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  • Golden results in the Golden State: Democrats dominate California, by Dante Atkins
  • The colossal failure of National Organization for Marriage, by Scott Wooledge
  • Grand or otherwise, there's no bargaining with these Republicans, by Laurence Lewis
  • Mythbusting the 2012 Elections: Why So Much Obama-Romney CW Is Absurdly Wrong, by Steve Singiser
  • Conservative Exceptionalism, by Mark Sumner
  • Book review: Bill Fletcher, Jr.'s 'They're Bankrupting Us! And 20 Other Myths about Unions', by Laura Clawson
  • Puerto Rico: Status and Statehood, by Armando
  • From Sandy to the debates, what the media still gets wrong about the election, by Greg Dworkin

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  •  350.org and Occupy Sandy still (6+ / 0-)

    working hard

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:02:19 PM PST

    •  Progressives’ Next Task— (5+ / 0-)

      The next item on the Progressive agenda should be encouraging whatever rifts, splinters or disagreements that sprout amongst Republicans once the battle over the “fiscal cliff” really gets going in about a month’s time.  President Obama released the perfect opening salvo—

      “Since we all agree that the tax cuts should be extended for all Americans up to the $250,000 income level, let’s do that legislation now and get it out of the way.  I am ready to sign that bill as soon as it is given to me.”

      Of course the GOP won’t go along with this because they want to hold the middle class hostage to force Obama to give in on tax breaks for the rich.  But if Obama keeps pounding on this issue, and folks like the Kossacks create a real groundswell of pressure on the GOP, we may either get the bill we want or at least start a raging battle within the enemy’s ranks.  

      If GOP wants their precious rich-folks tax giveaways so badly, make them defend them every single day.  A vigorous, relentless email/IM assault on them from the forces of good would be akin to a Biblical stoning, and what could be more evangelically appropriate?

      "I can't play the game no more, I can't abide
      By their stupid rules which get me sick inside." —Bob Dylan

      by Pragmatus on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:22:38 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  what President Obama should propose... (4+ / 0-)
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        divineorder, Lujane, Uthaclena, Candide08

        Instead of proposing a return to Clinton-era taxes (with a top rate of about 38%) he should propose a new top  rate of 48%).  

        Here's why:  the obscenely wealthy were promised temporary tax relief, with a sunset provision built in.  There is no disputing this; it is factual.  

        So, like all things that are temporary, the Bush rates must come to an end.   And now the obscenely wealthy must pay back the extra money they were allowed temporarily.  

        They've already had use of that money for 10 years, they've had its purchasing power, its interest-bearing ability and its investment potential, and they had the chance to increase its initial value by significant multiples.  

        Now, they can repay the principal they borrowed temporarily and still realize an enormous profit on the amount lent to them, temporarily, 10+ years ago.  

        Try as they might, they cannot refute the logic of this.  They had a loan, pure and simple, and they always knew the "tax relief" was temporary.  If they made a profit, good for them.  If they used the money as intended, creating new jobs, they may well have pulled in extra revenues as a result of their increased sales force or research team.  It was up to them to use the money wisely.

        Now, they must repay the principal, without the interest it would have accrued if the government had invested it.  They will have (or could have) positioned themselves for a better future, and now it is time for the government to use the taxpayers' money -- the amount originally loaned to the obscenely wealthy, temporarily -- for the permanent benefit of the 99%.  

        It is really that simple.  The debt Mr. Bush ran up can be whittled away over time once America again has full use of its assets.  

        And, by the way, President Obama should also point out that Social Security can be "saved" by removing the cap entirely.  If 100% of the lowest wage earner's salary is subject to Social Security deductions, 100% of the highest wage earner's salary, too, must be subject to Social Security deductions of 100%  

        Finally, because I have solved all the country's economic challenges and because I will not accept a salary for contributing the solution, the nation can save additional monies, clawing back the salary and benefit costs that have been paid to Mr. Geithner and others who failed in coming up with a solution, although they took money for doing nothing.  

      •   #OWS Sandy please comment and rec diary (1+ / 0-)
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        Lujane

        still have a very serious situation and all can help.

