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Steven Perez
Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels | ThinkProgress -
Oklahoma Will Charge Customers Who Install Their Own Solar Panels | ThinkProgress
"Oklahoma residents who produce their own energy through solar panels or small wind turbines on their property will now be charged an additional fee, the result of a new bill passed by the state legislature and expected to be signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin (R). On Monday, S.B. 1456 passed the state House 83-5 after no debate. The measure creates a new class of customers: those who install distributed power generation systems like solar panels or small wind turbines on their property and sell the excess energy back to the grid. While those with systems already installed won’t be affected, the new class of customers will now be charged a monthly fee — a shift that happened quickly and caught many in the state off guard. “We knew nothing about it and all of a sudden it’s attached to some other bill,” Ctaci Gary, owner of Sun City Oklahoma, told ThinkProgress. “It just appeared out of nowhere.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Interesting. I'm trying to think creatively about how this could backfire on the utilities. - Brian Johns
How stupid. One would think they would be encouraging this. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Eric Logan
Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA | Mother Jones -
Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA | Mother Jones
As Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it's not surprising that when he brings up the fact that he's a mathematician at dinner parties, eyes quickly glaze over. "Most people, unfortunately, have a very bad experience with mathematics," Frenkel says. And no wonder: The math we learn in school is as far from what Frenkel believes is the soul of mathematics as a painted fence is from "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh, Frenkel's favorite painter. The Russian born University of California-Berkeley mathematician, whose day job involves probing the connections between math and quantum physics, wants to change that. Rather than alienating drudgery, Frenkel views math as an "archipelago of knowledge" that's universally available to all of us, and he's been everywhere of late spreading the word. In particular, Frenkel is intent on warning us about how people are constantly using (or misusing) math to get our personal data,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
New York Times' David Brooks Says Obama Has 'A Manhood Problem In The Middle East' | ThinkProgress -
New York Times' David Brooks Says Obama Has 'A Manhood Problem In The Middle East' | ThinkProgress
"BROOKS: Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders and once that comes into question if in Ukraine or in Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world all bets are off. And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he’s not tough enough." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
I wish Brooks would keep his anxious masculinity to himself. - John (bird whisperer)
Steven Perez
After Dry Winter In California, Preparations Begin For Harsh Wildfire Season | ThinkProgress -
After Dry Winter In California, Preparations Begin For Harsh Wildfire Season | ThinkProgress
"It’s been a long, dry winter for California, with record-low snowpack and ideal wildfire conditions to show for it. At the beginning of the month, during the time when snowpack usually peaks, the state snow survey showed it to be at 32 percent of average, one of the lowest years on record. In some areas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains — where snowpack provides crucial water supply over the summer — nearly half the snowpack has melted in just the past week due to soaring temperatures according to reporting done by Andrew Freedman at Mashable." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The U.S. Isn't Very Good At Preventing Our Food From Making Us Sick | ThinkProgress -
The U.S. Isn't Very Good At Preventing Our Food From Making Us Sick | ThinkProgress
The U.S. Isn't Very Good At Preventing Our Food From Making Us Sick | ThinkProgress
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released this year’s food safety report — and while the agency is celebrating some incremental progress in combating foodborne illnesses, it’s clear there’s still much more work that needs to be done. When compared to a 2006-2008 period, the rate of foodborne illnesses in 2013 either increased or stayed about the same for most major disease agents." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Texas Women Just Lost Access To Another Abortion Clinic | ThinkProgress -
Texas Women Just Lost Access To Another Abortion Clinic | ThinkProgress
"Texas’ harsh anti-abortion law has claimed another victim, as a clinic in El Paso has been forced to immediately halt its abortion services. The Reproductive Services clinic attempted to seek an injunction against the provision of the law that requires abortion clinics to get admitting privileges from local hospitals — a medically unnecessary requirement that’s often impossible to meet — but a federal judge denied that request." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
High Levels Of Mercury Found In Fish In Remote National Parks | ThinkProgress -
