Home of The Evening Blues

Front Page

Trump as Republican nominee may just be a blessing in disguise . . .

This is short, but I don't see any reason to layer this analysis with anything more than this:

If presumptive republican nominee Trump (after his win tonight and Cruz dropping out) goes after the democratic anointed nominee (Clinton) tomorrow, the Democratic establishment may end up on that road as yet not traveled: the nomination of an insurgent candidate: Bernie Sanders.

Education Secretary Calls for Repeal

Education Secretary John B. King Jr. spoke yesterday at the Education Writers Association national conference in Boston. He was asked about the laws in North Carolina and Mississippi restricting the rights of transgender Americans.

Asked about the laws King called them hateful and said gender identity should be protected.

He said the laws send a problematic message to students and he is calling on state legislatures to repeal them.

My hope is legislators will realize they've made a terrible mistake.

--Sec King

Hellraisers Journal: Irish of New York City Hold Mass Meeting to Voice Support for Rebels of Dublin

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday May 3, 1916
New York, New York - Packed Meeting of Irish Society Supports Dublin Revolt

Easter Rising, Irish Republic Flag, GPO 1916.png

Guess What Hillary's Says She Will Make Her Priorities as President

Now that the Clinton campaign believes they have the nomination in the bag, stories are starting to leak out regarding upon the matters Hillary Clinton will focus her energy and "political capital" come 2017 when she takes over the reins from Barack Obama. I imagine you are wondering what her priorities might be? Income inequality? Make the wealthiest people and corporations pay their fair share of taxers? Raise the minimum wage? End the our endless wars in the Middle East?

WA-03 race. I need the help of all Washington State registered voters THIS WEEK.

Dear Caucus99Percent Community members in Washington State:

I am running for the US House from the 3rd Congressional District of Washington State.

I am looking at a May 20th Deadline to submit 1,740 validated Washington State registered Voter signatures to the state Secretary of State’s office, to ensure I get on the WA State Primary ballot showing up in voters mailboxes on July 15, 2016.

Yes, I do Read The Telegraph

It's on the conservative side of the aisle, however they sometimes get it right

In what can only be described as an Alice Through the Looking Glass election, there is little doubt that it is Mrs Clinton who the “establishment” candidate rather than her Republican opponent.

I hadn't seen Boehner's comment on Cruz

A Critical Piece of Bernie's Message has been Overlooked

Several years ago, I switched my registration from Democrat to No-Party-Affiliation because, like so many others, I felt that the Democrats were largely failing to offer candidates that are consistent with my sense of how the party should operate.

It's 2016. What's the Worst That Could Happen?

What follows is political analysis based on a supposition that Hillary and Trump win their Party's nominations. It is derived from a notable opinion piece by Dan Balz entitled, "What would Trump be like as GOP nominee?" I paraphrase some of Balz's passages and use quotes, as well. Our conclusions are different. Dan Balz is Chief Correspondent at The Washington Post.

The General Election Strategy

Clinton and her team are planning to go early and hard against Trump. They are convinced that in the general election, Trump will be the same kind of opponent that he was in the Republican Primaries; that Trump's fall campaign style will continue to be slashing. They expect Trump to come at Clinton from both the right and the left.

Clinton’s team is preparing for what they believe will be one of the nastiest campaigns in recent memory. “Hillary set out a year ago to be a champion for everyday people and to help families finally start getting ahead again in this economy,” said Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager. “That’s what she’s going to keep talking about in the general election. . . . Trump, I’m sure, will try to bully and throw out insults. That’s not going to derail her.”

But the Trump that Hillary's Team is preparing for is not the Trump who will be running in the general election. And, that could derail her.

Loretta Lynch on inclusion and equality

Loretta Lynch spoke with Buzzfeed's Chris Gender on Friday on a range of issues, including transgender protections.

Lynch’s Justice Department is one of the key agencies advancing that Obama administration position — first adopted by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — that sex discrimination bans for the workplace and schools should be read to include a ban on anti-transgender discrimination, including allowing people to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.

Hellraisers Journal: May Day in New York City! Unionists & Socialist Turn Out by Tens of Thousands!

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday May 2, 1916
From The New York Times: Thousands March Singing Marseillaise

May Day 1916, NYC Parade, LOC.png

Hillary's "helping downballot Dems" was a big scam. Shocker!

