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Lyndon LaRouche has died. Does anyone care? I honestly have no opinion on the man; he was way before my time, certainly before my time in the US. I see many on the Alt-Left, like the insufferable bore Matt Bruenig, mourning his passing. This sentence from LaRouche’s Wiki page explains why: “LaRouche’s critics have said that he had “fascistic tendencies”, took positions on the far right, and created disinformation.”

Of actual relevance to the world, the 2020 election is in full swing. Republicans have Trump. No serious contender will challenge him. Jeff Flake once made some noises that resembled the desire to run, but he did the most Flake thing ever: flaked out. The Democratic field, on the other hand, is filling up with a big slate of Big Names who will be competing for dollars and attention: Harris, Gillibrand, Warren, Klobuchar, Booker. And, inevitably, Biden, Sharrod Brown, Bernie. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has suggested he’s exploring a Presidential run. (He shouldn’t bother. NYC barely likes him.) Bloomberg is still contemplating, though my guess is he will ultimately decide not to run. That nut-job from Hawaii will probably end up being Green Party candidate. Pelosi-foe Seth Moulton says he’s considering a run also; yeah, LOL, ok Seth, you do you. Am I missing anybody? I’m sure I must be.

The campaign so far is off to a predictable start. Kirsten Gillibrand has already had her first scandal: “But her fried chicken-gate!” At a campaign stop fried chicken was served. Gillibrand first reached for a fork and knife. Upon seeing others dig in with their hands, she queried out loud if she should do the same and then proceeded to eat like everyone else. This is a scandal now. NY Times reporters like Jonathan Martin snarkily wondered if Gillibrand has ever eaten fried chicken before. Gillibrand is no longer authentic and nobody can ever take her seriously. Eating fried chicken with fork and knife is unheard- of and will likely sink her’s chances. Elizabeth Warren is on her 2nd year of “But her heritage!” scandal. Mark my words, this scandal will not go away until Warren drops out of the race. The media will not let it die. It’s too important to keep litigating it because Trump will keep saying racist things. That’s why the media won’t let it die. They want Trump to keep saying racist things so they can make money covering it.

Meanwhile in Trumplandia, at his most recent rally in El Paso, a Trumpkin attacked a BBC cameraman after Trump led his latest “fake news” chant. Let’s be honest, it won’t change how Trump talks and it won’t change how the media continues to cover Trump: with rose-colored glasses. The political media wants Trump to win. It means sales and clicks and ratings. They will roast Democrats like they always do and shrug off Trump’s insanity. Gird your loins, Widdershins. I hope you liked the 2016 campaign because we’re about to get another like it, if not worse. The train has left the station and it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Good Monday, all! What an awesome week it was for us Original PUMAs as we all celebrated the return of Our Girl to the Presidential race! Her first moves out of the gate have been brilliantly unexpected: that low-key video boldly declaring her support for marriage equality! that trek to Iowa in a Scooby bus, stopping at a Chipotle along the way!

Some things she’s doing, however, are not so unexpected. For example – she is making nice-nice with the self-titled “liberal wing” of the Party. (As many of us here know, they are not actually the liberal wing – they are the Obama wing who have CDS. If they were real liberals, they would have been as wary of Obama as we were.)

During the opening week of her second presidential campaign, Clinton showed she had retooled her positions to line up with the views of progressive Democrats. On Monday, she called for a constitutional amendment that would limit “unaccountable money” in politics. Days later, she said through her campaign that she supports same-sex marriage being recognized as a constitutional right in a pending Supreme Court case. After that, her campaign said she now supports state policies awarding licenses to people in the country illegally.

Such do-overs are part of an effort by Clinton to rectify past missteps and assure the liberal wing of her party that in 2016, she will be change they’ve been waiting for.

While Clinton enters the race in a dominant position, she faces skepticism from some Democrats who question her commitment to tackling income inequality.

“Equal opportunity and upward mobility have been very central to her political ideals from the start,” said Robert Reich, who was President Bill Clinton’s labor secretary and has known Hillary Clinton since college. “I just don’t know how courageous she will be in fighting for them.”

Yes, we all know how wimpy and cautious Hillary is, especially when fighting for things she believes in. It was so cowardly of her to stand up and declare in 1995 that “women’s rights are human rights.” And oh, how she backs off when threatened by the right-wing noise machine! Why, for 20 years she’s been changing her positions and adjusting her language so they’ll stop attacking her! Sorry, I like Robert Reich and all, but where the f*ck does he get off?!

I know you won’t be surprised to learn that Reich is not alone in his reservations.

Clinton is not in the clear with liberals yet.

Liberal organizations say they plan to continue their push to draft [Senator Elizabeth] Warren, and Democrats in early voting states say Clinton has work to do if she wants to be assured of winning the nomination.

