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Enjoyed passing out my hearts this morning

It reminds me of the many people who devote time and effort to make this place a decent place, where I get a ton of my news, and I make friends and allies who help me refine my views.

I'm an 18 year veteran here. That means I've survived the primaries in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. It can be done.

Thank you to all of my friends here, especially those who have helped me navigate the world of high-stakes alerting. (Full Ignore is your friend).

Thank you to the moderators and hosts. It's been a wild ride.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Feb 8, 2019, 09:52 AM (2 replies)

Can the Democratic Party disapprove of something/someone and also not give up power?


Handing the leadership of a state over the GOP does a lot more harm to the cause of oppressed people in that state than acknowledging some flaw in the human(s) that represent the party. We aren't likely to find a lot of people without mistakes or flaws.

Could we, for example, officially rebuke or sanction them? Pledge not to support them in the next primary? Have them really meet and talk with representatives of the groups they have wronged? Demand a full investigation? Demand that the person involved step down but retain the power of the successful election, so as not to shaft all of the voters who came out for Democrats?

I'll say it again - Democrats would rather be beyond reproach than in power. And Republicans would _much_ rather be in power than be beyond reproach.

Giving up power doesn't always mean that we value the people harmed - especially if it leads to more harm. Blackface and KKK costumes definitely cross _way_ over lines. But is the result that we have to empower the VA GOP?

The position seems to be "well, you got us. Our politician is a flawed human being. Therefore we are going to throw away all of the work, money, and time spent getting them elected. And be sure to vote for Democrats next time, it's totally worth it."

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Feb 7, 2019, 10:20 AM (138 replies)

Americans are told almost constantly to eat shit. Of course the whining of billionaire assholes

is ignored.

From stagnant wages, to shitty expensive health insurance, from polluted air and water, to work with no paid vacation, the American worker is told to be tough, work harder, belt-tighten, get sick and die quickly and quietly.

And for the most part, like Boxer in Animal Farm, American workers do just that. Make do. Scrape by. Survive. Keep working. Die quietly.

And now, along come Howard Schultz and Mike Bloomberg to complain about possibly having to pay a couple more bucks in taxes. Not surprisingly, no one has time for their shit. Because, if the extent of hardship in your life is paying a bit more for income over $10 million a year, you already have enough bread that you aren't tasting the shit in the shit sandwich that is American life. A few more bucks in taxes is effectively nothing to them - they'll still have all of the money they could possibly need, and they will never miss it. The rest of us could make good use of that extra tax income, though, to make life slightly less awful.

No wonder Schultz's approval rating is 4%.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Feb 5, 2019, 10:55 AM (28 replies)

As primary season lurches to a start, it's important to remember

that the "DU primary" won't effect the actual primaries very much.

So write that essay on why Martin O'Malley is the best choice. I'll read it. But the habits of the wiley Democratic primary voter are sometimes hard to fathom.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 09:27 PM (1 replies)

What I like most about Schultz is his dead eyes



Don't tax me, bro!
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Jan 29, 2019, 02:28 PM (10 replies)

SOTU, STFU

it's not like he's going to do anything except lie, anyway
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Jan 25, 2019, 04:20 PM (0 replies)

Putin and the Weaknesses of the West

KGB Grandmaster Putin surveyed the landscape and his political rivals for geopolitical power. His gaze came to rest on Russia's old rival, the United Kingdom.

An old democracy with a still semi-functioning safety net and a cushy sinecure within the EU, the UK was fairly secure and prospering.
He contemplated their weaknesses and came up with: xenophobia, an old feeling that the UK was not part of "Europe", and racism.

Pressing his dirty thumb on that weakness, and releasing his various Russian and Balkan online trolls and trouble-makers, he helped to engineer Brexit. The UK is now on the brink of an enormous economic disaster of its own making, because a hard core minority of its people believe that Brexit will begin manufacturing unicorns for them, just as soon as they kick out the foreigners.

His eye then fell upon the USA. And he perceived racism, xenophobia, and the electoral college as our greatest weaknesses.

Pressing his dirty thumb on those weaknesses, he elevated a stupid but fascistic imbecile who was completely in his pocket to take over the most racist group in the US, the GOP. And then he and his Russian and Balkan online monkeys began working on the demographics of the electoral college. The USA is now on the brink of an enormous economic disaster of its own making, because a hard core minority of its people believe that "the wall" will begin manufacturing unicorns for them, just as soon as we kick out the foreigners.


I am embarrassed that the USA and the UK have been so comparatively easy to (nearly) topple. With nary a shot fired. But I have to say that Putin perceived our weaknesses quite perceptively.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 01:38 PM (8 replies)

One of Pelosi's greatest moves is NOT to allow the GOP to sully Democrats with their bad ideas

When Dumbya won a second term in 2004, he came back to office saying he had a mandate to privatize Social Security. The GOP offered a shitty plan for privatizing Social Security, then waited for the Democrats to offer their own plan for privatizing Social Security.

Pelosi refused to play. By _never_ offering a Democratic version of privatizing Social Security, she kept the program safe - because she was forcing the GOP to take all of the blame for this shitty idea, and they were too chicken to pass it by themselves.

It is that knowing when NOT to provide cover for a terrible idea that also seems to be guiding her in this situation.

Trump wants to shut down the government, so he picks some stupid hill to die on. Wall funding.

He says "just give me a small down payment on the wall". And waits for the Democrats to say, ok, we'll fund your wall, but here is what else we want.

And Pelosi refuses to play. Her position is that she very much will not allow the Democratic party to be associated with this asinine idea. Let the GOP propose its own "plan" for the wall, we want nothing to do with it.


it's fantastic to watch.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Jan 24, 2019, 11:52 AM (3 replies)

This is the shock doctrine and disaster capitalism

They are creating the disaster so that everything can be privatised.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Jan 23, 2019, 05:09 AM (17 replies)
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