on this week's episode of 'dynasty' ('the cw,' friday nights), fallon was trying to juggle her new company and liam.  she needed a writer to write a piece of her new magazine and had to go try to woo him.  which would leave liam alone.

adam told her that amnesia victims could backslide and she's afraid that could happen to liam so she creates an article and tells him she needs him to write it.

he goes with her to meet the guy - turns out he and liam are old friends - and liam remembers him.

much to fallon's displeasure, liam remembers more and more - all about the guy.

she accidentally shoots the guy during a turkey shoot so she doesn't get him to write an article.

liam is mad at her - she has admitted the article was a make-work project so he would go with her.

it doesn't look good for fallon.

meanwhile . . .

sam's struggling with the hotel which has a very bad image and no guests.  fallon has called in a favor to get a p.r. guy to help sam.  they clash.  and its obvious there's chemistry between the two.  in a move to save the hotel, sam serves food to the homeless.  anders is proud of sam and says sam can fly on his own now. 

dominique.  remember culhane tells her she has to tell monica (dominique's daughter) that vanessa is dominique's step-daughter.

dominique, this episode, lets vanessa have it for telling michael culhane.  vanessa tells her that michael figured it out on his own and confronted her.  why didn't vanessa tell her?  because she thought dominique would react badly

dominique says vanessa has got to keep it quiet until they get monica to sign her as an artist.

dominique then goes to blake and tells her brother he can stop writing her the checks if he'll hand over whatever dirt he has on culhane.  he hands it over.  she confronts culhane with it and tells him his family doesn't need to know all the rotten things he's done if he keeps his mouth shut about vanessa being her step-daughter.

adam tells krystal he needs her help to bake a pie for blake that blake loved as a child.  she's suspicious but because blake is after both of them to get along, she agrees.  they fix the pie, she puts it in the oven and helps him to the stairs - he forgot his cane.  then his nurse (as she and adam planned) sneaks into the kitchen and pumps up the oven temperature, takes the sim card out of crystal's phone, replaces it with a bad 1 and sneaks off to do the other part of her plan.

the pie has burned.  adam whines about how now it will not be the perfect.  crystal finally agrees to go out and get the ingredients all over so they can remake the pie.

on her drive,she hits the nails the nurse left.  her car tires are flat.  she tries to use the phone but it won't work.

this lets adam 'be there' for blake when every 1 else isn't. 

monica invites dominique to thanksgiving.  vanessa is so happy.  they won't have to pretend, dominique told monica the truth!  uh,, no.  and dominique tells vanessa that she better not say anything either.

fallon and liam make up.

a sad blake sits at the table with adam.  no 1 else has showed up  they missed the family photo.

crystal walks through, says she needs to change and then she'll be back down.

when she is blake is griping and at some point crystal jumps in and sings adam's praises. 

at which point, adam sticks up for crystal - even though the plan had been to destroy her.

crystal sees adam holding hands with his nurse under the table.

sam shows up for dinner. then fallon.  then anders and he goes back to working for blake.

at monica's, monica is telling vanessa and dominique how nice this is when vanessa blurts out that dominique is lying and has been lying to monica.  she tells monica that they are sisters.

monica is shocked and furious with dominique and storms out.

adam is in his bedroom when crystal shows up.  he really tries to be her friend this time but she's not buying it.  she tells him she always knew he was behind everything but she couldn't figure out how he could do it while being blind?  then she saw him holding hands with the nurse and gets who is helping him.

the last scene?

fallon in her car with the nurse.  adam trusts her, the nurse says.  fallon hired her for that reason.

let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

Friday, November 22, 2019.  The mess that is the US media (big and small) and protests continue in Iraq.

We noted the debate in yesterday's snapshot, let's note it again.

Why does Branko Marcetic write?  I have no idea.  He wrote a piece of narrative about how awful MSNBC is recently.  If he'd stuck to the data he could have made that point.  If he'd known the network's history, he could have made that point.  Instead he just embarrassed himself and now he's done so again.  The new piece wants you to know that Bernie Sanders was treated poorly "at Last Night's Debate."  But it focuses a large part on "the spin room" -- remarks made by talking heads before and after the debate.

It's all a huge mess and can anyone honestly defend this paragraph:

Despite the final result, at 40 minutes into the debate, the New York Times clocked Sanders at fourth from the bottom in terms of speaking time, with Booker, Harris, Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg far ahead of him. Thirteen minutes later, he had moved up slightly in the shuffle, with Klobuchar now at the very top. Nine minutes after that, he was again fourth from the bottom, with Klobuchar sitting at third. The moderators threw it to Klobuchar after an answer from billionaire Tom Steyer about special interest money and term limits that name-checked Sanders but didn’t mention her—breaking one of the express rules of the debate format.

For those not grasping the problem, that is the textbook definition of 'horse race coverage.'  That says nothing.  It turns the whole thing into a horse race.  Who cares where he was at this point in the debate or that point in the debate?  The final results are actually the issue if speaking time is your concern.

I went to IN THESE TIMES hoping that they'd have a good strong piece on Bernie's debate performance and we could highlight from that.

All they have is Branko's nonsense.  He's such a stupid idiot.  Do we really need to birth another John Nichols on the left?

The idiot's applauding Michael Moore at the end.  Michael Moore.  Serial liar Michael Moore.  Sexist pig Michael Moore.  Bumper sticker 'wisdom' passed off as analysis Michael Moore.  He's craven and he's disgusting.  That IN THESE TIMES feels the need to praise him does not speak well to them.  Is there a bigger (not a fat joke) sheep herder than Michael Moore?  I don't think so.

Everything Branko has written in the piece is useless garbage.  One example:

MSNBC’s post-debate discussion returned to business as usual, with commentators once again covering for another poor Biden performance that saw the former vice president claim he had been picked as Obama’s running mate because “I come out of the black community, in terms of my support,” and that he had the endorsement of the “only” black woman senator in history, to which Kamala Harris laughed. (“I thought he did pretty well,” said panelist and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson).

Actually, she noted she was the other one -- the other Black woman elected to the US Senate.  And if you're noting the above, you need to point out what followed -- no one gives a f**k about fat ass Eugene Robinson. (The joke at THE POST is: Is Eugene dead?  No, it's just his writing that died.)  No one cares about the f**king 'spin room.'  The issue here is that Joe got it wrong yet again and what did he then do? He lied.  He stood on the debate stage and insisted he said "the first."

If the spin room didn't address that, there's your case for how easy they went on Joe.  However, Branko, you went easy on him too by failing to note that not only was Joe wrong, Joe then tried to lie to cover being wrong.  On the debate stage.  In front of everyone.

That is a big deal.

That does go to character.

That does go to how someone handles stress and crisis.

Here's more Branko nonsense:

Schmidt declared that “Mayor Pete had an exceptional night” with a “pretty flawless” performance and attacked Gabbard, who had criticized Buttigieg, as “just awful,” “spectacularly bad,” and “dishonest.” (Biden, meanwhile, had “probably his strongest debate performance,” according to Schmidt).

It sure is nice of Branko to repeat the attacks on Tulsi -- without ever noting what was actually going on.  For example, Tulsi rightly called out Pete's recent announcement that he was willing to send troops, if he were president, into Mexico.

Branko's writing is awful.  I don't get how he thinks he helps anyone by not noting Tulsi's criticism of Tiny Pete  He's more than happy to repeat the insults the 'spin room' hurled at Tulsi.  Does he think that's fair?

He's written a lunatic essay and he really needs to stop a minute, take a breath and look at the garbage he wrote.  It helps no one.  It doesn't address any issues -- big or small.  It doesn't explain how Joe Biden gets caught in a lie onstage and then lies again.  It doesn't raise the issues Tulsi did about Tiny Pete's use of the US military as a personal toy.

It reads like the journal entry of a Bernie fan boy who can't convey why he supports his candidate because policy's just too tough for him.

Is MSNBC awful?  It's hideous.  Guess what, Branko, so was your article.

Maybe Branko couldn't focus on issues because Bernie was so disappointing on them?  Niles Niemuth (WSWS) finds Bernie's latest debate peformance pretty disappointing:

Wednesday night’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Atlanta, Georgia was largely unremarkable save for the degree to which the candidates sought to submit themselves to President Barack Obama’s declaration last week that the party must distance itself from “revolutionary” proposals if it hopes to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections.
The word has been sent down for the candidates to knock off the funny stuff about Medicare for All and other pie in the sky reforms and to get down to business.

Senator Bernie Sanders led the way Wednesday night with regards to political cravenness, walking back his own rhetoric about waging “political revolution” and declaring that he agreed with Obama that it wasn’t necessary to “tear down the system and remake it.”
Sanders responded to a question from moderator Kristin Welker about his oft repeated and popular slogan for a “political revolution” by solidarizing himself with the president who oversaw the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in American history, deported millions of immigrants and waged war abroad for two full terms.

Niles is pretty harsh on everyone on the stage (read what he goes on to say about Tulsi, for example).  And that's fine.  He's not a fan boy.  But Branko is and wants to steer you to Bernie but somehow thinks an article that focuses zero on Bernie's policies is going to do the trick.  Branko wrote an angry I-LOVE-HIM! journal entry.  He didn't write a political column.

And Niles' column slams Bernie.  So a reader who missed the debate (or avoided it) is presented with Branko's emotional sobbing and Niles' addressing the debate itself.  Which opinion are they more likely to see as reasoned?  Branko hurts Bernie's cause with bad writing.

Who's getting the case out for Bernie?  Not Branko.  Not JACOBIN where Branko also writes.  They've got nothing about the debate.  THE PROGRESSIVE becomes a dirtier joke each year.  It's not even aware that debates are going on.  What a useless rag it's become.  It was bad at the end of Matthew Rothschild's tenure.  He was promising, for example, to cover Cindy Sheehan.  He didn't.  It was just like his lie to me that he was going to cover The Winter Soldier event and then he didn't.  What a piece of garbage.  Ruth Conniff only made the rag worse.  And now it stands as what?  The new YES!  YES! survives due to government funding (yeah, I said it and, yeah, I may say more about our 'friend' YES!, the only magazine with state-sanctioned venereal disease).  THE PROGRESSIVE's going to go under at this rate.  And, here's the thing, no one's going to miss it.  They've spent too many years making a case for just how worthless they can be.

At COMMON DREAMS, Jake Johnson notes:

"We're going to win," declared Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday in response to a new national Emerson poll showing the Vermont senator and former Vice President Joe Biden tied for the top spot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.
Sanders and Biden are tied with 27% support, according to Emerson. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) polled in third place at 20%, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg trailed far behind at just 7%.

The polling goes to the fact that Bernie is electable.  And if Branko wanted to write something of use, he could start typing a piece about how, despite media attacks and media blackouts, Bernie's doing that well so imagine how much better his numbers would be right now if the media just treated him fairly?

Polls keep showing that voters see as the most trustworthy candidate in the race. Why? Because he's not just been consistent for 40 years -- he's been getting a lot of things done, even with the congressional odds stacked against him.

At THE NATION, Joan Walsh thinks she's still writing for SALON and can get away with garbage.  (Those of us in California are more apt to be familiar with Joan's long history of mistakes -- including when Kamala got elected Attorney General but Joan didn't know which office Kamala had run for.)  So she churns out a piece on what a debate run by women looks like.

Idiot, that wasn't a debate run by women.  That was a debate run by corporate suits -- and you include your beloved Rachel Maddow on that list of corporate suits.

Unlike bubble girl Joan, I get out in the real world.  Based on women on campuses alone, I can tell you a debate run by women would have led with Medicare For All, would've moved on to the need to address climate change and would have then gone into these never-ending wars and these coups.

We didn't get that on MSNBC because -- pay attention, Joan -- the debate wasn't run by women.  What a useless idiot Joan Walsh is.

And what a useless idiot some many outlets have become.  WOMEN'S MEDIA CENTER -- why do you exist?  To cover yourself?  Oh, look, a story on your report!  Oh, look a story on your own gala!  Where are the pieces about events going on, actual events?  Where's anything on the historic year this was with so many women seeking the Democratic Party's presidential nomination?

Oh, don't worry, you can do an article on it 20 years from now and calling it "Looking Back."

Then there are the idiots at WOMEN'S ENEWS.

Celebrity chasing replaces covering the news.

So they have a big article on what a feminist Carrie Fisher was!!!

I knew Carrie.  I liked Carrie.

Carrie was no feminist.

She savaged many women (I'd include Carly Simon on that list of women savaged based solely on her attacks on Carly and Carly's songwriting during the making of POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE -- the film).  She was not a feminist.

It's hilarious to see her painted as such.  I've made one negative comment about Carrie since she died -- I did it in a THIRD roundtable -- and I'd really like to leave it at that.  But if this rewriting of Carrie and adulation passed off as critique continues, I'll be addressing the realities in depth.

In the meantime, what has WOMEN'S ENEWS accomplished with their worship of Carrie Fisher?  Well, it's allowed them to avoid any real issues.  Way to go!!!

Medicare For All.  I don't care if you think Bernie Sanders stinks and has bad breath.  Medicare For All -- all by itself -- is a reason to root for Bernie.  And, yes, we can root for Bernie and root for Elizabeth and root for Dario Hunter and anyone else that is standing up for Medicare For All.

It's what the country needs and that greedy bastards refuse to grant this to the American citizens goes to how corrupt the system has become.  It was bad before, but it's gotten so much worse.

This is a need, not a want.