Oh my gawd. Seriously?! What is the point of focusing on Elizabeth Warren and pushing her to run? What qualifies her to be President…what proof is there that she would be a better and more liberal President than Hillary? Oh right, I forgot…she is a one-term Senator with very little political experience who talks a good game. The “progressives” love people with that profile. Only thing is, I like her a lot – she rings true, unlike their last favorite. This is good, because as talented as she is, she seems to understand that this is not the year to challenge Hillary. The idiots with CDS, on the other hand? They just don’t get it. (Funny how the site looks just like the standard Obama template, isn’t it?)

In any case, Hillary is all over that one too.

Hillary Clinton used Times Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list to pay tribute to Elizabeth Warren, a lawmaker some liberals hope will challenge the former secretary of state for the 2016 Democratic nomination.

In the short piece, Clinton touts Warren as a champion for the middle class and nods to the duos interesting relationship when she writes that Warren “never hesitates to hold powerful people’s feet to the fire: bankers, lobbyists, senior government officials and, yes, even presidential aspirants.”

The story goes on to say that, sad to say for those who wish for an epic catfight between the two powerful women, Hillary and Elizabeth are friendly. Imagine that!

Unfortunately, not all powerful women support Hillary…or other women. Check out this female CEO, Cheryl Rios, who thinks women shouldn’t be President.

In her Facebook post, Rios wrote of the prospect of a Hillary Clinton presidency.

“If this happens — I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country — but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the president, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”

What hormones?! Hillary is in her 60’s…both menses and menopause are very much a thing of the past. Ah well, science obviously isn’t this wackadoodle’s strong point. And the whole “I’m moving to Canada” threat? Those conservabots all say they’re going to do it…but d*mmit, they never do.

This is an open thread. [Note: Video is NSFW…and is satire. Canada is a perfectly lovely country. :-)]

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Good Wednesday to you Widdershins!  Yes, it’s moi here to do a post!

With chat probably recovering from her granddaughter’s wedding and with Prolix most probably still having some computer issues, I thought I would try to help out by sharing a couple of things that I saw on the internet lately.  Now I’m still having some medical things going on myself and one of them, sort of precludes me from prolonged sitting, if you get my drift.  Nevertheless, let’s take a look at a couple of things that I spied with my little eyes.

Oy vey!  Who gnu? (Such a nice boy!)

So if you are single, heterosexual and looking for that someone special there’s been the social app for your phone, Tinder.  Tinder uses facebook profiles to match up people with similar interests, common friends and such.

Tinder allows the users to anonymously like or reject potential matches using a simple swiping gesture. If two users are interested in each other, it is a “match” and Tinder introduces the two users and allows them to chat. Subscription-exclusive features allow users to undo “swipes” and search the network globally.

Well David Yarus, a twenty-something millennial entrepreneur who happens to be Jewish saw Tinder for the first time and he thought “Eureka!”.  He knew how to take that app and make it something better and directed more toward the young Jewish community of millennials.  And so with that idea he created the app JSwipe.  He describes the typical JSwipe user:

Mr. Yarus describes typical JSwipe users as “millennial Jews around the world whose grandparents and mothers are saying, ‘When are you going to marry someone Jewish?’ ”

He counts himself among the target audience. Though Mr. Yarus grew up in an observant Jewish household in Miami Beach and attends a synagogue in the tradition of the Carlebach spiritual movement in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, he calls himself “post-affiliation.” (“I don’t do labels,he said.)

The Times article describes it this way:

Started last April (during Passover), the app is a faddish take on the age-old desire to marry within the tribe. Instead of attributes like favorite movies, users indicate their degree of Jewishness (among them: Just Jewish, Orthodox and Willing to Convert).Jewish wedding

The app is very similar to Tinder in that you right-swipe to show some interest in a possible match or left-swipe to kind of go “Meh”.  But it does it with a twist:

Swipe right and a Star of David with a happy face appears; swipe left and it wears a frown. When a couple match, animated figures appear doing the hora.

So if your bubbe in Boca is after you about when you are going to find that nice (Jewish) boy or girl, tell her you’ll take a swipe at it.  😉


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Okay, enough is enough “progressives” and
members of the “Warren Wing”

Or to paraphrase Charles Pierce in Esquire:

Please Leave Elizabeth Warren Alone
In which we appeal for calm and for the Senator Professor to stay where she is.

Actually, Charles Pierce and at Shakesville, both have a problem with this.  In case you are not aware, the Boston Globe came out with three different articles in which they argue that Elizabeth Warren should or needs to run for President.

Anna Galland of wrote:

Warren should run. Our country will be better off if she does. She would be a strong candidate — one who injects valuable ideas into the conversation and ensures the kind of debate our country needs. And she could win. [Note:  no she couldn’t]

Put simply, this moment was made for Elizabeth Warren.

