five states that vote in the next month - New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, California and Texas.

Of those five contests, Joe Biden leads in three and Bernie Sanders is ahead in two.

by Oui on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 10:24:15 PM EST
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A "Clinton Dems" change of heart after Iowa caucus?

by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 06:58:51 PM EST
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A "Clinton Dems" law 'n' order candidate in cross-hairs.

by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 07:02:02 PM EST
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'slike Anne Frank in the Netherlands. m'k.

by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 07:05:27 PM EST
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The Making of a Catholic President -- JFK in 1960

In the 1950s Catholic candidates were accused of having "dual loyalties" to both the Vatican and the United States.

In 2004, Catholic candidate John Kerry was black-balled by the Conservative church hierarchy ...

More Catholic bishops deny Communion to pro-choice politicians

Raymond Burke, newly installed Archbishop of St. Louis, said explicitly he would refuse Communion to John Kerry | Irish Times - May 2014 |

by Oui on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 08:05:17 PM EST
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My mom was enchanted by that family--well, mostly Jackie B. K. O. I must have leafed through half of a dozen biographies (illustrated) of the christ and his aristocratic widow in my childhood. I even read a couple of them cover to cover, detailing systematic and parallel grooming prescribed by old money and nouveau riches, thereby leaving with me one question.

Where would JFK 1960 be without Joe? Hardly a gutter. To me Joe Kennedy's appointment to US ambassador to the UK--among other services for America's "ruling class"--epitomized reward and scaffold of valor, erected for his heir, from elite to super elite.

Look into that lucky son, eh, understanding that there's no such thing as luck.

by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:23:32 AM EST
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"Have they another favored jew?"

Bibi the blessed, of course. The fundie's favorite fascist.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:02:57 PM EST
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landssakes, Have are "Clinton Dems" dumped AIPAC and Bootyjudge?

by Cat on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 11:29:31 PM EST
Warren and Biden in single digits so far ... 9% 😎
Sanders in the lead, closely followed by Buttigieg and Klobuchar!
by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 12:46:53 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:37:20 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:40:33 AM EST
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Trump says he'd rather run against Bloomberg than Sanders
"Sanders has real followers, whether you like them or not," the president said.
uh oh. anti-anti-semiticism?
But with the leak of the stop-and-frisk audio, Trump escalated his attacks further, calling Bloomberg "RACIST" in a since-deleted tweet, and suggesting to reporters at the White House that the former mayor's contrition about the policy stemmed from political expediency.
by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:55:00 AM EST
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SC wtf. Is Bloomberg bankrolling Biden?
by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 03:03:04 AM EST
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... healthcare is a human right. Future of our planet is more important than the profits of fossil fuel industry. Women, not government, govern their own lives.

by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:15:49 AM EST
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Bernie Sanders wins the New Hampshire primary, CNN projects

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, CNN projects, clearing a key hurdle as the race moves to Nevada and South Carolina in the coming weeks.

His victory tonight came a little more than a week after the Iowa caucuses were thrown into chaos by a failure of the state party's vote-counting systems.

This time around, the results were clear - and Sanders supporters at his headquarters in Manchester were free to celebrate without reservation.

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who rose in the polls here after battling Sanders to a virtual tie in Iowa, ultimately fell short in his efforts to knock Sanders off course.

Sanders won the 2016 primary here by a much larger margin, but in 2020 faced a much wider and varied field.

Buttigieg's solid showing and a late surge from Sen. Amy Klobuchar highlighted both the strength and continued indecision of the party's moderate wing, who have not yet coalesced around alternative to the front-running Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's campaign, which appears to be caught in a no-man's land between Democrats' ideological bases, will now face more serious questions about her path to the nomination.

Watch Jake Tapper's analysis: 'A stunning achievement by Sanders'

by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:54:35 AM EST
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Buttigieg scooped-up Biden support in Iowa.  I'll bet he may did the same in New Hampshire.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:16:47 PM EST
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"he may did"

Engrish.  How does work?