High Levels Of Mercury Found In Fish In Remote National Parks | ThinkProgress
"Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service released a report Thursday that found 5 percent of the freshwater fish sampled in 21 western national parks had levels of mercury that were high enough to trigger toxic responses from the fish themselves, potentially endangering their health and lives. In addition, 35 percent of the fish sampled had enough mercury in them to impact the health of some predatory birds, and 68 percent of fish had mercury levels above the recommended amount for “unlimited consumption” by humans. The researchers said in their report that the levels of mercury in some national parks were alarming because they occurred in small fish — organisms that should have the least amount of mercury in their systems, because the higher fish are on the food chain, the more mercury they’re expected to have. Zion, Capital Reef, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Lake Clark National Parks all contained sites in which most fish exceeded benchmarks for the... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Western Re-Run: Nevada Rancher Versus The Feds | ThinkProgress -
Western Re-Run: Nevada Rancher Versus The Feds | ThinkProgress
"As High Country News reported in a chronology of the Hage case, he inspired other lawsuits and the Nevada ranchers who filed them all lost. Among them was Cliff Gardner from Elko County who fought all the way to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after the Forest Service revoked his grazing permit for abusing public land. Likewise Cliven Bundy, who was first ordered by a federal court to remove his cows from federal lands in 1998. Some of the particulars of all these range war cases differ, but the basics are the same: ranchers who stubbornly insist the federal government doesn’t have the authority to tell them what they can do on public lands, that someone else — the state or the ranchers themselves — actually owns those lands. This notion has been thoroughly discredited over and over again in the courts. The simple fact is, the hundreds of millions of acres managed by agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are owned by the public and how they are... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Poor People's Lives Are Getting Shorter | ThinkProgress -
Poor People's Lives Are Getting Shorter | ThinkProgress
Poor People's Lives Are Getting Shorter | ThinkProgress
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"Although life expectancy has been rising for Americans as a whole, the people who live in this country aren’t necessary sharing those gains equally. Wealthy people are enjoying longer lifespans than lower income Americans, according to a new analysis from Brookings Institute researchers, and the gap is threatening to get wider. By the age of 55 years old, the average American man in the richest 10 percent of the county can expect to live another 35 years. But the average man in the poorest 10 percent only has about 24 years left. And the discrepancy is even starker among women, since low-income women’s life expectancy has actually been declining:" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
South Carolina Mayor With A History Of Anti-Gay Remarks Fires City's First Openly Gay Police Chief | ThinkProgress -
South Carolina Mayor With A History Of Anti-Gay Remarks Fires City's First Openly Gay Police Chief | ThinkProgress
"Residents of Latta, South Carolina are calling into question the motivations behind Mayor Earl Bullard’s firing of Police Chief Crystal Moore, a 20-year veteran on the town’s police department. Moore was unceremoniously relieved of her duties earlier this week after Bullard handed down a list of seven reprimands. Members of the city council have voiced their support for Moore and are condemning Bullard’s unilateral decision to fire Moore as an act of retribution, or worse: of outright homophobia." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
State Department To Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Until After November | ThinkProgress -
State Department To Delay Keystone XL Pipeline Decision Until After November | ThinkProgress
"The State Department will “extend the government comment period on the Keystone XL pipeline, likely postponing a final decision on the controversial project until after the Nov. 4 midterm elections,” Reuters reported on Friday afternoon. The organization credited the information to a 1:30 call with Congressional staff. The decision of whether or not to approve the northern leg of TransCanada’s pipeline, connecting the tar sands of Alberta to oil refineries and export facilities in Texas, will enter its sixth year in September. State made the decision to give more time for 8 federal agencies to weigh in on the project. This would move the end of the review process, originally scheduled to end in May, to a date “likely” after the 2014 midterm elections, according to the Wall Street Journal. State Department officials cited a February district court decision that struck down a Nebraska law that aimed to put decisionmaking power over the pipeline in the hands of the governor." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The Long-Term Unemployed Are Stuck Without Work Thanks To Bad Luck | ThinkProgress -
The Long-Term Unemployed Are Stuck Without Work Thanks To Bad Luck | ThinkProgress
