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  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Cleveland Protests over Tamir Rice’s Assassination & Final Day of #ThisStopsToday by wendydavis.

    2014-12-22 06:08:27View | Delete

    My cue is the howls from the other side of the duopoly. But they could be just missing the shock-and-awe entertainment of the frustrated invasion that never was 53 years ago and be down for the bipartisan strategy.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Cleveland Protests over Tamir Rice’s Assassination & Final Day of #ThisStopsToday by wendydavis.

    2014-12-21 18:26:31View | Delete

    Good question about the Cuba decision. My take. Something big and history-making had to distract the media from the CIA torture report. Iran is being dribbled by somebody; someone else seems to be playing around with North Korea. That left Cuba, unless Obama wanted to punish Israel. Know of any other items big enough to [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Cleveland Protests over Tamir Rice’s Assassination & Final Day of #ThisStopsToday by wendydavis.

    2014-12-21 13:12:17View | Delete

    It seems that the conservatives have finally gotten their traction on the police killings (of innocent people) and have decided to use Assata Shakur as their poster person that functions like Nixon’s use of the POW-MIA hysteria to deflect from Kent State. Chris Christie is demanding that the President insist that our newly recognized BFF [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-19 17:24:20View | Delete

    Uncivil disobedience is what the “open carry” guys are playing with threatening. Waco Wackos and Ruby Ridge are what the cops are set up to cope with–SWAT units, militarized policing, and all that. Using it as overkill on people engaged in civil disobedience is just a bonus for them. It gives them training without a [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-19 12:25:11View | Delete

    Reading this, my first response was that the first major huge event would be a demonstration that results in a massive Bastille-like jailbreak from a privately-managed minimum security prison if the GOP takes a racist hard line. And there are enough of those that it could spread.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Day #9 of 11: #ThisStopsToday and Oakland #UmbrellaMarch by wendydavis.

    2014-12-19 12:21:47View | Delete

    Just catching up after two beautiful days in our neighborhood wetlands. Seems like some of the New York organizers who went to Ferguson came back to New York ready to go when the Eric Garner verdict came out and haven’t stopped. And that’s because there are still a lot of people in New York who [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-17 15:01:30View | Delete

    Targeting Ted Cruz would mean changing the political culture of Texas dramatically, which is not impossible. Look how quickly they flipped from Ann Richards to Greg Abbott.

    That change would require the Democratic establishment to conduct a 435-district campaign instead of a “where are pickups” campaign. An intraparty dogfight that would carry over to the general campaign and divide the GOP’s unity in Congress is what would open up Congress to action again. It is obvious because both McConnell’s and Boehner’s leadership strategies aim a party unity and only letting through establishment-backed legislation so that that war at the grassroots never takes off.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-17 14:54:24View | Delete

    Forgot the big one. Failed to offer the obligations of citizens in arms and taxes. Tax base disappeared; army shrunk to foreign mercenaries, who took over the place.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-17 14:52:52View | Delete

    There were, at least before the Blue Dogs mostly expired, three factions within the Democratic caucus: Blue Dogs, New Democrats, and Progressive Democrats. The Blue Dogs were essentially Republicans except in name. The New Democrats, which include President Obama, were corporate friendly descendants of the Democratic Leadership Council seeking that empty third way to be economically conservative, fiscally tightwad, liberal militarist, and socially liberal. The third were the Democratic Progressive Caucus, which were the rhetorical progressives. I was commenting on the loyalty of the New Democrats, not the merits or topics of the criticism. The Blue Dogs lost because their constituents wanted a real Republican not a Republican except in name. The Democratic brand finally failed in a lot of conservative districts (which still might be open to a populist progressive platform, but nobody has tried that). The Republican incumbents who won in adjacent conservative districts were just as out of touch with their constituents need, but the Republicans gained seats by successfully selling the Democrats = “black-dominated socialism” message; that was the structure of every political ad, at least in North Carolina, and likely other states; Democratic candidate X is Barack Obama’s policies.

    The fact is that all of Congress is out of touch with their constituents’ needs.

    Progressives never had a argument in most districts because progressives didn’t have a candidate in most districts (because the Democratic Progressive Caucus is only mildly progressive). And when they did, they were not treated as a candidate equal in stature to the two parties.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-17 14:34:19View | Delete

    Thanks. You got it.

  • TarheelDem commented on the blog post Voters are Tired of Obama’s Governing Approach

    2014-12-17 13:23:54View | Delete

    What exactly about Obama’s “governing approach” do those 71 per cent agree on as needing to be changed?

    We know that there is a solid 25% or so who would talk about the “complexion of the administration”.

    We know that there is probably around 15% or so who would talk about his “punching hippies”.

    What exactly is the needle that a candidate of either major party will have to thread?

    The problem the Democrats have with being honest is that the Republicans scrupulously observe Reagan’s 11th Commandment:

    Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.

    That immediately puts the two parties on unequal ground in communicating with voters.

    Fracturing that unity in the Republican Party is a precondition to any movement in any policy no matter what the President’s governing style is. At best, one can characterize the President’s governing style as cautious and in a New Democrat direction. At worst, it is hectoring and dismissive of other views from the right and left. And it has been ugly because the political environment has been corrupt and uglier than it ordinarily would have been given the fact that there is policy agreement among the President, Republicans and a majority of Democrats on so many items. And disagreement with this business-oriented bipartisan coalition and what was originally thought to be the President’s progressive base.

    The problem the Democrats have is that there are few who want to move in a more populist or less corporate direction. And the 2014 election that killed the donkey as a brand just makes them more hesitant.

    For now 2016 has been framed in personal not party terms. It is all about Hillary Clinton, the alternative that Americans didn’t get in 2008 and whoever is the most establishment Republican in the primary field–Mitt, Chris, or Jeb. The PtB are not going to endanger that win-win situation with any crazy grifters “spouting wild things”, no matter how popular they might be with the Republican (or for that matter, the Democratic) base. Because it is money, not voter sentiment that is going to decide the 2016 election just as it did in 2014. And that amount of money and media control can buy one hell of a lot of voter sentiment.

    No matter how much progressives want Democrats to start tearing down Obama rhetorically right now, they are not going to do it any more than they have already done it. And the Blue Dogs did a lot of that. And still lost their seats.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-16 15:40:03View | Delete

    I kept wondering if there was a YouTube of dancing cops. The only cop I could remember was the one busting Gene Kelly for dancing in the streets. This one Given the Hong Kong adoption of an umbrella symbol, it’s surprising no one has choregraphed this as a protest for taking the streets. But who still [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-16 14:10:41View | Delete

    EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT. DPD AFTER ACTION REPORT AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AND DOWNLOAD! Take a look for… http://t.co/6lk6mr5dHW— Occupy Chapel Hill (@occupychc) December 16, 2014

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-16 14:08:50View | Delete

    Two articles from Durham.

    Council backing DPD protest arrests

    Majority of DPD officers live outside Durham

    As in “red counties”. And the City Council talks about “outside agitators” from Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Fundamentally a liberal city council with black mayor. Hispanic police chief still acts like Bull Connor.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-16 04:55:14View | Delete

    hfc- Yes, a beautiful day indeed when that strategy for the action was carried out to success in holding 4 hr. 30 min. (let’s do a symbolic roundup of the last two minutes). wd – A wonderful relation of Albert the Blacksmith. If an artisan wants to pass on his skills, he’ll train his daughter [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-15 16:44:35View | Delete

    Dang. Have to spend all day doing necessary errands, and Oakland shuts down the OPD building for 4.5 hours. And a lady gets $100K to split with her lawyer for Cobb County PD detaining her falsely. This weekend the Durham PD did one the 2 second disperse-attack tactics and arrested 11 people. Durham PD proclaimed [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post The Pressures That Change the Media’s Views on War and Torture by spocko.

    2014-12-14 18:57:48View | Delete

    What remains of the old public service requirements that the FCC used to require of broadcasters? How narrow is its scope, given other media available–cable, internet, captive broadcast (stores, doctors offices, etc.). What are the media technologies, business models, and pressure points (legal, audience, advertiser, talent or guest, brand, etc.) because I suspect that the [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post #DayofAction, #DayofResistance, #MillionMarch, #MillionMarchNYC: Today by wendydavis.

    2014-12-14 18:32:54View | Delete

    Times like that you know you did a bunch of things right. Happy Birthday, wendydavis.

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post #DayofAction, #DayofResistance, #MillionMarch, #MillionMarchNYC: Today by wendydavis.

    2014-12-14 18:24:33View | Delete

    It was conditional, wd, we’ve cleaned out the couch cushions too. And the economy is still not conducive to much of this kind of action, which is why the police are inflating the charges and the bond, especially in Anita Alvarez’s Chicago. In good news, NLG got one detainee’s charges reduced from felony battery of [...]

  • TarheelDem commented on the diary post #DayofAction, #DayofResistance, #MillionMarch, #MillionMarchNYC: Today by wendydavis.

    2014-12-14 12:45:36View | Delete

    The local NAACP is going to be scared apeshit about rocking the boat on the Lennon Lacy case that the state NAACP under Rev. Barber is pursuing. And Barber in my estimation is halfway between the caution of the already sold-out and the “at the barricades” enthusiasm of the youth. On the veal pen organizations [...]

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