…To be clear: Senator Warren has said she’s not running for president, and we take her for her word. But we also believe she’s open to persuasion.  (bolding and italics mine-Fred)

As Melissa said (putting herself into the shoes of the Globe folks and their thinking?)

Our country needs her. (It’s her duty to run.) Clinton must be stopped. (And Warren is the only one who can do it.) Her party needs her. (But not so much she shouldn’t risk a long career in public service to do this thing we want her to do RIGHT NOW.)

Charles Pierce puts forth even more arguments against the idea of a Warren run. (including the fact that the woman has said NO so many times!)

Pierce quotes part of the Globe editorial:

But Barack Obama overcame Clinton’s advantages in 2008, and Warren or another candidate still could in 2016. Even if they don’t..

And slaps that idea down immediately saying:

OK, stop right there. The only reason for anyone to put themselves through the torture course we call a presidential campaign is if they judge themselves to have a realistic chance of winning. “Even if they don’t…” is not a factor. Nobody has a responsibility to undertake this exercise merely to “frame the debate,” or to “toughen up the nominee,” or to give bored political journalists an opportunity to pad the expense report. Any estimate of a politician’s chance that includes this phrase is a sucker’s play.

The Globe article goes on to say that Warren “has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections. If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.”, to which Pierce corrrectly responds that she can do that and more while she stays in the Senate.

Pierce goes on to say that he’s seen no data that indicates Warren would be a stronger opponent to Hillary in the primaries than Jim Webb or Martin O’Malley.  Pierce closes his piece with what I think is the most important part of his arguments:

I think she’s being set up for a fall here. If she doesn’t run, it will be said of her that she doesn’t truly have the courage of her convictions in the areas most important to her, and on the issues that are closest to her heart. If she runs and she loses, then it will be said that those issues are not the kind that motivate voters, and they will slide into a morass of weaselspeak, never to be heard clearly again. Leave the woman alone, please. She has no obligation to give you all a cat-fight because you think that’s what democracy demands.  (Bolding mine)

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I’ll close with this oh-so-lovely youtube clip.  Although it’s about Brit-Brit, we’ll say it’s for Elizabeth Warren.  I apologize to each and every one of you ahead of time for this!

Okay this is a totally open thread.  Please take it in whatever direction you chose to go.

Good Friday morning Widdershins.  Last week’s ice storm and then the real life reenactment of The Day After Tomorrow with the errant polar vortex has kept me offline this past week.  I hope everyone is faring well so far in 2014.

Taking inventory is always a good thing to do at the beginning of the year.  So let’s take a few minutes and see how Rosie the Riveterwe did in 2013 in terms of putting more women in positions of authority.

Internationally, Janet Yellen is set to become the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the world’s most powerful central bank.  For the next eight years, this makes Ms. Yellen one of the most powerful people on the planet.  She has been one of the unsung heroes of the Fed’s stimulus policies helping to pull the U.S. out of the economic doldrums in spite of the best efforts of Congress to sink the ship of state.

Angela Merkel won another term as chancellor of Germany and she has almost single-handedly saved the European Union from imploding.  The iron fisted Park Geun Hye took office as president of South Korea.  In Chile’s presidential race, not one, but both candidates in the runoff election were women with Michelle Bachelet besting Evelyn Matthei.  The most profitable company in Canada, the Royal Bank of Canada, named Kathleen Taylor its Chairman.  And a sixteen-year old Malala Yousafzai taught us all what courage looks like.

Domestically, we did better than usual.  The two most compelling and promising politicians in the country are Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.  Patty Murray accomplished the first federal budget in five years.  Nancy Pelosi stepped into the breach on more than one occasion and saved John Boehner and the country from the ravages of the Tea Party kooks and haters.

Wendy Davis captured our imagination by the prospects of laying to rest the anti-women, anti-science, anti-poor, anti-immigrant, anti-anti administration of Gov. Prettyhair.  Kirsten Gillinbrand made it clear enlisting in the armed forces did not mean signing up for sexual assault.  Gabby Giffords valiantly struggled to form the words changing the debate over gun safety.

EqualAfter one-hundred years, General Motors put a woman in the driver’s seat of  the country’s largest car company.  Mary Barra, a GM lifer, will join 22 other women who head Fortune 500 companies.  Ms. Barra’s selection bears significance since she was selected by the “old school scions” and not in spite of them.  That is progress.

Warren Buffett, the oracle of Omaha, made the case for women so plainly no business person can ignore it.  Buffett proclaimed, “Women are the key to driving U.S. success.”  Not a great revelation to many of us, but every recognition is a victory.

One of the greatest achievements of the year hasn’t gotten much coverage at all.  2013 marked the year where being female was no longer a pre-existing condition in terms of healthcare.  In other words, institutionalized insurance pricing discrimination finally met its demise.

