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We are the alternative

When it comes to using healthcare dollars for CEO and shareholder wealth, Trump and the corporate establishment politicians of both parties are all on the same side. We are the alternative. 
Improved #MedicareForAll


Blue No Matter Who

I was triggered by a meme. It’s funny but dangerous. Because #VoteBlueNoMatterWho. I am plenty pissed off about the stupidity and corruption of my party and I’m willing to fight to reform it. It’s the same loyalty I gave my personal stupidity and corruption. So I guess this is me Demsplaining to some of my comrades who are new to being inside the jackass party.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: YOU’RE A DEMOCRAT. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

If you weren’t a democrat last week but you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today, I have bad news for you: you’re a democrat. And democrats close ranks after the primary. It’s a contract.

The good news is that if you enjoy beating up Democrats, Democratic primary campaigns can be bloodbaths. But not like a war where you physically bury the opponent. Like a Stanley Cup Playoff where there’s a handshake line at the end and someone advances and someone else goes home. It can be ugly, sloppy, brutal, and unfair, but it’s better than war, because the loser goes home and mopes or disappears on a hiking trip, not buried or imprisoned. It’s something we take for granted: the ability to replace or reform government without firing a shot.

If you’re volunteering for a democratic presidential candidate today and you’re telling democratic primary voters that you won’t Vote Blue No Matter Who vs. Trump, Democratic primary voters (required to win a Democratic primary) won’t trust you. And if after I explain this to you and you keep doing it, I won’t trust you either. I can’t be sure if you’re stupid, crazy, or just working for the GOP.

Rejecting a call for a united front against Trump is OFF MESSAGE and will be used by the corporate GOP-lite DINO sell-outs to feed the Not A Real Democrat narrative when Bernie wins the nomination. We are running a Democratic primary not an independent campaign. It’s one thing to criticize the corrupting influence of We’re On Your Side Too corporate money among our establishment leaders and another to ridicule party unity and make the nomination a meaningless prize in a fractured party.

There are all kinds of things we can talk about that will build unity, win the nomination, and defeat Trump and his GOP enablers (and put the writing on the wall for his DINO enablers): #MedicareForAll #GreenNewDeal #FairTaxes #SaneForeignPolicy. This election isn’t about the way the democratic party was wrong last week, last month, last year, the years before that, last century, or the century before that. It was very wrong very often. The GOP has an army of paid hypes to talk about that 24/7. Not our job. Our job is to vindicate the Democratic party and The Republic moving forward. All kinds of democratic primary voters can be persuaded on the issues if we take the time to explain them. Independent progressives can be persuaded to join the party if we have a realistic program for progress and reform. We do. Let’s focus on that. Let’s win for #Bernie2020 and let’s be the ones who shout #BlueNoMatterWho the loudest.

In solidarity!

Full disclosure: I am political director of the Vernon Township Democrats, co-organizer of Our Revolution Lake County, and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. I don’t always speak for the causes and candidates I am attached to and they don’t always speak for me.


Trump Administration and Mexico attempted to cover-up violations by targeting Journalists and Activists

March 8, 2019

National Lawyers Guild condemns “Operation Secure Line”

Investigation and leaked documents uncovered human rights violations, watch list, and sytematic targeting.

Clear evidence Trump Administration is conspiring against US journalists with a foreign government. Was this secret program the planning phase of another Jamal Khashoggi scenario or just another routine disregard for the First Amendment? Another scandal on the pile.

TIJUANA, Mexico—Leaked US-Mexican government documents revealed both governments are maintaining a secret database targeting at least 59 journalists, activists, and an attorney as part of an intelligence-gathering mission under “Operation Secure Line,” based on their work reporting on and offering humanitarian aid to the recent caravans of migrants fleeing from violence and poverty. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns this practice as a blatant violation of civil liberties and attempt to intimidate those seeking to provide necessary, legal and legitimate aid to migrants and their families.

An NLG delegation was in Tijuana investigating violations of migrants’ rights by US and Mexican authorities when the documents, titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media,” were uncovered. Prior to the leaked report, the delegation heard stories of hours-long interrogations, harassment, confiscation of electronic devices, and intimidation of activists and lawyers by immigration authorities on both sides of the border related to their humanitarian work, including members of the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (PSF). Many activists who felt singled out by CBP correctly suspected that they were on a government watch list due to their association with the migrant caravan, especially following the of two journalists and US attorneys with Al Otro Lado who were denied entry into Mexico earlier this month, who were held and faced questioning for up to 10 hours.

“It’s worrisome, but not surprising… I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.”