"The long-term unemployed have most likely been out of work for so long simply because they had the misfortune of losing a job during a bad economy, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman. His work “shows that by far the single biggest predictor of whether someone will be out of work for a year or more is the state of the economy when he or she loses his or her job,” he writes. This is true for the current recession and for other downturns more broadly. Over the last 15 years, during which they were two recessions, “a one-point increase in the unemployment rate increased an individual’s odds of remaining unemployed for at least a year by about 35 percent,” he finds. If someone loses a job when the unemployment rate is 8 percent or higher, he will be three and a half times more likely to be unemployed for about six months or longer compared to someone who loses her job when the unemployment rate is below 6 percent. Those who lost their jobs during the Great... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
The Imaginary Rule That Keeps Obama's Judges From Being Confirmed | ThinkProgress -
The Imaginary Rule That Keeps Obama's Judges From Being Confirmed | ThinkProgress
"The United States Senate is a labyrinth of arcane rules, obscure precedents, and traditions that were invented for an era when senators rode horses and buggies to Washington. There’s a rule that can force the clerk to spend hours reading a 767-page amendment aloud. There’s a another one that lets the minority leader order all committee work to shut down after 2pm. Indeed, even something as basic as a judicial confirmation is drawn out and complex. To confirm a circuit judge, the Senate has to vote on that judge, wait 30 hours, and then vote for her again. And even if someone masters the Senate’s many rules and traditions, they will still encounter roadblocks that are written nowhere in the Senate’s standing rules and that have very little grounding in its history. One of these is a practice that gives each senator the right to veto anyone named to a federal judgeship in their state. Because of this veto, Republican senators can make extortionate demands from President Obama. And they can back those demands up by threatening to hold every judicial vacancy in their state open until Obama leaves office." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
After Former KKK Leader Shoots Up Jewish Centers, CNN Asks: 'Can The Klan Rebrand?' | ThinkProgress -
After Former KKK Leader Shoots Up Jewish Centers, CNN Asks: 'Can The Klan Rebrand?' | ThinkProgress
"“Imperial Ancona, who lives in Missouri, insists there’s a new Klan for modern times — a Klan that’s “about educating people to our ideas and getting people to see our point of view to…help change things,” CNN’s Ashley Fantz writes. “He said he and those like him can spread that message without violence — a sort of rebranding of the Klan.” To learn if this is possible, Fantz asked marketing and PR experts if America’s most infamous white supremacist group could shed its violent past. According to one quoted ad agency president, lynchings are not too different from products, like a car that kills people because of an exploding gas tank. In his words, “if you have a car that is killing people because the gas tank is exploding, it doesn’t matter how fantastic the ad campaign is for that car.” CNN should have also taken note that this is not the first time the KKK has declared it is “rebranding.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Why would they? White/Aryan supremacy is their raison d'être. They're acting like violence is an aberration when it's their core brand. - John (bird whisperer)
Steven Perez
Congress Searching For Answers To Sexual Assault Crisis On College Campuses | ThinkProgress -
Congress Searching For Answers To Sexual Assault Crisis On College Campuses | ThinkProgress
"The lawmakers who spent the past year pushing for military sexual assault reform are now setting their sights on college campuses. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), who introduced competing measures to change the way the military handles rape cases, are now working together to address the sexual assault crisis at colleges and universities. The issue of sexual assault at higher education institutions has received increasing attention as students at dozens of schools have filed federal complaints against their universities, accusing them of failing to protect victims. At the beginning of this year, President Obama announced the creation of a new White House task force to find policy solutions in this area. California lawmakers have introduced legislation at the state level. Now, U.S. lawmakers are laying the groundwork for national reform." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits | ThinkProgress -
Coal Company Cuts Off Ex-Miners From Their Health Benefits | ThinkProgress
"More than one-thousand ex-coal miners are losing their promised health benefits in eight months. Murray Energy redirected the blame in its announcement this week to the Obama administration, insisting that the largest independent coal company in the U.S. is the real victim here — of the so-called war on coal. “Murray Energy’s inability to provide these benefits is, in part, due to the destruction of the coal industry, including our markets, by the Obama Administration and its appointees and supporters, who have eliminated the livelihoods of thousands of coal miners, and their families, by the forced closing of 392 coal-fired electric power plants in America, now and in the immediate future,” Murray said in a statement confirming the cuts. “Due to these action and devastated coal markets, Murray Energy is unable to support these benefits.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Half of New York City Teens Behind Bars Have A Brain Injury, Study Finds | ThinkProgress -
