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Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-14 - Original post - cached version

I don't forget about politicians I hate. And my hatred for Status Quo Joe didn't begin when he decided to run for president again. Nor when he screwed over Anita Hill. Nor when he outed himself as one of the most homophobic Democrats in Congress. Nor when he led the effort to make...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

The SEIU, one of the biggest and, usually, one of the more progressive unions, is staying neutral in the presidential race, at least nationally. But not in New Hampshire. The crucially important State Employees’ Association/SEIU Local 1984 voted to endorse Bernie late last week....

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

A few days ago I was listening to Iranians being interviewed in Tehran on NPR. Invariably, they were completely accepting the regime's version of the shooting down of the Ukrainian airline and absolutely certain that the contrary evidence had been manufactured by the U.S. 'Wow,' I...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

It's been a week or so now. Trump's Republican Senate minions and orange lipped media lackeys have fanned out across the media speaking insanity to justify insanity, and I'm still safe, at least from brainwashing. Meanwhile, I can't help but note that many of the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version

Hard to recognize the War Pig in the picture above? Trump? Mike Pompeo? Tom Cotton? Lindsey Graham? Miss McConnell? Kevin McCarthy? Could be any of them. Also could be Status Quo Joe, Mayo Pete or any of the 8 Democratic war mongers who voted with Trump against the War Powers...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version
Amico, Perdue, Tomlinson, Ossoff

There are something like 10 Democrats competing for the nomination to take on weak Trumpist incumbent David Perdue this year. Of the 10, just 3 are raising the kind of money needed to run a credible campaign. None of them are going to match Perdue's...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-13 - Original post - cached version
Cummings, Carter, Mfume

Maryland's 7th congressional district, represented since 1996 by Elijah Cummings, is getting ready for the February 4 special election primary (and an April 28th special election general) to replace him. The district includes central, western and much of...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

There's a red hot 2020 race for Montana's one at-large congressional district to replace pugilistic multimillionaire Greg Gianforte. Last October we met up with Tom Winter, the progressive in the race. The DCCC and EMILY's List think they've found their very own next Jeff Van Drew--...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version
The Republican wing of the Democratic Party

House Democrats have a long, ugly history of choosing the worst among them as their leaders. The excuse has always been that the best among them have been too busy working on policy to get into the money-chase and grubby bare-knuckle...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Sunday Thoughts:

Donald Trump is a blasphemy in every sense of the word. He is an insult to all that lives and breathes. It's possible, perhaps at the moment of his birth, that he was once a human being, but he has run so far from being human that he'd never get...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version
A protest against a hike in fuel prices in Iran led to a popular uprising against the government in November 2019

-by Reese Erlich

Trump blinked. After threatening to bomb military and cultural sites in Iran, President Donald Trump has apparently backed down on further...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

Any-- every-- sack of dog poop Trump sends over to Moscow Mitch as a judicial nominee has been rammed through the Senate and confirmed, sometimes with votes from the 2 or 3 Trump-friendly Democrats, Joe Manchin (WV), Doug Jones (AL) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). When even these three vote...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-12 - Original post - cached version

One of the reasons why I don't like using RealClearPolitics' polling averages is because they include Rasmussen, a company known for delivering polling numbers their clients pay for. But even with a ridiculous Rasmussen poll included, the RealClearPolitics polling average for Trump's...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

-by State Senator Chris Larson

There’s an old adage in politics, "as goes Wisconsin, so goes the country." In 2016, Trump became the first Republican candidate to win in Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan in 1984. In 2018, Wisconsin re-elected the country’s first openly LGBTQ...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

David Brooks, one of the New York Times' in-house conservatives, yesterday: "Donald Trump is impulse-driven, ignorant, narcissistic and intellectually dishonest." Yes, he's right and most Americans know it and agree with it, but none of that is really anything that's impeachable. Ted Lieu's...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

I'm sure Trump children would love to go fight Iranians. After all, they love to travel to faraway lands and shoot to kill. I know they'd arrange to have some Iranian soldiers confined in a pen without weapons or beaten unconscious and tied to a post. Then they could...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version
real picture of two fascists

