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Richard (RJ) Eskow is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future. He writes "Who Makes the Game?" Donald Sterling Certainly Asked the Right Question:

We'll say one thing for Donald Sterling: He certainly asked the right question.

You've probably heard his comments a hundred times by now, but here's a quick refresher. When asked "Do you know that you have a whole team that's black, that plays for you?" Sterling replied:

" ... Do I know? I support them and give them food, and clothes, and cars, and houses. Who gives it to them? Does someone else give it to them? ... Who makes the game? Do I make the game, or do they make the game?"
Elgin Baylor, the legendary player turned general manager for Sterling's Clippers, alluded to the "plantation-type structure" of Sterling's management in a 2009 lawsuit. And Josh Levin is right: there is a decidedly antebellum mentality to be found in the sports world, especially in Sterling's words and deeds as a team owner.

Richard Eskow, senior fellow at Campaign for America's Future
Richard Eskow
Racism is a powerful ongoing force in our country's social dynamic, but race is also closely connected with class as a tool for economic warfare. The plantation isn't the only analogy for Sterling's mindset. His attitude toward the players also resembles that of baronial landlords toward tenant farmers, or mine owners toward miners who were paid in 'credits' for the company store.  Like plantation owners, the landed aristocracy and the mining bosses saw their employees and tenants as less than fully human. They kept them in a form of peonage, both financial and cultural, while clinging to a worldview which justified their own domination. […]

Not every industry is as dependent on its employees as professional sports, but many are. That includes the Silicon Valley, as demonstrated by an industry-spanning cartel designed to cheat employees of their wages.

No industry or corporation exists in a vacuum. Even the notoriously non-productive financial industry would collapse without the participation of "ordinary" Americans - as customers, pension fund contributors, municipal taxpayers, and implicit underwriters of too-big-to-fail institutions.

Who makes the game? You do.  To believe otherwise is to unilaterally surrender power to the Donald Sterlings and Mitt Romneys of this world. Yes, they have enormous wealth at their disposal. And yes, they're corrupting the political process. But without the participation of everyone in our society, their game can't continue.

It may take boycotts or strikes or other forms of non-cooperation to illustrate the point, but the fact remains: Without us, there is no game.

That's worth remembering, long after Sterling's name has been rightfully forgotten.


Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Colin Powell is so sad he can't erase 'blot' on his reputation:

Former Bush era Secretary of State Colin Powell has a new book out May 22. As with so many political celebs, it's a book written "with" a professional person who does the actual writing. But it includes quotations from the guy who was once seen as potential presidential or vice presidential material. Based on uncorrected proofs released in advance, what we get once again is Powell lamenting the stain he can't get rid of because of the dead-wrong 85-minute speech he gave to the United Nations Feb. 5, 2003. There he declared convincingly that the United States had irrefutable evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Within five months, that claim had been convincingly refuted.

“Yes, a blot, a failure will always be attached to me and my UN presentation,” the former U.S. secretary of state writes in a new book of leadership parables that draws frequently on his Iraq war experience. “I am mad mostly at myself for not having smelled the problem. My instincts failed me.”

Powell, 75, laments that no intelligence officials had the “courage” to warn that he was given false information that Iraq had such weapons during preparations for his February 2003 speech before the U.S. invasion the following month.

We've been hearing this crap from the guy for seven years now. It's tedious. It's sickening. It's self-serving. It's bullshit. It's the same old, same old.

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  •  Sterling may be a billionaire and I am magnitudes (17+ / 0-)

    away from his lofty economic perch but I would like to take a shot at answering his question:
    "Who makes the game?"
    Answer: the fans.  Their dollars give you the dollars to pull your freight.  Without sweetheart coliseum deals and tax breaks and fan money, you would have dumped your team years ago or at least have switched cities.  Owners do it all the time; they enjoy the ego-boo they get from the premium boxes and perks but when teams don't pay their way, owners get out, one way or the other.

    Since Sterling is a slum lord, his dollars are saturated with human suffering where people down on their luck pay him to provide substandard housing.  He makes his money off human misery and then congratulates himself over what a humanitarian he is.

    De jure slavery was outlawed long ago but the plutocrats realized that economic slavery was so much better.  You still own the workers body and soul but you can jettison them at will.  So we had the advent of the mill town.

