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Avenatti to Trump, #BastaLaVistaBaby!


Homophobic imagery in a DU comment

It was directed at me


Our Revolution candidate destroyed in most high profile race so far - Ohio Gov.

This is a race they should have outperformed. Kucinich has a very high name recognition nationwide let alone in his home state. Instead here are the results:

Democratic Richard Cordray 423,264 62.3%
Democratic Dennis Kucinich 155,694 22.9%

Looks like Our Revolution is a fizzle. And that's a good thing.

#Metoo - Writer Junot Diaz Responds to Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Too bad - His books were good reads.


“I think about the hurt I’ve caused,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Díaz wrote in a #MeToo-inspired essay in the New Yorker. In the widely-celebrated essay, Díaz wrote about his rape at the age of eight and its lingering trauma, including a suicide attempt. “The rape excluded me from manhood, from love, from everything,” he wrote. Díaz also attempted to grapple with “the hurt” he imposed on unnamed others, largely ex-girlfriends, expanding on some of the themes he explored in his 2012 short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her. “I don’t hurt people with my lies or my choices, and wherever I can I make amends,” Díaz wrote in his April New Yorker essay. “I take responsibility. I’ve come to learn that repair is never-ceasing.” Now Díaz fellow writers are calling on his to take responsibility for the “hurt” he alluded to.

On Thursday night, novelist Zinzi Clemmons tweeted that she was “forcibly” kissed by Díaz when she was “a wide-eyed” 26-year-old. Clemmons, whose novel What We Lose earned her recognition from the National Book Foundation, wrote: “As a grad student, I invited Junot Diaz to speak to a workshop on issues of representation in literature. I was an unknown wide-eyed 26 yo, and he used it as an opportunity to corner and forcibly kiss me. I’m far from the only one he’s done this 2, I refuse to be silent anymore.”


Clemmons’ first tweet was retweeted and elaborated on by writer Carmen Maria Machado whose 2017 story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award. “During his tour for THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER, Junot Díaz did a Q&A at the grad program I’d just graduated from,” Machado wrote on Twitter. “When I made the mistake of asking him a question about his protagonist’s unhealthy, pathological relationship with women, he went off for me for twenty minutes.” In a long thread, Machado recounted her hostile encounter with Díaz, interweaving it with a trenchant critique of the often misogynistic gender politics in his work. She wrote too about the literary community’s complicity, particularly the pervasive underrepresentation of Latinx writers that allows figureheads like Díaz to flourish despite the largely open secret of his treatment of women within publishing.

We need the 2020 Primary forum created here. "It" is starting already. nt

Let's put this to rest, Biden is polling better than Sanders for 2020 at this point


CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. March 22-25, 2018. N=490 Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents nationwide. Margin of error ± 5.3.

"I'm going to read you the names of a few people who might run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. For each one, please tell me whether you would be very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all to support them if they decide to run for the Democratic nomination for 2020. ..."

"Former vice president Joe Biden" 56% Very Likely

"Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders" 46% Very likely

CNN Poll conducted by SSRS. Jan. 14-15 & 17-18, 2018. N=913 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.8.

"I know it's a long way off, but thinking about the election for president that will happen in 2020, if [see below] were the Democratic Party's candidate and Donald Trump were the Republican Party's candidate, who would you be more likely to vote for: [see below]?" If unsure: "As of today, do you lean more toward [see below]?"

Biden 57% Trump 40%

Sanders 55% Trump 42%

Morons at JPR promoting a "theory" by RT that the UK poisoned Skripal in order to implicate Russia

No really, they are


London’s reluctance to share information on the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal has led Moscow to strongly suspect that it was the actual perpetrator of the crime, the Russian ambassador to Britain said.
Moscow is increasingly convinced that Britain is the real culprit behind the attack, according to Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko.

“We have very serious suspicion that this provocation was done by British intelligence,” Yakovenko told Russia’s NTV channel. He clarified that Russia has no direct proof of this suspicion, but the behavior of the British government constitutes strong circumstantial evidence in support of this theory.

Bazinga! No more Trump Hotel in Panama. Hey Trump, Youre Fired!


PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Workers on Monday removed the Trump name from the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower in Panama City, after the Trump Organization appeared to lose control of administration of the property in a bitter commercial dispute.

Earlier on Monday, Orestes Fintiklis, the owner of the Trump hotel who has been fighting a legal battle to oust the Trump Organization’s hotel management team, said a court had ended the fight.
Apparently there was also records and computers seized.

I'm not surprised Republicans want to arm teachers...


OK, so my graphics skills aren't as good as EarlG's

This Tweet is the end to the "Teachers should be armed" stupidity

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