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New Yorker: Do Trump and Clinton Matter?

If Trump can receive the same support as Mitt Romney, and if Clinton — who eight years ago ran to the right of Barack Obama, in a Party that since has moved substantially to the left — can receive the same baseline support as the President, then the populist anger that has moved through both primaries this year may matter less than we thought it would.

05/23/16 • 03:47 PM • HistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist.

Symbolic. Not that they’ll get full shrift, with 2/3 opposition.

05/23/16 • 03:17 PM • Human RightsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Nat’l Review: Donald Trump & Newt Gingrich - A Potential GOP Ticket of Kindred Spirits.

It would be full-circle for Gingrich; locking permanently open the Pandora’s Box he opened in ‘94. My opinion? Blech. Hillary would need Jon Stewart as Vice to be able to compete.

05/23/16 • 03:07 PM • HistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NYT: Is Single Payer Our Health Salvation?

Listen to the doctors? I assume cherry-picked from a selection of responses; the choices an opinion in itself.

05/23/16 • 02:52 PM • EconomicsHealthNewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: Destroying Medicare to Save ObamaCare: Hillary Clinton’s “Public Option” Plan.

Eliminating Medicaid estate recovery, whereby over-55 people forced into Medicaid by ObamaCare’s eligibility rules have any costs incurred clawed back from their estates. Since the only real asset most people may have is their homes, that means sick elders might not be able to pass their homes down to the kids. Fixing that injustice would be one of those incremental changes Clinton is supposed be so enthusiastic about. Since Clinton doesn’t bring up something so obvious, the only conclusion I can draw is that the Democrats just don’t give a future coprolith.

05/23/16 • 10:18 AM • EconomicsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable: Female pilots who flew during WWII can now be buried at Arlington.

This surprised me. Even the women ferry pilots should be accorded this honor.

05/22/16 • 02:43 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BillMoyers: Democrats Can’t Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!

Moyers himself helped write this.

05/20/16 • 02:06 PM • Politics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: NRA members skeptical of whether Trump’s gun rhetoric matches his record.

Trump. With a gun. Is that not what nightmares are made of? Who knows what he’d hit.

05/20/16 • 01:59 PM • Politics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: US corporate giants hoarding more than a trillion dollars.

Holy Hannah.

05/20/16 • 12:15 PM • EconomicsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Slate: Why the Democrats’ platform actually matters this year.

‘I expect that there’ll be some conciliation’ on the platform.” We’ll see. I have no doubt Clinton will bull ahead and do what she wants, not what the platform recommends.

05/20/16 • 12:09 PM • Politics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bloomberg: Sanders, Defiant on the Stump, Quietly Reassures Democrats on Unity.

I am convinced, as Bernie has said repeatedly, he is going to be on the team to defeat Donald Trump. I don’t have any question in my mind.

05/20/16 • 12:00 PM • Politics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Daily Beast: Confederate Flag Loses More Hallowed Ground as US House Votes to Ban Flag in VA Cemeter

It is likely that the Senate will follow the House’s vote on Confederate flag at VA cemeteries and limit even further the right to display it on public property. We may not be far from a time when the only place that you can display a Confederate battle flag is on the back of a pick-up truck.

05/20/16 • 11:43 AM • HistoryLawPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

naked cap: Quelle Surprise! US Big Business Prefers Clinton to Trump by 2:1 Margin.

Mind you, ‘greatly prefer’ translates as ‘loathes Trump, deems her to be less obviously terrible.’

05/20/16 • 10:48 AM • EconomicsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bernie supporters, Nevada, and the larger picture.

I mentioned this on Facebook, but forgot to mention it here. The chairwoman in Nevada made a fundamental mistake. The voice vote should have been reinforced with another form of voting when opposition was raised. If you’ve not attended public meetings, you may not be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order. When she made what seemed to be a bad call, *any* member of the polled group should have been able to ask for a ‘division of the assembly’. I’ve been to enough public events, been the butt of enough bad calls, to predict that I would have been irate at this behavior as well. Roberts is used at just about every political or community meeting I’ve ever been to.

None of the media are pointing this out. Bernie’s run has been showing up the structural weaknesses of each state’s primary and caucus systems, and revealing how they might be gamed. I’m not saying they are, but certainly there’s enough “we’ve gotta make chicken salad out of chicken scratch” procedures that beg justification. I’m hoping these systemic flaws are fixed before the next Presidential election. Where there’s no wood, a fire can’t burn. The fact that thousands of primary voters were excluded because the polls simply could not handle the volume should disturb you enough. Yet the news media’s been remarkably silent. I hear from my readers here, directly (thank you all!). This broken system is just not acceptable in the 21st century.

I have to conclude that the dinosaurs in the DNC, the DLC should-be-extinct reptiles, are dialing up their pressure on Sanders to bow out. They don’t want to make compromises at the Convention (though they’re starting to creak just a little, I suspect it’s all just for show, going through the motions). “Liberal pundits” are starting to realize the situation. The 1992 strategies will not work today or tomorrow. Time for fresh ideas.

