Tuesday, July 26, 2016

No Protesting Outside Governor's House in Minnesota



The city of St. Paul has just now put up new signs on the street where the protesters are outside the governor's house.  So, there will be no "obstucting the roadway" there, either.  Nice job.  In a bit of a rush?

Protesters Outside the DNC

Only Fifteen?


What has he said that he shouldn't have? Or what pictures did he post that he shouldn't have?
State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican and vocal legislative ally of Gov. Bruce Rauner, is resigning from the Illinois House after saying he's had "cyber security issues" in recent days.

Sandack had been facing a re-election race in November and is well known in Illinois politics for his heavy use of Twitter and Facebook, as well as his role as a floor leader for Republicans in the Illinois House.


"It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the people of the 81st district for the past four years in Springfield," he said in the statement. "But after some cyber security issues arose, I began to re-evaluate my continued public service."


"I have always recognized there is no greater privilege than being a father and husband," he said in the statement. "My duties in Springfield has meant missing a lot of events in the lives of my children. I am no longer willing to miss important family events."

  Daily Herald
He's done something really naughty, hasn't he?

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Meanwhile in Turkey

The purge continues.

More from the Leaked DNC Emails

Leaked emails show the Democratic National Committee scrambled this spring to conceal the details of a joint fundraising arrangement with Hillary Clinton that funneled money through state Democratic parties.

But during the three-month period when the DNC was working to spin the situation, state parties kept less than one half of one percent of the $82 million raised through the arrangement.


[P]rivately, officials at the DNC and on Clinton’s campaign worked to parry questions raised by reporters, as well as Sanders’ since-aborted campaign, about the distribution of the money, according to a cache of hacked emails made public late last week by WikiLeaks.

It might look bad, but still, it's only a problem if the states didn't know that's what the deal was when they signed on.
[T]he emails show that officials and lawyers at the DNC and the Clinton campaign became frantic after POLITICO’s May 2 story [questioning the arrangement], which led to substantial follow-up coverage that put the Clinton campaign and the DNC on the defensive. It led the Sanders campaign to accuse the Clinton campaign of “money laundering”


The arrangement, called the Hillary Victory Fund, allowed the Clinton campaign to seek contributions of hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend extravagant fundraisers including a dinner at George Clooney’s house and a concert at Radio City Music Hall featuring Katy Perry and Elton John. That’s resulted in criticism for Clinton, who has made opposition to big money in politics a key plank in her campaign platform.


[DNC communications director Luis] Miranda argued in the emails that the committee should try to shape any coverage by claiming that “while the funds are going to the DNC right now to build tools and capacity for the general election, there will be a point when the funds stay in the states to fund coordinated campaigns that are now beginning to get organized.”


Officials from the DNC and the Clinton campaign did not respond to questions about why so little of the cash raised by the fund has gone to — and remained with — the participating state parties. But they have previously argued that, even when state parties aren’t receiving cash transfers, they are benefiting from the political infrastructure.
Tell that to the Democratic candidate for state representative who's going up against a moneyed incumbent Republican.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Jill Is Still Here

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein made a direct appeal to Bernie Sanders

“Forget the lesser evil, fight for the greater good,” Stein said, referring to her Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton while the crowd chanted “Jill, not Hill!”


In response to the DNC’s apology to Bernie Sanders for the emails that caused chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down this week, Stein said: “They did much more than say bad things. They sabotaged a revolutionary campaign.”


The medical doctor also said she would step down as the Green Party’s candidate if Sanders wanted to run on that ticket.


A recent poll taken after last week’s Republican Convention shows Stein in fourth place behind Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson with three percent of the vote, according to a RealClearPolitics aggregator.

She requires 15 percent to be included in the upcoming debates.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

We Are Not Amused

The Democrats' convention began last night.
[D]espite a direct plea for calm from Sanders, many of his 1,846 delegates in the arena repeatedly jeered at mentions of the party’s presumptive nominee for the first hour or two of the evening.


“Any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States,” Sanders said, after three minutes of trying to quiet the floor.

Then I must not be objective. Or observant.
“Because of Hillary Clinton our daughters, and all our sons and daughters, now take for granted that woman can be president of the United States,” said [Michelle] Obama with evident emotion in her voice.


"Between now and November we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago,” added the first lady. “We need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America.
Yeah, that's not exactly what "we" did four years ago. Or eight years ago. We poured it into electing Barack Obama.
Earlier, even a live rendition of Bridge over Troubled Water from Paul Simon, ripe with symbolism, could not disguise scenes of open revolt that proved far more vocal than expected and caused consternation on stage.

“Can I just say to the Bernie or Bust people: you are being ridiculous,” said Sanders-supporting comedian Sarah Silverman as she called for unity and backed Clinton “with gusto”.
Oh, VERY unifying, Sarah.
“I will be respectful of you. And I want you to be respectful of me,” demanded Ohio congresswoman Marcia Fudge of the vocal Sanders supporters after she was repeatedly interrupted. “We are all Democrats and we need to act like it.”
Tell that last part to your nominee.