Half of New York City Teens Behind Bars Have A Brain Injury, Study Finds | ThinkProgress
"About half of teens between the ages of 16 and 18 suffered a traumatic brain injury before being locked up in a New York City jail, a new study finds. Traumatic brain injuries can cause mood and behavior changes that vary depending on the nature of the injury, but often include impulsiveness, emotional volatility, and slowed brain processing speeds. These factors not only contribute the likelihood of individuals ending up in jail; they also affect the proper treatment while there and their likelihood of returning once released. “Two of the most common features of TBI, emotional dysregulation [mood volatility] and processing speed, may be linked to criminal justice involvement as well as problems while in jail,” according to the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Justice Scalia Tells Law Students 'Perhaps You Should Revolt' If Taxes Become Too High | ThinkProgress -
Justice Scalia Tells Law Students 'Perhaps You Should Revolt' If Taxes Become Too High | ThinkProgress
"During an event at the University of Tennessee’s law school on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested to the capacity crowd that perhaps they should revolt against the U.S government if their taxes ever get too high. During a question and answer part of the event, a student asked Scalia about the constitutionality of a federal income tax. Scalia assured the questioner that the tax was in fact permissible by the constitution, but added that if it ever became too high, “perhaps you should revolt.”" - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering | ThinkProgress -
Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering | ThinkProgress
"In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few months, however, he says he’s seen two. Lambert, who owns a charter fishing company in Louisiana, told ThinkProgress he’s worried that the dying dolphins he’s still seeing point to lingering effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which four years ago killed 11 people and spewed 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. “We still see little telltale signs,” he said. “There’s crabs with holes in their shells we’re seeing that we haven’t seen before, and I’ve never seen baby dolphins die.” One study has linked the spill to dolphin deaths in the Gulf, finding that dolphins’ diseases in Louisiana’s Barataria Bay are rare but consistent with oil exposure. BP, however, has disputed that ongoing deaths and strandings are a result of the spill." - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Sean McBride
This business better be straightened out right quick: [Google; ukraine hoax traced] It's all over the Internet tonight.
If this is a false story, it needs to be knocked down immediately. - Sean McBride
Gut instinct: false. - Sean McBride
No response from the ADL yet -- the story is still exploding on Twitter. - Sean McBride
Wow. Watch - Kerry won't be questioned about his dignifying this hoax. - Berthe
Some people on Twitter are wondering whether neocons like Victoria Nuland in Kerry's State Department were behind the hoax. We definitely need much more info on this incident. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking' -
Elizabeth Warren Book Is A Liberal Call To Arms That Rips Tea Party 'Magical Thinking'
"Elizabeth Warren's new book isn't just a memoir -- it's a full-throated endorsement of modern, populist liberalism and a scathing indictment of anti-government "magical thinking" by the tea party. While the Democratic Massachusetts senator structures her new volume, A Fighting Chance, as a chronological tale of her life, she also uses her experiences to make strategic points and arguments about her political philosophy, which embraces government and the labor movement as forces for good." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"We can't bury our heads in the sand and pretend that if 'big government' disappears, so will society's toughest problems. That's just magical thinking -- and it's also dangerous thinking," Warren writes. "Our problems are getting bigger by the day and we need to develop some hardheaded, realistic responses. Instead of trying to starve the government or drown it in the bathtub, we need to tackle our problems head-on, and that will require better government." - Sean McBride
Wow. The magical thinking is that government programs will ever work. Look at the evidence of the last 50 years, trillions spent on poverty and still plenty of poverty. If anything, the government incentivizes poverty. Sean, do you have any hope that anything Elizabeth Warren would propose would do any good and if so, exactly what would that be? - Berthe
What government programs do you want to do away with? Social Security? Medicare? The EPA? The FDA? - Sean McBride