    The mill town of the 20th Century is public housing where wealthy folks put up cracker jack boxes of apartment buildings and then charge the maximum they can get from the tenants and the feds.  Sterling can thank his tenants for his billions while he scorns them.  Without tenants he would be nothing; he needs them and a tanking economy gives him his victims.  Sterling thinks he is the reason he is rich but it is the feds and state and local government and their tax breaks and bond issues which made him rich along with the dollars of his tenants.

    80 years old and it appears his heart has calcified      

    •  To Sterling, owning a pro sports team was it (10+ / 0-)

      There's nothing left to add.  The Clippers are / were no more to Sterling than his car collection or offshore tax havens.

      Owning a professional sports franchise is a marker of financial success for most owners.  Many (not all) could care less of the team makes a profit or tanks.  Actually, tanking is probably a better writeoff for people like Sterling.

      Owning a sports franchise does not confer social consciousness or responsibility.  For most owners, it's just a vanity addition to the overall financial portfolio.

      •  I believe you are right (2+ / 0-)
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        Just another acquisition to add to his portfolio, like in a game of Monopoly. No consciousness about anything human, like real life tenants and passionate sportsmen. To him, they're just deeds or cards to be bought or flipped.

        'A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit' Greek Proverb

        by janis b on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:48:52 PM PDT

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        •  which will make the NBA trying to force him (2+ / 0-)
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          to sell.  If he is a businessman, he will take his lumps, get out and move on, chalking it up to experience.  If is all about his ego, expect him to fight.

          I am buying popcorn waiting for the fight  

          •  A fight within the NBA is not something I (0+ / 0-)

            would look forward to. The NBA actually has a a good history compared to other professional sports leagues. With names like Eddie Gottlieb, Red Aurbach, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Julius Erving, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Michael Jordan, among many others. To soil this league that now includes an international following as well as participation is tragic and something I would hope is short lived by the expulsion of Sterling. I am pretty sure once Sterling understands the blight on the name of this storied league would have if he was to fight the sale of the Clippers, he will sell as quickly as possible. He maybe a royal asshole but I don't think he is that ignorant to assign his name to the destruction of such an organization. I for one would hate to witness that because of one person's negative comments and personality as well as the tawdry manner in which this came to light.

            I am from Philadelphia, grew up playing on the playgrounds against some of those who went on to play in the NBA or watched them as the league was young like Tom Gola, Paul Arizin, the great Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rogers and Earl Monroe. Why make this anymore sordid than it already is? Absolutely expose this man for what he has always been, we've engaged in the appropriate discussion on race. But I would hope we not use this as an excuse for another cycle of un-ending news cycle just for our amusement. History teaches us stories begin to have legs of its own and can lead to unforeseen conclusions. This league is way to important for more reasons than money.

            It costs about 20 bucks for a decent basketball and another 50- 100 bucks for a pair of sneakers. Kids get the best exercise in the world, stay out of trouble and actually learn about team comraderie through sport. When the NBA first came into existence right after WWII, basketball became an important outlet and influence on young kids like myself. Trying to emulate Neil Johnston or Joe Fulks on a playground in the late 40s kept me from hanging out with the wrong crowd and ending up robbing grocery stores and going to prison.

            Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others....Groucho Marx

            by tazz on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:35:41 PM PDT

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            •  I still expect him to fight; he doesn't care (0+ / 0-)

              the game.  All he cares about is the prestige and massage to his ego.  At his level, I suspect he doesn't even care about the money.  He is 80 years old; at some point the accumulation of wealth should become irrelevant but has not for him.  Expect a fight of him.  I consider him to be on a par with Trump when it comes to a self centered, narcissistic egomaniac

      •  But some owners are genuine fans of their team (0+ / 0-)

        In 1979, Eddie DeBartolo once tore a sink out of a locker room wall at in front of the whole team at Candlestick Park after the 49ers lost a game. All 5'7" of him. Instead of simply yelling at his team to do better, he decided to put his money where his mouth was. He invested millions of dollars in a state of the art practice facility that is still considered cutting edge while the rest of the league went to cinder block field houses to shower. His players were provided two airplane seats for road games so they could spread out a bit.