Marcia Fudge? Yeah, I don't know who she is either. Somebody from Ohio.
The tone of the evening was set when the religious invocation at the start of the session was interrupted by rounds of competitive chanting for different corners for the room: “Bernie! Bernie!” drowned out by “Hillary! Hillary!” and back again, as the pastor stood awkwardly on stage.
But then, God isn't voting.
[S]peakers nervously approached applause lines not knowing whether they would be booed or cheered by the fractious crowd.

At times, there was a faint echo of the mood at the Republican convention last week, where every mention of Clinton’s name also prompted boos.


A text to Sanders delegates was also sent to try to calm the storm inside. “I ask you as a personal courtesy to me to not engage in any kind of protest on the floor,” said the text signed “–Bernie”. “It is of utmost importance you explain this to your delegations.”
As a courtesy to the guy who gave them voice and now wants to hand them over to Hillary Clinton. Maybe their protests should have been directed toward him.
After [Sanders] left the stage, an email to supporters announced he was creating a new organisation, called Our Revolution, which would “transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families”.
Uh-huh. Sure.

....but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Neocons for Hillary

Of course.  Hillary is a Wall Street Corporate Warmonger, just like all neocons.  Trump is a loose cannon.
“I would say all Republican foreign policy professionals are anti-Trump,” leading neoconservative Robert Kagan told a group gathered around him, groupie-style, at a “foreign policy professionals for Hillary” fundraiser I attended last week.


As the co-founder of the neoconservative think tank Project for the New American Century, Kagan played a leading role in pushing for America’s unilateral invasion of Iraq, and insisted for years afterwards that it had turned out great. Despite the catastrophic effects of that war, Kagan insisted at last week’s fundraiser that U.S. foreign policy over the last

25 years has been “an extraordinary success.”

  The Intercept
Begging the question: For whom?
The event raised $25,000 for Clinton. Two rising stars in the Democratic foreign policy establishment, Amanda Sloat and Julianne Smith, also spoke.

The way they described Clinton’s foreign policy vision suggested that if elected president in November, she will escalate tensions with Russia, double down on military belligerence in the Middle East and generally ignore the American public’s growing hostility to intervention.
And they say Bernie isn't a Democrat.
“Nothing that [Clinton] did was more clear than the NATO coalition that she built to defend civilians in Libya,” said Sloat, referencing the Obama administration’s overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. That policy, spearheaded by Clinton, has transformed a once stable state into a lawless haven for extremist groups from across the region, including ISIS.
So, a win for US arms manufacturers and defense contractors.
Kagan is married to Victoria Nuland, the Obama administration’s hardline assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. Nuland, who would likely serve in a senior position in a Clinton administration, supports shipping weapons to Ukraine despite major opposition from European countries and concerns about the neo-Nazi elements those weapons would empower.
And they say Trump is a Nazi wannabe.
Another thing neoconservatives and liberal hawks have in common is confidence that the foreign policy establishment is right, and the growing populist hostility to military intervention is naïve and uninformed.


The neoconservative Weekly Standard celebrated Clinton’s 2008 appointment as secretary of state as a victory for the right, hailing her transformation from “First Feminist” to “Warrior Queen, more Margaret Thatcher than Gloria Steinem.”
The slogan of neoliberalcons: Who needs democracy? What we need is more war.
“If, as I hope, Hillary Clinton is elected, she is going to immediately be confronting a country that is not where she is,” he said. “She is a believer in this [international order that we’ve been living in]. But a great section of the country is not and is going to require persuasion and education.”
Mostly persuasion.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

New Rules

The rule-making body of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday defeated an amendment brought by Bernie Sanders delegates to abolish superdelegates. [...] But the rules committee did approve a compromise measure that binds some superdelegates to the results of their state primaries.


After the defeat of the first amendment, the Sanders and Clinton camps met and came up with draft language for a “unity commission” to meet shortly after the general election to draw up changes to the party’s nominating process.


[T]he commission will be charged to “make specific recommendations providing that members of Congress, governors and distinguished party leaders … remain unpledged and free to support their nominee of choice, but that remaining unpledged delegates be required to cast their vote at the convention for candidates in proportion to the vote received for each candidate in their state.”

  The Intercept
Why do governors, congresscritters and "distinguished party leaders" get to retain their right to vote any way they want? It seems like that leaves lobbyists who are superdelegates to be chained to the "will of the (little) people". What's the point in allowing them to be superdelegates at all if you make that requirement? Just knock them off the damned list.
The Washington Post‘s Dave Weigel reports that this would effectively bind two-thirds of superdelegates to voting as their states vote in the presidential nominating process.
When, in fact, democratically speaking, three-thirds should be.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.