No, this is not a joke

Ossoff has never actually won an election. So what sort of advice will he give the residents of the GOS?

LEAVING IT ALL ON THE FIELD: THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS IN THE RESISTANCE ERA

Leaving it all on the field. You know. Like the Nazis at Stalingrad, the Texans at the Alamo, and Custer at Little Big Horn.

I've never been to Netroots, and I doubt I ever will go, but this is what I expect from it.

Toward the end of the first panel I attended, one audience member censured another for failing to recognize his privilege during a question-and-answer session. The crowd cheered in approval. "Your privilege is showing," the man said in a reprimand from the microphone, scolding his peer with disgust.

Just think of how much virtue you can signal at Netroots.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

Just think of how much virtue you can signal at Netroots.

The Netroots have obviously invaded the mainline of the sewer, and now look and smell accordingly.

In other words, they stink to the highest heavens! Just like the Daily Kos cesspit which engendered them!

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"Some members of the government are now investigating opioid pain killers but they are investigating the wrong thing. Despair-masking drugs are not the problem. Despair is."
-- featheredsprite

Wink's picture

@thanatokephaloides
for a few years now. Certainly since Phoenix NN15, if not Detroit NN14. Providence NN12 was my first NN, and the last I attended that felt like a progressive event. By the time I got to Phoenix, well, the Wall Street corporate "Democrats" had taken over.

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the little things you can do often are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. All about building progressive media. (-1.9) On Twitter @winkradio.

Azazello's picture

@Wink

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@Azazello
meet you for a cold one in Phoenix! Pretty tasty suds that night! Phonenix was the NN event that Markos and much of TOP boycotted becuz sumpthin' sumpthin' papers please nonsense. Markos felt "unsafe" or some such. Was nice to meet you!

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the little things you can do often are more valuable than the giant things you can't! - @thanatokephaloides. All about building progressive media. (-1.9) On Twitter @winkradio.

Azazello's picture

@Wink
That was a pivotal convention when you think about it. That one Democratic website didn't boycott Netroots Nation because of Arizona, or SB1070 or Sheriff Joe. They boycotted Bernie and progressives.

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@thanatokephaloides When a millionaire tells me to "check my privilege." But Identity Politics demands it: don't worry about feeding your kids or paying your rent. Go sit in the corner and call each other racists while we continue to crush you under our foot.

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Incidentally, I was unaware we were living in the era of resistance, certainly not resisting the same the Netroots do.
I do think they have much to learn from Ossoff, not that they are all that good at spotting irony.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

@on the cusp

Hilarious!

Incidentally, I was unaware we were living in the era of resistance, certainly not resisting the same the Netroots do.

I think we're the resistance against the Netroots at this point.

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"Some members of the government are now investigating opioid pain killers but they are investigating the wrong thing. Despair-masking drugs are not the problem. Despair is."
-- featheredsprite

@thanatokephaloides @thanatokephaloides Exactly!
Those pink hats were very offensive to me, a feminist since the 60's. The very last thing I want opposing attorneys, judges, juries, or clients to focus on is my vagina. My idea of winning the gender war is to render gender that last thing anybody in the room would think about. I cannot think of a single person I met or spoke to or read that refused to vote for Clinton because of gender. nobody!
And although this essay is not a joke, the Netroots convention sure was!

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MsGrin's picture

@on the cusp If I recall correctly, the panels/speakers are proposed in January (when the ungawdly sum the party was going to spend on him may have seemed like it would do the trick).

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'What we are left with is an agency mandated to ensure transparency and disclosure that is actually working to keep the public in the dark' - Ann M. Ravel, former FEC member

@MsGrin wins is the cornerstone of the neoliberal theory of elections. It keeps being disproven, but they continue to think big donors are all that matter. Neostupido!

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Song of the lark's picture

on the plight of the middle class at Davos, featuring Larry Summer, Christine Lagarde and Ray Dialo.

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@Song of the lark

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Pluto's Republic's picture

@Song of the lark

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s/b Netrots.

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Song of the lark's picture

that dear leader over at TOP has put his application in to be a member of the the proverbial "deep state" what with the latest round of Avatar assassinations.

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Steven D's picture

@Song of the lark LOL, of course there have been more.

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"You can't just leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution."---Tyree Scott

detroitmechworks's picture

Never give up! We'll always win, we're invincible... you get the idea...