This week AP reporter John Hanna reported how McConnell is moving to deny Kansas Republicans the opportunity to pick their own Senate nominee this year, basically using the same anti-democracy tactics that Schumer uses with the DSCC and that Cheri Bustos...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Bernie had an immense endorsement-- the Sunrise Movement. There were three more notable Bernie endorsements as well, one from Kshama Sawant, a Socialist member of the Seattle City Council, one from actress Emily Ratajkowski, which you can watch in the video below, and one...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The other day I asked a few dozen progressive congressional candidates which members of Congress would they like to work with on future legislation. No one mentioned old party leaders like Hoyer or Pelosi or Clyburn nor any of their designated successors like Hakeem Jeffries, let...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version
Me The People by Nancy Ohanian

When I was in grade school, we were taught to laugh at elections in the Soviet Union, North Korea, North Vietnam, Egypt and other authoritarian countries, especially when there was just one person on the ballot-- the incumbent-- and he got 98.5% of the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Mississippi is neither the reddest nor the most Trumpist state in the union. The PVI is solidly red-- R+9-- but not as red as states that don't have big populations of minority groups that tend to vote for Democrats. Idaho is R+19; Kansas is R+13. Montana R+11, North Dakota R+17 and...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Putin's Russian mob is no different than the Cosa Nostra. They'll always want more and more favors for their election aid and money. They'll just keep pushing and they'll keep on escalating their demands. Ask yourself what they will demand of Moscow Mitch and Traitor Don after...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

Frank Rich's New York Magazine essay, What Will Happen to The Trump Toadies?, suggests going back to history to see how collaborators were treated. He specifically suggests Nixon defenders and Vichy France collaborators. (Imagine Nikki Haley, Marsha Blackburn, Ivanka and Sarah...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

This morning Bernie introduced the No War Against Iran Act with support from co-sponsors Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-10 - Original post - cached version

-by Skip Kaltenheuser

Even for those already in the climate choir, Jane Fonda’s sermon last month at the National Press Club is well worth the time to read or watch and listen to. I’ve logged loads of press club luncheon speeches over the years. This was one of the finest I’ve...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Early this morning Varshini Prakash and Evan Weber, respectively the , executive director and political director of the Sunrise Movement, sent out an e-mail to their massive mailing list that shouldn't have really surprised anyone:

In the summer of 2017 we launched...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

An hour before Trump addressed the country yesterday, The Atlantic published a column by David Frum, Americans Aren't Rallying to Trump-- A president who writes off half the country can't expect to garner support from a crisis of his own making. Iran had to do something after Trump...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Airplane is one of my favorite silly movies, so when I saw this dark meme homage to the control tower captain played hilariously by Lloyd Bridges, I had to share it.

Millions of people, if not billions the world over have asked how Donald Trump got the way he is...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

In terms of music, I was one very lucky teenager. If I liked a musician or a band, I would book them to play my college, Stony Brook. I was chair of the Student Activities Board and much of the music we brought to the school was fairly unknown but on the verge-- like Jimi Hendrix, the Doors,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version

Brian Stelter used his CNN.com column, Reliable Sources, to report that "Once upon a time, Lindsey Graham was a Republican senator who was not afraid to exit the Fox-verse and appear on other networks. But, in recent months, Graham has been appearing almost exclusively on Fox. In fact, he’s...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-09 - Original post - cached version
What Blows Up Must Come Down by Nancy Ohanian

Reporting for Bloomberg News early Wednesday morning, Adam Haigh and April Ma noted that that U.S, and European futures markets plummeted after Iran the Iraqi bases Tuesday night. "Wednesday’s action paralleled market moves on Friday and...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

A new Emerson poll of likely New Mexico voters shows Bernie winning among Democrats with 28%, followed by Status Quo Joe (27%), Andrew Yang (10%), Elizabeth (8%), Mayo Pete (7%), Bloomberg (3%)... You may recall, Trump bragged about how New Mexico is one of the states he could flip....

