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ProfessorPlum's Journal
ProfessorPlum's Journal
January 30, 2019

As primary season lurches to a start, it's important to remember

that the "DU primary" won't effect the actual primaries very much.

So write that essay on why Martin O'Malley is the best choice. I'll read it. But the habits of the wiley Democratic primary voter are sometimes hard to fathom.

January 29, 2019

What I like most about Schultz is his dead eyes

Don't tax me, bro!
January 25, 2019


it's not like he's going to do anything except lie, anyway

January 24, 2019

Putin and the Weaknesses of the West

KGB Grandmaster Putin surveyed the landscape and his political rivals for geopolitical power. His gaze came to rest on Russia's old rival, the United Kingdom.

An old democracy with a still semi-functioning safety net and a cushy sinecure within the EU, the UK was fairly secure and prospering.
He contemplated their weaknesses and came up with: xenophobia, an old feeling that the UK was not part of "Europe", and racism.

Pressing his dirty thumb on that weakness, and releasing his various Russian and Balkan online trolls and trouble-makers, he helped to engineer Brexit. The UK is now on the brink of an enormous economic disaster of its own making, because a hard core minority of its people believe that Brexit will begin manufacturing unicorns for them, just as soon as they kick out the foreigners.

His eye then fell upon the USA. And he perceived racism, xenophobia, and the electoral college as our greatest weaknesses.

Pressing his dirty thumb on those weaknesses, he elevated a stupid but fascistic imbecile who was completely in his pocket to take over the most racist group in the US, the GOP. And then he and his Russian and Balkan online monkeys began working on the demographics of the electoral college. The USA is now on the brink of an enormous economic disaster of its own making, because a hard core minority of its people believe that "the wall" will begin manufacturing unicorns for them, just as soon as we kick out the foreigners.

I am embarrassed that the USA and the UK have been so comparatively easy to (nearly) topple. With nary a shot fired. But I have to say that Putin perceived our weaknesses quite perceptively.

January 24, 2019

One of Pelosi's greatest moves is NOT to allow the GOP to sully Democrats with their bad ideas

When Dumbya won a second term in 2004, he came back to office saying he had a mandate to privatize Social Security. The GOP offered a shitty plan for privatizing Social Security, then waited for the Democrats to offer their own plan for privatizing Social Security.

Pelosi refused to play. By _never_ offering a Democratic version of privatizing Social Security, she kept the program safe - because she was forcing the GOP to take all of the blame for this shitty idea, and they were too chicken to pass it by themselves.

It is that knowing when NOT to provide cover for a terrible idea that also seems to be guiding her in this situation.

Trump wants to shut down the government, so he picks some stupid hill to die on. Wall funding.

He says "just give me a small down payment on the wall". And waits for the Democrats to say, ok, we'll fund your wall, but here is what else we want.

And Pelosi refuses to play. Her position is that she very much will not allow the Democratic party to be associated with this asinine idea. Let the GOP propose its own "plan" for the wall, we want nothing to do with it.

it's fantastic to watch.

January 23, 2019

This is the shock doctrine and disaster capitalism

They are creating the disaster so that everything can be privatised.

January 23, 2019

"it's almost disappointing how incredibly popular AOC is ...

Because everything she's saying is what all of us should already be saying"

January 22, 2019

Why AOC is AOK

Ask yourself: why does AOC excite people? It isn't a personality cult. She is exciting because she (and other members of the progressive caucus and Justice Democrats) give(s) people hope that their government might do (even) more things that make their lives better.

That really is the point of government: WE are the government. It is ours, and a tool to make our lives better. It has been hijacked, steadily over 40 years of bad supreme court decisions, by the wealthiest among us to serve only THEIR goals and line THEIR pockets and siphon more and more wealth from the rest of us, make our lives more miserable, and change the rules so that we have less and less say over what government does. Those changes happen much more quickly with the completely corrupt Republicans, and more slowly under Democrats, because of the changes the elites have made to our system.

By being unapologetic about the government's role in making our lives better - it's REAL role - Justice Democrats can ask themselves, without any conflict of interest, "I know what the corporations want - but what do the actual people who do most of the living and dying and working here want?"

It's a sliver of hope. And the fact that she is smart, and sharp, and excellent at MESSAGING means that more and more people will wake up from the fog that started with Reagan and begin taking back the government as a means to make our lives better.

She's quite a competent carrier for the message. But it's the MESSAGE itself that excites me.
January 21, 2019

OMG this is perfect - The Onion nails the AOC phenomenon


WASHINGTON—Strutting into the Capitol like she had some kind of electoral mandate, presumptuous congressional freshman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) thought Thursday that she could just come in and start representing her constituents. “I’m sorry, big shot, but that’s just not the way things work around here,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, explaining that the Florida representative needed to spend at least her first three terms memorizing obscure parliamentary procedures, sucking up to party leaders, and groveling to corporate donors before she could even consider drafting a law benefiting her home district. “She can’t just waltz in here with a list of demands from her constituents and do something about it. Christ, the fucking gall, thinking she can just represent the beliefs and desires of the people who elected her. She’s out there holding town halls and tweeting about healthcare—who the hell does she think she is? Here’s some advice, Debbie: Wait until you’re a cynical, shallow husk of yourself, and only then will you be ready to properly govern. Otherwise, you keep your head down, you vote for what we put in front of you, and you fundraise.” Hoyer, who grew visibly agitated, recommended that the novice lawmaker quit rabble-rousing and get back to him when she’s 75 and a millionaire.

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