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It remains to be seen whether he actually brings the party to the left in any meaningful way (i.e., other than empty platform planks and campaign promises.)

I'll go search for the article tomorrow. Say "hi" to Gark for me!


For all his independence, Bernie's been allied with the Democrats since 1990. Caucusing with them in the Senate, getting the nod for committee chairmanships, and, so the story goes, having a deal with the Vermont Democratic Party in which they agreed to not run anyone against him (although I have read that some did anyway, but without the party's backing) and he did his best to block further third party developments in the Green Mountain State.

From the beginning, I've viewed his run as a nation-wide replication of his Vermont deal.

I read this story on a leftwing site that I don't expect anyone else to believe, but I'm going to keep repeating it until someone disproves it. Which might not be hard, but, as I've said, I never cared for Sanders enough to look further.

[Edited]


Irontruth wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Irontruth wrote:
Here's a stat for you, if you took the best 10% of teachers in the US and put them all in schools with majority black children, the achievement gap would disappear in 5 years. The issue would be solved. Failing schools who get just one top-flight teacher see meaningful gains in graduation rates and college acceptance.
I was curious as to how you get a statistic out of a "what if?" scenario.
I have it in print form. I'll see if I can dig up an online source that isn't behind a paywall. It was an article in the Economist (a capitalist rag, not really your type).

Oh please. I've linked articles from Forbes, Fortune and the Financial Times during my stay in politroll land.

As for the rest of it, La Principessa and I had a big fight that finally ended an hour ago in her telling me how great I am, so there's no way I'm bringing up the subject now.


thejeff wrote:


Not to dismiss any claims of police abuse, but god that's a bad article.

Yeah, well, it's NBC.

(As the Nancy Donovan reference might indicate, I've been rewatching 30 Rock)


Thaine wrote:

Here is a link to an interview with one of the creator's of superdelegates that explains this.

relevant quote: "Superdelegates were created as a safeguard against nominees like George McGovern, whom Democratic Party officials saw as ‘too far to the left."

Oh, shiznit, really? McGovern was the particularly extreme candidate? How disappointing.


Scott Betts wrote:
The original purpose of superdelegates wasn't so that the party leadership would always decide the nominee. It was as a safeguard against particularly extreme candidates being advanced by a combined effort of the far-left wing of the party and a coalition of non-Democrat independents.

[Perks up ears]

Hadn't really followed the Bernie campaign as closely as I probably should have, since, from the beginning, I viewed it as an attempt by Sanders to shepherd the Occupy kids and the stirring leftie-labor types (e.g., the United Electrical Workers, who sat 2012 out) back into the arms of the Democratic Party which, of course, I despise. So I, alas, didn't read all of the articles explaining the origins of the superdelegate system that have been going around for the last six or so months.

Did some cursory googling, read about Humphrey and the McGovern-Fraser Commission and the Hunt Commission, thought about the timelines and pondered your comment above. For example, 1980 is too early for the whole inside-outside strategy employed by the New Communist Movement and others in conjunction with the Jesse Jackson campaign, so I was wondering who were these particularly extreme candidates. If you could help me out with this, Citizen Betts, I can work out who the non-Democrat independents were on my own.


More breaking news:

The Nigerian Princess' second favorite artists of the year (after Beyonce, natch) turn on their patron:

'USA Freedom Kids' dancing girl trio's manager threatens to sue Trump


Repeats caveat about telephone game. That being said,

Sanders Supporters, Police Protesters Join in Rally Outside DNC

8:20 pm

"An Associated Press photographer witnessed one police officer spraying something at the protesters outside of the AT&T subway station that serves the convention site."


Breaking News Flash

Mr. Comrade called. He's stuck in traffic in Connecticut. He got a call from Nancy Donovan who's still in Philadelphia. He reports that she reports that 100ish or so delegates walked out, protesters tried to take the hall, and that both protesters and delegates have been tear gassed by the cops.