Please try to remember that I don't agree with everything I post -- usually my motive is to pin valuable data on the grid with the aim of looking at the whole picture and how things connect. All politics is a dialectical process -- in fact, all of history is a dialectial process -- a series of complex interactions. - Sean McBride
What does she want to do? - Berthe
Read her book and find out. - Sean McBride
nah. - Berthe
Interesting little tidbit in this article (My point being Democrats are gulling you when they whine about "pettiness" esp. re Warren and her Cherokee claims.) This is about the NC Senate race and heres the tidbit: " A day before Hagan struck, Reid’s Senate Majority PAC began airing $1 million in TV ads that link... more... - Berthe
Massachusetts voters, not Elizabeth Warren, dismissed the Cherokee controversy as petty and mean and handed Scott Brown a major defeat (he has since moved to New Hampshire). I think your judgment in picking winning issues in political contests is questionable -- the entire Tea Party suffers from that problem. So let them spin their wheels and go nowhere. - Sean McBride
I don't know if I'm interested in the politics of it or not, Sean. What impresses me is that over the information age that I've lived, government and politicians find ways to be less and less accountable. That's interesting because it takes a lot of calculated effort and innate dishonesty to keep it up when you know that people can get the information that you're lying. Lie for a... more... - Berthe
Politics is the art of lying effectively and getting away with it. - Sean McBride
Gotta hope that some are worse than others. Warren impresses me as a particularly bad actor. - Berthe
This discussion is academic: [Just In: Elizabeth Warren insists she won't run for president] A pity -- she had the power to use the nomination process to put a great deal of pressure on Queen Hillary. Apparently she doesn't have the stomach for it or was given a major talking to in private -- back off or else. - Sean McBride
The Democrats are probably afraid of her ultra-goodie-2-shoes-liberal persona. When he ran in 2008, Edwards got a lot of mileage out of that with some people. He didn't believe a word of it but there is a segment of the Democratic Party that loves that "Two Americas" shtik. - Berthe
Sean McBride
Marco Rubio's long, hard fall in New Hampshire | -
"There's a new edition of the WMUR/University of New Hampshire Granite State poll of the nation's first primary state. There's no surprise in who is leading the Republican presidential pack: Sen. Rand Paul has led or been tied for the lead in four of the five Granite State polls since April of last year. This time, he's in front with 15 percent of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters saying they support him." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Here are the new results: Rand Paul, 15 percent; Kelly Ayotte and Paul Ryan, 13 percent; Chris Christie, 12 percent; Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, 7 percent; Donald Trump, 5 percent; Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker, 3 percent; Marco Rubio, 2 percent; Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, 1 percent. The category "Someone else" received 3 percent, and "Don't Know Yet" received 15 percent." - Sean McBride
Sshhh. Our mainstream media won't say it but the only reason Marco Rubio dropped like that is that the voters are against amnesty for illegals and doubling the number of legal immigrants. Yahoo News is my home page and they had 2 "immigration" articles this morning, both from the point of view of how necessary it is to do that "reform." - Berthe
Sean McBride
This Neurosurgeon With No Political Experience Could Be An Early GOP Frontrunner For 2016 -
This Neurosurgeon With No Political Experience Could Be An Early GOP Frontrunner For 2016
"If money is any indication, a prominent Baltimore doctor with no political experience is an early front-runner in the 2016 U.S. presidential race. A group encouraging retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to run for president raised $2.4 million in the first three months of this year, more than the group backing Hillary Clinton or those affiliated with Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and other potential candidates, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"There is no interest in running for president," [his manager] said. "If the Lord speaks to him and says to him to run, then that's a different story. But I don't know a lot of people in the world who the Lord has spoken to directly." - Brian Johns
Dollars to donuts that group is the same one that backed Herman Cain last time. - Berthe
Ben Carson is a very different person than Herman Cain -- you need to take a closer look at his policy positions. - Sean McBride
I've seen him on TV. Maybe he's a good doctor but not impressive as a political/policy/news commentator. Hasn't done a lot of thinking on any of it so my take is that someone is behind him, someone is cooking up this new black Republican hope. I don't know what they're hoping for, of course, as the people who might vote Republican see it as transparent and phony. - Berthe
Sean McBride
How Elizabeth Warren’s Book Tour Could Mean Trouble for Hillary Clinton - The Daily Beast -