Expect more savagery aimed at Bernie, daily. The establishment wants him out, yesterday. The polling putting Trump ahead of Hillary is scaring the bejesus out of them. They think they can put a nice face on Clinton’s campaign and push Trump back. Cue up Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” (released a couple of months before I graduated high school - 1977!) and talk up a two-executive Presidency (which roused unbelievable amounts of opposition in ‘92) and push Trump to the rear just as they’ve done so effectively with Bernie Sanders.

Excuse me while I engage in a bout of tragic laughter ...

Memories, like the colors of my mind ... thanks to Dan Lyke for this: Salon, June 2008, Why Clinton Voters Say They Won’t Support Obama. Take a breather, people.

Later: Hillary dropped out on June 7, 2008. I would not be surprised if the Clinton camp is telling the Sanders camp on backchannels that if the writing is on the wall after the votes in CA and NJ, he must kowtow or he won’t get any concessions.

05/20/16 • 09:00 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: New Mexico health insurers propose rate hikes for 2017.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico also plans to sell coverage on the exchange this year, and proposals submitted to the state show average increases of as much as 83 percent for individuals.Jesus H. Christ. The next enrollment period starts November 1 - election is November 8. Once America sees the rate hikes ... ? The Dems have wanted to avoid mentioning the necessary ACA fixes during the election cycle - but if price hikes match these news articles, the nominee better start doing a fast dance or it’ll be a dull Trump-Trump-Trump sound over their political grave.

05/18/16 • 07:14 PM • EconomicsHealthHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FiveThirtyEight: How I Acted Like A Pundit And Screwed Up On Donald Trump.

Hrmmm. I have a different, cynical take. The process of natural selection has been disrupted. The idiots among us are surviving. It’s OSHA’s fault. (Joking, just joking ...)

05/18/16 • 02:46 PM • HistoryPoliticsScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources.

300 plus days a year of sun, probably 120 days of wind a year (at least). You’d think it would be a no-brainer. If we’d invested in solar and wind instead of oil and gas, we’d be financially healthy today. But no ... New Mexico must keep its head firmly wedged in its colon. [Excuse the graphical-ness. I’m in the mood to not suffer fools gladly. This was foolish fifteen years ago. Today it’s simply insane.]

05/17/16 • 06:46 PM • EnvironmentalPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NakedCap: After Distancing Herself, Hillary Wants Bill as “Mr. Economic Fix It”.

My husband, who I’m going to put in charge of revitalising the economy, because you know he knows how to do it.” Dear God, she’s lost her mind. And the election. I thought dredging up ‘oldies’ Fleetwood Mac was a boner. That’s nothing compared to this. The whole ‘two for one’ deal was a rough sell in ‘92. This one’s so backward-looking, it takes my breath away.

05/17/16 • 05:56 PM • EconomicsPolitics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

New Republic: How Donald Trump Plans to Crash Through the Media’s Gatekeepers.

The paranoid style is not just something he occasionally displays, it’s pretty much his whole wardrobe.Good comment.

05/17/16 • 05:38 PM • NewsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican: Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking Friday at Santa Fe Community College.

During business hours?!! I probably won’t make it, much as I’d like to throw some support thataway.

05/17/16 • 05:07 PM • Politics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Nation: To Win in November, Hillary Clinton Will Need Bernie Sanders’s Voters.

Well, duh. This should be a no-brainer. But it’s the season of no-braining.

05/16/16 • 05:11 PM • Politics • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Political Wire: The Next Vice President Will Be Marginalized.

Dead-end job anyway. Now even worse.

05/15/16 • 11:41 AM • HistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Trump’s success in Appalachia sounds warning bell for Clinton.

I think Trump is nuts, but I’d love to have him as a president to see what happens.” I hear this so often. Many T voters simply want to throw him inside the Beltway to see if anything at all will change. It’s been such a center of stagnation - thanks to the Repubs - that folks are in ‘political self-harm’ mode.

05/13/16 • 05:30 PM • Politics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TG’s Political Wire: Trump Needs Time to Understand ‘Complex Policy’.

You’ve got a new nominee who in many respects is fleshing out his ideas in many of these pretty complex policy areas. I’m sympathetic with that as a business person. We need to give them the time and space and continue to have those conversations.

Reminds me of what a Presidential aide said about Reagan: “There are some uncomfortable moments, especially with guys like Trudeau, who have complete mastery of their dossiers and can talk about these things off the top of their heads. The President’s not there yet, and my guess is he won’t ever be.” Newsweek, September 7, 1981.

05/13/16 • 05:27 PM • Politics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: EPA Will Regulate Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Wells.

They affect newly-drilled hydraulically fractured oil wells, which studies show are significant sources of leaking methane. At least one-third of human-caused methane emissions in the U.S. come from the oil and gas industry.” This is actually OK because the lifetime of a fracked well is very short (2 years on avg).

05/13/16 • 05:22 PM • EnvironmentalPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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