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Mike Bloomberg said trans rights are about "some man wearing a dress" using a locker room with girls

He said that things should be run like in prison: "drop your trousers, you go this way, you go that way."
By Alex Bollinger Friday, February 7, 2020

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/02/mike-bloomberg-said-trans-rights-man-wearing-dress-using-locker-room-girls/?fbclid=IwAR23gEv-BEVfCQnrIph-ME2wf-Eu8J3CVr5Ti-MlfNm1BesRAYzXu7JansQ

But now a video has surfaced of Bloomberg – a billionaire from New York City with a reputation for being patronizing and condescending to anyone who isn’t – responding to a question about Brexit by saying that people who live in the Midwest are too uneducated to understand transgender equality.

“I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the bathroom issue in the United States,” he said during a panel discussion at Oxford University, which is in the United Kingdom. Debates on transgender rights regularly appear in mainstream media in the U.K. and are perhaps more heated than in the U.S. “Anybody know what I’m talking about?”

“If you want to know if somebody is a good salesman, give them the job of going to the Midwest and picking a town and selling to that town the concept that some man wearing a dress should be in a locker room with their daughter,” he said. “If you can sell that, you can sell anything.”

The idea of transgender women using bathrooms and other facilities with underage girls – with the implication that trans women will molest children – has been one of the most consistently used attacks on transgender rights by the religious right.

Andrew Yang gets it.

https://twitter.com/AndrewYang/status/1224572709918650369

Buttigieg campaign released a memo in which it detailed its internal data from last night.

His numbers seem pretty close to Bernie's release

https://twitter.com/chelsea_janes/status/1224663237938962432

App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested

The app was quickly put together in the past two months and was not properly tested at a statewide scale, according to people briefed on the matter.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/03/us/politics/iowa-caucus-app.html


The app used by the Iowa Democratic Party was built by Shadow Inc., a for-profit technology company that is also used by the Nevada Democratic Party, the next state to hold a caucus, as well as by multiple presidential campaigns. Shadow’s involvement was kept a secret by Democratic officials through the caucuses.

An official from Shadow did not respond to requests for comment, but one of the company’s investors, Acronym, a progressive nonprofit company, released a statement saying that Acronym was a separate entity from Shadow and that it was still waiting to hear from the Iowa Democratic Party “with respect to what happened.”

Matt Blaze, a professor of computer science and law at Georgetown, said that introducing apps in the midst of an election posed many problems. Any type of app or program that relies on using a cellphone network to deliver results is vulnerable to problems both on the app and on the phones being used to run it, he said.

“The consensus of all experts who have been thinking about this is unequivocal,” Mr. Blaze added. “Internet and mobile voting should not be used at this time in civil elections.”


This came across my twitter feed . A little ? insight? for my fellow Bernie and Liz supporters

https://twitter.com/theserfstv/status/1224517659343015936

Pete Buttigieg is a must see on This Week on ABC.

The best interview with him I have ever seen. Thanks and a to femmedem for the link.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pete-buttigieg-makes-final-pitch-voters-iowa/story?id=68674069

'Jesus, Mary and Joseph!': Biden targets Iowa Catholics

Since it's Sunday

The campaign also shared a copy of a two-page hand-written letter endorsing Biden from an Iowa nun to Catholics. The nun asked that her name not be used for fear of getting in trouble with the diocese for engaging in political activity.

“Catholics who grew up in the 50s and 60s and 70s were raised to believe social justice was one of the most important things, to bring people up, that poverty was the result of all of us not living up to our faith,” said Teresa Wolff, the past chair of the Woodbury County Democratic Party and an organizer in Sioux City who is neutral in the race. “And Biden has brought that message to people.”

Biden has long fashioned himself an Irish Catholic in the mode of President Kennedy, the nation’s first Catholic in the White House, and often speaks of his faith on the campaign trail in personal terms. He mentions that he still carries the rosary his son, Beau Biden, was wearing when he died from cancer. Biden also talks about the nuns who were both cruel and kind to him as a kid when he struggled with stuttering.

During campaign speeches or one-on-ones with voters, he’s known to jokingly exclaim “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” — a familiar Catholic expression — to express a sense of shock. At other times, he jokes about being in confession.
“Forgive me father, I’m friends with Republicans,” he told “The View” host Meghan McCain, who was mourning the death of her dad, Sen. John McCain, a friend of Biden’s. On Friday, he said to an audience in Fort Madison, “as they say in my faith, ‘bless me father, for I have sinned.’”


https://www.yahoo.com/news/jesus-mary-joseph-biden-targets-225131434.html

Fact-Checking Joe Biden Before the Iowa Caucuses

The former vice president has made inaccurate claims this month about his record on Social Security, race and foreign policy.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. remains atop most national polls before the first votes are cast next month in the Democratic presidential primary. Before the Iowa caucuses, The New York Times reviewed recent statements he made defending his decades-long career, stressing his standing in the black community and highlighting his perceived strength on foreign policy. Here’s a fact check.