If this is not correct, well there's a reason the game is called "telephone."


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Google searching led me to studies by the Center for American Progress. Don't know if that's his source, but La Principessa, a "highly effective"-rated teacher in an upper middle class public Brooklyn middle school, looked at it, and is throwing a fit about "circular reasoning" and "bullshiznit data".

It's getting kind of heated, I think I'm gonna drop the subject.


Irontruth wrote:
Here's a stat for you, if you took the best 10% of teachers in the US and put them all in schools with majority black children, the achievement gap would disappear in 5 years. The issue would be solved. Failing schools who get just one top-flight teacher see meaningful gains in graduation rates and college acceptance.

I was curious as to how you get a statistic out of a "what if?" scenario.


Only skimming through, noticed the rehash of the Nader/Gore wars, noticed (unless my skimming wasn't thorough enough) that nobody mentioned the 90,000 or so voters, half or so racial minorities, that were erroneously purged from the rolls as "felons."

New Jim Crow, anyone?

EDIT: Woops. Comrade Jeff, of course, mentioned it.


Kobold Cleaver wrote:
I especially think we need to move on from the primary because sticking to it, and sticking to Sanders, is just tearing his movement apart at this point. We need to be pivoting to supporting local elections in his name, not pointlessly filling out ballots for Jill Stein just to "stick it to Hillary".

Thankfully, I'll be able to stop on August 7th. I mean, shiznit, we've got five new recruits that we need to consolidate, a couple dozen contacts from the recent #BlackLivesMatters rallies and trans rights demos, and I'm stuck in New Hampshire Farmer's Markets getting signatures on petitions?!?

Can't wait til all this shiznit is over and I can go back to hanging out on picket lines.


Irontruth wrote:
I'm really curious how you're going to spin this one to evade it (when if it were about a Clinton, you'd immediately assume all of it was true)....

Well, Citizen Blast, if you were so inclined...

Pre-rape allegations:

The Salacious Ammo Even Donald Trump Won't Use in a Fight Against Hillary Clinton

Post-rape allegations:

The Billionaire Pedophile Who Could Bring Down Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton


Are you suggesting that Mr. Comrade is an agent of Red China or that only publications from those countries are interviewing protesters at the DNC?


Mr. Comrade at the DNC interviewed by China Daily

Sanders supporters unbowed in protest

(Mr. Comrade was never a Sanders supporter.)

"Waving the flag of Socialist Alternative, Daniel Keating, from Massachusetts, said dozens of people from the organization were coming to Philadelphia. He said the organization supports Jill Stein, and members want to win over Sanders supporters.

"'We are coming here to talk about how the Democratic Party is a corrupt party. We need to build a party for working people and the 99 percent,' he said.

"Like others, Keating was not surprised by the email controversy. 'I assume that they do things like that every day, right?' he said."


Krensky wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I had never heard that Jill Stein was anti-vax. Here's a statement that she made that is being passed around as proof of her anti-vax, pro-homeopathy position, but, personally, I don't see it:

** spoiler omitted **...

Because she answered two yes or no questions with rambling, vaguely supportive answers, pandering to the wackadoo fringe of the left instead of giving the answers you would expect from a rationalperson, especially a physician. "Vaccines work, homeopathy is b##@+&~~."

"Vaccines in general have made a huge contribution to general health."

Sounds like "Vaccines work" to me.

"For homeopathy, just because something is untested doesn't mean it's safe....Research and licensing boards...should not be limited by arbitrary definitions of what is 'natural' or not."

Not quite "homeopathy is bullshiznit," I agree, but I don't think political candidates usually curse in position statements.


