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Bernie’s Tax Plan


Impeach Trump Now


SPLC: Stephen Miller: The Breitbart Emails


Kenan Thompson Explains the Whole Impeachment Process in One Succinct Phrase


“Capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxury to the classes. Call it what you may, call it democracy, or call it democratic socialism, but there must be a better distribution of wealth within this country for all of God’s children.”
Martin Luther King

Don’t Ban Equality

10 U.S. Code § 904. Art. 104. Aiding the enemy

How Democrats Put Trump in the White House - This is a case where parody is the best way to the truth. Hilarious and well worth the 7 minute watch.


Portia Bulgher is Pissed! And we need to Listen! - I only listened to the first 5 minutes or so, but it was priceless.


Sourcewatch: Citizens for Self-Governance - This is the Koch Bros./ALEC funded group that is trying to stage, through its “Convention of States” project, a Constitutional convention in order to severely restrict federal power. It’s basically a “states rights” group, although it uses the phrase “local control”, that wants to get rid of child-labor and worker protections and eliminate the federal agency - such as EPA, Interior Dept., etc. - authority. If they can get Koch surrogate politicians in 34 states to call for a convention, and then get 38 states to ratify whatever resolutions they come up with, they can effectively re-write the Constitution.


ProPublica: Documenting Hate


Frontline: Documenting Hate


Obama Deported More (By Far) Than Any Other President


Trump’s Cabinet and Actions


Jill Stein FAQ


Dr. Margaret Flowers: The Democrats want to create the appearance of a divide between themselves and the Republicans because that gives the voters something to fight about and keeps voters distracted. In fact, the two corporate parties work very well together to create illusions that distract the masses and allow the parties to continue to move their corporate agenda forward within the parameters of their limited differences. I do not want to maintain that illusion. That is why I support the Green Party.


Popular Resistance: Electoral politics has become nothing more than a periodic horse race between corporate candidates chosen through a rigged system.


Edward Snowden: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon, and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”


The Thundering Failure of the Democrats - Originally written in May of 2015, this very short article still speaks directly to the point that Dems just don’t get. Spot on. If we don’t hold the psychopaths from both parties to account, then we are totally complicit and just as guilty.


Albert Einstein Institute: 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action


EFF Border Search Pocket Guide - How to protect your personal data at the border.


9/17/20


Democracy-NOW: Press Freedom on Trial in London - This, and the Edward Snowden case, all started during Obama’s time in office. He stated that his would be the most transparent administration in history, and here. Instead it became the most secretive up to that time. Trump has clamped down even more using the powers that Congress gave to Obama.


9/15/20


Democracy-NOW: “Mass Voter Disenfranchisement”: GOP Ramps Up Assault on Voting Rights Across US Ahead of Elections


9/14/20


Democracy-NOW: “Trump is Criminality Personified”: Rev. William Barber on Protecting the Vote & Mobilizing the Poor - Poor People’s Campaign


Intercept: “A Silent Pandemic”: Nurse at ICE Facility Blows Whistle on Coronavirus Dangers - NPR reports also allege mass, forced hysterectomies.


9/12/20


Intercept: Intelligence Tampering at Homeland Security - Trump has installed fawning toadies in the top positions at DHS. They are cooking the intelligence to play down the threat of right-wing extremists and misrepresent

activities of antifa. The parallels with Nazi Germany are chilling.


9/11/20


Intercept: 3,000 Dead on 9/11 Meant Everything. 200,000 Dead of Covid Means Nothing. Here’s Why.


New Yorker: Georgia Voters Get Another Reason to Be Worried


Reuters: Despite Trump’s ‘Law and Order’ Rhetoric, Protestors Won’t Back Down - From the article:  “more than 93% of recent demonstrations connected to Black Lives Matter were peaceful, according to a study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), which monitors political violence in developing countries and started following the United States last year.”


Over half of the people arrested for violent activity come from outside the county and most are white.


9/10/20


New Yorker: Kayleigh McEninny Claims No One Has Worked Harder Than Trump to Protect Americans From the Truth


9/8/20


NYTimes: ‘Kill All You See’: In a First, Burmese Soldiers Tell of Rohingya Slaughter


9/4/20


Democracy-NOW: How Fascism Works: Trump’s “Law and Order” Is Lawlessness Fueling Racist Violence and Chaos - “Fascism is a cult of the leader who promises national restoration in the face of supposed threats by leftist radicals, minorities and immigrants. He promises only he can save us.”


”There’s Trump, on the one hand, protecting Christianity, protecting Western civilization, and anyone opposed to Trump is a lawless mob in cahoots with communists seeking to destroy civilization itself. And this is the friend-enemy distinction that is so antithetical to democracy.”


