HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » saidsimplesimon » Journal
Page: 1


Profile Information

Member since: Sun Sep 16, 2012, 12:48 PM
Number of posts: 7,279

Journal Archives

Thousands protest against Boris Johnson

Surely, we in the US could equal these numbers in protest against the rumpian coup?


Thousands protest against Boris Johnson's parliament shutdown
Simon Murphy
August 31, 2019

Tens of thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets across Britain and outside the gates of Downing Street in protest against Boris Johnson’s move to suspend parliament.
Boris Johnson is trashing the democracy fought for with the blood of our ancestors
One Facebook group for the capital’s protest event, called “Stop the coup, defend democracy”, said: “Boris Johnson is trying to shut down our democracy so that he can deliver on his Brexit agenda. We can’t just rely on the courts or parliamentary process to save the day. We all have a duty to stand up and be counted.”

Organisers have backed the use of peaceful civil disobedience at the protests. It comes after critics have accused the prime minister of trying to circumvent parliamentary democracy to stop MPs blocking a no-deal Brexit. The protests are being organised by a series of groups including Momentum, the grassroots campaign organisation set up to support Corbyn.
…more including photos at link
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Aug 31, 2019, 11:08 AM (2 replies)

Enthusiasm builds for Elizabeth Warren

Enthusiasm builds for Elizabeth Warren with crowds of 12,000 in St. Paul and 15,000 in Seattle.


ABC News via MSN
Voters wait for hours in Elizabeth Warren's 'selfie' line. Is her strategy working?
August 30, 2019
Wall wasn’t just in any Warren "selfie line" on Sunday. The Massachusetts senator had just wrapped up her largest campaign event ever, attended by about 15,000 people, her team estimates, impressing observers again with her growing crowd sizes and their enthusiasm.

From start to finish, the "selfie line" took four hours.

A few days earlier at her second-largest event — a 12,000-person rally in St. Paul, Minnesota — the "selfie line," misnamed because Warren staffers take the photos, took two hours and 20 minutes. A few days before that, a line after Warren's town hall in Los Angeles took three hours.
And over the past week, as Warren saw three of her biggest crowds yet, it was the three- or four-hour photo lines as much as it was the crowd sizes that sparked conversations about enthusiasm around her rising campaign. Despite a rough start in January, she has steadily risen over the summer months to consistently hold one of the top three spots in the polls.
…..more at link
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Aug 31, 2019, 10:57 AM (18 replies)

How Elizabeth Warren Is Courting the Democratic Establishment


The New York Times via MSN

How Elizabeth Warren Is Courting the Democratic Establishment
Jonathan Martin
But Ms. Warren did not attend the event just to recite her stump speech. She had another, more tailored message for the Democratic check writers, state party leaders and committee members who were gathered at the elegant Fairmont San Francisco.

“Last year, I was running for re-election, but I didn’t hold back,” she said, reminding attendees that in the midterms she had helped more than 160 congressional candidates and nearly 20 hopefuls in governors’ races. “In fact, I raised or gave more than $11 million helping get Democrats elected up and down the ballot around the country” and “sent contributions to all 50 state parties, the national committees and the redistricting fight.”

Her point was easy to grasp: While her liberal agenda may be further left than some in the Democratic establishment would prefer, she is a team player who is seeking to lead the party — not stage a hostile takeover of it.

As Ms. Warren steadily rises in the polls she is working diligently to protect her left flank, lining up with progressives on nearly every issue and trying to defuse potential attacks from supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. “I’m with Bernie,” she responds when asked about what is perhaps the most contentious issue of the primary race: “Medicare for all.”

Yet publicly, and even more in private, she is signaling to party leaders that, far from wanting to stage a “political revolution” in the fashion of Mr. Sanders, she wants to revive the beleaguered Democratic National Committee and help recapture the Senate while retaining the House in 2020.
...snip article at link
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:25 PM (11 replies)

Tropical Storm Dorian


Forecasters say Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Virgin Islands should monitor Dorian’s progress.


Posted by saidsimplesimon | Mon Aug 26, 2019, 12:22 PM (0 replies)

Monty Python's Life Of Brian - I'm Not The Messiah!

Watching MSNBC early this am, I was reminded of ITS lack of humour and anger eruptions when we laugh at him. Hope you enjoy

<iframe width="712" height="534" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sun Aug 25, 2019, 12:46 PM (5 replies)

Biden's singular advantage, as a candidate,

is his support in the AA community. Black women are crucial for a Democratic get out the vote effort. Their efforts in the "rust belt" could very well determine the outcome of the 2020 elections.

It is my opinion that Senator Elizabeth Warren is our best qualified candidate. I have no doubts that she can excite and deliver turnout in the 2020 election. There are 3 candidates who will most likely still be standing when the primaries occur, Warren, Biden, Sanders. It seems possible that our votes could end up with each at or close to one third of the total vote.

Senator Warren is running a fantastic ground game. She needs the support of POC voters. If the goal of all Democrats is to defeat the current freeloader, I think she, not Joe Biden, is the person most likely to deliver.


The New York Times via MSN

Joe Biden, Recalling ’68, Asks Audience to Imagine Obama’s Assassination

Trip Gabriel and Isabella Grullón Paz

HANOVER, N.H. — Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Friday took a series of unusual rhetorical detours at the end of a town-hall-style campaign event nominally dedicated to health care, speculating about how a political assassination of Barack Obama might have affected the country in 2008 and recalling that he was accused of being gay because of his support of women’s rights in the 1970s.
Mr. Biden, 76, was making the point that events of the late 1960s and early ’70s raised his political awareness and propelled him into a political career. He ran successfully for the United States Senate in 1972 at age 29.

A campaign spokesman said Mr. Biden had previously drawn an analogy between an Obama assassination and the political killings of 1968 when speaking to younger audiences not alive at the time.

In 2008, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton drew criticism when she referenced the political assassinations of 1968 as she defended staying in the long primary battle against Mr. Obama. She noted first that Bill Clinton had not wrapped up the nomination until June 1992, and then added, “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Sat Aug 24, 2019, 11:11 AM (107 replies)

Statistics by state on hate crimes

Arizona, where I live, is rated 9th on the list. It's something to consider if you are considering moving here or considering the state for business opportunities. Politicians who contribute by their rhetoric and/or material support to these groups should be outed and defeated at the polls.

Those of us who live in these states should take action to reverse these trends or ingrained bigotry in the population, businesses or political figures using division to win elections.


FBI: Arizona has one of the highest rates of hate crimes in the nation
Posted: 6:37 PM, Aug 06, 2019 Updated: 8:15 AM, Aug 07, 2019

By: Melissa Blasius

From white supremacist graffiti on mailboxes to violent attacks, Arizona has one of the highest rates of hate crimes in the nation, according to FBI statistics.

FBI data shows that Arizona had 264 reported hate crimes in 2017, with the 9th worst rate, based on population, compared to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress last month about growing concerns of domestic terrorism from white supremacists.
In the past nine months, the FBI reports arresting as many domestic terrorists as those influenced by foreign terrorist organizations.

FBI Releases 2017 Hate Crime Statistics

Single Bias Incident Bias Motivation by Category
Bias Motivation Categories 2016 2017
Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 3489 4131
Religion 1273 1564
Sexual Orientation 1076 1130
Gender Identity 124 119
Disability 70 116
Gender 31 46

Bias Motivation Categories for Single-bias Incidents in 2017: This is a pie chart showing the percentages of bias motivation categories for single-bias incidents in 2017. They are as follows:

Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry 58.1%
Religion 22.0%
Sexual Orientation 15.9%
Gender Identity 11.7%
Disability 1.6%
Gender 0.6%

Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Aug 8, 2019, 01:12 PM (0 replies)

"Job growth in Trump Land is dead in the water."

For those candidates who are running in the States or for President, I think attacking the current resident on what he thinks is his strong suite, the economy, would be wise. This applies for all elections state or federal, imo. Let me know if it belongs in the Primary threads.


Opinion: Job growth in Trump Land is dead in the water

Published: Aug 2, 2019 11:17 a.m. ET
Rex Nutting Columnist

Almost all of the job growth is in big cities, while rural America is listless
(author leads with a color coded map, stats and links)
Along with climate change and racial justice, economic development is America’s biggest challenge over the next few decades. Inclusive growth is a must, or else our society will fall apart.

But job growth isn’t being spread evenly across the land. Most of the new jobs have been located in a just a few dozen large and dynamic cities, leaving slower-growing cities, small towns and rural areas — where about half of Americans live — far behind.
The problem: No one — certainly not President Trump — has found the magic wand that will bring back jobs to rural and small-town America.
Trump’s appeal to the despairing

Anyone who’s been paying attention to the political map will recognize that the growth is mostly occurring in places that vote for Democrats, while the stagnation is mostly in places that vote for Republicans.

Donald Trump has appealed to those who are the most fearful, the most resentful and the most despairing, but the situation hasn’t gotten any better since his election. Rural America is older, sicker, poorer and more dependent upon state aid than it was before.

Read: Tim Mullaney says Trump is pushing manufacturing toward a recession

Lots more info, links
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Fri Aug 2, 2019, 02:07 PM (3 replies)

Trump ramps up China trade war as he heads to Ohio rally

Source: MarketWatch

Trump ramps up China trade war as he heads to Ohio rally
Published: Aug 1, 2019 3:11 p.m. ET
Robert Schroeder White House Reporter

Proposed 10% tariffs would come on top of other levies

Trump said in a series of tweets that the U.S. would slap 10% tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese goods starting Sept. 1. The move immediately rippled across financial markets, sending stocks DJIA, -0.86% down more than 200 points and causing the yield on the 10-year Treasury TMUBMUSD10Y, -6.17% to slump to its lowest level since November 2016.

Trump’s language, however, suggested that he could hold off on imposing the levies. He said trade talks were continuing and that “We look forward to continuing our positive dialogue with China on a comprehensive Trade Deal, and feel that the future between our two countries will be a very bright one!”

Opinion: Trump trash-talks China, gets basic economic facts wrong.
If the duties are imposed they will come on top of 25% tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods from China. Trump’s announcement followed a round of U.S.-China talks this week that didn’t yield meaningful results

Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-ramps-up-china-trade-war-as-he-heads-to-ohio-rally-2019-08-01?mod=mw_quote_news

In closing, the author says trash-talker gets basic facts wrong.

Dow down by 280 points at 3:05 PM, another reaction to the current remarks and trade war
bumbling by our national disgrace, poorly disguised and poorly attired loser in chief. imho
Posted by saidsimplesimon | Thu Aug 1, 2019, 04:17 PM (11 replies)
Go to Page: 1