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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.
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.
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.
Repeats caveat about telephone game. That being said,
"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."
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.
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.
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...
Mr. Comrade at the DNC interviewed by China Daily
(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."
"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:
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.
Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
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:
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.
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!
Scott Betts wrote:
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:
More mainstream accounts:
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!
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.
I enjoyed this post.
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.
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.
Tell 'em the Dood sent ya!
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.