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The ‘Pelosi Problem’ Runs Deep

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California speaking in Des Moines, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall / AP)

  • Progressives should recognize the likely House speaker as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that is beginning to lose its grip.
  • Related: Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting.

Norman Solomon, Truthdig

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Nov 15, 2018 | Nancy Pelosi will probably be the next House speaker, a prospect that fills most alert progressives with disquiet, if not dread. But instead of fixating on her as a villain, progressives should recognize the long-standing House Democratic leader as a symptom of a calcified party hierarchy that has worn out its grassroots welcome and is beginning to lose its grip.

Increasingly at odds with the Democratic Party’s mobilized base, that grip has held on with gobs of money from centralized, deep-pocket sources—endlessly reinforcing continual deference to corporate power and an ongoing embrace of massively profitable militarism.

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Democrats need to be ruthless on fixing voting. They're paying a steep price for neglect. Jill Lawrence,  USA Today

  • https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/11/15/USAT/31a26fdb-84fe-4b94-bf02-855025e89c65-AP_Election_2018_Florida.jpg?crop=3787,2792,x136,y144&width=534&height=401&fit=bounds&auto=webpVoting reforms shouldbetop priority for all Democrats, now in states and later in Washington. What good are policy gains if you can't sustain them?
  • Related: Republicans Are Casting Doubt On Normal Election Processes For The Sake Of Winning.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression


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Special Project | A Thanksgiving Holiday Reader

  • Part 1: Giving Thanks
  • Some thoughts before Thanksgiving, 2018
  • Part 2: Thanks, Giving
  • Have a very good Thanksgiving
  • Part 3: From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Giving Thanks

Some thoughts before Thanksgiving, 2018

Dick Bernard, Outside the Walls

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Thursday we attended the Minnesota Orchestra, and on the program was a piece by Shostakovich, Concerto No. 2 for Cello and Orchestra, performed by the Orchestra’s Cello Principal, Anthony Ross.

Dick Bernard is a moderate pragmatic Democrat who speaks from his heart in matters of family,justiceand peace.

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Part 2: Thanks, Giving

Have a very good Thanksgiving.

Dick Bernard, Outside the Walls

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November 18, 2018 | November 25 is the 6-month anniversary of the automobile accident that led to a close brush with death for then-12 year old Bennie, and the ensuing months of care for him at Children’s and Gillette hospitals.

Nov. 11 we went over to see Bennie and family at home here in Woodbury.  He walked up the stairs, and down, unaided!  This first had occurred only recently.

Dick Bernard is a moderate pragmatic Democrat who speaks from his heart in matters of family, justice ,and peace.

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Part 3: From the Archives | Do You Know Where Your Tomatoes Come From?

Lauren Feeney, Moyers & Company

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  • “Harvesting tomatoes and other produce from the nation’s agricultural fields is arguably the worst job in the country,” journalist Chris Hedges writes in his book Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
  • Related: Why Women Who Pick and Process Your Food Face Daily Threats of Rape, Harassment and Wage Theft
  • Related: 1960: "Harvest of Shame"

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Our Fights are Connected; Our Resistance Must Be Intersectional

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But we must do much, much more than vote. We have to think and act differently about the traumas we are all facing.

African American Policy Forum / Portside

November2,2018 | We at AAPF are anguished as we know are many of you at the successive acts of inhumanity that have rocked the country over the past two weeks. Between last Wednesday’s racially motivated murders of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, and Saturday’s mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, racist terror has claimed 13 lives.  If the explosives that MAGA fanatic Cesar Sayoc allegedly mailed to prominent political and media figures (and frequent Trump targets) had not been intercepted, that already sobering figure might be even higher. And this political mobilization of hate is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The violence of last week and its white supremacist markings confirm fears that many of us have expressed repeatedly about how Donald Trump’s presidency has unleashed and emboldened the forces of hate. The drumbeat leading to this awful moment has been a steady one, including Trump’s insistence on an equivalency between violent white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA and those who peacefully protested against them, his denigration of African nations as "shithole countries," his reference to Mexican immigrants as "criminals and rapists," and his effort to ban those from Muslim-dominant countries from entering the US. It includes his suggestion that a Black protester at one of his rallies "should have been roughed up," his coded references to a "corrupt, globalist ruling class," and the daily digital demagoguery that spreads fear and outright lies to his most fervent supporters. It includes his decision to send troops to the border to threaten Central Americans lawfully seeking asylum, demonstrating an alarming willingness to use military force to insulate his political power.  

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The Tyranny of “The Collective” by the Illusions of Narratives ~ Doug “Uncola” Lynn


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Doug Lynn offers a compelling insight into how the collective establishment uses  its narratives to keep its hold on power.

Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

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October 6, 2018 | It is a fact the election of Donald Trump exposed certain undeniable realities in the United States for those willing to see.   Perhaps first and foremost of the various revelations is the bona fide existence of The Collective.  Also known as the Uniparty or The Establishment, The Collective is comprised of the following:  The Democratic Party, Republican’s in Name Only (RINOs), Neo-conservatives (Neocons), the Mainstream Media, the Corporatocracy, globalists, elite bankers and unelected government bureaucrats and officials; also often referred to as The Deep State or Military Industrial Complex.

All of these entities have attained singularity through the decades while, for the most part, retaining some “plausible deniability” of their collusive connectivity prior to the 2016 Presidential Election.  But now the veil has been lifted.  As The Collective has unified in polar opposition against everything Trump, so has its immorality and lawlessness been additionally exposed; like nude streetwalkers performing dirty tricks in broad daylight on busy corners.

Robert Gore is a featured writer on The Savvy Street, an online magazine, and has been on websites Zero Hedge, David Stockman’s Contra Corner, Lew Rockwell, The Automatic Earth, The Burning Platform, and Western Rifle Shooters Association. Although he engages in political commentary, he enthusiastically shuns politics.
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France fires back at Trump's lack of 'common decency.'

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  • Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."
  • Related: Trump Is Not the Problem

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November 14, 2018 | France's government has fired back at a flurry of critical tweets by Donald Trump, suggesting the U.S. president lacked "common decency" by launching his broadside on a day when France was mourning victims of the November 2015 terror attacks.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday: "We were commemorating the assassination of 130 of our compatriots three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis, and so I will reply in English: 'Common decency' would have been appropriate."

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Trump Is Not the Problem

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The President as Pimple
Related: It's not all about Trump! The secrets of winning the long game.

Andrew Bacevich, TomDispatch / Truthdig

Sep 12,2018 | Donald Trump’s tenure as the 45th U.S. president may last another few weeks, another year, or another 16 months.  However unsettling the prospect, the leaky vessel that is the S.S. Trump might even manage to stay afloat for a second term.  Nonetheless, recent headline-making revelations suggest that, like some derelict ship that’s gone aground, the Trump presidency may already have effectively run its course. What, then, does this bizarre episode in American history signify?

Let me state my own view bluntly: forget the atmospherics.  Despite the lies, insults, name calling, and dog whistles, almost nothing of substance has changed. Nor will it.

Andrew Bacevich, a TomDispatch regular, is the author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East:  A Military History, which has been published by Random House.

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