Bernie's Press Release: https://berniesanders.com/press-release/politico-exposes-clinton-campaig...

Remember all the Hillpeople always ripping Bernie for not helping the downballot Dems and bragging on Hillary's wonderful generosity and selflessness in helping the party faithful? SHOCKER -- like everything else Clinton, all bullshit and mirrors.

I would like to remind some of what a real Democrat Stands for:

Even as the Second World War continued

In our day these economic truths have become accepted as self-evident. We have accepted, so to speak, a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for all regardless of station, race, or creed.

Among these are:

The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the Nation;

Californian Independents Check Your Registration ASAP if You Want to Vote in CA Primary: 500,000 may be improperly registered as members of right wing fringe party

California's Democratic Party allows independents to vote in its upcoming primary.

Anti-Capitalist Meetup: May 1, 2017--mass intersectional direct action after "the 1st 100 days"

When the oppressed are divided and ruled, a dialectic of united versus divided response emerges (February 6, 1869 illustration from Harper's Weekly: The National Colored Convention in Session at Washington, D.C.--Sketched by Theo. R. Davis in 1869.)

Bernie takes the gloves off and brings down the hammer

Whoa! Did you have any doubt that Bernie is in it to win it? You won't after watching his press conference today on C-Span. Bernie is on fire (literally berning) You have to hear the press conference for yourself. Bernie is trying to dispel the media narrative that has been pushed since the losses in the Acela primaries.

I believe his supporters should also not buy into that defeatist narrative as it kills activism.

Carving space for herself

When Summer Luk was a student at Biola University , she was forced to sign a contract promising not to drink, party, or have sex...and of course, definitely not to be transgender. The Hong Kong native has now transferred to NYU, has been able to come out to her professors as who she is, has interned for GLAAD, and the music major has written and recorded an original song, now made into a video directed by Laura Camarena and featuring a diverse group of transgender people.

The lyric video explores the performative nature of gender, the difficulties of navigating the legal system and finding a place where transgender people are protected as citizens against prejudice, discrimination and hate-motivated violence. By including transgender people who are of different races, ages, faiths, and stages in their transition this video showcases the huge spectrum that exists within the community.

--Summer Luk

Hellraisers Journal: New York May Day Parade to Be Led by Locked Out Garment Workers

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Monday May 1, 1916
New York City - Locked Out Garment Workers to March up Fifth Avenue

NYC May Day, Garment Workers, May 1, 1916, LOC, crpd.png
Garment Workers of New York City

The arc of the moral universe and Daniel Berrigan

“...the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Oh how I would love to believe that's true. I'm not saying I disbelieve it, but the past 50 years has called it into question.

It's hard to say. Maybe justice is just a dream. I will always hope not.

Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers have yet to come up with best practices to deal with the waves of unaccompanied children apprehended by Border Patrol agents, but some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence and are opting instead to fund legislation that would fast-track their deportations.

Organizing opposition to I-1515

A crowd of about 150 people opposed to Initiative 1515 gathered in Renton, WA on Thursday. I-1515, which will need 246,000 valid signatures by July 8 to be on the November ballot,

would amend the Law Against Discrimination to state that, with exceptions, covered public and private entities may restrict access to "private facilities" to "biologically" male or female individuals regardless of their gender identity and limit state and local regulations governing gender-identity discrimination. It requires that public-school bathrooms and locker rooms open to multiple people. be sex segregated, and authorizes lawsuits against schools that grant students access to those facilities based on gender identity.

--Ballot Measure Summary

The begging bowl society (with update)

Literally the other day, I walked into my favorite coffee house, where everyone knows my name (hey, I always tip - that helps), only to learn that one of the baristas who had been on unpaid sick leave for a knee replacement her insurance company finally approved (or maybe she borrowed money from family and friends, I don't really know), had suffered a devastating loss. Her husband died unexpectedly this week after suffering a heart attack in his sleep.

WE NEVER FORGET: Last Statement of James Connolly, Irish Rebel

Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living.
-Mother Jones
James Connolly
June 5, 1868-May 12, 1916

Last Statement, smuggled out to the world through his daughter, Nora,
on the eve of his execution: