Monthly Archives: September 2014

NYT: Israelis Racist Because They Didn’t List Muhammad as Top Baby Name

On Tuesday, The New York Times ran a lengthy piece ripping Israel for supposedly hiding its Israeli Arab population. Pointing out that Israel’s population authority originally left the top baby name in Israel – Muhammad – off its pre-…

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Really Politico?

I’m wondering what the editors at Politico were thinking when they let through this bizarre line about Obama being such an abysmal manager that only his death by assassination is likely to bring about needed reform of the Secret Service. Read More&nbsp…

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New Footage Shows Japan’s Mount Ontake Erupt, Send Huge Plume of Ash Bursting Into the Sky

New footage posted online Tuesday night shows the moment a volcano in Japan erupted over the weekend, sending a plume of ash bursting into the sky.

The video, obtained by the Agence France-Presse, offers a first-hand look at the eruption of Moun…

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Open thread for night owls. Lehmann: ‘Democrats can’t win by cutting class’

The above is the right-hand section of the 1934 mural “City Life” at Coit Tower in San Francisco. It was painted by Russian-American painter Victor Arnautoff as part of the Public Works of Art Project, the first such program of the New Deal, which ran from December 1933 to June 1934. In that short period, 3,749 artists were hired and 15,663 works were produced. The project was succeeded by the Federal Art Project and the Works Progress Administration. Arnautoff, who, like his mentor Diego Rivera, was a communist, sparked some objections at the mural’s unveiling because, in the lower left corner of the North Beach neighborhood a newsstand is selling copies of the Masses and the Daily Worker. That’s a self-portrait of the artist looking right at the viewer. You can see a larger image of the whole mural here, details here, and the left-hand section of the mural here.

Chris Lehmann writes at In These Times The Democrats can’t win by cutting class. Some excerpts:

[T]o put more House districts in play means the Democrats would have to successfully harness a populist economic message to reach constituencies that haven’t lately broken Democratic—lower-middle-class white families, rural voters and the like. “By definition, if you want to go from the minority to the majority, you want to win over a group of voters from the other side,” says Michael Lind, policy director of the New America Foundation, a D.C.-based think-tank. “You can win over the pro-New Deal creationists, or the socially liberal Christian conservatives. But by definition, those people are not going to agree with you on your own personal issues.”

That the Democrats should be this far away from homing in on any sort of majoritarian message is an unusual situation. Historically, midterm cycles have been crucial for shoring up power on the Democratic side of the aisle. In 1982, for example, a resurgent House Democratic majority fresh from major gains in the midterms passed the Boland amendment, forbidding American aid to the Nicaraguan Contras—and thereby laid the groundwork for the Iran-Contra scandal that hamstrung the Reagan administration and came close to endangering the presidency itself. Similarly, the 1974 “Watergate class” of reformist Democrats passed the first wave of campaign-finance legislation to curb the uglier abuses of the election system by moneyed interests.

Over and above such signature reform movements, Democratic Congresses were integral to the New Deal and Great Society eras of lawmaking, whose popular initiatives in turn solidified what became known as the Democratic majority—the coalition of union members, movement liberals, and urban white “ethnic,” black and brown voters that comprise the backbone of the Democratic Party. These voters sustained and nourished the later Democratic Congresses that extended the basic terms of New Deal governance via landmark legislation such as the GI Bill, Medicare, Medicaid, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act and the raft of workplace and environmental protections legislated into being from the 1970s onward. The voting majorities behind the postwar Democratic domination of Congress should have, on paper, continued to expand in tandem with the vital expansions of income supports and civil-rights protections that these Congresses managed, however narrowly, to enact. […]

Of course, Democrats face other obstacles in advancing a winning strategy to reclaim the House in November—the factors that election wonks call “structural,” such as the gerrymandering of safe Republican districts by Republican dominated state legislatures. But structural forces are, by definition, the very factors that effective majoritarian strategies are crafted to overcome. The GOP overcame much the same set of obstructions in its successful takeover of the House in 2010—the year that the Tea Party, and its corporate backers, stepped into the political limelight.

What’s more, gesturing at the implacable power of GOP-run state legislatures raises the question of just how the Democrats—the historic grassroots party of the people, operating with the enormous advantage of a crippling recession occurring on the Republicans’ executive watch—have been unable to summon their own majorities in so many state legislatures. (That answer—yet again—resides in a decided GOP tactical advantage rooted in long-term conservative organizing initiatives at the state and grassroots levels.)