        He realized, at its core, these players jobs was not merely to win games but to sell auto insurance, beer, razors and cars. Why not let their workplace reflect a bit of that? The 49ers rattled off 5 Super Bowl wins over the next 20 years.

        In contrast, Donald Sterling would probably have been a better owner if he bought the LA Kings hockey team. Hockey players are more likely to be white and thus, he might have considered paying them closer to the market rate.

        In year 2000, Sports Illustrated chose the LA Clippers as history's worst sports franchise. In the accompanying article, it states that Donald Sterling is unwilling to pay any player more than $4 million per year even though almost every other team is willing to raise the market rate above that. It is my humble opinion that Sterling simply did not want to pay minorities large amounts of money because they were not white. Even if it meant his team was a laughing stock.


        Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

        by bobinson on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:32:17 PM PDT

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        •  of course the irony is... (1+ / 0-)
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          Nobody, including Sterling, should be worth more than 4 million a year.  It's just not sustainable.  We have a planet to take care of.

          •  The market says otherwise (0+ / 0-)

            It would be great if the majority of the people decided that planetary issues were more important than sports entertainment but that is not the case. Sports entertainment earns money from customer demand (and sometimes, some from government subsidy). The vast majority of the income is from advertising.

            The players associations have unionized and demanded their fair share from these revenues. Supply and demand dictate that the winners of the genetic lottery are due their fair share.

            It sucks that public school teachers have to fight for a living wage but A-list entertainers have always garnered top dollar. I don't see a way of legislating around it.


            Every time my iPhone battery gets down to 47%, I think of Mitt Romney.

            by bobinson on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:15:45 AM PDT

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  •  Folks may enjoy unwinding with the wonderful (10+ / 0-)

    Where the hell is Matt? videos, a beguiling vision of Eutopia, the good place we make together.



    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:11:15 PM PDT

  •  Republicans started planning for their (12+ / 0-)

    'Benghazi Select Committee' kabuki theater a year ago.

    Boehner Announces Select Committee On Benghazi To Satisfy Restless Donors:

    Speaker John Boehner announced Friday afternoon that he will appoint a select committee to further investigate Benghazi. Not because there's anything there to investigate, you understand, but as Ed Henry admits in the video, it keeps their base frothing at the mouth.

    This is no surprise. It was planned exactly one year ago when narratives were formed in order to push Darrell Issa and John Boehner into appointing a select committee with subpoena power to gin up the base and paper the White House with meaningless subpoenas for the next three years.

    One Year Ago, a Groundswell:

    On May 8, 2013, the online conservative "messaging" group known as Groundswell convened their weekly meeting in Washington, DC.

    First up on the agenda was Benghazi, and the question of when they would get their select committee with subpoena power. This was so important to Groundswell's leadership that they forced late-night meetings with John Boehner and Darrell Issa.

    http://crooksandliars.com/...

    “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:24:45 PM PDT

    •  I hadn't realized that "groundswell" (13+ / 0-)

      was the term for a large pile of manure.

      I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

      by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:29:14 PM PDT

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    •  if not this then something else such as the (1+ / 0-)
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      "fast and Furious" debacle or maybe not invading Syria or the Bundy Ranch or who knows?  Newt wrote the playbook so Obama can expect 2 years of gridlock, obstructionism and repeated attempts to impeach him.

      Read today that the GOP is still smarting over Nixon and that so long as any Nixon loyalists are breathing, they will continue to try to impeach every Democratic president as payback.  It does not matter about the particular policies that are floated as the reason, the GOP's Holy Grail is to bring down a sitting president.  Bill's not resigning frustrated them even more so we can expect them to double down at any opportunity.

      What if Hilary wins?  Expect the GOP to go after her with all the pent up fury they have over Bill's being able to hang on and not copter off in disgrace  

      •  The gridlock and obstruction started the day (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama was sworn into office. They only thing they've got left in their playbook is the phony impeachment attempts.

        “I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me.” ― Kurt Cobain

        by Jeff Y on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:47:17 PM PDT

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    •  As everybody knows I'm 100% team blue (2+ / 0-)
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      but if so much as one Democrat agrees to serve on that committee they're gonna hear from me.

