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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not

WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the superrich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Then along came Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and her social-media megaphone.

In the two months since her election, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.


Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Mon Jan 14, 2019, 05:31 PM (62 replies)

Standing Rock inspired Ocasio-Cortez to run. That's the power of protest

It’s hard right now to remember how hot it was last August on the long sandy beach where the Colorado River meets the Green River in southern Utah. I was a few days into a rafting trip through Cataract Canyon with a bunch of young climate activists, and one of them, Will Munger, was telling me that since his months at the Standing Rock resistance camp, he had been encountering young Native people whose experiences at the protest site had encouraged them to dream of new possibilities and take actions that might otherwise have seemed out of reach.

Wandering back and forth along the edge of the water, we began to discuss how, often, the consequences of an uprising or a movement are not linear. Success and failure are often premature measures and oversimplifications; actions, interventions and conversations change beliefs and create new values, alliances and possibilities. We’d seen this dynamic from many unanticipated uprisings and movements: the indigenous movement Idle No More that began in Canada in 2012, Black Lives Matter, the feminist insurgencies since 2013 and the anti-gun movement in the hands of the Parkland youth.


Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Mon Jan 14, 2019, 04:47 PM (0 replies)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Rockets Into Social Media Stardom

The youngest woman to ever serve in Congress, 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has zoomed into the social media stratosphere. She accounted for more Twitter interactions in a month than the top five media companies combined, according to CrowdTangle data, reports Axios.


Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Mon Jan 14, 2019, 04:15 PM (224 replies)

Clydie King, backup singer for Dylan, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones (and everyone else) dead at 75

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Fri Jan 11, 2019, 09:19 PM (0 replies)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Singlehandedly Shifting the Overton Window

This weekend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went on 60 Minutes and did more to shift the Overton Window left during her interview than nearly every single Democrat has done throughout the entirety of millennials’ existence on this planet.

The Overton Window is a term describing what is perceived to be politically possible. For example, before the 1980s, high marginal tax rates were the norm, and Ronald Reagan helped shift the mainstream discourse to the right. Now we are left with journalists like Anderson Cooper who believe that the marginal tax rates the United States enjoyed for most of the 20th century are “radical.”

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Wed Jan 9, 2019, 04:15 PM (87 replies)

I was looking around on the internet for bluegrass videos from the 80's and came across...

...tapes from a concert I attended 30 something years ago. A complete show by Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys at Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO. I saw Bill play five times. Four at outdoor festivals in Kentucky and Indiana and this indoor concert in Boulder. This was the show where I went backstage afterwards and met Bill.

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Mon Dec 17, 2018, 08:59 PM (1 replies)

Today's nature video: "The Jaws of Doom"

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Thu Dec 13, 2018, 01:16 PM (1 replies)

Kris Kristofferson: "Killing Time"

The B-side of his first single. (This might be a later recording of the song)

See that long line of people who keep standing in the rain
Lookin' tired, gettin' cold
And that signal light they're waiting for, don't ever seem to chang
Killing time, ain't it slow.
Watch them bending with the burden of the pennies that they save
Marking time, growin' old
Slowly marching by the numbers to the freedom of the grave
Killing time, ain't it slow
That's the closest thing to living that they're ever gonna know
And their good times ain't no better than their bad
'Cause they think they need a signal light to tell them they can go
Killing time, ain't it sad.
Don't feel sorry for those people who keep standing in the rain
They don't mind, they don't know
'Cause it never crossed their minds they got a reason to complain
Killing time, ain't it slow.
They're not haunted by the visions that they never dared to see
And they'll never miss the dreams they've never had
They're condemned to go on living in a penitentiary
For killing time, ain't it sad.
Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Thu Dec 13, 2018, 12:19 PM (0 replies)

June Tabor: "Strange Affair" (Richard Thompson cover)

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Wed Nov 28, 2018, 11:05 PM (1 replies)

Larkin Poe - "Come On In My Kitchen"

Posted by BluesRunTheGame | Sun Nov 11, 2018, 01:13 PM (3 replies)
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