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May 4 2017
The best democracy money can buy
review of the
Greg Palast 2016 film (made before the election)
presents one answer to the question: How did the 2016 election
happen? The simple answer – Voter suppression. The more complex
answer has to do with a a document called the CROSSCHECK LIST created
by the Kansas Secretary of State with the encouragement of the Koch
Brothers. Palast plays detective – only he is not playing – as he
unravels how CROSSCHECK was used to steal the 2016 election.
When Donald Trump claimed, "the election's going to be rigged," he
wasn't entirely wrong. But the threat was not, as Trump warned, from
Americans committing the crime of "voting many, many times." What's
far more likely to undermine democracy in November is the culmination
of a decade-long Republican effort to disenfranchise voters under the
guise of battling voter fraud. The latest tool: Election officials in
more than two dozen states have compiled lists of citizens whom they
allege could be registered in more than one state – thus potentially
able to cast multiple ballots – and eligible to be purged from the
Millions of voters with names predominant in black, latino and asian
communities were purged from voter rolls because they were suspected
of voting in more than one state. The Secretary of State can make
purges without notifying the purged voter.
Watch Palast explain how.
A second answer to
the question: How did the 2016 election happen?
Hillary Clinton offered other reasons for the 2016 election results
saying she was “on the way to winning” until two things happened: FBI
director James Comey released a letter saying the agency was reopening
its investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary
of state and WikiLeaks published hacked campaign emails.
Watch her explain in an article Hillary Clinton: I’m ‘part
of the resistance’
A third answer:
Shattered, How Clinton’s Campaign Went Off the Rails
Jonathan Allen covers the White House and the 2016 presidential
campaign for Bloomberg News just published a new book
Shattered, How Clinton’s Campaign Went Off the Rails. Allen was granted access to the Clinton
campaign on the condition that he not write about it until after the
election. He insightfully tells the story of a campaign full of
swerves and fast curves, where the possibility of her losing were not
on the radar.
Listen to Allen’s answer’s
as to why the 2016 election happened in an interview by Mitch Jeserich
on KPFA’s Letters & Politics. He says after losing to Barack Obama in
2008 she went through the emails of her campaign staff to find out
what went wrong. She decided that a private server was needed to
maintain campaign security. Allen also points at a management style
that discouraged criticism, making staffers too wary to point out
errors or missteps, such as not campaigning in critical swing states.
April 27 2017
School Choice is No Choice
By Anita Johnson –
PLUS Education Editor
Notes from Education
Forum hosted by LaMorinda Democratic Club
On April 13th, the LaMorinda
Democratic Club hosted an Education Forum. The panelists agreed that
schools in California are seriously underfunded. Privatization
advocates are using problems caused by underfunding to justify charter
schools. Because charter schools are not accountable to the public,
this trend is undermining our democracy and our children’s futures. A
very promising source of additional funding for school is corporate
property tax reform.
Superintendent Tom Torlakson spoke followed by
four panelists including
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, Acalanes School Board Member Craig
Cheslog, Daniel Hagen from
and Kim Davis from
Parents United for Public Schools.
FULL ACCOUNT of this important discussion.
Remains of Civilization
The super moon is still beautiful
It does not know.
A baby's coo still delights a roomful
She does not know.
The birds warble unaware.
The fox slinks unknowing to its lair
The fall color of leaves lingers longer
Not knowing why.
We still hold our loved ones dear
Even more intently out of fear
We fight to distract ourselves from truth
Knowledge is painful, pity the youth.
Ignorance bleated and then elected
A man by decent people not respected
His groping crudity and lack of worth
Is nothing compared to the demise of Mother Earth.
Eloise Hamann wrote this near the time of the
November super moon after the election
Jerry Brown -
April 7, 1938
vs Diane Feinstein -
June 22, 1933
Diane Feinstein has pretty much declared her candidacy for the senate
seat she has held since 1992. There is only one political personality
in California capable of taking the Democratic nomination and the seat
from her, the governor. Nobody is better suited to take on Trump head
on than Jerry Brown.
Brown polled well recently. Many progressives are looking for
a younger replacement for Feinstein. Brown looked young and tough
last week -
In some of his harshest words to date against President Donald Trump
and congressional Republicans, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday rallied a
ballroom full of climate policy wonks and activists, telling them to
ignore the “Alice in Wonderland” scene in Washington and continue
fighting climate change. But he stressed that the battle against
global warming will be a long, difficult road.“Stopping carbon will be
like stopping a heroin addiction,” Brown said in a keynote speech at
the Navigating the American Carbon World conference in SF.
Full SJ Mercury Story
Corporations do not have constitutional rights
Money is not speech
money in politics is a cancer on democracy, with a cure in sight.
House Joint Amendment 48 is the constitutional amendment that would
overturn Citizen United and Buckley v Valeo, the two Supreme Court
rulings that unleashed vast sums of money into the political system
corrupting the electoral process and influencing actions on all levels
35 members of congress are co-sponsoring
HJR 48 including local congress members Barbara Lee, Jared Huffman and
Ro Khanna. 2/3 of the congress, 2/3 of the senate and 3/4 of the
state legislators would have to ratify the same ammendment for
constitutional change. An alternative method of changing the
constitution is through a convention. The threat of such a convention
moved the passage of the amendment that gave women the right to vote.
What does ISIS want?
group's ultimate ambition is a global caliphate won through a
between the US &
allies and Russia, Iran, Syria & there allies. With no air force,
navy, ISIS relies on captured artillery and vehicles. ISIS mostly
relies on jujitsu and trickery to create confrontations.
ISIS’ strategy is to help elect and promote nationalistic alt-right
candidates who are blatantly anti-Muslim, causing resentment and fear
in the not-yet radicalized Muslim communities. Terrorist attacks like
the one in Paris drive voters toward the nationalistic candidates, who
in turn take actions that help ISIS recruit new terrorists. French
voters moved toward LePen because of the attack. Nationalists like
Trump and LePen are ISIS recruiters playing into their hands.
What does ISIS really want at CNN.com
Is alchemy another word for Political Science?
Earth Day 2017 there were hundreds of March for Science events round
the world. Although elected officials were at the events in Walnut
Creek & Livermore, there was not a whisper about political science or
anyone claiming to be a political scientist. At Livermore no one
mentioned atomic bombs, they talked about the labs protecting the
country. The scientists bragged about positive achievements in
medicine, energy, electronic gadgetry, labor saving devices and
safety. Political science has its great achievements too, like
government, democracy and justice. And political science has its
failures: war, WMDs, climate chaos, dictators, genocide, refugees,
Political Science is really alchemy, turning poop into POTUS.
A weapon of democratic destruction using big political data to help
campaigns micro-target voters for desired results is a recent
political science & technology breakthrough.
Cambridge Analytica is a major purveyor of big political data with
5000 data points on 220 million Americans (watch
on CBS). The company owned by the Mercers, one of the Trump
campaign’s largest donors. According to
Wikipedia the Trump campaign spent $15M with the UK company.
The Mercers’ company might have been more of an election year game
changer than Vladmir Putin.
RESISTANCEMANUAL.ORG is a game changing positive breakthrough - a
grassroots weapon of mass resistance created by activist political
scientists based on the belief that “Action begins with information.
There are more of us who believe in equity and justice than those who
support Donald Trump's ideology of fear and hate. Together, we can
harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a
Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our
communities.” The wiki-style website has political information on
the state, local, national and international levels. It tracks
legislation, legislators, voting records, sponsorship of bills, and
recommended actions you can take. It is your political Swiss army
knife. They are looking for help creating new knife blades.
As soon as you
concede there is an elephant in the room,
you have to start cleaning up the poop.
