Saturday, February 15, 2020

Birches



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  1. I am SO FRUSTRATED RIGHT NOW! I give small donations to all the candidates running against the Republicans who harm us. Now my hands are tied because two recent plumbing emergencies cost over $1,500 and shot my budget all to hell. And when I open my email each day there are usually 180+ emails and virtually ALL of them asking for money. It's damned depressing.

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    1. You have done a lot already, Susan. It's time to tend the home fires so you'll still be here later on. Maybe write an encouraging note that you can send all the campaigns to which you've been sending fundage. Let them know you appreciate their work and are rooting for them but have had some household emergencies that have sapped your funds. Just send it every time someone asks for money. It's okay to send it multiple times, since likely different people read the messages. Your only other option is to unsubscribe so you don't go bonkers.

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  2. The Berniephobes Are Wrong [Click] “Wall Street fears the rise of the Vermont senator. The rest of America has less to worry about.”

    It’s Bernie Versus Mike Now [Click] “If the Democratic contest isn’t a two-man race, don’t tell the two men who think they’re leading it.”

    John McWhorter: Bloomberg Flunks the Wokeness Test [Click] “Stop-and-frisk was awful. But to disqualify the former New York mayor from the presidency on that basis is to risk something more destructive: a second term for Trump.”

    Bloomberg Has Battled Women’s Allegations For Years [Click] “The cases do not involve accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct; the allegations have centered around what Bloomberg has said and about the workplace culture he fostered.”

    Politico: Deep cracks emerge in Biden’s firewall [Click] “A February Quinnipiac poll showed Biden's support among African-Americans at 27 percent — a 22-point slip from before the Iowa caucus.”

    Damming the Lower Mekong, Devastating the Ways and Means of Life [Click]

    Bill de Blasio has endorsed Bernie

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    1. I was lazy and figured the headline told the story, so didn't put in a link. Right now taking a break from pruning our tangelo tree. We have a nice crop this year, although the fruit is more like oranges (which are probably pollinating it). We finished picking the south side of the tree about a week ago, and now the fruit on the north side has turned a nice orange; should be good. Mostly we use them for juice.

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    2. Ah I see. It was the line being bolded that fooled me.

      Y'know, I never have thought about having to pick the south side of a tree before the north side. No citrus crop up this way. Of course, given that it was -18.7ΒΊF last night, picking any fruit at all sounds rather amazing. LOL!

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    3. On the downside, we have great difficulty skiing to work! [He ducks]

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    4. Well, I would have had to cross country ski to the Library, in Winter. It's toward the mountain, so a little bit uphill on the way there, but mostly flat. :-D

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  3. It's not only about "stop-and-frisk", although that in itself is enough for me. It's also how he blames banks giving loans to black people for the 2008 crash. The fact that he doesn't think the minimum wage should be raised. The fact that he's Republican when it serves his purposes. The fact that he was all in for George Bush and his War made of lies. Bloomberg IS trump, just with a *little* more discretion and a lot less orange foundation. But people hear the word "billionaire" and they just lose their minds. The Golden Calf causes blindness.

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    1. I figure we don't need another loudmouth New York plutocrat in the Oval Office. I have heard a couple of Bloomberg's recorded pitches, and they activated my bullshit detectors. As someone said, he's the perfect foil for Bernie. Let him eat into support for Pete, Joe, Amy etc. If none of them reach 15% that's dandy.

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  4. South Carolina polls:

    East Carolina Univ. poll 2/12-2/13: Biden 28%, Sanders 20%, all others less than 15%

    East Carolina Univ. poll 1/31-2/2: Biden 37%, Sanders 14%, Steyer 19%, all others less than 15%

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    1. Tom Steyer had more than Bernie? Odd. Nice to see the trend after that.

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  5. The Wrong Way To Fight The Opioid Crisis [Click] Some mind-boggling data out of Ohio are included.

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  6. Bernie Sanders jabbed his more moderate rivals on Saturday for taking campaign cash from billionaires as Democratic officials at some sites across Nevada were overwhelmed by long lines on the first day of early voting in presidential caucuses, the AP reports. [Click]

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  7. Here is one headline of a type I have seen repeatedly of late:

    Bernie Sanders' success has Democratic centrists sounding the alarm
    The self-described democratic socialist would spell disaster for down-ballot Democrats, party moderates are warning


    "Moderates" is simply another name for "New Democrats" (vide Wikipedia.) They have controlled the party for so long that the great majority of them do not remember the previous big transition in the party, when the New Dems (they really were new at that time) gained control and pushed out the remaining New Dealers--more than forty years ago. Not remembering the previous transition that put them into power, they are incapable of recognizing that the time has come for them to go, or to adapt to changed circumstances [AKA get on board or get out of the way]. They think that the way things have been during their tenure is the way they always were, and the only way that can work. They can't understand that they are out of touch with the voters. At least that's the way it looks to me. At least the Democratic Party shows indications it can renew itself (O, let it be this year!); I don't see any hope for the GOP, which is enjoying the fruit of the poisoned tree (Nixon's southern strategy). Again, IMO.

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