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I don't Blame Christians. I Blame Stupid. Which Sadly, is a much more popular religion these days.

Bollox Ref's picture

Wearing a hat?

These people are delusional.

I remember, years ago, passing through an obscure village in France, noticing and reading a memorial plaque for members of a real resistance, who gave their lives (executed) resisting actual, real oppressors.

Attending some conference and quibbling about 'privilege' ain't resistance.

(Edited)

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Gëzuar!!

dance you monster's picture

@Bollox Ref @Bollox Ref

...is no less compelling than claiming they're leading a "progressive" movement from a place called the Regency.

[edited for grammar]

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Wink

Heh

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@LaFeminista Well, they did it before! lol!

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@LaFeminista 2018 is too far away for Russia. It will be China, working with Berniebots, spoiling the election by demanding Democrats stand for something that will cause them to lose.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

@Mickt

Berniebots, spoiling the election by demanding Democrats stand for something

Stand for something. Anything.

Yeah, right, pull the other one!!

Wink

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"Some members of the government are now investigating opioid pain killers but they are investigating the wrong thing. Despair-masking drugs are not the problem. Despair is."
-- featheredsprite

@thanatokephaloides
when I mentioned Clinton and Carnivore, they had an aneurism

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Fighting for democratic principles,... well, since forever

@thanatokephaloides

They do so stand for something - before and after kneeling before their paymasters to receive their orders, payments and promises.

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@Mickt @Mickt

All those damned Commies always stand together! It'll be Berniebots, China, Russia and all of the other countries they've been planning to bomb/invade for years, all involved, mark my words (for future Dem talking-point identification. They never do miss a potential scapegoat, do they?)

Edit: even if I do - how could I possibly have forgotten the Russia-visiting Pope, evidently bought by their oligarchs rather than 'exceptional' American ones?

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Psychopathy is not a political position, whether labeled 'conservatism', 'centrism' or 'left'.

A tin labeled 'coffee' may be a can of worms or pathology identified by a lack of empathy/willingness to harm others to achieve personal desires.

@LaFeminista "Have whiter teeth. Have cleaner breath. When you're facing nuclear death."

Can't Putin, Trump, Erdogan, Duterte, and Kim Jong Un just meet at a slumber party and compare dick sizes once and for all?

Or as Rowan Atkinson (as the devil) said, "Adulterers, adulterers, over here please? Form a line behind this small guillotine."

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@LaFeminista @LaFeminista  
I suppose in McResistance revisionist history now, the Russians “interfered with” and “rigged” World War II, too, by getting themselves invaded and having the temerity to defend themselves.

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dervish's picture

@lotlizard and pretty much every other bad event that's happened. The Hillbots have gone completely off the deep end.

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"Obama promised transparency, but Assange is the one who brought it."

Meteor Man's picture

A ‘GHOST’ RAN FOR CONGRESS IN GEORGIA BEFORE JON OSSOFF AND GOT ALMOST AS MANY VOTES. MEET RODNEY STOOKSBURY

http://www.newsweek.com/who-rodney-stooksbury-georgia-jon-ossoff-629827

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Cali Kush: a bowl a day keeps the doctor away.

Azazello's picture

I'll be checking YouTube all weekend for his reports.

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dkmich's picture

I was there for two days. One day was full of Dee Oliver prancing around with an entourage. The other was Reverend Barber as keynote speaker. He was awesome. Her, not so much.

The only privilege I see is six figure incomes telling 40K people how privileged they are.

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@dkmich
the 20K folks? To them the 40K people are already privileged enough, like having a job they can't get fired from within a day and not have a shared rental place with other 20 K folks (because their pay can't pay the rental prices on their own have to share)? Fired within a day (for no reason other than replacing a worker they would have to pay a little more than an new replacement worker), they then have no money to pay their part of the rent, and of course always loosing and not getting their security deposits back?

And the 20K folks should still believe in the American dream, when they would only work hard for manual labor they don't get trained for, because trade schools are for profit and they can't afford the schools, and employers don't train, because an untrained worker is so much cheaper and easier to fire and hire?

Dream on...I think there will be a rough awakening for lots of people.

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"History is what the present chooses to remember" - Carl Becker

But it is!

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Mark F. McCarty

Pluto's Republic's picture

You got your clubby incrementalist-globalist Dems. The PINOs (progressive in name only).