Let's grasp that Bully Boy Bush gave it to the Iraqi people.  When he destroyed Iraq, he didn't give them a for-profit health system.  He knew they wouldn't stand for it.

Americans shouldn't stand for it either.

At COMMON DREAMS, Lindsay Koshgarian writes:

If you’re following the presidential race, you’ve heard plenty of sniping about Medicare for All and whether we can afford it. But when it comes to endless war or endless profits for Pentagon contractors, we’re told we simply must afford it—no questions asked.
According to one study, even if universal health insurance didn’t bring health care prices down—an unlikely worst-case scenario—we’d need an extra $300 billion a year beyond our current spending to provide full insurance for everyone.
Where can we find it? In a giant pot of money that’s already rampant with waste and abuse: the Pentagon.
Right now, only about one quarter of the $738 billion Pentagon budget goes to our troops. The rest is mainly three things: the cost of maintaining 800 military installations all over the world; lucrative Pentagon contracts, which account for nearly half of the entire Pentagon budget; and, of course, our never-ending wars in the Middle East.

According to my research, if we end those wars, shut down wasteful and failing weapons programs, and close unnecessary foreign bases, we could come up with an extra $350 billion to spend on Medicare for All—without sacrificing security.

Oh, look, a woman.  And she's addressing healthcare and endless war.

Joan Walsh, put down the booze and look over here, that's what a debate led by women would look like.

In Iraq, the protests continue.  And REUTERS reports that, already today, 2 protesters have been killed by security forces in Baghdad -- another twenty two were left injured.

the military is shedding blood on the streets by attacking the people, probably by the govt's orders. How else do you explain it when there have been protests in other countries for months but not as much bloodshed as in Iraq.
Terrific piece by Death on the bridge: The young lives cut short in Iraq's uprising

Baghdad tunnel becomes a museum for Iraq's protest movement

This morning, Mustafa Habib reports:

Today's speech was short, Sistani described the situation by saying: "the country is in big crisis"
  • Breaking: the senior cleric in Ali confirms again his solidarity with , & said that new electoral law must be passed, this law must reflect the real representation of voters, & an independent electoral commission must be established.

    The following sites updated:


    joe biden needs to take his family on springer

    c.i. told you.  she told you hunter biden was the father of that baby.  she told you.  she told you the campaign knew it - and they did - over a month ago.

    now it's out.  the test shows that hunter biden is the father.

    this should be major news.

    i see it is starting to get traction from some on the right.

    Will recognize his 'DNA tested' grandchild? *Hunter Biden refuses to pay* **retweet**

    bristol palin was slut shamed in 2008.  and she was a child.

    hunter's almost 50.  he got a woman pregnant and then lied by insisting he never slept with her.

    yeah he did.  it's his kid.

    what does that say about the morals of the biden family?  that you have to have a dna test to prove hunter fathered your child?

    he's disgusting.

    he's a pig.

    joe biden raised a pig.

    yeah, let's seem him answer for that.

    again, teenage bristol palin was slut shamed.

    but they're going to let hookers and drugs hunter biden get away with this?

    let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  In Iraq, the people risk everything to demand a just country while in the 'democratic' US the media monopolies and their lackeys try to sell betraying the American people as a 'centrist' move.

    In the United States, the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination continues.  At THE NATION, Katrina vanden Heuvel discusses one of the key issues of this contest:  Medicare For All.  The column appears in full at THE WASHINGTON POST.  Katrina notes:

    In the Democratic presidential debate, Medicare for All has been probed and dissected as if it were an extraterrestrial alien rather than a logical extension of Medicare, the most popular US medical program. Debate moderators have drilled down on the cost of Medicare-for-all, ignoring the fact that it would cost less and cover more than our existing system. Pete Buttigieg, the largest recipient of health-care industry donations outside of President Trump, bashes its champions, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), for wanting to increase taxes on the middle class while booting “150 million Americans off their insurance in four short years.” Former vice president Joe Biden labels Warren as “angry,” “condescending” and “elitist.”
    Ignored in the furor is what might be the most incredible assertion in the health-care debate: the claim by the centrists that they can provide health care to everyone for less money than Medicare-for-all by cobbling a public option onto our current system. Americans, they claim, can have their choice between private insurance or a public system like Medicare.

    It doesn’t take much reflection to realize that this is a real stretch. Adding a public option on top of our current system would continue the staggering administrative waste of the private insurance system. About 30 percent of every health care dollar is squandered on administrative overhead—largely the paperwork, the preapprovals, denials and appeals that are inherent in a system of for-profit private insurance companies. That’s about $1 trillion a year. Medicare for All can cut that trillion dollars in half by eliminating that bureaucratic waste. To continue to pay for that waste, a public option system will either end up as Medicare for All Who Can Afford It—rationed by cost, with tens of millions deprived of adequate health care—or it will cost far more than Medicare for All.