Vermont’s former governor Madeleine May Kunin
thanks Trump for getting us off the couch and creating an activist
Democracy Now interview of the pioneering politician & former
April 12 2017
The Art Of The
Pickpockets work in teams that distract and pick. Similarly magicians
distract to draw attention away from what they are really up to. The
Trump team uses distractions to move its real agenda. Kellyanne Conway
hawking Ivanka brand clothes was clearly a distraction that used up the
media oxygen for a couple of news cycles. Sean Spicer saying that no one
not even Hitler used poison gas – forgetting the holocaust and napalm in
Vietnam – was also a distraction. Trump’s tweets are distractions. The
world wonders what the Trump agenda really is.
It is estimated
that 400,000 people have been killed in the 6 year Syrian war. Over 180
people killed each day on average is horrific. Trump concluded within 3
days that Assad killed 86 people with poison gas then Trump retaliated by
killing 14 more people. Trump got his information from the slam-dunk
team that got us in so much trouble with the WMD slam-dunk in Iraq.
The Russians claim ISIS had the gas in a storage area that was
inadvertently bombed, releasing the gas. 90 minutes before retaliating
Trump alerted the Russians who told the Syrians the missiles were coming,
the 14 people killed may not have been told.
A week before the
April 4th poison gas killings Trump was saying his primary
fight was with ISIS and he would leave Assad in place. What could have
been Assad’s motivation to switch to chemicals from barrel bombs, which
kill, really well? Why would Putin allow it to happen?
MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell theorized that the attack was the result of
a calculated move by Vladimir Putin to deflect attention from the mounting
scandal that has engulfed the Trump presidency since the Kremlin’s hack of
the 2016 election; a scandal bolstered by continuing news reports on the
metastasizing body of evidence that some of his surrogates may have been
in on it.
Consider the 72
hour response by Trump; shooting 59 missiles at the place where the gas
attack was launched, how did he know he was not going to hit a poison gas
depot? If US Intelligence knew which buildings housed poison gas and
avoided them – why did not the US ask Putin to get the poison gas out of
there before it was used, per the treaty? Half the US missiles missed
their targets, but hit something else accidentally; the missile strike
could have hit a poison gas storage area.
In a swerve Eric
Trump, the son said “the
Syria Strike Proves My Dad Has No Russia Ties” (no ties with hammer
and sickle) he also claims his sister Ivanka convinced their dad to
bomb Syria in retaliation for the poison gas attack.
please punish Mr Assad, the pictures on TV really freaked out Jared
Is Eric just being mean to his
The American people
have come to expect swerves from Trump, but what about Chinese President
Xi, does he believe the swerves? China has been trying to lead the world
Golbalization Caucus, while Trump, LePen, Putin and alt right politicos in
Europe are the Nationalism Caucus. China has its own intelligence service
that may know what is really happening and what is swerve. The other
major player is ISIS, they would love to see Russia and the US in
confrontation, it is their only path to victory, and they too know how to
throw a swerve. It is possible that the gas was release by ISIS to
coincide with Syrian bombing.
Psychological concepts that explain the Trump era of politics
American politics can seem baffling. Psychology is here to help.
Click for full article on VOX.com
It is time to stop thinking of those we disagree with
politically as idiots. The concepts that follow will help us understand
why there is disagreement and why we have to respect others motives before
we can have a meaningful conversation with them.
rooting for a team changes your perception of the world.
Root, root, root for
the home team if they don’t win it is a shame
Motivated reasoning is the reason your “judgment calls” favor your
favorite team, party or candidate.
People who are
the most well informed about politics are often the most
stubborn about it.
left us with an “immune system” for uncomfortable thoughts.
that’s most convincing to you is not convincing to your
Many people seem
unashamed of their prejudices
has a powerful influence on political opinion
that protect against prejudice can change in the blink of an eye.
is a personality trait correlated with fearing outsiders and supporting
strong, punitive leaders. Trump tapped into authoritarian concerns, which
helped form his political base.
a personality trait similar to authoritarianism. Collective narcissists
are a group of people who desperately need their group to be admired and
validated by others. Collectively narcissistic Americans would feel the
need for America to be revered the world over. They would need America “to
win.” The political benefits of a narcissistic personality: Trump may not
have a personality disorder, but he does have narcissistic tendencies.