      Proud to be a Democrat

      by Lying eyes on Sun May 04, 2014 at 11:31:47 PM PDT

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  •  I have posted this before, but here I go again... (17+ / 0-)

    In the old John Wayne oater, "McClintock!" there is a scene where a young cowboy gets hired by Wayne rancher character. The kid says, "Thanks for giving me a job Mr. McClintock." Wayne snarls at him, "You gonna do an honest days work for me?" The ranch hand grovels, "Sure Mr. McClintock." "Then I ain't GIVING you nothing!"

    Even the über conservative Wayne knew what today's conservatives cannot grasp: That the worker EARNS their wage. There was a book somewhere that suggested that the worker is worth their wage... what was it, a bimble?, a boogle? Some "B" word.

    Conservatives today really DO believe that money arises through the greatness of rich people and employees are recipients of largesse from their employers in the form of wages "GIVEN" to them by the master who owns everything to begin with, especially their labor.

    They conveniently forget that money comes from customers and only customers create jobs, not rich people. The "job creators" are the people who buy the products, not the bosses.

    Sterling doesn't GIVE his employees houses and cars, THEY create the value he exploits for his own benefit. Without them, he is a nobody. If he owns a house, his PLAYERS GAVE IT TO HIM, not the other way around.

    •  Well said. (3+ / 0-)
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      As many problems that I have with the NFL regarding concussions. I'm sort of proud of the Steelers. You would never hear Art Rooney speak that way. I'm trying to think of another sports team that is essentially a Mom and Pop operation.
         Art Rooney Sr. always walked to the game when the team was losing and when it was winning.
        Also the Steelers have one of, if the the best turn around rates. People loath to leave the team. And when they do as in the case of Antwaan Randle-El, he came back.

      No, it's the coconut oil, got to go, got to go. In today's news, the African country of Somalia has traded places with the U.S. state of Georgia. Said one Georgian resident, "Here we go again. Last time we got free vodka."

      by nellgwen on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:50:50 PM PDT

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    •  to a winger, no worker earns his wages (1+ / 0-)
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      He steals them.  That is how a winger sees the minimum wage because he rejects that labor has value.  Instead we see calls for repealing the minimum wage because they argue the market should govern how much labor is worth.

      Of course, we don't see any calls to legislate a maximum wage, the top wage anyone's work can possibly be worth.  As a result of this we see ridiculous sums paid to people for work of questionable value.  Jeb Bush supposedly made $1M as a consultant.  Question is what service could Bush, as one man, provide to a company to make the product of his work worth that amount?

      •  Except a winger's own wage. (2+ / 0-)
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        A winger earns his wages.

        Every other worker in the world somehow steals their wages.

        •  even the monies received via inheritance (1+ / 0-)
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          or from selling off the assets of a purchased company, vulturing it to death and throwing hundreds out of work are still considered earned by the sweat of their brow by themselves

      •  Well to one extent... the winger is partly right (0+ / 0-)

        Let me add a HUGE qualifier.

        There should be no laws regarding the setting of wages. Wages SHOULD be set by the market. A "just price" is whatever the seller can get, and a "just wage" is whatever someone is willing to pay for your work.

        THAT SAID, wages are not like the price of a can of peas.

        A "free market" presumes TWO things, one that products are freely available without coercion, unjust tariffs, or undue scarcity AND, two, that the buyer if free NOT TO BUY.

        Thus, in a free market for transportation, I am free to own the best car I can afford, or take the bus or a train, or have a safe sidewalk to traverse, etc. That there are available options that meet my needs AND my ability to pay. If I MUST buy your car, if I MUST pay a monopoly fee to access the place I want to go, the market is not free and "market" theory does not apply.

        In terms of wages, a "company town" is not a free market. A "work as I say or die" circumstance is not a free market. The currently rigged false market of our corporatist state is not a free market for wages. And thus free market theory does not apply.

        Further, in our rigged market, unemployment can be rigged to be artificially high. If capital can move freely between sovereign states, if goods can move freely between sovereign states, but workers can NOT, then capital enjoys an advantage that tilts the market. It's not a free market when Corpco can move its American manufacturing to Zerostan but sell their products in America with little or associated costs.

