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Anti assault and violence groups condemn anti-transgender bills

The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women has initiated a statement which was signed onto by over 250 anti-sexual assault and domestic violence groups saying that the bill does nothing to reduce assault but rather puts transgender people at an even bigger risk of violence.

Hellraisers Journal: Frank Tannenbaum Revisits Blackwell’s Island Prison as a Free Man

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
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Tuesday April 25, 1916
From The Masses: Frank Tannenbaum on Reforms at Blackwell's

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The Democratic Party's Forty Percent Dilemma

Robert Reich pointed to this particular statistic recently in his essay posted at Alternet, Don't Bank on All of Bernie's Supporters Making an Easy Switch to Hillary: Over forty percent (40%) of all political contributions in 2012 "came from the richest 0.01 percent of American households." Almost 42% (41.8% to be precise) actually.

Dialing for Dollars -- a Major way in which Congress is Broken

A Congress critter's real job ...

No wonder only 14% of the people think Congress is doing a good job.

Because as Sixty Minutes reports, they spend most of their time on the Hill, NOT actually doing their jobs -- of representing us. They’ve got other responsibilities that are first on the To-Do List ...

Anti-Capitalist MeetUp: reclaiming the possibility of democracy or creating libertarian warlordism

Sophie’s Hobson Choice on Maggies Bullet Farm: George Miller’s nearly aboriginal-free post-apocalypse vision or JJ Abrams’ non-LGBTQ utopian dystopia -— What a lovely day for Star Trek/War’s POC clone diversity already signalled
 

What remains certain is that Reconstruction failed, and that for blacks its failure was a disaster whose magnitude cannot be obscured by the genuine accomplishments that did endure.

- Eric Foner

The libertarian warlordism nationally rampant in the 1870s may yet return in the 21st Century, given its revival in the Second Reconstruction of the 1960s Civil Rights movement and its apparent reemergence in the post-9/11 period.

McBride Day

Sarah McBride was president of the American University student body when she came out as transgender in 2012. Having worked on Beau Biden's 2010 campaign for AG of Delaware and Jack Markel's 2008 gubernatorial campaign, she had gained some connections that earned her a spot as a White House intern...becoming the first openly transgender woman to work in the White House.

In January 2013 Sarah joined the board of directors of Equality Delaware and was instrumental in Delaware passing anti-discrimination protections for transgender people. Sarsh moved on to work at the Center for American Progress. New Statesman has predicted that she will be the first transgender American to be elected to high office,

Sarah has posted a viral selfie to social media:

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The Nation's Greg Grandin revues failures of 'Clintonism' in Latin America

In A Voter’s Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Policies in Latin America, Greg Grandin, of The Nation analyzes a history of "(s)upport for coup regimes, militarization and privatization, trade deals that wreak economic havoc— ... (that) reveal the failure of Clintonism."

He starts his tour in Honduras:

Hellraisers Journal: Joe Hill and the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906

Organize! Oh, toilers, come organize your might;
Then we'll sing one song of the workers' commonwealth,
Full of beauty, full of love and health.
-Joe Hill
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Tuesday April 24, 1906
From The San Francisco Call: Fire Boundary Twenty-Six Miles

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Are we ready to rumble? The People's Summit June 17 - 19

If it was even remotely possible, I would so go to this Summit. Maybe they'll figure out a way to nationalize it and or livestream keys parts of it. Maybe we could 'crowdsource' a few bucks here and send a few of our own?

SideNote: To the DNC, the CCC and the rest of the party faithful, this is about all I have to say:
(a) ITS THE CORRUPTION STUPID! and (b) THERE IS NO PLANET B.

This Is What You Get For Torture

Whaaa...? Could it be that a CIA Operative is actually going to Prison for "Extraordinary Rendition"?

Sabrina De Sousa is one of 26 CIA employees convicted in absensia of kidnapping Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, aka Abu Omar off the streets of Milan, "The cleric was flown to Egypt, where he was beaten and subjected to electric shock but eventually released."

Howard Dean has advice for LOSER Bernie Sanders on Daily Show

Thanks, Trevor Noah, for (not) acknowledging that Howard Dean is a SURROGATE for Hillary Clinton:

Dean endorsed Clinton in December, snubbing Sanders, who is currently mounting an insurgent presidential bid similar to one Dean ran 11 years ago. And Dean appears to be stepping up his work for the former secretary of state’s campaign as the threat from Sanders becomes more real.

