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November is looking to be a "blue flood" instead of a wave!

Here is some great news to start your Monday morning off with!

This is a kick ass article! Take the time & read it because it's going to make your day a lot better!

“A blue flood, more than just a wave”: 8 experts on midterm elections after the Ohio special election
Things are looking better and better for Democrats.

The results from this week’s special election in Ohio’s 12th District are widely viewed as the latest indicator that Democrats are due for a strong performance this fall. Republican Troy Balderson still has a slim lead as of press time, but the fact that Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor garnered so much support in a heavily conservative district (he’s hovering around 49 percent of the vote) is just another sign that the GOP should be worried, experts say.

O’Connor’s solid showing in the special election comes in the wake of a stunning upset by Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania’s 18th District earlier this year. Both elections, in addition to another special election in Arizona, suggest that Democrats could continue to build on voter momentum to spur a potential “blue wave” this fall.

While Democratic odds for retaking the House seemed more uncertain earlier this summer, the party’s performance across different races since then have seemed to improve the broader outlook of this possibility. Here’s what eight experts had to say about the likelihood of a “blue wave” in November.

These responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Article continues with comments from election experts

Why Public Banks Are Suddenly Popular

This is going to gain a lot more momentum and will be something which you'll be hearing a lot about in the 2020 election.
We need public owned banks in America. Bad. There has been talk of turning the post Office into public banks "The poor need bank accounts, and USPS has the answer" & this would be serious reform.

Why Public Banks Are Suddenly Popular
There's only one in America—in North Dakota. But a growing movement is pushing for them across America, from L.A. to D.C.

Later this year, on the midterm ballot, voters in Los Angeles, California, will be asked an uncommon question: Should the city be to allowed to create a public bank?

L.A.’s referendum, which would not itself create a public bank, has attracted the support of left-wing figures like New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and filmmaker Michael Moore, in addition to advocates for legalized cannabis. And the idea is gaining traction to other blue cities and states. New Jersey’s Democratic governor, Phil Murphy, campaigned on the creation of a public bank. City officials in Washington, D.C., held a public meeting last month to discuss the possibility. The movement has also spread to New York City and Oakland.

A public bank is what it sounds like: a financial institution owned by the government, funded with taxpayer money, and directly accountable to elected officials and civil servants. For this reason, supporters believe they offer a transparent alternative to private banks like Bank of America, which was fined $42 million this year for lying to customers about its management of stock trades, or Wells Fargo, fined $185 million for opening fraudulent accounts for customers without their consent.

But the appeal of public banks extends beyond consumer protection to sound fiscal policy. The argument, as articulated by Demos in a 2011 report, says banks can offer lower debt costs to city and state governments, fund public infrastructure projects, and encourage entrepreneurship by providing loans to small businesses at lower interest rates and with lower fees.

“It’s a way to keep our money here as opposed to holding it in these large Wall Street banks that we pay egregious interest and financial fees to,” Kayvan Khalatbari, a mayoral candidate in Denver, told Westword. “This is not a new idea, these exist all over the world. Germany is fueled by public banks, and look, they have the best economy in Europe.”

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Going gluten free

For the last few months I have been having abdominal/stomach pain issues, beyond anything I have ever really felt belt. It's like stabbing meets nausea and has made me vomit 2x. I've been not only in pain but very fatigued as well to where I was having to take multiple naps in a day due to it.

Speaking to a close friend and telling her what is going on with me Friday, a light bulb went off in her head. She is hypersensitive to gluten and is unable to also eat anything which contains soy. The symptoms I described to her said it reminded her exactly of what she had she was diagnosed over 10 years ago.

Yesterday I made the decision to to try a gluten free diet. In that 24 hour period I feel like a new person, no pain, no headaches, no nausea, it is like I woke up on the right side of the bed for once. It seems my friend with her hunch was correct, so I ventured ti Lucky's Market today and replaced all my bread and bagels with Udi's gluten free.

This is going to be a very big change. Dining out won't be easy. And ordering pizza, something which I absolutely love, is now off the menu sadly. Sub sammiches? Gone. Hamburgers? Gone, unless I go to Carl's for a low carb burger or venture way out of my way to Culver's who uses Udi's gluten free hamburger buns. (You'd THINK other fast food places would do this too but they don't) At least I'll be saving cash.

It's really upending having to Google every single product in your cupboard and fridge to see if it's gluten free. Time consuming.

I'm wondering if anybody else is gluten free and is there any recommendations anybody can give me? Anything really would help. Food, food brands, even blogs to read, whatever.

Thank you all.

Congressional Progressive Caucus releases statement on passing of Joe Silberman

I haven't seen this posted yet or any post making mention of the passing of Joe Silberman, a fighter for the progressive cause.
We lost a warrior and a big one at that....

CPC Statement on the Passing of Joel Silberman

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), released the following statements regarding the passing of Joel Silberman, a champion of the progressive movement and a vital ally and friend of the Congressional Progressive Caucus:

“Joel Silberman was a remarkable friend and an essential partner to the progressive community, working every day to advance causes that make a difference in the lives of countless Americans. From helping to shape policies that touch every corner of our nation, to ensuring that our message resonated with the American people, Joel truly gave his heart and soul to the progressive movement. The impact of Joel’s lifelong commitment to uplifting progressive causes will continue to be felt for years to come,” said Pocan. “Joel battled his cancer with extraordinary grace and humor, using his personal experience to champion healthcare as a human right for all. He will certainly be missed, and my thoughts are with Joel’s husband Michael and his family and friends during this time.”