        The problem with wages and jobs is that people need to eat three times a day, and need a roof over their heads and heat and clothes and the other things that make life possible.

        In an ideal world, a worker would be able to wait for the ideal job, much the way a corporation can wait for the ideal job candidate. But they can't and that skews the market in the factor of the employer. Add to that the destruction of unions, where employers can coordinate and plan jobs and wages, but workers are all required to be individual actors unable to coordinate or plan or even share information and, again, you have a circumstance tilted in the favor of the employer and capital.

        In an ideal world, no one would ever fear starvation, homelessness or a threat to life from not working. That they do, skews a free and fair market in favor of capital.

        The moral and intellectual failure of conservatives (among the many) is that they fail to recognize these market realities and pretend that a free market exists when it does not simply because the current rigged market favors their ideological position.

        “It is to the real advantage of every producer, every manufacturer and every merchant to cooperate in the improvement of working conditions, because the best customer of American industry is the well-paid worker.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
        “If capitalism is fair, then Unionism must be. If men have a right to capitalize their ideas and the resources of their country, then that implies the right of men to capitalize their labor.” - Frank Lloyd Wright
  •  private and public institutions can share these (9+ / 0-)

    attributes without adequate accountability and it may be less plantation and more medieval manor in the hierarchy of formal or informal entitlement; needless to say the history of discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and class reveals these reproduced relationships

    Elgin Baylor, the legendary player turned general manager for Sterling's Clippers, alluded to the "plantation-type structure" of Sterling's management in a 2009 lawsuit. And Josh Levin is right: there is a decidedly antebellum mentality to be found in the sports world, especially in Sterling's words and deeds as a team owner.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:28:35 PM PDT

  •  The more I think about Sterling the sicker... (4+ / 0-)
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    he becomes. Now I see him as thinking  he is the 'Plantation Owner' who owns the (mostly) AA players as a modern form of slave. They are paid well, but thats not the point, the money is irrelevant.

    Its his sick fantasy view of it.

    And I am sure Powell is really mad these days seeing Obama up their in the White House, thinking 'that should of been me'.

    Truth is it could have been him, he was well respected on both sides until that fateful day.

    Lie down with dogs...

    Join the DeRevolution: We are not trying to take the country, we are trying to take the country back. Get the money out of politics with public financed campaigns so 'Of the People, By the People and For the People' rings true again.

    by fToRrEeEsSt on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:30:28 PM PDT

  •  1,018,303 registered users on dKos now. (12+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    donald waddell
    rmp2008
    khinks
    Bailey4950yxu3
    Nathan6172edb6
    Logan6272eda5
    James3445lid3 (user #1,018,300)
    markyle
    Doug3
    Coppelius (user #1,018,303: already banned)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,017,100: michtom
    #1,017,200: Owlish
    #1,017,300: Avoirpsncarte (spammer)
    #1,017,400: Tarkan5295swy6
    #1,017,500: Noah1481ujy3
    #1,017,600: Logan9516ttt3
    #1,017,700: clemency0593zqg6
    #1,017,800: OilFuelsAmerica (already banned)
    #1,017,900: Noah3948bkm0 (spammer)
    #1,018,000: Nico 1972
    #1,018,100: H8h66LlIII3t7
    #1,018,200: Alexander7047kyo8 (spammer)
    #1,018,300: James3445lid3

    We've added 1,232 more users in the last 5 days.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's The Cranberries' "Dreams".

  •  So the Ron Paul folks... (7+ / 0-)

    are sharing this 1987 op-ed in the New York Times that says the minimum wage should be $0.00.  So if even the liberal NYT says so.............................

  •  5-4-70 Never Forgotten (18+ / 0-)


    The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.
    Jeffrey Glenn Miller, 20

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    Allison B. Krause, 19

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    William Knox Schroeder, 19

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    Sandra Lee Scheuer, 20

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    Be sure you put your feet in the right place; then stand firm. ~ Abraham Lincoln

    by noweasels on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:37:02 PM PDT

  •  "Cosmos" stirring up more shizz tonight (10+ / 0-)

    Im just 15 minutes in, and AGAIN they're pushing that theres evidence that the Earth is hundreds of millions of years old, that ancient global warming was caused by our best friend Coal (and that it's toxic waste products from burning almost destroyed all life!), and that evolution is real. Effing Librul elites teaching faulty science!