    She makes many strong points.  And Medicare For All is a need, not a want.

    But we need to being making other points in this conversation.  We need to be noting FDR.  FDR created the New Deal.  It was not finished when he died in office.  He is a historic and legendary political figure.  He was a Democrat.  Why are we not picking up the torch, why are we not insisting that we carry out Medicare For All to complete FDR's vision?

    "Socialism!" a lot of fools scream.  Why do we let them?  I have no problem with Socialism.  But Medicare For All is, politically, about FDR.

    Isaiah's THE WORLD TODAY JUST NUTS  "No Deal Nancy" on Sunday was about contrasting a current leader in the Democratic Party (Nancy Pelosi) with the historic FDR.  FDR was the New Deal.  Nancy with her opposition to Medicare For All is the No Deal.

    This is very much political and Democrats not willing to stand with FDR's legacy are not Democrats we should be standing with.  As Trina said last night:

    I've already said I'm not voting for any candidate for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination who is not calling for Medicare For All.

    But what about people like Nancy Pelosi?

    They are the enemy.

    Nancy's a greedy woman who's increased her wealth vastly.

    But she begrudges the American people the right to have healthcare.

    She's useless and we deserve better, we deserve a better Democratic leader in the house, we deserve a better spokesperson.

    Nancy got hers and that's all she cares about. 

    Opposition to Medicare For All is about greed.  We spend billions on wars.  We can't afford to give every citizen healthcare?  We can afford it.  But heaven forbid a few billionaires lose a couple of pennies over this each year.  This is OUR country.  We are a collective and we need to be working to take care of everyone.  In our community, Trina's covered Medicare For All since she started her site.  That's because she's a nurse and, like most nurses, realizes the health benefits -- the benefits to this country -- from a healthy population.  She sees those in need who struggle because they can't afford healthcare.  To be opposed to Medicare For All at this late date is to be an uncaring bastard.  I'm not in the mood to play.

    Bernie Sanders and nurses have gotten us to this conversation in America.  They've had the strength to argue for what is needed and do so for years.  Now that it's gained traction, we see the response of the press which is to try to elevate any toady who will opposed Medicare For All -- be it Tiny Pete or Pro-Rape Deval.  In fairness to the press, remember, as I've long noted, they're general studies majors.  Remember those in college? Not really trained in anything.  They are trained in cashing a check and that's why they dance for the elites who have all they need but deny healthcare to the needy.

    Ruth pointed out:

    I cannot believe that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thinks she can stab F.D.R. in the back an get away with it.  That is what her attack on Medicare For All is -- an attack on F.D.R.  He was all for it.  If he had not died when he did, every American would already have Medicare For All.  He is a Democrat and one of the best historical figures we have.

    Instead of building on his work and honoring his memory, Ms. Pelosi spits on it.  It is time to send her ass out of leadership.  She has nothing to offer.

    And that's how we need to discuss it.  FDR was heroic.  If you're spitting on his memory, you need to be called out.

    Liza Feathersone (JACOBIN) observes:

    The centrists are finally talking about Medicare for All. Since they can’t deny the moral imperative of single payer, they’ve become obsessed with attacking its “political viability.” Yet, detached from the work of political persuasion, it seems these opinion-generators know little about how regular people actually think about Medicare for All.
    Hillary Clinton this week dismissed single payer as being “the right goal” but politically impossible. J.P. Green of the Democratic Strategist opined that “Medicare for All in the Sanders-Warren sense is just not viable politically.” Ron Brownstein fretted in the Atlantic last month about the political challenge of a reform with such an “eye-popping” price tag, and the “anxieties” of Democratic health care experts on whether Warren’s plan (people like this avoid mentioning Bernie at all) could fly in the general election. David Leonhardt of the New York Times wrote a couple weeks ago of Warren’s plan, “The No. 1 reason to question her version of Medicare for All — in which private health insurance would be eliminated — is its political viability.” How will she “overcome people’s resistance to giving up their health insurance for a larger new program that yes, would require a tax increase”? Leonhardt could not imagine.