AP News: Trump Denies Calling US War Dead ‘Losers’, ‘Suckers’


Reuters: Suspect in Portland Shooting Killed by Police During Arrest in Washington - Interesting. There is no corroboration of their story that Michael Reinoehl produced a gun and threatened them. However, the police thanked Kyle Rittenhouse, an under-age teen with an assault rifle, and gave him water just prior to his killing 2 people and wounding another. Trump, of course, refuses to condemn him. A GOP candidate has actually praised him. Meanwhile, the police report that Jacob Blake brandished a knife and had a gun in his car is beginning to fall apart


8/26/20


Guardian: Two Dead in Kenosha on Third Night of Unrest After Jacob Blake Shooting


8/21/20


USA Today: ‘I Would Shut it Down’: Biden Says If Scientists Recommended - Biden got a little off script there. I hope it doesn’t hurt him on Nov. 3.


Reuters: Thirteen of 15-Member UN Security Council Oppose US Push for Iran Sanctions


8/20/20


Intercept: Trump Comes Up Empty When Pressed for Evidence of Election Fraud in Court


8/19/20


Democracy-NOW: Dems Formally Nominate Joe Biden, Feature Republicans, Sideline Progressives - Speech lengths: Avowed anti-abortionist John Kasish 4:10, Cindy McCAin about 5 min., AOC 60 sec. Others who spoke longer: WMD liar Colin Powell, Republican Chuck Hagel. What does that tell you?


8/17/20


Democracy-NOW: Rep. Ro Khanna: Trump’s Postal Service Changes Are a Deliberate Strategy to Steal the Election


8/16/20


CBS News: Rewriting the Limits of Presidential Powers


8/13/20


Socialist Alternative: Trump in Trouble, Biden in Hiding - Largest individual recipient of corporate pharmaceutical contributions to a presidential campaign: Joe Biden; over 3X more than No. 2 Trump. It’s no surprise that Biden opposes M4A even though 87% of Democrats favor it.


8/12/20


Democracy-NOW: As Kamala Harris Makes History As VP Pick, Her “Top Cop” Record Faces New Scrutiny - “And so there’s a great deal of frustration that there is this choice not only to nominate a candidate who is known as the author of what is actually called the Joe Biden crime bill, but that he’s gone and also selected a running mate who is known for being the top cop from California, the state that has the second-highest number of incarcerated people in America.”


CBS News: Where Kamala Harris Stands on the Issues - The typical ‘burnish the reputation of our guy’ kind of article. Of course anyone is better than Trump, but also keep in mind that we don’t live in a democracy. I, for example, live in a very red state and will vote for Biden/Harris, but according to most people’s definition of a ‘wasted vote’ that will be one because B/H have no chance of winning my state, and thus all of my state’s electoral votes will ultimately go to Donald Trump.


Voting is marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”

Howard Zinn


Just to make sure we know who we’re dealing with, a little background on Harris:


When she took over as San Francisco DA, she stopped the ongoing child sexual abuse prosecutions and investigations against the catholic church that were already in progress, even though a cache of evidence was in the DA files. It was not about evidence or lack thereof, but purely a political calculation.


She often brags about her success in taking on the big banks as California AG and winning $20 billion for CA homeowners. In fact it was more of a 2nd bank bailout and resulted in very little to prevent evictions.


She likes to say that, as CA AG, she fought for the legalization of marijuana and shorter jail terms, but the truth is the exact opposite. Now she is a big advocate for marijuana legalization, she “literally laughed it off in 2014.”


Her claims that she supported police accountability are similarly false.


The felony conviction rate during her time as AG went up about 30%, most of which were for small time drug-related offenses.


She also pushed a punitive initiative that treated truancy among elementary schoolers as a crime for which parents could be jailed.


In 2014, her office attempted to block the release of nonviolent second-strike offenders from overcrowded state prisons on the grounds that their paroling would result in prisons losing an important labor pool. That’s called modern-day slavery.


The following year, she defended the California state prosecutor Robert Murray after he falsified a defendant’s confession that was used to threaten a sentence of life in prison.

I’d vote for a used car tire over Trump, but at least we know exactly who she is.

8/11/20


Bernie Sanders: The Pandemic is Helping the Rich Get Even Richer. It’s Time to Tax Their Obscene Wealth - Some of the numbers in this article are mind-blowing. Austerity for working families. Windfall gains for Billionaires. Could contributions from these ‘obscene wealthy’ be part of the reason that the Democrats once again have written Single-Payer out of their platform?


8/10/20


SPLC: When the ‘Alt-Right’ Hit the Streets: Far-Right Political Rallies in the Trump Era


8/9/20


Common Dreams: Vowing to Defend Retirees, Biden Denounces ‘New Reckless War on Social Security’ by Trump - But Biden has been at war on Social Security for the last 40 years. Watch only what they do. Heads we lose, tails the plutocrats win. Austerity for working people, welfare for the high rollers.