        #OWS / 350.org Help Cold, Homeless in a Changed Climate

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:43:05 PM PST

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  •  fish or cut bait on Puerto Rico statehood, either (5+ / 0-)

    solution is better than the present

    yksitoista ulotteinen presidentin shakki. / tappaa kaikki natsit "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) 政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:04:06 PM PST

  •  ha Ha can't wait for MTP whoot nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I was in Puerto Rico a little in 2008. There was (6+ / 0-)

    tremendous excitement for Obama and Dems in general.

    I would assume that that would be a solid Blue state if it ever joined.

    "The attack on the truth by war begins long before war starts and continues long after a war ends." -Julian Assange

    by Pierro Sraffa on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:05:14 PM PST

  •  GOP still getting it wrong (3+ / 0-)
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    annieli, Hannibal, Lujane

    Top reasons for losses:
    Hurricane Sandy
    Weak candidates (and who chose those candidates?)
    Candidates were outspent by opponents (huh?)
    too much emphasis on social issues (kiss Ralph Reed and the Christian Taliban goodbye) and not enough on economic issues (austerity is a sure winner along with tax cuts for those with $250K and above incomes)

    Finally they admit that they have to attract "other" demographics i.e. brown folks but are they willing to kick the Rush habit?

    •  Social media was a big factor (1+ / 0-)
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      majcmb1

      Facebook and Twitter being the main ones.  People were encouraging friends to go out and vote.  More people are getting involved in the process.  The debates had a lot of real time commenting on social media and there was a lot of discussion online.  On election day, most people were putting on their statuses that they voted.  The more people that vote that don't typically vote, the better Democrats usually do.

      Fight global warming. Be a pirate.

      by Orangebeard on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:06:08 PM PST

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  •  When Puerto Rico becomes a state (3+ / 0-)
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    Hannibal, citizenx, Lujane

    Nate Silver will have to change the name of his Blog and there will be a whole lot of flag burning.

  •  Tomorrow is Remembrance Day (9+ / 0-)

    ... and I hope to post a long diary about the futility of war from the perspective of a few World War I poets and dissenters.  I have spent a great deal of time writing this diary and I hope all of you will support it.

    A sneak preview from "Surely We Have Perished" - Poets, Propaganda, and Dissenters in a Time of War.

    "In Flanders Field" is one of the most famous and poignant poems of World War I.  It was written by Canadian physician and poet Lt. Colonel John McCrae on May 2nd, 1915.  In the poem, McCrae was evoking the memory of his dead comrades and in particular, remembering a fellow soldier from Canada, Lt. Alexis Helmer, who died in the 2nd Battle of Ypres in Belgium.  

    Not everyone sees the poem as symbolic of the ultimate sacrifice made by millions of men, even as they fought bravely without full comprehension of the very reasons that compelled them to take arms in the first place. University of Pennsylvania literary and cultural historian Paul Fussell criticized the poem for he saw its ending as an argument for perpetuating the cycle of war.

  •  "The Manchurian President" (1+ / 0-)
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    annieli

    Got an ad for this on the front page. "Free! The Manchurian President [with picture of you know who] - A $26 value - while supplies last".

    Just thought I'd mention this as part of Schadenfreude Saturday.

  •  For months now Mittney has been in the top of the (2+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, citizenx

    top stories on Google news, 24-7. PBO, never. I figured it must have been posters, paid to keep clicking on RW Mittney news stories, but since it has taken several days for him to fall off the list, I'm not so sure anymore. Also, not sure if Google news filters out PBO, or if he simply doesn't get the click counts.

    Does anybody know?

    Buhbye Google news Mittney.

  •  More and better democrats - Sandy refugees (2+ / 0-)
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    citizenx, Lujane

    There are 3 Republican House seats in southern New York, in areas that were devastated by storm surge from Hurricane Sandy. Start thinking about progressive candidates to put against these guys next cycle?

    NY-03 Peter King (R)
        (Long Island, including south shore)
    NY-09 Bob Turner
        (R) (Includes the whole Rockaway Peninsula - GONE - due to redistricting)
    NY-13 Michael Grimm (R)
        (Staten Island + part of Brooklyn water front - Likely perp walk - is under investigation by the FBI)

    There are a whole lot of progressive democrats in the Occupy Sandy Relief effort, who may not call themselves progressive democrats (YET!). When we support them now, they may join us later.

    They are serving people whose lives have just been shattered. When they recover from this storm disaster, we  can't let them learn that government's slow response here means that government should be small enough to drown in a bathtub.

