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Milennials of color are the future of the party, and they have not voted yet

Milennials are not a homogenous group. They are divided by race and ideology just like every other generation.


Case in point: white milennials supported Mitt Romney in 2012. 51-44

Last night--though there were some people of color of all ages-it was an overwhelmingly white electorate.


Obama won the youth vote because of milennials of color.

http://www.people-press.org/2012/11/26/young-voters-supported-obama-less-but-may-have-mattered-more/

People who are talking about how young people have spoken need to keep in mind that we haven't heard from the VAST majority of non-white ones, and won't until Nevada and South Carolina.
Posted by geek tragedy | Tue Feb 2, 2016, 08:37 PM (7 replies)

Jeb Bush did win something last night.

The Wages of Derp are Derp. Lots of it.


The first has to do with the purported looming indictment of Hillary Clinton. Over the weekend there was a stir because a New York Times reporter, Peter Baker, told CNN's Sunday morning show that Democrats are "quietly absolutely petrified" of a mid-summer indictment. This 'hot take' was immediately picked by Mike Allen's Politico Playbook. The stage was then set for yet another DC bubble derp freakout. Are Democrats "petrified"? I think that's an overstatement. But are some nervous? I have no doubt they are. But I know people are stocking up on ammo for when ISIS mounts an operation against their house. For most people fear is generated by press coverage, often ignorant or tendentious press coverage. And with the breathless coverage of developments that more or less obviously have no legal impact whatsoever, I don't doubt that many are nervous.


Here's the reality. Who knows what we will learn in the future? And this has nothing to do with the political impact of the "emails controversy". But as a legal matter, the chances of Hillary Clinton facing any kind of indictment are very, very low.

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So why the press coverage? I think it's a combination of reasons. The most irreducible and perhaps most significant is simply prestige reporter derp and general ignorance of the legal system. Second is journalists' perennial inability to resist a process story. And third, let's be honest, wingnut page views.

As I've said, the political calculus and potential political damage is a different matter altogether. There is little doubt that this whole on-going controversy, along with stuff in the background about the Clinton Foundation, have hurt Clinton badly on public estimations of her honesty and trustworthiness. But again, on the possibility of an indictment, most of this chatter is just plain ridiculous - a mix of ignorance and tendentiousness.


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-wages-of-derp-are-derp-lots-of-it
Posted by geek tragedy | Mon Feb 1, 2016, 01:17 PM (2 replies)

Gov. Brown scolds feds on Malheur occupation response

Source: Statesman Journal

Gov. Kate Brown again called for an end to the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in rural Harney County and criticized federal officials for their tactics during a press conference Wednesday. The occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, now in its third week, has no clear end in sight. Circumspect state and federal law enforcement stationed in Burns have not used force to end the occupation.

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Brown said federal authorities asked her and other state officials to "limit our public comments" to avoid escalating the situation. Although she has heeded that request, Brown chastised federal officials Wednesday for allowing the standoff to continue as long as it has.

"The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and undeserved by federal official's response thus far," she said. "I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House."


Read more: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/politics/2016/01/20/gov-brown-scolds-feds-malheur-occupation-response/79073588/



Unbelievable. The only people the DOJ has even ASKED to do something are the state officials who were asked to STFU and let the Bundy thugs run rampant.

Do your damn job, AG Lynch!!

PP is under siege, but spare us the claims that HRC isn't 'establishment'

I'm not saying they don't do great work, or that they don't deserve support, or that they're doing anything wrong in their current approach.

But they're definitely establishmentarian.

Check out their corporate partners:

http://www.hrc.org/hrc-story/corporate-partners

Banks, Militiary Industrial Complex, Big Pharm, Tech, Big Carbon.

Again, pursuing alliances with big companies is probably a perfectly legit strategy for an org advocating for the rights of GLBT workers.

But, when you list Northrop Grumman and Microsoft as partners, you're part of the establishment.

Herzog: For now, two-state solution unrealistic

http://www.timesofisrael.com/herzog-for-now-two-state-solution-unrealistic/



The opposition leader blamed the current Israeli and Palestinian leadership for the impasse — “ Netanyahu and are incapable of moving forward,” he alleged — but said that should he be elected prime minister, his coalition would focus on implementing security measures rather than a bilateral agreement.

“There is a need to initiate security measures that match the reality on the ground and that means separation from the Palestinians,” he told Army Radio, espousing a plan that includes completing the West Bank security barrier and “physically separating” the Palestinian villages surrounding Jerusalem from the capital.

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In a move that many considered a sharp turn to the right for the leader of the Zionist Union — a party comprising the stalwart center-left Labor and Tzipi Livni’s dovish Hatnua — Herzog said he saw the need “to complete the security barrier around all of the settlement blocs.”