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:20:08 PM EST
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The truth is out there. I've been trying to finish a survey article that doesn't end with a Linguistic Anthropology Definition.

The truth is a perfect joke by Z. Bauman (British Pole, jew? catholic?) summarizing professional status. It might be in Immortality or Consumerism, Work, and the New Poor, but my head already hurts.

by Cat on Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 02:30:30 PM EST
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I'm will not investigate.
by Cat on Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 02:33:32 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 09:47:46 AM EST

Weird that no one won this one.

by generic on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:29:22 AM EST
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tbh, the only weird aspect emerging from these trial runs  is that DNC donor-puppeteers are hanging Biden out to dry.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:02:42 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 04:17:22 PM EST
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Week 2: Black "surrogates" money pit match on MSNBC touring the innerboobs

short clip, long thread

full segment, long thread
MSNBC Dr. Johnson Clashes With Bernie Campaign Co-Chair Nina Turner
by Cat on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 04:15:00 AM EST
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During Yeltsin Era UK and US Stripped Assets Off Russia

One can find these early oligarchs living lavishly in London, New York and Tel Aviv. Indeed, attacking Putin from afar.

by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 07:32:30 AM EST
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by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:33:10 AM EST
by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 10:35:15 AM EST
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That's not a helpful message--especially from someone purporting to valorize socialist tradition in the kibbutz.

Dissembling socialist principles (totally alien to US politics) into a feature of corporate "subsidies" paid by feds is a pretty old piece of US agitprop from free trade, anticommunist propagandists of high- and low-brow persuasions.

Dress one monster in a semblance of another monster only discredits socialists' agenda to balance CAPITAL and LABOR, income and political inequalities.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 03:55:12 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:12:55 PM EST
by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 02:22:32 PM EST

Andrew Yang wants to implement Freedom Dividend in America

Bernie Sanders on Income Inequality

CNN presentrice laughs at prospect Bernie Sanders, a Socialist, could be on a path to victory. Democrats need someone who can beat Trump, look at polling of Michael Bloomberg ...

by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 03:18:54 PM EST

Of course the Trillion $$$ Corporations were invites to Trump's White House today. 😎

by Oui on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 03:27:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Feb 12th, 2020 at 07:09:01 PM EST

by Oui on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 07:55:19 PM EST
Bloomberg spending millions to get appointed presidential nominee for Democrats

    The degree to which Michael Bloomberg is using his fortune to fundamentally alter & manipulate U.S. politics to his personal advantage extends way beyond ads. I've worked against him, covered him as a journalist & worked with his top aides. Here's their playbook, let's start with the endorsements ...

An oligarch has bought his way into the 2020 race. Why is nobody talking about this? | The Guardian Opinion |

by Oui on Thu Feb 13th, 2020 at 08:57:09 PM EST
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h/t Mondoweiss

Related ...

Gaza Massacre by the Jewish State of Israel

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 05:06:28 PM EST
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Why is no one talking about this?

Several "oligarchs" have bought their way into the 2020 "race" for POTUS, and the twitterverse and pubic intellectual network is full of ... cost/benefit "analysis" for CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS/candidate's platform. That's what US Americans do every. single. election.

Who in hell is Ross Barkan? And which Guardian editor published his nonsense?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 05:55:19 PM EST
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kissing buttcheeks and Booker Ts.
< wipes tears >

Booker T. Washington alias Barack H. Obama
W.E.B. DuBois Critiques Booker T. Washington
Tuskegee syphilis "experiment"
Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid (2006)

Happy Black History Y6 D45

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 03:58:32 PM EST
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Grassroots campaign: Bernie Sanders for President -- Endorsements

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 10:51:07 PM EST
by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 10:55:49 PM EST
Joe Biden leads in George +8
Michael Bloomberg leads in Florida +1
Bernie Sanders leads in most states incl. Nevada +7