And there's the privilege-check Dems, doing the heavy lifting for social justice.

Where do the workers class, pro union Dems fit in?

Were they all crammed into the same party before? They now have divergent interests. And, what about the Leftist socialist antiwar New Deal Dems? If you put them all in one tent — with the forced birthers, no less — representation won't twist and stretch that far. The only purpose corralling them in a big tent serves is to more efficiently exploit them for money. Where else are they gonna go?

In the end, workers and Leftists will be back on the outside, again. They might as well start the Working Party and get their own tent. The Independents will join them, eventually. They comprise the people who have no governing representation. They can't get it by being a third party, that system is rigged. So they should become a voters coalition that can hand victory to either the Dems or the GOP. Force the two parties to bid against each other at state and national levels, Make them offer policies that meet the needs of the people in the Working Party. Then block vote in the politicians with the best proposals. Ruin them if they don't perform.

The free market will sort it out and solve our little democracy problem in a jiffy.

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@Pluto's Republic
People have such low expectations, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you can do better for yourself, why invest in a broken system? To make things better for those that can't appreciate it?!

What is beyond anger and pity?

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Fighting for democratic principles,... well, since forever

Mike Malloy gave you some advice.

1. Run in your own district.
2. Don't run ads about cancer. We all hate cancer, yadda yadda. Stand for something.
3. Marry your live-in girlfriend. You are running in Georgia, for Christ's sake. Buckle of the Bible Belt.

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@SancheLlewellyn

His pathetic fall from grace was one of many, during the shameful 2016 episode of Progressives compromising their integrity by jettisoning their consciences to make excuses for why you were obligated to vote for the Anointed One, no matter who she was and how she got there.

His wife Kathy hands his ass to him here:

"I Wrote In Bernie Sanders": War At The Malloy´s (w/Kathy Malloy)

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(thirty three and a third at TOP)

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:

THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC"

- Kurt Vonnegut

@Mark from Queens that he wasn't trying to dictate how anyone should vote, but he stated his opinion and why he came to it. Even Kathy admitted at one point she would swallow a lot of bile and vote for Hillary, but she changed her mind again after more revelations of DNC gymnastics came out, particularly those of Donna Brazile passing Hillary the debate question in the primary debate in Michigan. (Talk about an unforced error--and Bernie went on to win an upset in that primary anyway.)

As for me, I examined Hillary's positions on her website and felt I could vote for her in the general, even with reservations, because as Bill Maher pointed out, the other train leads straight to hell. But I won't mansplain to anyone who voted for someone else, though I would call a vote for Trump evidence of insanity. Smile

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I have never gone to one. But Dixon who has gone and who was in his own words was a democratic party activist for 25 years has a not so pleasant take on it. One of this main points is that Netroots is not a meeting of progressives, but rather a confluence of democratic party activists of various sorts.

https://blackagendareport.com/netroots-nation-confrontation

NetRoots Nation Confrontation Wasn't About #BlackLivesMatter At All

The first thing to know about the #BlackLivesMatter confrontation with Democratic presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders is that it didn't happen on the street or some neutral setting, it didn't happen at some random campaign appearance. It happened at the annual NetRootsNation gathering, this year in Phoenix.

NetRoots bills itself as “the largest gathering of the progressive movement” in this country. Unless you think the Democratic party IS the progressive movement, or that all “progressives” are Democrats, this is nonsense. I know, I've been to NetRoots.

What it actually is, is the largest gathering of paid and wannabe paid Democratic party activists, Democratic candidates and Democratic campaign managers, of consultants and vendors to Democratic campaigns, and folks of all kinds who are part of the far-flung partisan and ostensibly “non-partisan” machinery that gears up every even numbered year to elect Democrats to local, state and national office. Some of them want to change the Democratic party from within, some of them want to take it as it is, but they're all committed to staying inside the Democratic tent, and to keeping you there as well.

...

High ranking Democrats who hand out money, whether through partisan campaigns or to ostensibly nonpartisan and/or nonprofit organizations are always on the lookout for new activist blood with catchy new hooks, for activists who'll say the things they will not say in the effort to turn out the black masses for that Big Black Vote. So if you're a black activist at NetRoots you really NEED to stand out, to get noticed by the people who can give you fellowships, grants, jobs, funding of all kinds, and a career.

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