WHAT THE FACTS ARE

Mr. Biden tried to defend his record on Social Security and birth control with questionable claims.
WHAT WAS SAID

Antonia Hylton, a reporter for Vice News: “Do you think, though, that it’s fair for voters to question your commitment to Social Security when in the past you’ve proposed a freeze to it?”

Mr. Biden: “No, I didn’t propose a freeze.”
— at the Brown & Black Democratic Presidential Forum last week in Iowa

False. In 1984, faced with budget deficits under the Reagan administration, Mr. Biden was a co-sponsor of an amendment with two Republican senators that froze for one year nearly all military and domestic spending, including cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security benefits.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/us/politics/biden-factcheck.html?fbclid=IwAR2S6sY1EoteNoQN-dZvcLZTQtJVtpRw445FcgNHEMDmON-HjEyki9ytcU0

Much more at link.




Mrs. Clinton, You Already Beat Bernie Sanders. Trump Is the Opponent Now.

Listen, I get it. It must be hard, after a bitter defeat that kept her from being the country’s first female president, to see her former rival rise in the polls, beloved by his supporters.
But considering the stakes, it’d be best if Mrs. Clinton worked through all that on her own.

It wasn’t so long ago that Mrs. Clinton made similarly pointless comments suggesting that another Democrat in the race, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, was the favored candidate of the Russians. All that did was help Tulsi Gabbard, who some have feared might wage an independent campaign in November. Her relevance was briefly inflated by being the object of Mrs. Clinton’s public ire.

If interest in Mrs. Clinton is high enough to warrant a documentary, fine. But in the middle of a presidential campaign, does she need to be so distracting?

And, as a reminder, after the 2016 Democratic convention, Mr. Sanders campaigned vigorously for Mrs. Clinton. “We have to do everything that we can to elect Secretary Clinton!” he roared to crowds while stumping for her in North Carolina days before the election. “Sanders has been one of the real champions of this campaign,” The New Yorker reported at the time.

It’s really not too much to ask Mrs. Clinton to return the favor, or if that’s too hard, to stay out of the primary contest entirely. That’s not because it’s the gracious thing to do, though it is the gracious thing to do. It’s because an electoral victory by Mr. Trump, as Mr. Sanders made clear when he campaigned for Mrs. Clinton, would be too much for the country to bear.
Democratic voters know that. Does Hillary Clinton?


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/opinion/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders.html?fbclid=IwAR1kb5W9ueu1toPciOgwRo1Lf-Qd5fBGa2eePIFe76-FEF1cXriTfEagKLM

Opinion: Democrats looked ready to unify. And then Hillary Clinton had to go and raise her hand

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-01-21/democrats-unify-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders

JAN. 21, 2020 12:21 PM
On Monday, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — who have run a pretty chill primary, all things considered — linked arms at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally in South Carolina. Their message was clear: Even as the race narrows and the Iowa caucuses loom, the field is joined in common purpose. Or enough common purpose to keep things civil.

It was a nice twenty-something hours. Because this morning, former candidate Hillary Clinton popped up to zing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — even demurring on whether she’d support him were he to win the nomination. In an upcoming Hulu series, Clinton says Sanders “was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done.” When asked if that assessment still holds, Clinton told the Hollywood Reporter, in an interview published this morning, “Yes, it does.”

It’s mind-boggling to see a woman against whom “likability” was so ably weaponized argue that Sanders is unlikable. It’s particularly absurd for Clinton, who was so frustrated by Sanders’ late support of her as the Democratic presidential nominee, to say that she’s unsure if she would support him should he get the nomination. (I’d vote for a sentient sock should it win the Democratic nomination, or even former Vice President Joe Biden, should it come to that, which is to repeat myself.) It’s wild to accuse a competitor’s campaign of relentless negativity while being relentlessly negative three years later about that same campaign.

Meanwhile, the current candidates, including Sanders, have largely kept their messages to the issues. When Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign circulated the rumor that Sanders had said a woman could not win the presidency, Sanders denied the exchange, all while praising Warren as a candidate and a person — an exceptionally difficult line to walk. When a prominent Sanders supporter published an op-ed last week saying that Biden represented Washington, D.C., corruption, Sanders immediately went on television and said, “It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that op-ed appeared.”




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