RCP: Latest 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Polls
FiveThirtyEight: Latest Polls

by Oui on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 09:15:26 AM EST
by generic on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 05:54:17 PM EST

Also there is a total of two dozen people in DC:
Eliot Spitzer - Wikipedia

Spitzer reportedly had a romantic relationship with Lis Smith, a 31-year-old spokeswoman for then-New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. She had been Spitzer's spokeswoman during his 2013 run for comptroller.
by generic on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 08:56:34 PM EST
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Meet the woman behind the Buttigieg media frenzy | Politico - April 2019 |

No, this is not a Pete Buttigieg campaign sockpuppet account | Buzzfeed |

by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 09:32:31 PM EST
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The proof lies with the Michael Bloomberg Affair ...

by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 06:21:56 PM EST
Y'all totally forgot about Unity '08, didn't you.
by Cat on Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 02:19:48 PM EST
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Michael Bloomberg, American Billionaire Oligarch | Common Dreams |

Making Bloomberg

Bloomberg is famous for being something of a political chameleon. He was a Democrat for most of his life, became a Republican to run for mayor of New York in 2001, became an independent in 2007, and then became a Democrat again in 2018, apparently in response to President Trump. But throughout all of these changes, one thing has remained consistent: his devotion to the interests of the wealthy.

Bloomberg came into office in 2002 promising to run New York City like a business, and he delivered. He immediately offered city unions contracts with pay raises, but demanded concessions on pensions and healthcare, just as private sector companies have been demanding from unions for decades. At the next round of contract negotiations, when the costs of these concessions became clear to teachers' union members and they demanded more, Bloomberg simply refused to bargain with them.

He also got rid of pesky democratic impediments to enacting his neoliberal agenda. He placed city schools under mayoral control, eliminating local school boards and implementing policy instead through the Panel on Education Policy, whose members he appointed. At the same time, Bloomberg's administration expanded charter schools in the city, further putting education under private control. Like a good businessman, he accompanied this privatization blitz with a public relations campaign, expanding the Department of Education's PR staff from 4 to 23.

Throughout his administration, Bloomberg was also a vocal defender of the interests of the rich. In classic trickle-down fashion, he argued that helping the poor was best accomplished by helping the rich. Want to address poverty? "Attract more very fortunate people. They're the ones who pay the bills," he said in 2013. When the 2008 financial crisis hit, Bloomberg ran interference for the banks, repeating right-wing lies that blamed fair housing laws for the mortgage meltdown.

When Occupy Wall Street put inequality into the national spotlight, Bloomberg dismissed the protests, arguing that the country had been "overspending" and social services should be cut. And though he's singing a different tune now, in 2012 he was a dogged opponent of raising the minimum wage.

Mayor Bloomberg Explains Occupy Wall Street Eviction | The Atlantic - Nov. 15, 2011 |
Revolt #99 - Oral History of Occupy Wall Street | Vanity Fair |

by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 06:50:05 PM EST
by Oui on Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 09:05:36 PM EST
Fear of Sanders unites establishment Democrats | Times of Israel |

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers, union officials, state leaders and party strategists agree that Bernie Sanders is a risky nominee to put up against US President Donald Trump. There's less agreement about whether -- and how -- to stop him.

Critics of the Vermont senator, who has long identified as a democratic socialist, are further than they've ever been from unifying behind a moderate alternative. None of the viable centrists in the race is eager to exit the campaign to clear a path for a candidate to become a clear counter to Sanders. And Sanders is looking to Saturday's Nevada caucuses to post another win that would further his status as an early front-runner.

With fear and frustration rising in the party's establishment wing, a high-stakes math problem is emerging. It could be impossible to blunt Sanders as long as a trio of moderate candidates -- former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar -- stay in the race.

"You see this tremendous angst in the party -- `What are we going to do?'" said Terry McAuliffe, a former Virginia governor who was also chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "We need to unify as fast as we can."

The dynamic is complicated because each of the major moderate candidates has glaring vulnerabilities.