“Joel Silberman lived a life of purpose that took him from the stages of the world’s premier performance venues, to the most important political institutions in the world. He harnessed his talents for the arts and applied them to politics in a unique and innovative way that truly connected progressive policies with the people,” said Grijalva. “Joel radiated a passion for equality and justice, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family and friends as they celebrate his life and legacy in the coming days.”

AOC hits back at the MSM

AOC hits back at the MSM who claim the progressive movement failed to deliver any stunning wins this past Tuesday.

GO AOC! Give them hell!

Rashida Tlaib Is the Left's Way Forward

I imagine most people don't really know her so here's a great video interview of Rashida Tlaib from Morning Joe which leads off with a clip of her being hauled off from a Trump rally which inspired her to run.

Rashida Tlaib Is the Left's Way Forward
She wasn’t the flashiest candidate in Tuesday’s primaries, but her steady, unapologetic progressivism is the movement's future.

The left—particularly the new-school, say-it-loud-and-say-it-proud democratic socialist left inspired by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 primary run—has a tendency toward maximalism. And it’s only natural: The progressive project, as both its subscribers and Fox News scaremongers alike would tell you, is revolutionary, seeking to fundamentally remake the relationship Americans have with their government and that the government has with the economy. If you believe that world is possible, it follows that there must be millions across the country who are hungry for your message, passive non-voters who, once activated by a strong progressive voice, will sweep your tribunes into the halls of power.

That was the thinking going into Tuesday’s Democratic primary elections, with a fair amount of light and heat around one in particular: the gubernatorial primary in Michigan between Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar. El-Sayed, a 33-year-old physician and first-time candidate vying to become America’s first Muslim governor, carried the endorsement of both Sanders and New York socialist wunderkind Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, earning a string of speculative features about the man a Guardian headline even referred to as “the new Obama.”

Unfortunately for his backers, Sayed went down in flames on Tuesday, failing to carry a single county in a nearly 22-point loss to Whitmer, an experienced former state Senate leader. But in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, where the former Rep. John Conyers Jr. resigned the seat he’d held for more than a half-century after facing allegations of sexual misconduct, another Sanders-backed candidate scored a primary victory that might prove more ultimately instructive: Rashida Tlaib, a former state legislator who ran on a platform of “Medicare for All,” a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free college.

No Republican plans to oppose Tlaib in November. Her presumptive district includes Detroit, the state’s most populous city and the engine of its economy, and the seat she will almost certainly inherit carries a longstanding symbolic importance due to her predecessor’s civil rights leadership. It’s an impressive, prominent position Tlaib will assume, especially considering she will be the first Muslim woman ever to sit in Congress, and just the second Palestinian-American—after her fellow Michigander, Republican Rep. Justin Amash.

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ANOTHER Koch bros. backed survey says what?

And here we go again!

The self ownage is real folks!

Another Backfire for Koch Brothers as Survey Shows Americans Actually Want Free College, $15 Minimum Wage, and Medicare for All
The results dealt an embarrassing blow to the right-wing agenda pushed by the billionaires' army of dark money groups

Delivering yet another blow to the billionaire Koch Brothers' right-wing agenda, a survey conducted by In Pursuit Of, the pair's public relations firm, found that the majority of Americans support policies such as free public college, a $15 hourly minimum wage, and government-run healthcare—policies which the brothers often fight against using their army of dark money groups.

Slamming a RealClearPolitics summary published late last month—"which spun the results as favorable to the Koch network"—The Intercept on Thursday noted how the survey (pdf) actually revealed that "where the Koch brothers see government tyranny, most Americans see common-sense solutions to basic problems."

As the following graph outlines, the majority of people surveyed said they believe "healthcare reform that puts doctors and patients in charge," ending harsh sentences for nonviolent crimes, "government-paid college tuition," a $15 an hour minimum wage, stricter rules for Wall Street, and "increasing government assistance for childcare" are "very effective" or "somewhat effective" solutions to basic problems faced by millions of Americans.

Tennessee Executes Inmate With Controversial Drugs

Republicans, always happy to kill someone.
This is disgusting!

Tennessee Executes Inmate With Controversial Drugs Despite Sotomayor’s Powerful Dissent
Justice says the U.S. is “accepting barbarism” as the execution of Billy Ray Irick is allowed to go forward.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a blistering dissent that we are “accepting barbarism” after the Supreme Court refused to halt Tennesee’s execution Thursday night of Billy Ray Irick, 59, using a controversial drug combination.

Irick was put to death for the 1985 rape and murder of 7-year-old Paula Dyer. He coughed, choked and gasped for air after the three-drug cocktail was administered, The Tennessean reported. His face turned dark purple as he died.

Before the lethal drugs were injected, Irick said, “I just want to say I’m really sorry and that, that’s it.” Blinds between the execution room and witnesses were opened at 7:26 p.m. Central time, and Irick was declared dead at 7:48.

Sotomayor accused the U.S. of no longer being a civilized nation and “accepting barbarism” in a blistering dissent after the high court refused Thursday to stop the execution using drugs that had resulted in painful, botched executions in the past.

I have sent an email about Space Force

I have sent an email to the group BearForce 1 and in that email I have BEGGED that they to do a remix version of the song "BearForce 1" which made them famous a decade or so ago.

I am crossing my fingers that they do this because it was absolutely awesome!
Can you imagine the conservative freak out which would happen with a "Space Force 1" remix of this!??!? LMFAO!


All aboard Space Force!

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