    In their world, Medicare for All is on everyone’s mind, but is impossible. Turning away from the pundits, with their cramped political imaginations and scant experience of humans, offers a different view.
    For quite a while now, DSA activists have been going knocking on doors, talking to people in their communities, and working to get them to support and fight for Medicare for All. (Some chapters have been working to get local congressional representatives to support the Bernie Sanders/Pramila Jayapal single-payer legislation; in many places, these efforts have been incorporated into a broader canvass for Bernie.) Such canvassing offers a different perspective from the polling so beloved by pundits, consultants, and other political professionals, in part because it assumes that people are open to new points of view.
    What Medicare for All canvassers find is that most people haven’t even heard of M4A. Many haven’t heard of Bernie Sanders or his presidential campaign. But people tend to love the idea of M4A once it’s explained. “No one says, ‘I don’t want free health care,’” says Eric Vance, who canvassed for M4A with East Bay DSA and now is a field organizer with Healthy California Now, a coalition of groups working for single-payer health care. “There’s very little antagonism.”
    What’s more, the questions people ask about Medicare for All aren’t the same ones the pundit class imagines, nor, in the context of an engaged conversation about their health care experiences, do their objections tend to be fatal.
    One issue that troubles pundits little, yet comes up frequently in the field, is that people who have some experience of Medicaid or Medicare are often dissatisfied with these programs. Fainan Lakha, an organizer with DSA’s NYC Healthcare Working Group who spent much of the summer canvassing block parties in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, heard a lot of complaints about Medicaid: doctors can change, and the paperwork and billing can be burdensome. “Medicaid feels like a lot to manage” for many of the people she met, she says. Lakha found people were often convinced when she talked about how Medicare for All would be different from existing government programs: “no expiration, no bill, no paperwork, all you need to do is pick your doctor and show up.”
    Similarly, Tara Rose, a DSA member, who has been canvassing mainly in working-class black neighborhoods in Winston-Salem, North Carolina finds that many elderly people aren’t thrilled with Medicare. “The only person who actually yelled at me when canvassing just kept yelling, ‘I hate Medicare! I hate Medicare! I wish I could go back to my old insurance,’” Rose laughs remembering this scene. “What was funny was he actually had a peace banner on his house!”

    While this particular Medicare-hater wasn’t willing to listen to her perspective, most people are. Rose explains why the Sanders/Jayapal M4A is better than Medicare; when older people hear that it would cover dental, vision, and hearing aids, they’re likely to get on board.

    Kate Randall has an important piece at WSWS and we're noting this from it:

    Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released her “Medicare for All” plan November 1 to much fanfare. Her proposal, titled “Ending the Stranglehold of Health Care Costs on American Families,” is a version of the legislation she co-sponsored with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
    Medicare for All, as put forward by the senator from Massachusetts, would do away with private insurance and end employer-sponsored coverage, making the federal government the sole insurer and creating what is called a single-payer system. Warren says the plan would cost $52 trillion over a decade and require $20.5 trillion in new funding after other savings are taken into account.
    She immediately came under fire from billionaires such as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and hedge fund owner Leon Cupperman, who denounced her inclusion of a six percent “wealth tax” on holdings above $1 billion. Despite the fact that Warren’s Medicare for All plan doesn’t stand a chance of being passed by Congress or signed into law, the billionaires are outraged at any suggestion that they sacrifice a portion of their fortunes in new taxes.
    They were joined by “moderate” Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who called her plan “elitist,” and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. Last Friday, Barack Obama piled on, warning against Democrats who indulge in “revolutionary” rhetoric.

    Kate goes on to call out what Elizabeth presented last Friday.  Read her column for that.  For our purposes, we need to focus on that last paragraph above:

    They were joined by “moderate” Democratic presidential candidates, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who called her plan “elitist,” and South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg. Last Friday, Barack Obama piled on, warning against Democrats who indulge in “revolutionary” rhetoric.

    Barack really needs to sit his tired ass down.  It is very likely he okayed spying on a candidate in the 2016 election.  He's got no 'moral ground' to stand on.  He was a lousy president who made many promises and kept none.  He did not join workers who went on strike as he promised he would when he was a candidate.  He did not pull all US troops out of Iraq as he promised.  He overturned the 2010 election in Iraq -- when the Iraqi voters clearly said no to a second term for Nouri al-Maliki, the thug that Barack backed -- with The Erbil Agreement.  He did not close down Guantanamo as he promised.  He did not meet his promise to end homelessness for veterans.  He posed pretty for pictures and he helped the bankers -- or served the bankers -- he's got no "moral ground" to stand on.

    Tiny Pete is a child who has no grasp of the world around him or the needs of the people.  Tiny Pete needs to go find a bouncy house to jump around in if he's unable to grow up on the campaign trail and address the needs of the American people.

    And then there's Joe.

    "Elitist."  Elizabeth's plan to give all Americans healthcare is "elitist."