Democrats launch massive battleground plan led by Obama general | Politico |
Preparing for an American Democratic president | JPost - OpEd |

by Oui on Mon Feb 17th, 2020 at 09:30:09 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 11:04:13 AM EST
by Cat on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 11:20:36 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 11:35:38 AM EST

The poll that opened the door to the debate for Bloomberg also had good news for Sanders | The Guardian |

    NPR/PBS/Marist poll: Bernie Sanders well ahead at 31% (+9) compared to company's last poll early december, Bloomberg comes in second at 19% (+15), Biden is on 15% (-9), Warren on 12% (-5), Klobuchar on 9% (+5) and Buttigieg on 8% (-5).

If this is a new trend, Sanders is seen as consolidating progressive voters and the entrance of Bloomberg is hurting Biden and Buttigieg. Could become a two horse race between the two Jewish candidates, interesting times.

by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 02:53:20 PM EST

by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 05:22:52 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 05:25:21 PM EST
by Oui on Tue Feb 18th, 2020 at 08:32:26 PM EST
South Carolina will be interesting.

Biden simply has to win to stay in contention.  

This is the first primary for Bloomberg giving us an idea of how effective his ad blitz is.

If Bernie wins or ties it cements his Front Runner status going into Super Tuesday three days later on March 3rd.

It's hard to see how Warren and Klobuchar continue past Super Tuesday.  

Buttigieg will probably continue on as a vanity campaign but any chance of the nomination has pretty much evaporated.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Mon Feb 24th, 2020 at 07:09:50 PM EST
Looks like Biden is getting a bounce from people dumping Steyer.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 08:26:55 PM EST
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The only relateable thing about the Klob is her contempt for Ratboy. I'd wager she won't drop before him. For Warren, she might actually drop before Super Tuesday if it looks likely that she loses her homestate by an embarassingly large margin.
Not sure if there is a Biden bump, but I think SC would be the first primary he wins in 30 years of running for the presidency.
by generic on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 09:37:39 PM EST
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for even one win.

by generic on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 10:27:12 PM EST
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This is Joe Biden's home turf ... Hillary beat Sanders 73-26 in 2016. Making it a race is a big gain for Sanders. It will be a tough one.
by Oui on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 12:18:15 AM EST
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Which is exactly why he has to win it and why it looks like he will win it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 08:32:08 PM EST
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That was CLINTON's ("first black president") so-called home turf in the RED STATE plantation until HRC lost it.

2008 SC Democratic Party primary: "January 26, 2008. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois won the primary's popular vote by a 28.9% margin" over Clinton and Edwards
2012 SC Democratic Party primary: none
2016 SC Democratic Party primary: "47%, receiving a larger percentage of the African American vote than Obama, the first black President [BWAH!], did in 2008" over Sanders

Remember chi'ren, Biden ain't "black" no how, and Booker T. forgot to designate him presumptive third black president or praise Biden's "deep connections" to NEGRO poverty in the RED STATE.

by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 10:37:51 PM EST
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MESSAGE TO #BidenToo?: "... and of course black people are not used to white politicians coming to them the last minute, pandering for support ah ah uh ..."

< wipes tears >

The Magical Margin of Error (MMOE) will rise again!

by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 11:33:19 PM EST
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christ Bernie: Temple Tipper or "ethnic bona fides"?