    Pistachios are like our politics - when the two sides are divided, that's when the nuts come out! - Stephen Colbert

    by Fordmandalay on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:42:35 PM PDT

  •  inextricably connected to Kent State (14+ / 0-)
    The Jackson State killings occurred on Friday May 15,1970, at Jackson State College (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the United States invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:51:30 PM PDT

  •  Tweet of the Day (5+ / 0-)

    Reminds me - I used to tell my clients, "Don't think of it as an e-mail, think of it as an exhibit at your trial and make sure you're ready for cross-examination."

    Never write what you can say, never say what you can wink.

    The only reason to write a memo is to cover your ass.

    The history of music is mortal, but the idiocy of the guitar is eternal. ― Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

    by James Earl on Sun May 04, 2014 at 08:57:20 PM PDT

  •  Speaking of employers (2+ / 0-)
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    Marianne Williamson is running to replace Henry Waxman who is retiring from CA-33. A Kossack told me in email that when she ran Project Angel Food, she prevented workers from forming a union. Almost everything written about Williamson online is not only positive, but most of it is practically glowing.

    Can anyone tell me how to find out something about her that is more nuanced?

    •  Back in the day (1+ / 0-)
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      …she was the new age guru to the movie stars.

      She made good money on her self-help output.

    •  I don't think anyone has anything bad to say (1+ / 0-)
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      about her. Check her wiki page. She's pretty accomplished and seems pretty qualified for office.

      I don't think Barbara Ehrenreich mentions her in "Bright - Sided - How the relentless promotion of positive thinking has undermined America". And she nails everyone in that book!

      There is a 5 page article about her here http://articles.latimes.com/...  which makes her sound not so nice.

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

      by ZenTrainer on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:17:38 AM PDT

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      •  I get that she is seen as (0+ / 0-)

        very charismatic and spiritual by many people; I don't care if she follows the FSM if she represents her constituency fairly. She is running for office and is apparently anti-union: that's important. Did anything else happen at Project Angel Food that we should know about?

  •  South African general election, 2014 (1+ / 0-)
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/...
    http://ccoaler.com/...

    The 2014 South African general election will be held on 7 May 2014,to elect a new National Assembly as well as new provincial legislatures in each province. It will be the fifth election held under conditions of universal adult suffrage since the end of the apartheid era in 1994.

  •  Paul krugman nailed this guy minus the direct.. (3+ / 0-)
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    high uintas, JeffW, Lying eyes

    ..racism - that is:

    Rich Guy Says We Should Be Grateful For His Wealth

    The hereditary principle

    This actually represents a break with the previous defense of the rich. Until now, the official line has been that what we need are incentives — that jaawwb creeaytohrs won’t do their thing unless we dangle the carrot of immense wealth in front of them.

    But now we’re supposed to think that it’s not the prospect of future wealth, but wealth in being, that’s what is really so wonderful.
       [snip]
       But this is how it’s going. If the right continues to make political gains, coming next is a reaffirmation of the hereditary principle.

    - emphasis added

    Hell.. we SHOULD be grateful for the labor we are allowed to perform enabling all the things the 1%ers can then afford to give us.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    f* that noise
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And Richard Eskrow updates and further nails it:

    So take todays republicans back a few years when other people were 2/5ths less a person or farther back when they weren't at all:

    Like plantation owners, the landed aristocracy and the mining bosses saw their employees and tenants as less than fully human. They kept them in a form of peonage, both financial and cultural, while clinging to a worldview which justified their own domination..
    Then workers organized/unionized
    That was the social compact which led to our greatest period of prolonged economic growth.
    But I guess old habits like greed, arrogance and entitlement die hard.
    Working people didn't break that agreement. The wealthy did. As the oligarchic few became more and more wealthy, a number of them became, somewhat paradoxically, greedier and greedier -- and increasingly contemptuous of those they once again considered their social inferiors.
    With only one tiny nitpick or maybe just to stress the point: Unions and hard won collective bargaining made the compact between ownership and labor a reality.