    That is stupid -- that is beyond stupid.  I don't even know where to start.  Let's start with grammar and definitions.  Elitist is not a proposal that covers everyone. Let's move over to the fact that Joe's son Hunter paid off those hookers and fed his drug addiction via the money he made on unethical deals because he was Joe's son.  Joe's okay with that and pretends he did nothing wrong -- Joe did everything wrong.  But while he looks the other way so his son can rake in millions -- and, yes, we are talking millions -- he won't stand up for the American people.

    Who  is Joe Biden?

    Norman Solomon (COMMON DREAMS) trains the camera on Joe and it's not pretty:

    The Biden for President campaign had been using social media and its email list in the Los Angeles area to urge attendance. Under sunny skies, near abundant free parking, the outdoor rally on the campus of LA’s Trade-Technical College offered a chance to hear the man widely heralded as the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
    No more than 500 people showed up.
    Admittedly, as an active Bernie Sanders supporter, I didn’t have high expectations. But what struck me about the rally went beyond the dismal turnout and the stale rhetoric from a corporate Democrat posing as a champion of working people.
    Biden’s slow decline in polls is empirical, but what ails his campaign—as reflected in that California kickoff rally—is almost ineffable. Biden is a back-to-the-future product who often seems clueless about the present. In view of so many deep and widespread concerns, from income inequality to healthcare disparities to the climate emergency, his talking points are simply beside the point.
    The Biden base has two main components: the corporate media outlets that routinely protect him from critical scrutiny, and the rich people who routinely infuse his lackluster campaign with cash. When and where he isn’t getting fuel from either component of that base, the campaign sputters.

    Contrasts with the large and passionate rallies for Sanders and Elizabeth Warren could hardly be greater. Not coincidentally, those two candidates are glad to rely on large numbers of small donations, while Biden relies on small numbers of large donations.
    Biden is so afraid of Democratic activists that -- for the second time this year -- he declined an invitation to join other candidates in speaking to a convention of the California Democratic Party. The latest convention heard from eight presidential candidates on Nov. 16, two days after Biden’s kickoff rally, no more than an hour’s drive away in Long Beach.

    While careful to stay away from engaged grassroots Democrats, Biden made a beeline for wealthy donors immediately after his sparsely attended rally. First, he hurried over to a reception in West Los Angeles (tickets up to $1,000 each). Later that evening, a local TV station noted, Biden’s fundraising schedule took him to “the Pacific Palisades home of Rick Lynch, the owner of the entertainment marketing firm BLT Communications, and music video producer Lanette Phillips,” with tickets “priced at $500 and $2,800, the maximum individual contribution during the primary campaign.”

    Jonathan Cohn (IN THESE TIMES) notes the energy people are pouring into the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and how corporate pundits -- who insist they are 'centrists' -- are not centrist nor are the Dems who embrace them:

    Given how broadly popular such progressive ideas are, one would think that they would be a part of any concept of a political “center.” But they’re not.
    That’s because the “center” pundits talk about isn’t actually the center of the electorate. It more often refers to the center of the elite class of major donors—upholding a corporate-friendly status quo.
    “Centrist” Democrats in Congress are fighting to protect pharmaceutical monopolies, thus inflating the cost of prescription drugs. By contrast, three-quarters of voters in key swing districts, according to a recent poll, want to see such monopolies broken up.
    “Centrist” Democrats have aided and abetted Donald Trump’s immigration policies, but polls show that voters overwhelmingly oppose family separation and a border wall
    “Centrist” Democrats often flock to bills that roll back regulations on Wall Street, and yet cracking down on Wall Street is popular across the political spectrum.
    “Centrist” Democrats push to increase military spending year after year, and yet only one-third of voters actually think that we are spending too little.
    The fact that progressive policies are popular—and that policies branded “centrist” often aren’t—doesn’t mean that progressive candidates can rest on their laurels and be assured of victory. We’ve seen progressive ballot measures win in the same elections that more progressive candidates didn’t.

    What it does mean is that you can run on progressive policies and values and win. And that you can change what we even mean by the “center” in the process.   

    Tiny Pete doesn't support the people because he's never been one of them.  He's a child posing as an adult.  That's not just referencing the infamous NEW REPUBLIC essay that TNR went on to pull (the essay raised valid points), that's also the fact that he's done nothing with his life that allows him to relate.  What big health bill has he ever had to pay?  As a mayor, as a member of the armed services, Pete' not had to face down the medical bills that most Americans deal with.

    Well, he knows, right, the panic of looking at your sick child at one in the morning, right?