< wipes tears >

archived CUE
"Sanders is a self-hating jew" OpEd in NY Yella Cake.

by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 12:00:51 AM EST
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just when I thought IOZ had dropped the mic

by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 06:33:37 AM EST
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dancing with the devil

< wipes tears >
US "Black History Month" is finished tomorrow. Who gonna turn poor ol' Bayard Rustin into a Pullman porter and a Black Panther by midnight?
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 06:22:21 AM EST
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deep, deep connections to SC and ahh The Great Migrations

Obama demands TV stations stop airing 'despicable' anti-Biden ad from Pro-Trump PAC that misuses ["]his words["]

"Joe Biden promised to help our community. It was a lie. Here's President Obama," the ad begins, then continues to play an audio passage from Obama's 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, ["inspired" by ANTHONY APPIAH] to allude that Biden supports "plantation politics" and describes how the black community had been wrongfully treated.
PolitiFact, chile, found that the audio is Obama reading a quotation from a barber about Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington [DIED 1987 B.O.T., before Obama time], where the man says, "Plantation politics. Black people in the worst jobs.The worst housing. Police brutality rampant. But when the so-called black committeemen came around election time, we'd all line up and vote the straight Democratic ticket. Sell our souls for a Christmas turkey."
ubn pwnd, bruh
Obama spokeswoman Katie Hill told USA TODAY in a statement that, "[T]his despicable ad is straight out of the Republican disinformation [?] playbook, and it's clearly designed to suppress [?] turnout [FOR UNCA JOE?] among minority voters in South Carolina by taking President Obama's ["]voice["] out of context and twisting ["]his words["] to mislead viewers."
not your negroes® to sell.
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 08:03:12 AM EST
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NY DAILY NEWS | Obama opposes reparations for slavery, 2008
"But this is not a position Obama adopted just for the presidential campaign. He voiced the same concerns about reparations during his successful run for the Senate in 2004."

self-servin' sumbitch from word, GO.

by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 08:10:13 AM EST
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under the radar
Clyburn Builds a World Where American Slavery Never Happened, running time 2:00:00

for the Booker T. college of electors
archived: Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 06:34:35 PM EST

Jim Clyburn's leadership tested as he defends a colleague accused of anti-Semitism
"Compassionate"? yeah. no. King Clyburn has forgotten who are his constituents -- [SC-6] .
Top House Dem dismisses reparations as 2020 candidates endorse idea

by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 08:47:43 AM EST
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by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 11:07:04 AM EST
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"This is a national crisis. It is even worse in South Carolina."

by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 03:41:26 AM EST
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Looking at it from a politically conservative community that is one of the centers of evangelical Christianity in the US, I can honestly say that at this point in time, being Jewish is not a barrier to the presidency.

My take is that

  • politically conservatives who are not religious do not care about a candidate's religion, while

  • evangelicals have adopted the view that we are a "Judeo-Christian society," so being Jewish is ok.

Just don't be a Mormon. When Mitt Romney was running evangelicals were strongly opposed to him.

Or an atheist.

by asdf on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 12:54:27 AM EST
shorter: follow the money
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 01:53:16 AM EST
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Hmm so being Jewish is Bernie's alibi for being an atheist? or something?

Think about it. It works. (does it?)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 28th, 2020 at 02:56:33 PM EST
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Makes sure none of the radical right gives you their vote.

Voter delete: bigots - white supremacists - anti-Palestinians denying their home state.

by Oui on Fri Feb 28th, 2020 at 03:37:51 PM EST
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After the opposition report done by Fusion GPS on Donald Trump performed by Paul Singer funding for Marco Rubio, the Republican billionaires are going for the BIG prize ahead of next election cycle ...

Republican mega-donor buys stake in Twitter and seeks to oust Jack Dorsey - report | The Guardian |

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Has A New Nemesis: Hedge Fund Billionaire Paul Singer | Forbes |

The United States run by oligarchs, wealth of the 1% unabated. Go, Bernie, go!

by Oui on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 07:08:52 PM EST
ahem. You've noticed, IMF doesn't have a problem traveling to Argentina to ahh restructure teh loan?
by Cat on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 08:04:04 PM EST
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Short answer Yes, but it depends on what the electorate looks like.

The ADL-defined 'anti-semitic propensities' are higher among blacks and hispanics.
https:/reason.com/2019/12/11/anti-semitic-propensities-by-race-according-to-the-anti-defamation-lea gue

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Mar 6th, 2020 at 11:42:49 AM EST

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