    Red Cross sends a truckload of blankets to Occupy Sandy – NYTimes

    Occupy Sandy Relief started their main hub in the Rockaways with a solar powered generator from Greenpeace.  Before long, the National Guard was relying on OccupySandy to distribute food and water.  The slow motion Red Cross sent a truckload of blankets on Thursday night, 10 full days after the storm. But hey, late is better than not at all.

    Occupy Sandy's direct action, with their motto of "Solidarity, Not Charity" and their ability to organize boots on the ground, is breaking down walls that have been used to divide us. This is community organizing. It is apolitical and non-religious.

    When you have Greenpeace, the NY National Guard, and the Red Cross all supporting Occupy Sandy, along with a long list of local organizations, you know they are doing something right.

    •  Did Mittster's truck ever arrive? MSM follow food? (1+ / 0-)
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      LilithGardener

      While trucks of foods are on the table, a question that's  been bothering me: did the MSM ever report if Mitt's truck reached NJ?  After all, all it took was to do what Big Bird did in one of the Muppet movies, as a kossian whose comment went unbookmarked, suggested.

      Follow the food.
      But then can they find their way to Sesame Street?

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:50:41 PM PST

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      •  That was going to NJ - don't know if it arrived (1+ / 0-)
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        BlueStateRedhead

        but it would be nice to know for sure that it did.  If you find out let us know.

        •  Don't know how to google it which is why I asked. (0+ / 0-)

          I can;t even imagine how to google it, as New jersey finds relief from Romney could mean two very different things.

          But next time I want relief from our relief from Romney, I will google it.

          "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

          by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 07:37:34 PM PST

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          •  The latest thing I could find was from Oct 30 (1+ / 0-)
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            BlueStateRedhead

            but not press that it ever arrived anywhere.

            Romney Campaign Bus Being Used For Hurricane Relief Efforts

            http://iowntheworld.com/...

            Home - by Cardigan - October 30, 2012 - 08:00 America/New_York - 24 Comments

            TownHall

            In a true example of leadership, Mitt Romney has sent his campaign bus to aid in hurricane relief as Hurricane Sandy prepares to slam into the northeast as early as tonight. Donations were being accepted today at the Romney campaign Virginia headquarters. Ann Romney was scheduled to appear in New Hampshire tomorrow, but has canceled plans so resources can be spent helping people affected by the storm.

  •  When Kerry lost (4+ / 0-)

    was there this much shoulder sobbing from the media about the concern of the future democratic party?

    This is bordering on obscene. They freaking lost and President Obama is getting no attention or praise, the media is too busy wipoing snot from the nostrils of weepy republicans.

  •  And interesting result I hadn't seen... (5+ / 0-)

    Marcy Kaptur - 14,740
    Joe the Plumber - 4,717

    Wurzledouchebag lost EVERY precinct in his Ohio district.

    I just thought that was funny.

  •  Also I do believe Bobby Kennedy's grandson (4+ / 0-)

    won a House seat and now once again there will be a Kennedy in DC, right? I believe I saw that result somewhere election night.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:11:42 PM PST

    •  Correct. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      annieli, divineorder
      •  Here's link (1+ / 0-)
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        bythesea
        Kennedy wins Mass. race to replace US Rep. Frank
        Nov 6, 2012 9:28pm
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        BOSTON (AP) — There will be a Kennedy in Congress again as Democrat Joseph Kennedy III defeated Republican businessman Sean Bielat in the race to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.

        The 32-year-old Kennedy is the first of his generation in his famous political family to seek elected office.

        The Brookline resident is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and son of Joseph P. Kennedy II, who represented the state's 8th Congressional District. He graduated from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, served in the Peace Corps and worked as a prosecutor.

        In 2006, he and his twin brother, Matt, managed the final U.S. Senate campaign of their great-uncle Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009.

        Kennedy will represent the 4th District, extending from the Boston suburbs of Newton and Brookline to part of Fall River in the south.

        In his speech to supporters Tuesday, Kennedy called his victory an "incredible moment" and praised Bielat, who also ran unsuccessfully against Frank two years ago, for a hard-fought race. He paid homage to Frank, who represented the district for more than three decades.

        "I promise that I will do everything I can to pick up the mantle where you left off," he said.

        Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

        by divineorder on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:58:22 PM PST

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  •  What are HRep numbers, how many outstanding n.t. (0+ / 0-)

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 05:55:17 PM PST

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