I had never heard that Jill Stein was anti-vax. Here's a statement that she made that is being passed around as proof of her anti-vax, pro-homeopathy position, but, personally, I don't see it:

Spoiler:

I don’t know if we have an “official” stance, but I can tell you my personal stance at this point. According to the most recent review of vaccination policies across the globe, mandatory vaccination that doesn’t allow for medical exemptions is practically unheard of. In most countries, people trust their regulatory agencies and have very high rates of vaccination through voluntary programs. In the US, however, regulatory agencies are routinely packed with corporate lobbyists and CEOs. So the foxes are guarding the chicken coop as usual in the US. So who wouldn’t be skeptical? I think dropping vaccinations rates that can and must be fixed in order to get at the vaccination issue: the widespread distrust of the medical-indsutrial complex.

Vaccines in general have made a huge contribution to public health. Reducing or eliminating devastating diseases like small pox and polio. In Canada, where I happen to have some numbers, hundreds of annual death from measles and whooping cough were eliminated after vaccines were introduced. Still, vaccines should be treated like any medical procedure–each one needs to be tested and regulated by parties that do not have a financial interest in them. In an age when industry lobbyists and CEOs are routinely appointed to key regulatory positions through the notorious revolving door, its no wonder many Americans don’t trust the FDA to be an unbiased source of sound advice. A Monsanto lobbyists and CEO like Michael Taylor, former high-ranking DEA official, should not decide what food is safe for you to eat. Same goes for vaccines and pharmaceuticals. We need to take the corporate influence out of government so people will trust our health authorities, and the rest of the government for that matter. End the revolving door. Appoint qualified professionals without a financial interest in the product being regulated. Create public funding of elections to stop the buying of elections by corporations and the super-rich.

For homeopathy, just because something is untested doesn’t mean it’s safe. By the same token, being “tested” and “reviewed” by agencies tied to big pharma and the chemical industry is also problematic. There’s a lot of snake-oil in this system. We need research and licensing boards that are protected from conflicts of interest. They should not be limited by arbitrary definitions of what is “natural” or not.

Meanwhile, Celebrity Leftist Heartthrob Abby Martin gets arrested at the DNC.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Rednal wrote:
Update: The DNC's head will no longer be speaking at the convention, following the Wikileaks revelations about rigging things for Clinton.
Damn ninjas.

Looks to me like CNN has changed this headline three times since I saw it last night.

I hate when they do that!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

SEE YOU IN PHILLY! SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE AT THE DNC

Well, not me, I'm going to another #BLM march in Manchester. Apparently, there will be more Oathkeepers with grenade launchers. Can't wait.

At the last minute, Mr. Comrade's new girlfriend, whom I am dubbing Nancy Donovan for the purposes of these boards, convinced Mr. Comrade to go down, so if you're out there looking for rabble-rousers, look for two gingers in matching red commie shirts, bluejeans and sleeve tattoos and tell 'em Doodlebug sent you.


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[Shrugs]

Belulzebub, would you like to be my new politroll thread friend?


Waitaminnit, you weren't even in this thread when I said that!


Hitdice wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

I, for one, don't "actually" know anyone in this thread.

I do know a bunch of labor activists, mostly paid staffers oddly enough, who are Hillary supporters.

Now I'm sad 'cause Anklebiter doesn't think our friendship is "actual." :(

I now regret not including a "virtual" counterpoint.

Otoh, I did invite you to a con a few years back and you snubbed me! Where's Dicey?!? I want someone to smack!


I, for one, don't "actually" know anyone in this thread.

I do know a bunch of labor activists, mostly paid staffers oddly enough, who are Hillary supporters.


Follow up rally was much less tense and even a little boring.

Black Lives Matter protesters march in Manchester


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Does anyone actually know a hillary supporter? It's kinda weird.

Yes.


Rednal wrote:
Update: The DNC's head will no longer be speaking at the convention, following the Wikileaks revelations about rigging things for Clinton.

Damn ninjas.


Scott Betts wrote:
Redneckdevil wrote:
From the wiki links showing the polls scandles,
Didn't happen.

I was curious, Citizen Devil, what you were referring to by the polls scandals?