8/8/20


CBS News: Over 250 Students and Teachers Quarantined in Georgia District After First Week of School


8/7/20


Democracy-NOW: “The World’s Most Dangerous Man”: Mary Trump On Her Uncle, President Trump & Why He Must Be Ousted - “Donald should maybe think about surrounding himself with people who have some modicum of compassion and empathy, which he won’t, which is all the more reason for him not to be in the Oval Office.”


8/5/20


Guardian: New York Unveils Landmark Antitrust Bill That Makes It Easier to Sue Tech Giants - At least it’s a start.


8/4/20


Guardian: Trump Flounders in Covid Interview - “You can’t do that!” Hilarious


8/3/20


Guardian: Anti-Abortion Centers Receive $4M to $10M From US Coronavirus Bailout - Planned Parenthood had to return $60M.


8/2/20


Guardian: Pelosi Says She Has No Confidence in Deborah Birx Over Handling of the Pandemic - Pelosi is pathetic.


7/31/20


Intercept: Another Method for Police to Track Your Phone - In addition to Palantir, Medusa and Xkeyscore, they now have Stingrays and Dirtboxes.


7/29/20


Socialist Alternative: Federal Troops Pushed Back in Portland and Seattle - see entry of 7/26.


7/27/20


Politico: Bernie Sanders Delegates Mount Convention Rebellion Over M4A - See entry of 7/22.


Guardian: ‘These Are His People’: Inside the Elite Border Patrol Unit Trump Sent to Portland - Bortac is the  elite paramilitary unit of US Customs and Border Protection. They are the equivalent of Navy Seals within CBP. They live and train in tight groups. They are extremely racist, sexist, and violent and Here. They are devoted to Trump. Within 100 miles of any US border (2/3 of the country) they are not subject to civilian law.


The rank and file CBP members have been underfunded and dysfunctional for years, under both Obama and Trump. Last year spineless, neocon Dems gave Trump $4.6B for CBP, with no protections for children. Obviously Trump put a lot of that into Bortac, which is apparently a different group with a different reporting structure within CBP. Now Trump has his own Storm Troopers, and there is nothing stopping him from using them, and Here.


5 major misconceptions about CBP.


CNN: Tom Cotton Describes Slavery As A ‘Necessary Evil’ In Bid to Keep Schools From Teaching 1619 Project - He may still be the most dangerous Senator in America.


7/26/20


New Yorker: Trump’s Dangerous Attempt to Create a Federal Police - A discussion of the history and precedent for using federal troops inside states and cities, and the legal precedent following the 10th Amendment, especially since 9/11 and the creation of DHS.


7/23/20


BAR: Who is the Most Dangerous Fascist? - “Having nothing to offer their base except endless austerity (“Race to the Bottom”) and war, the corporate Democrats have made Trump the sole issue of their campaigns.”


7/22/20


HuffPost: ‘Medicare For All’ Gets Nod in Democratic Platform For First Time Ever - The Dems are making some great promises right now: M4A, making corps pay ‘their fair share,’ Green New Deal. We’ll be watching.


7/21/20


Democracy-NOW: Portland Protests Grow Despite Presence of Trump Goon Squads - Sending in unmarked vans containing unidentified US soldiers to kidnap peacefully protesting US citizens without warrant or charge is legal. That right was given to the President beginning in 2011 by the NDAA and signed by Obama every year subsequent to that. Not even George Bush had dared to go that far. As I warned at the time, many liberals were cool with that because they believed that Obama was level-headed enough not to misuse that law, never thinking about the fact that a subsequent unstable president could use it to permanently ‘disappear’ anyone he disliked. Now Trump has that law, and he intends to use it to his own ends.


7/20/20


Intercept: The Right Way to Honor John Lewis: Restore and Extend the Voting Rights Act


7/17/20


The Nation: Trump Unleashes His Secret Police in Portland - Again, Trump using laws passed by Obama.


7/12/20


Guardian: Trump and McConnell Are the Twin Tribunes of America’s Ruin - Vote Them Out - quite eloquent


7/9/20


MSNBC: Joe Biden: It’s Time Corporate America Pays Fair Share of Taxes - Ok Joe, we’ll be watching. Typically this is the stage in presidential campaigns where candidates make all of their most farfetched promises. Obama used similar language at this point in his 2008 campaign, but never put it in any of his proposed budgets.


Guardian: Biden Unveils $700B ‘Buy American’ Proposal to Revive US Industry


NYTimes: 6 Takeaways From the Biden-Sanders Joint Task Force Proposals - see Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations - Typical neo-liberal, right wing Democrats. Totally uninspiring.  Not even a mention of Single-Payer M4A.


7/7/20


Guardian: Trump Suffered Emotional Abuse From His Father, Niece Writes in Bombshell Book


7/4/20


Guardian: Trump Says US Under Siege From “Far-Left Fascists” - Surely he knows that’s an oxymoron.


7/3/20


NYTimes: Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message


7/2/20


Democracy-NOW: The Untold Story of Mt. Rushmore


Politics 2nd Qtr  2020