Big Lie: Russia interfered with the U.S. Presidential election.

With respect to the emails of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Her Presidential Campaign Chair, I am focused upon only: (1) the First Amendment; (2) the lack of integrity of "our" government and "our" media; and (3) the sheepleness and/or disinterest of many too easily-duped/led Americans. (None of us. Other Americans.) Therefore, this essay assumes that the Russian government ordered hacking of the computers of the DNC and Podesta.

Sanders Weasels Out, to Propose Public Option

Progress takes time, baby steps. If you want something, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. That's the way Bernie Sanders sees it with health care for Americans. Instead of demanding a single payer health care system NOW, like that described in HR 676, a legitimate single payer plan that now has 72 cosponsors in Congress, Bernie thinks it's "prudent" to improve Obamacare first by adding a public option to it, to "work toward" Medicare for all.

Rants, Muses, Books & Music (and Some Cooking Too).

It's good to see you. Come on in, leave your shoes in the hallway, we've got fire on the stove preparing lunch for later. In the meantime, browse the bookshelves and plunk down on the sofa with one, or pick out some tunes from the music library or come in to the kitchen to help with the cooking. Our special blend of tea is steeping and will be right up.

The neoliberals have learned nothing

Occasionally I visit old sites where I've been bumped and banned from, just to check out their current reality. These infrequent visits, unfortunately, pretty much confirm my view of the rump Democratic Party. They have learned nothing.

Exhibit A today is a post by "Doug!" at Balloon Juice asking for donations to the campaign of Jon Ossoff for Tom Price's old seat in the Georgia 6th District.



Some in the media are reporting that Trump handed Merkel a "bill" for 300 billion for U.S./NATO war and imperialism spending. The White House is saying that is not true but it doesn't matter, the narrative is out there and the people are swallowing it.

Anti-Capitalist Meet-up ... The endless problem of corporate personhood


“Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people”— David Kairys

Corporate personhood speaks to the issue of seeing feudal lands as the personification of divine monarchical rule, where “Feudal relations were blatantly unequal and crowned by monarchical divine right that was nothing less than arbitrariness personified”. So much of contemporary corporate cronyism and kleptocracy emulates that kind of neo-feudal power and often its autocratic fantasizing as “branding”.


"Democrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war"

Yes, that is the header for the article I'm going to post. Members of the 'Left' are writing a check their asses can't cash. These whacks aren't playing chicken with a third world country or one that had been suffering under more than a decade of crippling sanctions. The Russians actually can fight back. And for what? For something that THEY CANNOT PROVIDE THE PROOF FOR NO MATTER HOW MANY COMMITTEES, PANELS, AND GROUPS GET BRIEFED.

Stepping backward on civil rights at HHS

Roger Severino most recently was director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, where he concerned himself with "religious liberty, marriage and life issues." But the Trump Administration has been staffing itself with Heritage people, so Severino has been chosen to be director of the Office of Civil Rights at HHS.

Aren't I bothered? Why yes, yes I am, just in a different way then you think. (Rant of the day)

(Small editor note: some of these links are probably a repeat from previous posts, but I'm sharing this with friends outside C99 who haven't seen those posts. So that would be the reason. Some of them... well some of them deserve a repeat anyway.)

Sunday Album Open Thread: The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!

Some Albums really stood out for one reason or another, but never seemed to get the recognition they deserved. There are others that I just like to play every once in a while.

The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!

Naturally, this is an open thread too.

The Weekly Watch

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I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come
Emily Dickinson

I many times thought Peace had come
When Peace was far away—
As Wrecked Men—deem they sight the Land—
At Centre of the Sea—

And struggle slacker—but to prove
As hopelessly as I—
How many the fictitious Shores—
Before the Harbor be—

Anticipating the Caucus99percent Candidates' Forum

Here I'd like to briefly interrupt the ongoing discussion of how we're being screwed by the neoliberals to suggest that C99% do two things:

1) institute a candidates' forum, in which candidates who actually claim to do something for us can receive some scrutiny

2) create a coalition for vetting candidates

DMW's Congressional Rules of Order (Observed)

There are a lot of ethical guidelines with regards to proper conduct in our highest levels of government. For the most part, these are formalities that allow the proper flow of business. However, there are some unwritten rules which are the highest authority within the hallowed halls of congress.

Therefore, I present to you, the ACTUAL rules of Order that our representatives observe, and obey with almost slavish devotion.