    We the people make the game, and we always have - that's is such a good GOTV message - imo

    Thx MB

  •  Sterling's atitude reminds me of a small... (3+ / 0-)

    ...family-owned engineering and surveying firm that I worked for back in the late 70's. In business since 1890, and the only game in town in SW. Lake County, IL, they had a paternalistic approach towards their employees. Oh, they were also Republicans.

    So they hired this guy to be a field technician, but then told him he was to spend extra hours cleaning the office after quitting time. He balked, and they fired him. He complained to the DoL, and got back pay. Did I mention we worked 8-1/2 hour days, and that was before his nightly "cleaning duties".

    I got a check out of that, too, but I had moved on (between jobs, too).

    They are still in business, run by the Old Man's grandson.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun May 04, 2014 at 09:42:23 PM PDT

    •  local town here is mostly owned by one family (2+ / 0-)
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      The population has dwindled from 700 in the 60's to fewer than 350 now.  No one is literally allowed to open a business in town as they own most of the land and buildings and are not selling any.  They blocked a truck stop because they were afraid the noise would keep them awake at night, for example.

      The old saw is that if you have a good idea for a business, they will take it and use it to make money.  If they don't like your idea, they may let you open.  If you fail, then it doesn't matter to them but if you are successful, expect them to open a similar business beside you to undercut you until you close.  Then they own the new enterprise and can return to blocking people from opening businesses.

      Years ago, "their" mayor was heard complaining that the town would be better off without outside businesses because the townspeople could count on this family to take care of them.

      As I said, the town is dying

  •  Conversation at a local Barnes & Noble (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, high uintas

    As best as I can remember, this is a conversation I had loking for a certain book on economics.

    ME:  Do you have, "Capital in the 21st Century?"
    CLERK:  (Without looking) We're totally sold out.
    ME:  Should I check on line?
    CLERK:  No, its not available there, either.  Perhaps you should get the digital version?
    ME:  OK, thanks. (Downloads digital version.)

  •  Powell was not (4+ / 0-)
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    convincing. We and everyone else in the world  watched his 80 minute bogus UN cooked up rationalization of the case the Bushies made for this sick war.  The Iraqis had WMD's on wheels, right. They had rolling labs full of  of chemical and biological nastiness. right. They were a clear and present threat to the US and the Iraqis people. He had ridiculous videos as prove this  bs. This ludicrous presentation included faked up cartoons of scary weapons and viles of baking soda or whatever.

    This was an unconvincing farce. Powell should keep his mouth shut as everybody knows what went down when we applied our shock and awe to the people and land that had the misfortune of having Saddam Hussein as a ruler. One which we sanctioned and dealt with until the falling out between Poppy Bush and Sadam. Anyway I got zero sympathy for Powell's bad reputation. Cause and effect he got what he deserved. Nobody likes a liar.  

  •  Correct me if I'm wrong, but... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...isn't promotion of third parties generally frowned upon here on Daily Kos, and can lead to banning?

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:01:38 PM PDT

  •  Wow am I wiped out. (3+ / 0-)
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    I decided to get my mind off campaign issues for a day.   We pulled out 18 bushes, rebuilt our raised garden, planted 30+ veggies and blackberry bushes.

    Here's to hoping some of it lives.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:17:05 PM PDT

  •  The Gasland showing in Bakersfield was intense (7+ / 0-)

    This diary by TXsharon got me going so yesterday I went to Bakersfiled;

    ALERT: Californians! Intercepted email reveals frackers plan to stack Gasland 2 screenng

    I guess I have to diary about what happened.  The oil industry had 4 (or 5) plants and they voiced their evilness.  Hadn't see something like this before. I got upset and said a few things but I was only one of two people that stood against them. Still I made some connections.

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    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:18:28 PM PDT

  •  Greetings (2+ / 0-)
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    from Houston Texas. Wish you were here. Not really because it takes skill to enjoy Houston Texas and I've found a way. Foremost, have family here. Then, eat BBQ.

  •  On a related note, (1+ / 0-)
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    this plantation mentality would also explain why minimum wage increases (or the MW's very existence) are now somehow considered "government welfare," because to paraphrase Jon Stewart, we can't have these lazy welfare cheats doing nothing but suckling at the teats of the employers they work for.