Meanwhile, when it comes to the allocation of resources within the party, the top-heavy nature of Democratic campaign funding once more distorts the party’s priorities. [...]

If this complaint sounds familiar, that’s because it is. Before the 2006 Democratic wave, the head of the DCCC, Illinois House member Rahm Emanuel, was locked in battle with Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean over Dean’s ambitious “50-state strategy.” The Dean plan sought to put Democratic candidates into competitive play everywhere, as opposed to the traditional coastal, urban and upper-Midwestern strongholds of Democratic congressional power. Emanuel, a member of the investment-banking fraternity who had been charged with shepherding in bundled big-money donations, contended that such far-flung organizing efforts were unrealistic—and thus a strain on the party’s bulging campaign coffers. He got the better of the argument, and after the 2006 cycle, the 50-state strategy was shelved—and Dean was sent packing.

Eight years later, it’s hard not to conclude that the party would be far better off if it had followed Dean’s lead and pressed its already formidable advantages in 2006 into districts that now look like nearly permanent “red state” power bases. A 2013 study in Governing magazine found that even the partial implementation of the Dean plan yielded quite encouraging results for the Democrats. In the 20 red states covered in the survey, “Democratic candidates chalked up modest successes, despite the difficult political terrain,” the Governing team found. “Then, after the project stopped, Democratic success rates cratered.” In other words, in heeding Emanuel’s counsel to follow the big money, Democrats are getting exactly what they paid for.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2012Welcome to the culture war against teachers, coming to a theater near you:

The campaign against teachers is special, and worth paying attention to. It’s not like workers in general get much respect in our culture, at least not beyond vague lip service that only ever applies to the individual, powerless worker not asking for anything. And janitors, hotel housekeepers, cashiers, and a host of others could fill books with the daily substance of working in low-status professions, I’m sure. But right now, teachers are the subject of a campaign heavily funded and driven from the top down to take a profession that has long been respected by the public at large and make the people in the profession villains and pariahs, en route to undercutting the prestige, the decision-making ability, the working conditions, and, of course, the wages and benefits of the profession as a whole. What we’re watching right now is a specific front in the war on workers, and one with immense reach through our culture—and coming soon to a movie theater near you if it’s not already there, in the form of the poorly reviewed parent trigger drama Won’t Back Down.

(That it’s a war not just on teachers but on the workers of the future and on the government just sweetens the pot for many of the people waging the war.)

Tweet of the Day

The banks we bailed out are still evicting struggling families & the media tells me Miley just posted topless selfies.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: WH intruder news. Greg Dworkin jumps the fence with Mike Pence hype, enterovirus-68 in CT and “linked to” paralysis in CO, polling on ISIS response & outlooks on military action. Conservatives are at it again with their voter suppression tricks. And a fake Occupy Central app installs spyware on Hong Kong protesters’ phones. Senate Rs threaten to use nuclear option they don’t believe in to undo change implemented via nuclear option. NFL’s new prayer penalty. Cops apparently can’t get rid of their military gear. Discounts for having a tool, nothing for knowing how to use it safely. Constantly rising ATM fees: a net neutrality analog?

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Christian Priest Reveals Alarming Conversation He Reportedly Had With Iraqi Soldier as Islamic State Terrorists Close in on Baghdad

“If ever we need your prayer it is now.”

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Ebola Comes to the United States

With the CDC in Atlanta, of course I spent my whole show talking about the Ebola outbreak.
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Pruitt v. Burwell gets decided against government, starting up the #Obamacare subsidy rodeo again.

At some point the Supreme Court is going to jump into this one. There’s just been too much disagreement over this, and the Democrats have simply been too nakedly partisan in the process.

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No Obamacare Bailout Without Congressional Approval: GAO

“Following the law matters.”

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Someone Claiming to be From the CDC Called Me About the Ebola Patient in Dallas

As you guys know, I have a radio show on the largest talk station in the country, WSB Atlanta. The CDC is based in Atlanta. This evening, during break, an individual called the program claiming to work for the CDC and to have knowledge of the patient in Dallas, TX. The source gave me information to lead me to establish credibility: name, occupation, background, etc. | Read More »

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Kentucky Senate Candidates Want You to Know They Care

Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates have stopped the mudslinging–for now–and are tugging on the Bluegrass State’s heartstrings with ads aimed to show Kentuckians they care. Incumbent… Read More

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