"Not that the calls for her to get in, even just to pull Clinton leftward in a primary clash, are likely to quiet. Just on Wednesday, Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest labor union, described Warren during a Reddit AMA as “the prototype of a person we would want to be president of the United States,” describing her as one of the rare politicians who leads from conviction. “In short, it don’t get no better.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Which is to say that Warren is likely to spell trouble for Clinton even from her position on the sidelines. So far, Hillary has hewed to the Clintonian center. She has suggested, for example, that she would take an even more hawkish line toward Iran and the Middle East. And even as the party tilts toward the left and heralds the rise of liberals like Warren and New York Mayor Bill de... more... - Sean McBride
"But the same crowd of young and liberals Democrats who boosted Howard Dean in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 remains out there, and wants to be wooed. This has been the crowd that has been yelling “Run, Liz, Run!” that set up a Draft Warren page on Facebook and that consists of exactly the kind of rabid partisans who are willing to drop out of school or quit their jobs to knock on doors in the snows of Cedar Rapids." - Sean McBride
Hmmm. I wonder if even 20% of the population recognizes the name "Elizabeth Warren." Maybe not 10%. She doesn't have the war to run on like Dean in 2004 and that didn't work out for Dean. She has a granny school marm persona, IMO. Obama won the nomination in 2008 because of black voters. That was the strategy of the money people who backed him from the start. Once black voters could see... more... - Berthe
When have you ever seen her on national TV? Seems more like a cult following. - Berthe
Berthe -- I don't trust your ability to play grandmaster political chess or to forecast political trends with much accuracy. :) Your mind doesn't work that way. To play that game one needs to set aside all of one's personal political biases and agendas entirely -- not a trace. Be objective. Do science. Open up one's mind completely to everything one might instinctively dislike. I don't... more... - Sean McBride
Successful politics is all about making the right sequences of moves on the board that win, not lose. Often those moves will be counterintuitive. - Sean McBride
Regarding Warren: she's a long shot, and has stated herself that she doesn't intend to run. But there is an interesting vanguard vibe there around her to pay attention to. Barack Obama came out of nowhere very quickly. This is often how history works. I never pay attention to what "most people" know about -- "most people" know very little about anything and certainly can't anticipate what is on even the near horizon. - Sean McBride
Obama won both elections because, among other reasons, many white voters found him to be an attractive candidate -- more appealing than John McCain and Mitt Romney. The GOP in general is out of touch with the main currents in American political and cultural life these days -- and it still hasn't come close to recovering from the damage caused by the Bush/Cheney administration. - Sean McBride
In politics one needs to be able to clearly differentiate between the things one wants to happen and the things one calculates are actually going to happen. Never under any circumstances believe one's own propaganda. - Sean McBride
Sean, I'll let you be the grandmaster of politics here! Remember in 2008 how some of the pundits were telling us that Obama was playing "11th dimension chess" whatever that is. It conjures a vision of an MC Escher print. - Berthe
I'm not a Republican but I do want to have 2 viable political parties. The Republicans, IMO, are going to face a choice between the voters and the media/donor establishment because they are losing the voters by pandering to the media/donor establishment. That's interesting to me. Its been a long time coming, I guess, since Buchanan '92. - Berthe
Re Obama - the reason I thought early on that he could be a viable candidate against Hillary Clinton in 2008 was that he was black and would get black voters. After the general election, I read that that was the thinking of the people who backed him with money early on. His campaign always had money and that's the "first primary," getting the money to run. Plus, a lot of those white... more... - Berthe
I definitely think that Obama is a political chess player -- he is able to envision in his head multiple long sequences of moves on the board and evaluate and pick the winning sequences more often than his opponents. - Sean McBride
Well . . . I'll let you think what you like about Obama. - Berthe
I voted for Obama twice because I preferred his policies and temperament over those of his opponents. I honestly didn't care about his race and gave it little thought. I tell can't tell you what a relief it has been simply to have an American president who is an effective public speaker -- calm, clear-thinking, thoughtful, articulate, etc. -- after the nightmare years of George W. Bush. - Sean McBride
Ditto my comment above about letting you think what you like about Obama! (I should leave it at that, IOW.) No, I don't think he's a good public speaker. He's boring and he doesn't believe anything he says. Tell me something he's ever said in a speech. I voted for him in 2008 in the primaries because it horrified me that Hillary Clinton was running for president. I could write a page on... more... - Berthe
Sean McBride
Taking down Hillary: old, tired, corrupt, stale, stodgy, crude, mediocre, neocon warmonger, etc. Easy as pie. The talking points are sitting on a silver platter.