Alex Mensing, a US citizen living in Tijuana who helped coordinate the delegation’s meetings with domestic and international NGOs, as well as Mexican human rights and immigration authorities, chose not to accompany the delegation to San Diego on Wednesday for meetings with the ACLU, Border Angels, and the International Rescue Committee. Mensing has been repeatedly stopped for secondary questioning by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a clear effort to intimate PSF and other volunteers. “It’s worrisome, but not surprising,” Mensing told Telemundo yesterday. “I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.” For the last four months, Mensing has attempted to obtain information directly from CBP about his repeated questioning to no avail.

“We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the NLG and member of the Tijuana delegation, said, “We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

It is also important to note that Mexico has previously operationalized their surveillance of activists and journalists through practices such as Pegasus malware, and the leaked list also delegitimizes the Democrats’ offer of a “technological wall” as an acceptable compromise to Trump’s border wall that would be any more lawful or based in human rights principles.

While government surveillance of activists is nothing new, and an issue the NLG has a long history of fighting, we are particularly concerned that binational surveillance of activists will not only deter people from engaging in humanitarian action but will also leave migrants in need of humanitarian and legal support with neither, thereby exacerbating human suffering at the border.

Since last year, NLG lawyers, legal workers, and law students have been on the ground in Tijuana volunteering legal support, training, and observation in coordination with other organizations such as Al Otro Lado. The NLG urges deepened investigation into this report and demands an immediate termination of the illegal practice of targeting activists and journalists.

The National Lawyers Guild, whose membership includes lawyers, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and law students, was formed in 1937 as the United States’ first racially-integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

(Adam’s Note: This blog was mostly extrapolated from a press release by the National Lawyers Guild without any prior approval or consent. The headline and prefaces to the text and the presentation of the text reflect my personal editorial perspective and points of emphasis.)


J-Street: STATEMENT ON THE CURRENT DEBATE OVER ANTI-SEMITISM AND CRITICISM OF ISRAEL

I stand with J-Street and the Peoples Resolution. – A.B.

“For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.”

https://jstreet.org/press-releases/statement-on-the-current-debate-over-anti-semitism-and-criticism-of-israel/?fbclid=IwAR3CiS54Xp2JKh_x8Uugk9QieSEjOTq4HvkAXndp2Jvl7IQfQqxnmpI1PLQ#.XH8gjS3MyqB

The American political debate over Israel and the Palestinians grows more polarized and  less productive by the day. Name-calling, twitter fights and congressional posturing grab headlines while substantive discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and how to end it – gets pushed to the back burner. The issues at stake – peace and security, prejudice and racism, foreign policy and geopolitics – are vitally important and deserve better than the political grandstanding we’re seeing today.

J Street is dismayed by some of the rhetoric and imagery used by some critics of Israeli policy. Harmful language that echoes long-standing stereotypes and anti-Semitic tropes concern us deeply. It is also our view that the far greater threat to the Jewish community – to its security and its values – comes from the surge of ethno-nationalism and racism that forces on the right, including President Trump, have unleashed here and across the globe.

We agree with and support the sentiments expressed in the resolution which House Democratic leadership plans to introduce this week in opposition to anti-Semitism. We support members voting for this resolution to show their agreement with these sentiments. At the same time, we are concerned that the timing of this resolution will be seen as singling out and focusing special condemnation on a Muslim woman of color – as if her views and insensitive comments pose a greater threat than the torrent of hatred that the white nationalist right continues to level against Jews, Muslims, people of color and other vulnerable minority groups in our country. 

By narrowly focusing on progressive critics of Israeli policy and the politics surrounding Israel-related issues, much of our current debate bears little relation to the reality of anti-Semitism in the United States today. This plays directly into the hands of the president and his allies, who act in bad faith to weaponize the debate for political gain. 

To make clear their commitment to standing against all forms of hatred plaguing our nation, we urge congressional leaders to also urgently pass legislation expressing clear opposition to Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia and all forms of racism. 

Recognizing the charged atmosphere around these issues, J Street urges those looking to criticize Israeli policy and actions to do all they can to keep the debate focused on the merits of the issues by (1) acknowledging and committing to fight the very real scourge of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and prejudice; (2) explicitly clarifying that their critique is of Israeli government policy, not of the Jewish people or of the right of the state of Israel to exist; and (3) focusing as much as possible on how American policy can help substantively to end the occupation, resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and address the legitimate needs of both peoples.

The United States, the Jewish community and Israel will only benefit from an ever more robust debate over time regarding US policy in the Middle East. Attacks on those members of Congress who criticize Israel’s policies should not be allowed to limit debate on the merits of the issues they are raising.