On protecting children

Jacqui Oesterblad from Liberal with Words has one of the best responses to the "bathroom bill" controversy that I have read in a while.

Controversy over transgender people’s access to public bathrooms is not new—Arizona had a bathroom bill fight back in 2013. But the issue has risen to prominence in the past few weeks because of the recent hubbub in North Carolina, where the backlash to the bathroom bill led Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams to cancel concerts, PayPal and Deutsche Bank to cancel planned expansions, and porn site XHamster to shut down access from North Carolina-based IP addresses. The consequences for North Carolina may even include the loss of over $4.3 billion dollars in federal education funding.

Why, despite the economic and legal consequences, do states like North Carolina fight so hard to prevent transgender people from peeing?

The far-right likes to claim they are fighting to protect women and children.

So let’s talk about some little girls who need to be protected.

Today's History Lesson: The Story of Lani Guinier, Bill Clinton & the Myth of "Our First Black President"

Lani Guinier was right when she argued our electoral system is deeply flawed. Though we don't have a Tyranny of the Majority so much in America, as a tyranny of two minority parties, who have blocked access to any attempt to wrestle away their hold on political power. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Who is this Lani Guinier person of whom you speak, Steven, and what, if anything does she have to do with the Clintons?

The Democrats' reactionary mythology

You really have to suspect that something is wrong when someone as clearly possessed of the criminal mentality as Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential race. You can see this in the electoral fraud that has accompanied a great number of primaries, from Iowa to Illinois to Arizona to New York and much, much more.

Bernie's List

Just read an "insider's" article on Politico (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/bernie-sanders-fundraising-list-22...) about Bernie's very much coveted contributor list of the millions of his supporters that contribute whenever he sends an email. The entire DNC and their down-ballot candidates want his campaign to be over already so they can get access to his list.

Rant: So many say you must join teh DP to vote in their primary

OK, that fucking does it.

I will apply the same logic to the general election.

I refuse to join the Democratic Party, and since many want to close their primary off, I wont vote for them in the general either.

See how that works?

DP supporters are becoming as shitty as GOP ones, we don't want your vote in our primary, but we want it in the general.

It doesn't fucking work like that.

There's the problem right there

The adult entertainment site GameLink has released the best selling porn titles in North Carolina, which are My TS Teacher, Shemale Shenanigans, and Joey Silvera'a Trans-Visions 6.

We have seen significant growth in the viewing of TS movies in North Carolina since 2012. Viewing TS movies has increased 64.3 percent [for North Carolina]; our average state increase during this time is 47 percent.

--Jeff Dillon, Vice President of eLine, GameLink's parent company

Clinton Super PAC Caught Spending $1 Million on Social Media Trolls

This is why I have given up arguing with idiots on the internet. I will guarantee GOS is filthy with these bastards. IIRC, GOS created a rule to Ban anyone who called another user a "troll". That may be a measure to protect the embedded trolls. Perhaps their true goal is to do a CIA-type communications operation to create uncertainty and doubt in the Bernie camp.

Oy

I am a pampered Jewish American Princess (at least in my more bizarre delusions) and thus the tremendous suffering I'm seeing has even reached moi. Oy!

I actually read on Twitter (and I make no claims to credibility here) that there's a video going around about a woman who breaks down crying because her vote didn't count.

Bernie's Still Right - The Economy Stinks For Most Americans

Oh, it is a wonderful economy if you are in the top one percent. It's not even all that terrible if you are in the upper 20% (though it isn't great, either). But when you look at people in the lower 80 percent of the income range, there is no cherry on top of their sundae from this so-called economic recovery.

Trans woman found dead in Maryland hotel

 photo 041816keyonnablakeney_zps2ixazh52.jpgKeyonna Blakeney, 22, was found dead in a room of the Red Roof Inn Saturday morning. She had suffered severe trauma to her upper body. Police classified her death as a homicide.

Police were also very quick to suggest that Keyonna may have been working as a prostitute and to release her arrest history.

Hellraisers Journal: Strain, overwork, and poverty sending millions of American workers to early graves.

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
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Friday April 21, 1916
From the United Mine Workers Journal: Public Health and Poverty

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Weak for want of food, by Lewis Hine.
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