No record of any political accomplishments. No ability to take the lead on any issue. A follower not a leader. Was easily beaten by Obama in 2008. Threatened to "totally obliterate" Iran. Ranted that Putin was Hitler. In the pockets of neoliberal billionaires like Haim Saban. Tool of Wall Street and the military-industrial complex. Doesn't care about privacy rights or the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. A mere shadow of Bill Clinton. - Sean McBride
This phrase "Easy as pie" - I do not think it means what you think it means. :-) - Brian Johns
And by that I mean it'll be just as hard as taking every other candidate in every other presidential election year: not easy at all. - Brian Johns
"As easy as pie is a popular colloquial idiom which is used to describe a task or experience as pleasurable and simple." - Sean McBride
Taking down Hillary Clinton in 2016 will be even easier to do than it was 2008, when Barack Obama cleaned her clock. She is basically Richard Perle in a skirt -- a neocon warmonger -- and a sitting duck for devastating political attacks that will take the wind out of her sails before she even gets started. - Sean McBride
Smart Democrats should be looking around for another candidate. - Sean McBride
My prediction is that it won't be pleasurable or simple for the other side to bring her down. I'm not going to comment on whether I think her qualifications are better or worse than whomever else might be running but I'm pretty sure it'll be a long, tough, and above all EXPENSIVE battle. - Brian Johns
How good is your track record in making political predictions? - Sean McBride
Brian: do you agree with Hillary Clinton that the Internet needs "gatekeepers"? Or with Dianne Feinstein (a leading Hillary Clinton Democrat) that all the NSA activities revealed by Edward Snowden were well-justified? How do you think that Internet thought leaders feel about those attitudes? - Sean McBride
I am betting that Hillary Clinton supporters and defenders are going to be overwhelmed by the well-framed and well-justified case against her from activists all across the political spectrum -- they won't be able to handle the critique or to respond effectively. - Sean McBride
I'm not commenting on any of the actual issues or even if she'll win or not. I'm just commenting on how easy or hard it might be to "take her down". I think she'll end up being the Democratic nominee and that this election cycle will be longer and more expensive than any previous presidential election cycle. - Brian Johns
Brian -- I think you are right. Most Democrats expect the Democratic convention to be a coronation of Queen Hillary, who will supposedly meet no opposition along the way. But there could be some surprises. And of course vast sums of money will be poured into both sides for the election. - Sean McBride
Sean McBride
Americans Don’t See Ukraine as Their Cause | The American Conservative - http://www.theamericanconserva...
