BEING A WOMAN PROBABLY HELPED HILLARY’S CANDIDACY

I mean, I only voted for her to keep Trump out, and because it was inspiring to imagine us finally having a woman president.

How many voters felt the same way?

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COMPLETE HYPOCRISY ON MILITARY SPENDING

“Where did all the concern over deficits go?” asks Adam Johnson at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.

“After two years of the media lamenting, worrying and feigning outrage over the cost of Bernie Sanders’ two big-budget items—free college and single-payer healthcare—the same outlets are uniformly silent, days after the largest military budget increase in history.”

It is only when spending on human needs is considered that the “mainstream” “news” media starts to register skepticism.

Johnson writes that “no one in the media really cares about deficits, they only care about Deficits™, a clever marketing term used by those charged with keeping government money out of the hands of the poor—and in the coffers of weapons makers, banks and other wealthy interest groups.”

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LIEU PUTS SASSE IN HIS PLACE

Sen. Sasse tried the time-honored extreme-right-wing trick of exploiting the American flag to attack the positions that are most Constitutional.

Rep. Lieu replied: “Dear @BenSasse: Those of us who served active duty know the oath we took was to US Constitution. That means the right to kneel, stand or sit”

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WHERE ZUCKERBEG STANDS

David Plouffe was one of the worst of the charlatans pushing Obama toward more and more regressive stances on taxation and on “entitlements”–yes, Plouffe was advocating tax cuts for the wealthy and he was routinely smearing Medicare and Medicaid.

Naturally, Plouffe now is one of Zuckerberg’s closest advisors.

Zuckerberg can go on as many staged listening tours as he wants, but if he’s being tutored by the likes of Plouffe we all know exactly what to expect.

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NYC WON’T SEE ITS LIKE AGAIN

I refer to the Mendoza book store on Ann Street near City Hall. When it closed in 1990, it was NYC’s oldest book store, having opened there in 1894!

I remember the Mendoza well. It was positively Dickensian. When I was a child, my father’s office was right across Broadway and it must have been he who first brought me there. The wood floors creaked, the books sorted by topic on shelves were augmented by piles everywhere. Except for those creaks, it was usually very quiet.  If you were browsing on one of the three floors where the owner wasn’t stationed, you were kind of in your own world.

I was down around there recently and thought I’d seek it out, although I dimly remembered it had closed long ago.

The building now houses some kind of luncheonette, but at least it’s still there. But what it was and what it represented will, in all likelihood, never been seen again in this city.

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WHAT ARE OUR PRIORITIES?

As a society?

Locally, as the City of New York?

Bellevue Hospital is the lifeblood of this city —

Why are we allowing staff to be cut?

Why aren’t the philanthropic-minded having benefit dinners on its gorgeous old/new bridging concourse?

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SHUFFLING ALONG

time, space, and dance genre–

Accompany me in the new, Fall 2017 Ballet Review.

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THE KOCHS SAY “JUMP!”

and the GOP says, “How high?”

At Daily Kos, Jen Hayden reports how Koch brothers’ threats have got Graham, Cassidy, McConnell–and most definitely Sasse, one of many GOP who went to the Bros.  hate-in to grovel–et.al., et.al., et. GOP al.–hell for leather to pass the worst health care bill imaginable, with the added bonne bouche of getting to trample on every democratic and constitutional norm in order to MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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HIS HAYSEED HIGHNESS

Lindsay Graham is no man of the people, but he egregiously tries to sound that way to convince the electorate he’s fucking over that he’s one of them.

Sen. Graham’s pissy, bitchy responses to anyone confronting him with the horrific truth of his “health care” bill tell you all you need to know about his contempt for the American people.

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BIOGRAPHY OF A LAMBREY (IN HUMAN FORM)

Out of the Ooze: The Story of Dr. Tom Price, by Alexander Zaitchik.

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