    They say "only the market can decide what the fair price of labor is," but they omit that they consider "the market" synonymous to "the most powerful individuals in that market, as well as their army of lobbyists and purchased politicians."

    "Elect Republicans, and they will burn the place down. And they will laugh while they do it and have a great time. And then what?" -- Rachel Maddow

    by LumineHall on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:49:33 PM PDT

  •  Vet63 had this in a diary tonight. (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature. If I had Bill Gates money, I'd buy Detroit.

    by ZenTrainer on Mon May 05, 2014 at 12:51:38 AM PDT

  •  Odessa (0+ / 0-)

    We all heard the endless, long-winded declamations from our chief diplomat about the nefarious Russian "invasion" of Ukraine that never happened.  Meanwhile, utter silence on the actual, real-life slaughter that killed dozens in Odessa.  I guess it's the official public policy position of the United States of America to have absolutely no problem with chasing dozens of unarmed demonstrators into a building and then setting it on fire, as long as it is "our side" (the Pravy Sektor) doing it.  It don't get no more "progressive" than that, or so it would seem.  

    Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

    by ActivistGuy on Mon May 05, 2014 at 01:03:50 AM PDT

  •  @Colin Powell... (2+ / 0-)
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    Champurrado, JeffW

    Take your millions and just go away.

    The Powell Doctrine:

    1. Is a vital national security interest threatened?
    2. Do we have a clear attainable objective?
    3. Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
    4. Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
    5. Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
    6. Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
    7. Is the action supported by the American people?
    8. Do we have genuine broad international support?

    You sold the American Service member down the river for a few pieces of gold, now take your "investments" and get the f&*k out of here. There is no amount of rewriting that will make me forget your part in the Iraq debacle.

    To the world you are one person. To one person, you are the world. They can have John Galt, I'll take Joe Hill..

    by p a roberson on Mon May 05, 2014 at 03:16:34 AM PDT

    •  I don't understand why we're more mad... (1+ / 0-)
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      p a roberson

      ...at someone who shows some contrition, and blames himself, than the people who don't show any contrition and blame everyone but themselves.  

      It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

      by Rich in PA on Mon May 05, 2014 at 03:41:59 AM PDT

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      •  Good question. Here's my guess: CP knew what he (2+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, p a roberson

        was saying was complete horse hockey, wrong as wrong can be...yet he said it anyway. Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice etc. knew it was horse hockey, too, but to them, it was right; what followed was exactly what they wanted, so there's nothing on their consciences. If it failed, that was the fault of subordinates, not their great, wise, and glorious selves. One or two of them may actually have been shocked that there were no showers of candy and flowers from the grateful Iraqis.

      •  I was a soldier when Colin Powell ... (1+ / 0-)
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        was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, I even was part of the Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort cohort.

        My anger stems from Mr. Powell’s rejection of his own military philosophy for political and monetary gain. He ignored his principles to support an unprincipled administration and the lives of many service members were sacrificed for what I believe he already knew, there were no weapons of mass destruction aimed at the United States.

        Is he contrite? I doubt it, I believe he is trying to burnish his image for posterity.  Maybe He is trying to convince himself that “he knew nothing,” yet as the Secretary of State he should have known. If he didn’t know that is inexcusable, his ignorance was willful.

        I do understand your point, I just disagree about what is motivating Mr. Powell.

        To the world you are one person. To one person, you are the world. They can have John Galt, I'll take Joe Hill..

        by p a roberson on Mon May 05, 2014 at 12:36:26 PM PDT

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  •  Dear Colin Powell: (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    I could tell your presentation was a pile of crap when you did it. It was completely devoid of any real evidence. Given that you're not a fool I have to assume you knew it was a fetid pile of horse manure but chose to present it anyway, either to save your job or promote your boss's political agenda. Since you are a military man you knew better than the rest of the Bush minions what the real consequences of war are yet you pushed for this abomination anyway.

    Go peddle your new pack of lies somewhere else. I lost all respect for you a long time ago.

  •  Top Comments link is busted. (0+ / 0-)

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:47:21 AM PDT

  •  Giant Idiot (0+ / 0-)

    Egotistical morons like Sterling think they are the center of the universe; This is the "one-percent" mentality personified...

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