He said that routing the fence around the blocs would both protect the people living there from attacks and send a message to the Palestinians that they will remain a part of Israel in any future negotiations.




There is zero daylight between Zionist Union and Likud, and there is zero daylight between the Israeli mainstream and Cruz/Rubio on the subject.

Herzog is merely a wimpy version of Bibi. He might as well join the coalition now that the two-state solution is officially dead to the Israelis.

Obama's I/P policy has been a grand folly, trying to save Israel from itself.

Former Netanyahu Aide Calls U.S. Ambassador to Israel 'Jew Boy'

http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.698358

A former advisor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the derogatory Hebrew term “Yehudon” - loosely translated as “little Jew boy” to characterize remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro .

On a Tuesday morning political panel show, on Israel’s Channel 2, commentator Aviv Bushinsky reacted to remarks Shapiro made in his speech to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference. Shapiro said "too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked," adding that "there is a lack of thorough investigations… at times it seems Israel has two standards of adherence to rule of law in the West Bank - one for Israelis and one for Palestinians."

After viewing a clip of Shapiro’s remarks, Bushinsky declared, “To put it bluntly, it was a statement typical of a little Jew boy (Yehudon).”

When his fellow panelists protested that Shapiro was merely expressing the position of the United States, Bushinsky responded, “Nobody was standing there with a hammer forcing him to say it. He’s his own person … I see a Jew, Dan Shapiro, saying this. I see it as a pattern - it was the same thing with Dennis Ross and now with Martin Indyk saying his nonsense. It's the behavior of Jews who are trying to show that they are extra left-wing, more liberal and more balanced."

The U.S. Embassy spokesman declined to comment on Shapiro's behalf on Tuesday.

Bushinsky served as media advisor for Netanyahu during his first term as Prime Minister in 1998 and 1999, advised him between political roles, and served as his chief of staff in 2003-2004 when Netanyahu was Finance Minister in Ariel Sharon’s government.


Israel's rightwing is full of charmers.

Oregon Militiamen Appear To Be Preparing To Put Local Officials On 'Trial'

Source: Talking Points Memo


After 11 days of occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, a group of U.S. militiamen have brought in some "Constitutional" back up to help hold local officials accountable.


According to the Oregonian, self-proclaimed U.S. Superior Court Judge Bruce Doucette (not a real judge) arrived in Harney County Tuesday and is readying militiamen for a big old trial.

Doucette, who is reportedly associated with the sovereign citizen movement, met with individuals at the wildlife refuge Tuesday and said he believed there was substantial evidence against local officials to take action.


Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/oregon-militiamen-prepare-for-grand-jury-against-local-officials



The time for de-escalation is over. The US government is allowing these pieces of crud to terrorize an entire community, in addition to seizing federal land via armed force.

Federal law enforcement needs to do its damn job, and if it results in a few of these loons pushing up daisies so be it.

Planned Parenthood didn't endorse Clinton, its Political Action Committee did.

This seems like a distinction with out a difference, but there's a big difference.

Money donated to Planned Parenthood itself does not get donated to candidates, and does not get spent on advocacy on behalf of candidates, or any kind of policy advocacy.

It gets spent on providing health care to poor women.

If people want to withhold donations to Planned Parenthood Action Fund over the donation to the PAC, hey I guess that's fair. They're certainly not entitled to the donations of people who are supporting a rival candidate.

But people who are encouraging a 'defunding' of Planned Parenthood itself are trying to hurt poor women by preventing them from getting healthcare treatment. That's what Republicans are doing when they make such a call, that's what Bernie Sanders supporters are doing when they call for people to withhold donations to PP over the Clinton endorsement.

Republicans are shitty human beings when they do that. So is everyone else.

US spied on Netanyahu’s anti Iran deal lobbying — report

http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-spied-on-netanyahu-for-info-on-anti-iran-deal-lobbying-report/

According to the report, the White House learned through the spying how “how Mr. Netanyahu and his advisers had leaked details of the US-Iran negotiations—learned through Israeli spying operations—to undermine the talks; coordinated talking points with Jewish-American groups against the deal; and asked undecided lawmakers what it would take to win their votes.”

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Though Obama promised in 2013 to curb American spying on foreign leaders, following revelations of NSA spying on allies leaked by whisteblower Edward Snowden, an official said the idea of stopping tracking Netanyahu was barely entertained.

“Going dark on Bibi? Of course we wouldn’t do that,” the paper quoted as senior US administration official saying, using a nickname for the prime minister.


The Israeli government has richly earned this kind of treatment.
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