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday morning, Vox began a series of articles on the 2020 primary election campaign that they promise will endeavor to make the best case for the election of each of the top Democratic presidential contenders. Matthew Yglesias might be the last person on earth you would imagine...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Happy New Year from Tint and Squint! What better way to celebrate the first full week of the New Year! I bet this would get Mike Pence running for "Mother" or an all day session with his Home Gay Conversion Unit. Miss Moscow Mitch? He might just keel over. Lindsey...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version
U.S. troops in Kurdistan. Photo by Reese Erlich

-by Reese Erlich

On Jan. 2 a U.S. drone fired a missile on a car caravan leaving the Baghdad airport, killing Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani and leaders of Iraqi militia groups. The Trump administration claims the attack...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version
And that's Gamba to the right of the banner at Friday night's citizens' protest

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, who’s running for Congress in Oregon in a seat held by reactionary, warmonger Kurt Schrader,a hopeless corporate Blue Dog. Gamba was the first candidate I saw who sent a letter...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-08 - Original post - cached version

I had a strong feeling that it would just be a matter time before Mayo Pete’s balloon would be burst and his inch deep support would start to evaporate. I assumed it would be during the Iowa caucuses next month. But, according to a new HarrisX poll, the process has already begun. For ...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

Which way? The way Status Quo Joe and Mayo Pete (and Schumer, Pelosi and Hoyer) are pointing? Or the way Bernie, and to a lesser degree, Elizabeth (and AOC, Ro Khanna and Pramila Jayapal) are pointing? 2020 looks like a real cross roads for the Democratic Party and if the DNC is seen...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

Jamie Raskin (D-MD), is the guy people turn to when they want the sharpest insight into how the Constitution was meant to work and how it really does work. He's pretty much acknowledged the smartest constitutional scholar in any room. "The president just impeached by the House of...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Projection back then (2011-2013). Self-serving insanity now.

But wait, more tweety-turds from President Projecto!

1. January 17, 2012- "@BarackObama will attack Iran in order to get elected."

2. October 9, 2012- "Now that Obama's poll numbers are in...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

In the 1970s, Gallup began polling to see what Americans think of honesty and ethics in various professions. Generally speaking, nurses have toped the list. And towards the bottom have been business executives and stockbrokers (each with a 32% low or very low rating), advertising practitioners...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

That video above is Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, singing one of my favorite songs of his, “With God On Our Side” (which hadn’t been released yet). Down at the bottom is a cover by Wire Train, one of the bands on my old indie label, 415 Records. Great version—...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. has made another blunder in the Middle East which will impact us for years to come. Will it lead to a much wider war? That’s hard to say, though speaking as a historian of the Middle East and an analyst of its politics, I would say it is not especially likely. But it will...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version
Alan Grayson: "We don’t let children play with guns, or even knives. So why would we let Donald Trump play with drones, missiles and nuclear weapons?"

Mike Pompeo's bullshit about people dancing in the streets after Trump had Iranian leader Qassim Suleimani assassinated apparently...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Last July, Teresa Tomlinson, the progressive candidate among the Democrats seeking the nomination to run against Georgia incumbent Trumpist David Perdue, write a guest post for us about political courage, Crippling Political Fear. It was more about Democrats than Republicans. “It’s fear,” she...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

by Noah

Past presidents have used the diversionary tactic of dropping some bombs for ulterior motives before, but none were as mentally sick as Donald J. Trump. He has made himself a synonym for severe mental illness, and yet, he is worshiped by his party and allowed to go on....

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

I don’t want to imagine what kind of horrible cabinet a conservative like Biden-- or even Mayo Pete-- might select. Both represent the transpartisan status quo establishment and, as Biden, famously assured a roomful of Wall Street banksters as he kicked off his campaign, if he’s...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

Friday, Washington Post reporter Bob Costa noted that Bernie, now ascendant, is turning his focus on Status Quo Joe, who still leads him nationally, though not in the early state polls. “Sanders,” he wrote, “said that Biden brings ‘a lot of baggage’ with his record and ties to the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version

California’s 22nd congressional district is one of the dwindling 7 still left in Republican hands-- and likely one of the next to fall. The relatively compact Central Valley district, starts up in the northern and eastern parts of the city of Fresno, includes Clovis, Reedley, Dinuba,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-05 - Original post - cached version

Please listen to this 44 minute interview that Nicole Sandler did with Cenk Uygur a few days ago on her show. It would be enough to make the mythical centrist's blood boil-- if there were any mythical centrists and they weren't all as prevalent as unicorns. Do you think the party...

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