Americans Don’t See Ukraine as Their Cause | The American Conservative
"Today, two courses of action are being hotly pressed upon the Obama White House by the War Party. Both appear likely to lead to disaster. The first is to arm the Ukrainians. This would likely provoke a war with Russia that Kiev could not win, and lead Ukrainians to believe the Americans will be there beside them, which is not in the cards. The second option is the sanctions road. But Europe, dependent on Russian oil and gas, is not going to vote itself a recession. And should the West sanction Russia, Moscow would sanction Ukraine and sink what the Washington Post calls that “black hole of corruption and waste that is the Ukrainian economy.”" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"Undeniably, President Obama and John Kerry have egg all over their faces today, as they did in the Syrian “red line” episode. Yet they continue to meddle where we do not belong, issue warnings and threats they have no power to enforce, and bluster and bluff about what they are going to do, when the American people are telling them, “This is not our quarrel.”" - Sean McBride
Where is Hillary Clinton on these issues? Is she afraid to speak up? - Sean McBride
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The Establishment’s War on Rand Paul by Justin Raimondo -- -
"They’re out to get him" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"The war is on – no, not that war, this war: I’m talking about the GOP establishment’s war on Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign has taken wing and soared. And it isn’t just the Karl Roves and Peter Kings of this world who are up in arms over the prospect of an anti-interventionist libertarian in the White House: they’re getting plenty of tactical support from "liberals" like David Corn." - Sean McBride
"Why do they hate him? The Rovians hate him because he challenges the whole Fox News-neocon right-wing paradigm that has kept the GOP a dwindling minority party ever since the Bush era ended with a whimper. The progressives hate him because he is the most likely candidate – at the moment – to be facing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and they know they’ll have a hard time selling a candidate... more... - Sean McBride
"[David] Corn is taking a calculated risk here: he may wind up converting the readers of Mother Jones into enthusiastic campaign workers loudly tweeting #RandPaul2016. And isn’t Cheney one of the most disliked political figures in recent history? We already know the neocons hate the Pauls, both of them, equally and irrevocably – and it’s only natural for partisan shills like Corn, who don’t have a principled bone in their bodies, to egg on the Bill Kristols of this world." - Sean McBride
"As for the Rovians and their neocon Deep Thinkers, their unappeasable hate for the Senator is due to his last name – and the knowledge that this isn’t really about Rand Paul or any particular person, it’s about a movement that threatens to overtake them. Once John McCain and Peter King stop being the face of the GOP, the Establishment that manipulates the leadership of both parties is in big trouble." - Sean McBride
"The last thing the Establishment of both parties wants is a 2016 presidential race pitting an anti-interventionist anti-surveillance Republican against the stridently interventionist Hillary, who long ago declared that the Internet needs "gatekeepers." I would argue that of all the potential candidates, it’s Rand Paul who has the best chance of stopping the Clinton Restoration." - Sean McBride
Peter King. I wonder if he'll switch parties if Rand Paul is the nominee. He was a friend of Bill Clinton in the 90's, one of the few who didn't vote to impeach Clinton. That's the problem with the Republicans: King should have never been elevated to any kind of chairmanship after voting against impeachment. Its no way to run a political party to let someone advance after going against... more... - Berthe
The Lewinsky scandal was a set up as discussed on Mondoweiss. Thats why Lewinsky saved the dress and didnt wash it when she said she didnt want it to be a scandal. - WJones
Monicagate was probably a Likud op. - Sean McBride
It is very odd that she saved that dress the WAY she did. She told Linda Tripp about it and she didn't get it cleaned. Very odd. Jesse Jackson's girlfriend saved the condom for a reason. Of course, could be a nut. - Berthe
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"A long line of diplomatic hacks preceded Samantha Power as she injects the American point of view at the U.N. If anything distinguishes Power and her colleagues, it is good to add, it is that in them we find the phenomenon of the “Hillary hawk,” Steve Weissman’s good phrase. The post–Cold War evangelists running American foreign policy hold to the neoliberal creed, but many of them come to it via the route of liberalism. When these people start talking about humanitarian aid, call Interpol." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
This is speaking -- one of the most influential progressive publications in the United States -- not a libertarian outfit. They are getting ready to tee off on Hillary big time. It's going to be worse than in 2008. - Sean McBride
Warlord -- you are hoping that Hillary in the coming months will be able to position herself more to the left from her neocon position over the last decade or longer. I don't think she will be to pull that off. And she has a lot of smart eyes on her. - Sean McBride
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Why Chris Christie Should NOT Be President | Al Eisele -
Why Chris Christie Should NOT Be President | Al Eisele
"If I ever doubted why Chris Christie should not be president of the United States, I don't any longer after reading Ryan Lizza's scorching article in the April 14 issue of The New Yorker. Titled "Crossing Christie: What the bridge scandal says about the Governor's political style, and his future," Lizza's article -- aptly illustrated with a drawing of the beefy Christie wearing an orange and white traffic cone -- exposes and explains the ugly culture in which the New Jersey governor operates." - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"It's definitely one that I don't want to see in the White House. Yes, I know the late, great Tip O'Neill said politics ain't beanbag. But it ain't the mafia either, where the family and friends of the guy who has just been rubbed out is told, "Don't take it personal, it's just business." That's pretty much the way Christie, as well as his supporters and opponents, play the game of... more... - Sean McBride
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