    Pete and his husband have elected to have a childless marriage -- no adoption or surrogates for them.

    Tiny Pete has no life experience to speak of or draw on.  That's reality.  And apparently he lacks self-awareness as well.  He's made no effort to understand the lives of people not like him.  His only point of reference is self.  Well, sorry, Pete, not every American has disposable income.  Many are raising children and struggling with bills.  Tiny Pete should have been listening to the American people a long time ago if he wants to be president.

    Polls, polls, polls.  Maybe Destiny's Child could get back together long enough to record "Polls, Polls, Polls" as a follow up to "Bills, Bills, Bills"?  At JACOBIN, Meagan Day notes:

    Look at this new CBS poll of Democrats in early battleground states. If we just observe who respondents list as their probable number-one choice, Joe Biden is in the lead with 29 percent, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 26 percent and Bernie Sanders at 18 percent. Pete Buttigieg trails with 9 percent, Kamala Harris pulls 7 percent, and the rest hardly deserve a mention.
    But that’s not the only information available. The respondents were also asked to state how certain they were of their number-one choice. Bernie Sanders blew the competition out of the water. Forty-eight percent of those who listed Sanders as their preference responded that they’d “definitely made up their mind.” That number dropped to 35 percent for Biden supporters, 28 percent for Harris supporters, 22 percent for Warren supporters, and 21 percent for Buttigieg supporters.
    These results pair well with a recent Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll, which found that, overall, Buttigieg was the front-runner there, while Sanders, Warren, and Biden were locked in a dead heat for second place. We could stop there, but we’d be overlooking a key detail. The poll also found that Sanders supporters were the least likely to report that their vote was up for grabs. Fifty-seven percent of Iowa poll respondents who support Sanders said their mind was made up. None of the other top candidates even broke 30 percent.
    That difference is astounding. “There’s a stickiness in his support,” said the head of the company that conducted the poll, concluding that Sanders “has the most fired up supporters.”
    With Biden, Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg all performing well in some polls and lagging in others, this is a data point worth paying attention to. In a close race, there is immense value in “sticky support.” Someone who’s made up their mind this early and who’s passionate about their candidate is significantly more likely to donate or volunteer. Committed supporters put signs in their lawns and bumper stickers on their cars. They talk to their coworkers and families. They canvass their neighborhoods and post on social media. On election day, every person’s vote counts the same (well, sort of), but in the months beforehand, a committed supporter brings far more value to a campaign than a passive one.

    Not only does Sanders have far more committed supporters in his corner, he’s also built an unparalleled distributed organizing infrastructure to connect the most gung ho of them to volunteer opportunities. According to campaign spokesperson Joe Calvello, the campaign has made more than 7 million calls and sent over 63 million texts to voters, with the majority of these going into early primary and Super Tuesday states. Other campaigns are reluctant to share volunteer-assisted outreach numbers. Could it be because they pale in comparison?

    In Iraq, the protests continue.  Big Military (fake) Tiny Pete has nothing to say on that, by the way.  He's good at pretending he's an expert, he just fails to deliver.  Poor, tiny, Pete.

    nurses in 's Tahrir square. After their hospital shifts they come to treat the wounded near the front lines of the protest. 'My parents think I'm at work' one says.

    Sadr City residents have come in droves to Baghdad’s protests, driven by anger at the Iraq government’s neglect and fueled by their long history of defiance.

    ‘This is my sacrifice’: Hundreds maimed in Iraq protests - AFP | Up up to now: Nov 20, 2019, 8: 58 IST iraq sing BAGHDAD: A fractured backbone, paralysed leg, gap within the support: Hamza took to the streets of Iraq’s capital to ask a higher l...

    As anti-government protests continue across Baghdad and the southern provinces, a group of twelve political blocs in the Council of Representatives has proposed a number of reform proposals to the government.
    Sadr City in Iraq offers a window into the powerful passions driving the current protests

    'This is my sacrifice': Thousands maimed in Iraq protests

    Here is the whole story & beyond of Iraqi version of & . Interview with the director at group of youth in work in "The After the Darkness theatre" group, made it to support the protests in Baghdad
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    If you were wondering who made the Iraqi protesters' slick Bella Ciao video, has the answer: 🇮🇶

    A new development in the ongoing protests?  Protesters are now demonstrating in the KRG city of Erbil.

    Dental graduates protest about unemployment in Erbil

    On the corruption in the government . . .

    Iraq in a tweet: 13 years ago today my father was kidnapped, 3 days after reporting corrupt practices at the Ministry of Health to his superiors. The person responsible for his murder went from prison to heading the parliamentary defence committee.

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