I am, of course, slightly familiar with the wikileaks DNC trove (not that I paid much attention to them, as I pointed out in another thread, I didn't think Bernie had a chance in the Democratic Party before he even decided to run in the Democratic Party) but the only article that I saw specifically referencing polls was this one, from a site emblazoned with a virtual tribute to Andrew Breitbart, which, for obvious ideological reasons, I'm not fond of:

Wikileaks Release Shows DNC Colluding With CBS News, Wording Poll Data Against Bernie Sanders...

More mainstream accounts:

HuffPo: Leaked Emails Suggest DNC Was Conspiring Against Bernie Sanders

CNN: DNC chair won't speak at Dem convention following Wikileaks fallout


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Thank you very much, Comrade Longears!

I am touched and honored to invest your hard-earned Britishiznoid funny money in the cause of international proletarian socialist revolution.

[Clenched fist salute]

We just recruited a new member there this afternoon. He's an apprentice union pipefitter who served as a marshal at last week's #BLM march in Manch Vegas (yes, that's what they call it).

It is rumored that the same rabble of white supremacists, Oathkeepers with grenade launchers and members of a Manch Vegas street gang known as, I shiznit you not, The Bros, will make their reappearance.

Thank you once again!


SEE YOU IN PHILLY! SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE AT THE DNC

Well, not me, I'm going to another #BLM march in Manchester. Apparently, there will be more Oathkeepers with grenade launchers. Can't wait.


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You don't drink flayleaf, bro.

[Actually, now that I think of it, flayleaf's from the Scarred Lands, not Golarion; international proletarian goblin revolution has taken me throughout the multiverse]


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Bro, might I suggest that instead of damaging your liver, you toke on this?

[Hands uglier twin flayleaf spliff]

Makes everything better, even politroll threads.


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Tony Babino--"L'Internationale"


Vermin Supreme

(With AJ next to him, I think)


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Might as well get a jump on the festivities:

Clinton VP Favorite Just Gave the Left Two More Reasons to Distrust Him


More Alex Jones


Acquaintances of Mine in the News

Up the road from Lowell is the other formerly decrepit mill town turned gentrifier's playground, Lawrence (home of Amy Dube, who seems to like a lot of Mr. Comrade's Facebook posts but none of mine and that makes me feel [La Principessa walks into the room] great, I don't care what that floozy does!)

Professor Forrant spoke at our International Woman's Day forum.

Polartec is in trouble. Here’s a strategy that could save it


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The former Bush II voter railing against third party voters sixteen years later? Still ironic.


Belulzebub wrote:
thegreenteagamer wrote:
captain yesterday wrote:
Yeah, I don't see how Bernie is selling out.
You spend months bashing someone else and immediately jump on their bandwagon the minute you lose? Exactly as much of a sellout as Rubio with Trump.

Sorry, I know I'm late to this particular party and the thread has moved on, but as a flag-wavin' member of the #NeverHillary crowd, I just really want to weigh in that Bernie didn't sell out.

Firstly, he endorsed - which is exactly what he said he would do at the beginning. I don't think it could rightly be called selling out to do exactly what you said you would do before you became a household name.

I know a lot of others will argue with me that he shouldn't be held to that word since the primaries were often unfair and there was certainly a rewriting of rules to favor Clinton when her delegates couldn't be bothered to show up. (Nevada still infuriates me.) But what could he do? It was pretty well established the DNC was firmly in Clinton's camp and it was obvious he wouldn't get a fair shake in the media. So he could make a ruckus, placate a few fans, and be banned from the convention and have all of his delegates forfeited to Hillary.

Which brings us back to the endorsement - he endorsed, he didn't concede. That's a small but important distinction. By not conceding he keeps his delegates and will have them at the Convention next week. And it allowed him to keep his delegates while drafting the platform (who, it should be noted, are the ones responsible for the $15 minimum wage and got narrowly voted down on fracking and TPP). If he'd conceded, I'd grant you he sold out. But he endorsed - like he said - and, while he's definitely out of the running for president, is using what leverage he does have to push the Democratic candidate on policy.

