Progressive Change Campaign Committee angles for a conversation, or a meeting, or a summit, or something, with the Clinton camp
Hillary’s critics on the left may finally have the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.
Adam Green, the co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, one of the groups most closely associated with the so-called “Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” said his organization reached out to Clinton’s camp before the election and that a meeting was coming “very soon.”
He declined to name the Clinton advisers with whom he’s been in contact, saying discussions have so far been limited to “conversations about having conversations.” “We want to keep as open a line of communication with Hillary Clinton and her team as possible,” he told msnbc.
Well, is the meeting coming, or are they having a "conversation" (hate that word) about the meeting? Mush. Read more about Progressive Change Campaign Committee angles for a conversation, or a meeting, or a summit, or something, with the Clinton camp
Today's "front page":
Sometimes it’s like, what do you give the Drone Queen who has it all? You’re thinking, “yeah, I know you engaged in covert missions in Qatar, but are you sure all you want is The Hangover 3 on DVD?”
Gag me with a spoon. Couldn't Omidyar publish all of Snowden's files first, and then move on to the lighter stuff? Read more about So, is The Intercept morphing into Gawker?
Howard Dean on Meet the Press. Sure, the 50-state strategy was and is great, particularly since it sucked money away from Beltway so-called "Democratic strategists" but unless you think being a Democrat is good in itself -- granted, some do -- then you've got to talk policy, too:
[HOWARD DEAN: It was message. Sure, it was an off year, and we can make all these excuses. But the fact is, we have never been able to, and even through the days of the 50-state strategy and, you know, taking over the House, the Senate, and the president in four years, when I was running the DNC, I could never get the Washington Democrats to stay on message. The Republican message was, "We're not Obama." No substance whatsoever. "We're not Obama." What was the Democrats' message? "Oh, well, we're really not either." You cannot win if you are afraid.
CHUCK TODD: Did you use that voice too? I mean, is that--
DEAN: It felt like it. Where the hell is the Democratic party? You've got to stand for something if you want to win. ....
DEAN: We ought to be debating the fact that corporations are now controlling not only the Republican party, but the government of the United States. We ought to be debating the fact that the Supreme Court has deviated from the constitution on numerous occasions. I still have yet to find where the constitution says a corporation is a person. So there's a tremendous amount of debate here to be had. And those are the things our party needs to stand for.
Not hearing that from a lot of Democratic contenders. And now comes the Sherman statement: Read more about Dean talks sense, then makes a Sherman statement
Here we are, looking a bit drear, and not yet fully mulched with the leaves in garbage bags banking the house from last year:
Here's a sketch of my improved office area: Read more about In the garden: Next year's main garden (an aerial view)
Typically, one waits for seed catalogs in January before thinking about this stuff. But since I might have to order some trees from FedCo for spring.....
Obviously, this is very, very crude and doesn't have the careful division into zones and vistas of previous plans, but that can come later. (All that planning led to what I consider a massive success for the front garden this, or rather, last season; lots of pollinators, lots of flowers, and two -- or was it three? -- people I'd never met actually stopping especially to photograph it, despite, as you can see, its very small size.(
Here is a sketch of the water feature: Read more about In the garden: Next year's front garden (an aerial view)
ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Howard Dean throws Gruber (and by extension Obama (and Clinton)) under the bus
This is interesting. Mediaite:
Reacting Wednesday to the now-infamous “Gruber video,” former DNC chair Howard Dean said it demonstrates how the Affordable Care Act was written by “elitists” who don’t understand America.
MSNBC’s Morning Joe played the 2013 clip of Obamacare consultant Jonathan Gruber explaining that a “lack of transparency” and “the stupidity of the American voter” helped get the 2010 health care law passed. Asked for his reaction by Mika Brzezinski, Dean went off:
The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it. The core problem under the damn law is it was put together by a bunch of elitists two don’t fundamentally understand the American people. That’s what the problem is.
Dean was a long-time proponent of single-payer health care, rather than the standard insurance-based American system or its legislative overhaul.
The suspect who brought the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to the unknown is a technical genius with highly sophisticated hacking skills, to the extent that he or she has profound knowledge of how the Boeing 777 works, according to satellite expert Michale Exner. Profiling the suspect this way, MH370's captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah is therefore innocent, Exner who is independently investigating MH370 concludes.
Well, that's interesting: Read more about MH370 story heats up again
Here is a horrible but beautiful image in pale yellow, grey, green, and brown of a left-over cancerous snow blotch, autumn leaves, frost-killed Black-Eyed Susans covered in mold, and grunge thrown to the side by the plows. "Change and decay in all around I see...." Read more about In the garden: After the first snow
I don't believe for a moment their motives are anything other than mischievous, but this editorial does have the merit of being true:
Two cheers for New York’s Green Party
II]n this year’s election for governor, the Greens stood out by doing what third parties are supposed to do — but in New York so rarely do:
They ran their own candidate, giving voters a real alternative. ... Read more about New York Post gives a hat tip to the Green Party
Bill Clinton, that loveable rogue. I still have a soft spot for him because he's so damn good at what he does. And no matter the reason, the Clinton 90s were better for a lot of Americans than Bush's oughts or Obama's teens; real wages, on average, went up, for example. But that was a long time ago, and what has Bill or any Clinton done for me lately? But dear lord. This is unforgivable:
[BILL CLINTON:] We are in the best shape of any big country in the world in the next 20 years,” he said. “No big country that is running this well is as young as we are, as diverse as we are or as technological as we are. In the next 20 years, there will be bad days, there will be bad headlines, but you can keep the trend lines positive.
Bill, if I want any shit from you I'll squeeze your head. Take a look at this chart: Read more about Bill Clinton is so full of shit