Studies find narcissists are good at obtaining power, but tend to be
impulsive and self-defeating when they obtain it. Also: Scientists find
that obtaining positions of power magnifies personality traits like
narcissism. With power, people are freer to be their authentic selves.
A Democrat on the
House panel investigating Donald Trump’s ties to Russia is issuing an
ultimatum: If the president is going to accuse members of the Obama
administration of breaking the law, he should prove it.
“If the president wants
to say that Susan Rice committed a crime, he has the power to declassify.
No one else does,” Rep. Eric Swalwell of California said Wednesday. “So,
he could actually show us where the crime was. I don't expect he will,
because I think this is just more obstructionism.”
DeSaulnier Town Hall
February Congressman DeSaulnier hosted a political town hall in Concord to
discuss the new Administration and how we can work together to fight for
our progressive values and the rights of all Americans.
This is the slideshow that was presented at the town hall.
March 28 2017
Robert Reich identifies
four reasons Trump should be impeached for violation of the US
Constitution which Trump swore to uphold:
Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause: China’s recent decision to grant
his trademark applications for the Trump brand — decisions Chinese
authorities arrived at directly because of decisions Trump has made as
president. He owns a number of investments that probably also violate the
religion: Muslim ban’
the press: Attacking the press.
Colluding with Russia during his presidential campaign.
The political will
required for both houses to vote to impeach him does not exist today but
as the evidence mounts and the public outrage builds it will may turn into
an untenable situation for Republicans. The question for Democrats is
impeachment worth the effort given Mike Pence.
Kris Welch on KPFA
To impeach, or not to impeach with author Norman Solomon & John
www.impeachdonaldtrumpnow.org which says “Anyone becoming
president in the wake of an historic impeachment and removal from office
of the sitting president based on massive corruption of the Oval Office
and defiance of the Constitution will be under even closer scrutiny to
follow the Constitution. It would crucially re-affirm the bedrock
principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the
United States. The alternative of allowing President Trump to remain in
office while he continues to defy the Constitution and the rule of law is
unacceptable and extremely dangerous to the future of our republic.”
Norman Solomon argued
no one is above the law, especially the President. Trump cannot
get away with violating the constitution, loosing hard fought for ground
in terms of nullifying portions of the constitution is unacceptable.
Impeachment requires a congressional investigation and then a trial in the
senate. 2/3 in each house is required. When we get to the point Trump
leaves office, the Republicans will be divided between those who voted for
and against impeachment. A President Pence will be saddled with the Trump
legacy and a divided party. That sounds like a much better situation than
the current one.
Congressional Inquiry – first step toward impeachment
Watergate was a slow
process investigation with revelations and surprises all along the way.
The process not only undid Nixon but it changed public opinion. Similarly
today an investigation of the connections between Trump and Russia could
result in the demise of his brand of politics.
is on the Intelligence Committee investigating the Trump Russia
connections and has published publicly available intelligence called
CONNECTING THE TRUMP RUSSIA DOTS .which includes:
After FBI Director James
Comey revealed the existence of an investigation of the Trump Russia
relationships Eric Swalwell quizzed the director.
Watch Eric question Comey on C-Span (two segments at 3:17:30 & 3:39:30 of
a 5 hour video). Eric connects the dots in 11 minutes.
Read the NY Times article
What to Ask About
by Louise Mensch to learn more about the relationships in the diagram and
the difficulties in dealing with FISA warrant obtained information. It is
illegal to reveal that a particular FISA warrant exists. If a witness
actually knows there was a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on Trump and his
campaign then revealing that would violate the law. The article says
“Witnesses cannot confirm or deny even the existence of a current national
security investigation.” If Trump knew about a FISA warrant and TWEETED
about being tapped, then he violated the law.
More from Ms Mensch
at Heat St
(on the day before the election) concerning a FISA warrant giving
counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities
of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties
to Russia. Ms Mensch works for Newscorp (Rupert Murdock) which owns Heat
congressional hearings will be like Watergate on steroids.