Wednesday Open Thread

“A wise person decides slowly but abides by these decisions.”

–Arthur Ashe


16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Tune in tonight on NBC as Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar fight to represent the Democratic left and center respectively.

    Then Thursday, Bernie Sanders defends his title as the Oldest and Whitest man in America against Joe Biden, unless Joe misses the debate for a previously scheduled time to wash and wax his classic 1981 Trans Am..

    Kamala Harris will also be there to assure no one pays attention to the seven dwarves.

    So, Friday, the field will be down to five.

    And we can start getting serious about ousting stinky boy.

  2. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Bernie Sanders is using his massive email list to warn immigrants about ICE raids

    Hours before President Donald Trump’s administration was set to send out its “deportation forces,” thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters in and around 10 major American cities received a campaign email — but it wasn’t asking for money.

    “ICE raids targeting 10 cities start Sunday. Know your rights,” the subject line of a Saturday morning email read. The Sanders campaign used its campaign voter data to send out the same distress signals grassroots immigration advocacy groups typically organize around. Attached to the Sanders campaign email were two graphics, one in English and one in Spanish, with a list of immigrant rights, based on guidance from the American Civil Liberties Union.

    • notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

      Well, if he keeps doing things like that, he might actually get some traction. He's not (never has been) my favored candidate, but good for him. Well done.

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Wouldn't it have been a better message to say: "Here's a way to help everyone know our rights"? 

        Did the Sanders campaign really want to feed the notion that those on his email list are subject to ICE deportation?

        • PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

          Try harder.

          The email was addressed from Sanders’s press secretary Belén Sisa, who is herself an undocumented immigrant under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

          “Multiple news outlets are reporting that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning deportation raids against immigrant families in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco starting early Sunday morning,” the email, obtained by Vox, reads. “Whether or not you are an immigrant, please share this “Know Your Rights” information widely to help those who might fall victim to the cruel and inhumane policies of the Trump administration.”

          This kind of “know your rights” information campaign is the first step for immigration rights groups amid reports of immigration raids.

        • kwtreemamajama55 says:

          It was a good use for his email list. I've seen those "Know Your Rights" infographics before, and shared them with students, but if $rump is using the suffering of jailed toddlers (yes, really), to boost his cred with his base, then getting the word out about legal rights seems like the least a candidate can do.

  3. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    • Welcome to governing 101. Oregon Dems get to choose between governing – aka passing some 100 bills before their session ends – or hoping Republicans will return from their Idaho vacation in time to vote on a climate bill.

  4. MADCO says:

    Looking for watch party tonight: 


    Beto ____ 

    Inslee _____ 

    Warren (I got em- MJ posted some yesterday, and the Warren website makes it easy) 



  5. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Found on The Skimm this morning:

    Referring to the company, not the employees:

    How to lose business and piss off customers:

  6. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

  7. DavieDavie says:

    With *rump, it's never too soon start f*cking up another pillar of world peace and security, because as any 4-year-old can tell you, "Gimme, gimme, mine!"

    There is no American strategic alliance that President Donald Trump won’t seek to undo in the name of … a quick buck? After years of grousing about NATO, this week Bloomberg reportsTrump has been privately musing to aides about upending the U.S.-Japan defense treaty that came out of the wreckage of World War II. The 60-year-old pact saw Japan give up its military in return for security guarantees from the U.S., laying the groundwork for decades of regional stability and economic growth. Seems like a pretty good thing, no?

    So what’s Trump’s supposed problem with the treaty? “Trump regards the accord as too one-sided because it promises U.S. aid if Japan is ever attacked, but doesn’t oblige Japan’s military to come to America’s defense,” multiple sources told Bloomberg. It’s almost like he hasn’t read the treaty—or anything at all. The short-termism of Trump’s base foreign policy instincts is going to have a long-term impact not just on American foreign relations but the balance of global power. The repeated bartering of hard-won systemic and institutional advantages and the costs that come with maintaining them for quick, cheap monetary gains don’t appear to be rooted in any grand strategic vision of the world other than “money is good.”

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