The US-Israel relationship is supposed to be based – as political figures consistently reinforce – on the interests and values that the two countries share. The primary challenge to that relationship right now is that the current government of Israel is regularly taking actions that run counter to American interests and implementing policies that call into question its commitment to core shared values. 

For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.

Sign on: People’s Resolution Rejecting Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Racism, and Xenophobia

https://www.bendthearc.us/peoplesresolution


More Fun w/ KKK’s Voter Purge Commission

Imagine level of hysteria from usual suspects if this was the Obama Administration, a Hollywood mogul, or friend of Hillary instead of a hype working for Kochbot Kris Kobach

Tool removed from tool box for child porn

 


America now with memes for to re-educate at glorious Russian Troll Farms

Is good? Maybe no.

Greetings, comrades. You may already be serving Mother Russia and her stooge American infomercial con-artist President and Soviet Republican party while resisting.

Am sure? Is car working? It has wheels. It has brakes. But maybe defogger broken. Maybe cheap tires ready to peel off any instant.

But what about memes? Memes good. Facebook good. Twitter good. Is all very good. No? Maybe?

Some pro-Bernie sites and some pro-Hillary sites (neither actually connected to the public figures they champion nor connected to any current or upcoming election) are troll accounts designed to tear the Democratic party apart. Of course, we do enough infighting to do that by ourselves, but full-time pro and amateur trolls giving us metaphorical pointy sticks and knives to help us isn’t helpful to create positive outcomes.

Not sure what Russia’s endgame is, but they were playing the progressive and centrist factions and both parties off of each other in the last election cycle. I’m seeing signs that this is continuing to happen. There’s a virtual psychological ploy being used to encourage, by design sometimes, unwittingly sometimes, tribal gang wars within the progressive movement. We didn’t get Trump by accident. We’ve been walking this way since the Reagan Reaction. The Resistance needs a United Front or reactionaries will stack the courts and all the legitimate seats of power with their own lawless might makes right kind.

 


A More Public Sharing: Random, spontaneous Facebook remark concerning the left/right debate within the Jewish community.

(Editor’s note: Seems to me that most of the left/right arguments are absurd and are beneath the understanding of 7th Grade Social Studies. This may confirm the maxim that public political messaging is usually conducted at a 6th grade level. My guess, strictly from observing our President and remembering the playground trash-talk contests of the Chicago Public Schools I attended…we are, collectively, more at 3rd or 4th grade. I sometimes have the tendency to bring things to a street level. That’s part of who I am and I don’t think that will completely go away, but I hope to sometimes bring the discussion up to the college undergraduate level and help us all to a better social and political place.)
There are pro-Israel voices on the hard left and on the hard right. Just as there are anti-Israel voices all over the spectrum. I am going to repeat a point I made early and often back in our old MySpace Jews group: because Jews make up one of the strongest constituencies within the Democratic party, elements of the GOP deliberately sought to widen the wedge between the Anti-Israel left and Pro-Israel Jewish Democrats (I am talking about specific parts of specific factions, not the entire party, not the conservative movement, not Christianity as a whole—definitely part of the Trump coalition that added to the GOP base and provided a margin of victory).
 
This messaging war—which erupted in the midst of traditional bi-partisan support for Israel—has caused deeper and more bitter divisions within the Jewish communitiy, it ignores the fact that a good portion of these hard left anti-Israel are outside the Democratic party precisely because it is the party of Pro Israel Jews. It falsely accuses passionate supporters of Israel of being anti-Israel for advocating a two state solution and sometimes makes that false charge against those that criticize Israel, sometimes for merely understanding that Palestinians, enemies or not, are human beings. In short, we are falsely accused for acting out some aspect of ethical Judasim that somehow crosses some ever-shifting increasingly fascist party line. This is the same line that has no problem with loshon hara against the last President Democrats elected here and apparently, in some cases, has a very soft, if not supportive view of an elected Israeli Prime Minister being murdered.
 
Most recently, some of my fellow Jews here, the same ones that have carried false witness against me and my colleagues, have been off chirping that Anti-Fascists are the real Fascists. Welcome to Orwell’s nightmare. Thank you ,Fascists and Crypto-Fascists. Cynical and battle-hardened as I am, to think that I’d live to see the day I’d be falsely accused of being a terrorist or a fascist precisely because I identify as Anti-Fascist, or that another Jew would have the chutzpa, to apologize for or sympathize with active Nazis, or join them in criticizing the rest of us.
 
The last of the survivors and those that won the war against the Nazis are now passing from this earth. It is a new golden era for holocaust deniers. Or should I call it an Orange era? And now we hear the Anti-Fascists are the real fascists. Reductio Ad Absurdum. Let us pray. Shalom.

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