Will it be enough for me to vote for Hillary? Probably not. But as much as my refusal to vote for Hillary will be lambasted as an obsession with 'purity,' I never thought...

I enjoyed this post.


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CBDunkerson wrote:
Digitalelf wrote:

A couple of honest questions here...

What does wanting to stop illegal (and that is THE key term here), illegal immigration have to do with racism?

In addition to the many excellent points raised by others, there is the fact that US immigration law is, in and of itself, inherently racist....

Props, Citizen Dunkerson, for bringing up the Chinese Exclusion Act, whose predecessors were pushed by the Workingman's Party of California, thus illustrating how important those anarchists in the IWW were a few decades later and their policy of multiracial class solidarity.

Anyway, I only recently, within the past year or so, came across the work of Aviva Chomsky (yes, Noam's daughter).

My good friend and comrade, the Nigerian Princess read, or taught I don't recall, her book, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal and raved about it for months. I, alas, haven't read it, but I did have the opportunity to see Professor Chomsky on Democracy Now! and was mightily impressed.

"How Immigration Became Illegal": Aviva Chomsky on U.S. Exploitation of Migrant Workers

As I recall, and I may not, in the 1960s there were large amounts of racially defined second class- or non-citizens in this country. We all know how the Civil Rights Movement made the United States dress up its race relations in term of black and white, but Prof. Chomsky argues that around the same time, the government changed the status of the Mexican migrant workers from racially-barred from citizenship as "Mexicans" (which, of course, isn't a race) to "immigrants" and thus to "illegal immigrants."

I remember it being a fun watch.

Anecdotally, my girlfriend, known to the boards as La Principessa, is married to a previously-undocumented Irishman. They lived in a section of Brooklyn called Windsor Terrace and, apparently, many times, she would run into neighbors going on racist rants against "illegal" Chinese or Latino immigrants. "Well, you know, Joe," she would say getting angry, "Willie was in this country illegally until we got married." To which they would invariably give her a sheepish look and reply, "But that's different!"


Well, they've changed the steering committee, changed the name (twice), put up new pictures, and lowered the fundraiser target, but we're still shy of our goals. Please help bring about goblin revolution near you, well, near you if you live in New England.

Save the Lowell Justice Collaborative!

Tell 'em the Dood sent ya!


Cross post!

Comrades of Mine in the News, Well, Prison Planet at the RNC

It's 10+ minutes, though. I'll have to watch it tomorrow.

Socialist SJW Triggered at RNC


I hadn't posted about this one before, but I'm glad to see it turned out well:

Yale Dishwasher Corey Menafee, Who Broke Racist Window, Wins Job Back


Fergie wrote:

Well, I'm off on a bike trip from Omaha to Galesburg, IL, with RAGBRAI in the middle. Wish me luck!

Don't get arrested, and if you do, get it on film.

I'll see everyone in a fortnight.
Fergie

Take care, Comrade Fergie!


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Well, I've never been an anarchist, except for when I'm using the Undead Leon Czolgosz avatar, but there's never been a successful anarchist revolution anywhere on the face of the planet, so we have no idea where it winds up.

IIRC, though, the IWW gave us: industrial unionism, freedom of speech (yes, really) and a labor movement that didn't discriminate on the basis of race, national origin or gender. I believe their plan was to build "one big union" and replace capitalism with "industrial democracy."

Sounds pretty good to me.


Wiki page covers their glory years, roughly 1905-1918

Present day


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Krensky wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

They're anarcho-syndicalists, which, briefly, means they believe in international proletarian anarchist revolution.

To be replaced with..?

The usual.

Warlords, rule of the sword, etc.

Oh, please.


BigNorseWolf wrote:
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

They're anarcho-syndicalists, which, briefly, means they believe in international proletarian anarchist revolution.

To be replaced with..?

You'd have to ask them, I've never been a member.

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