On balance 2013 was a decent year, but there is much left to be accomplished.  A hopeful sign is that 2014 seems to be shaping up as a year in which income disparity will be debated politically.  No serious conversation about income disparity can ignore the effects upon single mothers and their children — from a policy standpoint, the primary constituents of the poor.  I, for one, welcome the debate.

Was 2013 perfect?  No, but Rosie the Riveter and her contribution to the “greatest generation” made it possible.  So, thanks Rosie.  Let’s hope we do better in 2014.

This is an open thread.

Happiest of holidays Widdershin friends!  Given that the Mayans punked us with their end-of-times false alarm and I’mWorld Clock 2013 still on a sugar high from the holiday march toward diabetes, I thought I’d call on our interactive collective to look toward 2013.  First, I’m not loving Twenty Thirteen as a year number — something seems grating about it so let’s call it the plus one to 2012 — that has a nice ring to it.

I’m not a big partier on New Year’s Eve — I figure since I’m out rabble rousing 364 nights a year, New Year’s Eve can be left to amateurs.  I firmly believe New Year’s is the holiday for thought and reflection on the year to come — absolutely no regrets for the year that has been, only positive rumination on the year that will be.

With that, I have a few hopes for the “plus one of 2012” — I have given myself only one paragraph on each and this list is by no means exhaustive, so here are a few of my hopes for next year.

Senator Elizabeth Warren Takes the Country by Storm.  It is time for someone who understands the corporate shell game as well as she understands the plight of the middle class to have a turn at the microphone.  Ms. Warren is as smart as she is unafraid and while her list of victories may not be long during the coming year, her voice will be welcomed by all who have a beating heart and a distaste for all that is the Wall Street corporatocracy.

Fireworks 2013Wayne LaPierre Just Keeps on Talking.  As CEO of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre has done every sensible mass-killing loathing American a favor by speaking out about his inviolate Second Amendment right to build an arsenal worthy of an Al Qaeda stronghold in the Tora Bora mountains or the Yemeni desert.  He needs to keep talking and he needs to be given every opportunity to lay bare his disreputable spiel as the shill of corporate arms merchants.  With every word gushing from his putrid money-grubbing brain, we are one step closer to inhibiting the senseless loss of 30,000 lives and the wounding and maiming of another 70,000 a year.

The Spotlight Burns Through the Charade of the Tea Party.  The unbridled truth behind the grifters of the Tea Party leadership is slowly beginning to show.  With the armed coup d’etat of Dick Armey at the Freedom Works headquarters along with the financial shenanigans of the “volunteer” leadership just coming to light — where there is the aroma of Earl Grey, there is definitely avarice baked into every crumpet.  We can only hope during the next year we are treated to an ongoing slew of tell-all Tea Party stories and putting to rest the fictitious facade of Tea Party “do-goodery” once and for all.

The Sanity of Rewarding the Health of a Person Becomes Evident.  Within the Affordable Care Act there are numerous pilot projects for compensating the overall wellness of an individual as opposed to compensating procedures.  Most experts believe therein lies the holy grail to bringing skyrocketing healthcare costs to heel.  We can only hope to hear of the success of these experiments without the headline hysterics of the embedded naysayers of the flat-Earth truthers.

In a Year Where We Don’t Vote, May We Remember Why We Do.  Voter suppression and gerrymandering are2012 plus 3 gifts that just keep on giving — much akin to insidious STDs of the body politic.  There are voluminous instances of voter suppression and redistricting challenges now languishing in various federal District Courts — let’s hope their days in Court are few and they are swiftly brought to languish and shrivel in the sunshine that is the spirit of the Voting Rights Act.

We Remember We Have to Pay Our Credit Card Bill.  The raising of the federal debt limit is a legislative creation that needs to be brought to a quick and unceremonious end.  Raising the debt limit is the equivalent of ordering another big screen teevee on QVC with the announcer telling us we haven’t paid for the one from which we are watching.  As counter-intuitive as it might seem, the debt limit animates itself in a down economy just at the time when we can ill-afford to be held hostage by, at present count, 51 Tea Party adherents who would crash the nascent recovery to prove their baseless wrongheaded economic points.  We need to take this cudgel from them before they hurt us and the world.

2013 HorizonRediscover “We” as Opposed to “Me.”  My greatest hope for this year is that we rediscover the collective “we” as opposed to falling victim to the insularity of the “me” mentality.  Sadly these days it seems as though the only emotion we can collectively share as a country is grief.  It is my greatest hope we might again learn to share in the hope and vitality of one another as if it is our own since at the end of the day, it truly is.  Perhaps the plus one of 2012 can be the year of the “we” instead of the “me.”

What are your hopes for the year?

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