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US Border Patrol is out of control

Daily Kos covers the point plank killing of a young woman by US Border Patrol. This is not the first time and it has to stop. Police abuse – and executions – of minorities has to stop. Now. It is the cruelest, sickest, grossest thing I've ever imagined possible. A young person struggling to escape poverty, only to be shot and killed by a North American – for HIDING from his gun!

As Avenatti says, "Basta!" (enough!)


TALK TO EVERYONE! Every retailer, every neighbor!


And I'd like to add this link to a story in the Washington Press about our sick, sick, sick President separating children from their parents (and losing track of 1,500 of the kids, some to human traffickers):

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri May 25, 2018, 10:25 PM (9 replies)

Unscientific bias towards "moderates" by political establishment may lead to fewer votes

A sober, peer-reviewed article in The Legislative Studies Quarterly suggests that political establishments may be hampering the GOTV effort. There's a bias towards "moderate" candidates which is intuitive and not very strategic.

Principled Moderation: Understanding Parties’ Support of Moderate Candidates
By Hans J.G. Hassell

Recent scholarship has argued that parties strategically support more moderate, and thus more electable, candidates. Using interviews with party elites and new data on the party support and the ideology of primary candidates for the US Senate, I show that parties do support moderate candidates. However, using evidence from districts with different levels of competitiveness and over time, I find that support of moderate candidates appears not to be strategic. Rather, party support of moderate candidates appears to be the result of the ideological preferences of party leadership rather a strategic effort to win elections.

If we want progress AND we want to win, stand up to insider's unscientific biases. Progressives and moderates can both win and we need to check our biases – especially with a perfect storm of Republican/Russian evil to pivot on.

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri May 25, 2018, 11:00 AM (3 replies)

Washington Post: The Democrats' most salient, combustive and unifying idea

At this stage it's not about Warren, Booker, De Blasio or Sanders. It's about understanding the underlying forces at work in this country... about empathy for the millions of people such forces are affecting.

It's about putting forth a vision that can shed light on all the other issues. May the Democrats work together to forge this unifying vision.

Washington Post:


Sanders, with one presidential run under his belt, was better than most at articulating a unified theory. He spoke of tuition-free public universities, ending institutional racism and the war on drugs, reforming criminal justice and immigration, and fighting climate change — “but there is one issue out there which is so significant and so pervasive that, unless we successfully confront it, it will be impossible for us to succeed on any other of these important issues.”

And that is inequality. “The oligarchy in this country, whose greed is insatiable, is destroying Lincoln’s view of America, our vision of America, and is leading us to a government of the few, by the few and for the few.”

This is a big idea. Maybe the big idea. Whoever can best make that case should lead the Democrats in 2020.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Wed May 16, 2018, 01:19 AM (22 replies)

"I feel like I've been tricked by the devil"

So some Republicans can think... when up against naked, self-serving, reality:

Raw Story:

Eddie Devine voted for Trump, but worries he may go out of business if he is unable to continue hiring 20 foreign workers a season though the H-2B visa program.

“I feel like I’ve been tricked by the devil,” Devine admitted. “I feel so stupid.”

Posted by DemocracyMouse | Sat May 12, 2018, 11:10 AM (14 replies)

Just drove a large hand-made sign into the heartland

(And I came out alive).

I taped four manila folders together and wrote a big bold sign that stretched all the way across the bumper of my 2012 Honda Civic. Then I drove from NJ to Illinois and back to visit my son. This is what I wrote in all caps:


And then for good measure, to really confuse the occasional evangelical, I squeezed into the corner:

"Love thy neighbor." – Jesus

As I drove for two days west and two days east, I entertained myself by passing cars and trucks with a slowdown just as my sign became visible. I calculated that if 2-3 people per minute saw that sign, I reached 3–4,000 folks over the entire journey. Multiply that by the conversations I started and the cell phone pix uploaded on Instagram and Facebook. (I slowed down especially to aid the meme-making process).

There were no threatening gestures. My car was totally unscathed.

We're gonna win.
Posted by DemocracyMouse | Fri May 4, 2018, 10:27 AM (55 replies)
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