Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Dianne Feinstein needs a nice long rest

SA: If you get to DC, what will your legislative priorities be?
KDL: There are three main issues: our environment and climate change. Medicare for all. And immigration reform. Clearly, we need a pathway to legal permanent residency and eventually citizenship for the 11 million undocumented—hardworking families who reside in our nation; we need to increase the budget, because when you hear the story of 10, 12 years to legalize status, that’s a huge bottleneck. That’s a ridiculous number, when it takes so long to normalize the status of a loved one. You’d want to deal with DACA immediately by giving them a pathway to citizenship and finally stop using them as a political football.
SA: You and Kamala Harris would be a powerful duo. How would that impact the 2020 elections? Does it give California a bigger role in the presidential process?
KDL: California today has the fifth-largest economy in the world. It could be used as a model for many other states, to grow an economy, to create jobs, to move policies that clean up our air while at the same time providing for economic growth. Everyone deserves the right to breathe clean air, have access to health care, and have a decent, high-paying job. California is America before itself. Why not help move a clean-air, clean-water policy that provides for economic growth and puts people to work? It doesn’t matter to me if you’re a Republican or a Democrat, everyone deserves an opportunity to succeed, to send their kid to college. Poverty is poverty, whether you live in a red state or a blue state. Let’s build policies that have been verified to actually work, to help people, that help working families.
SA: Let’s say you win, and you’re in DC for a long time. What would make you happiest as a legislative accomplishment?
KDL: Given the opportunity to be a voice for California, creating jobs by moving policies that clean our air and deal with the existential threat of climate change. And immigration reform that will heal this nation and bring us together, as opposed to dividing and polarizing and tearing the fabric of who we are as a great nation.

Kevin is running for the US Senate.  We need him.  We had Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.  I always preferred Barbara of the two.  Now Barbara’s retired – good for her, have a life, don’t die in the Senate.  You’ve accomplished a great deal. 
Kamala Harris is now one of our two senators.  The other?
Still Dianne Feinstein.
She turns 85 this year.
She’s been in the Senate since the early 90s.
It’s time for her to go.

Ted Kennedy died at the age of 77 – while in office.
And because his term wasn’t up, the tax payer got stuck with the bill for the election.  I think it was Martha someone up against Scott Brown with Brown getting elected.
And the taxpayer had to pay for it.
Dianne’s the oldest senator in the Senate.  She needs to retire.  She’s too old, she’s out of touch and she’s corrupt.  And she voted for the Iraq War.  A Democratic senator from California voted for the Iraq War.
Time to send Dianne off to rest in her final days.


Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, February 27, 2017.

Starting with California and the race for the US Senate.

  • I'm running for the U.S. Senate because you deserve a seat at the table. Please join my campaign:
    We have all benefitted from the labor movement. Period. Now it is our turn to stand with our brothers and sisters. This is the fight for quality of life and the middle class. This is the fight for America’s working families.
    California Democrats overwhelmingly supported me this wknd because they know I have led & won on: ✅climate & clean energy ✅$15 min wage ✅equal pay ✅healthcare ✅immigrant protections ✅ gun control And they know I will bring the fight to Trump

  • Kevin de Leon has a strong record on labor issues which is why he's already received endorsements from the following:

    Teamsters Joint Council 42
    ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94
    IATSE Local 80
    SEIU California
    California Nurses Association
    UFCW Western States Council

    And here's the SEIU endorsement in full:

    Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California today announced the 700,000-member union’s endorsement of Kevin de León to represent California in the United States Senate. The endorsement was announced after SEIU California members from across the state participated in the union’s One Voice Town Hall, where members met with the candidates, asked their questions, and then made their selection for the candidate they’ll support now through November.
    “Kevin de León is a leader who speaks up for California values. His leadership on the most pressing challenges facing California stands in stark contrast with the dysfunctional political establishment in Washington, D.C.,” said David Huerta, Executive Board Member, SEIU California. “Kevin shouldered our fight for $15 minimum wage across the finish line, holds a strong record on environmental justice, and fought valiantly to protect our immigrant communities when the Trump Administration moved to openly attack them and divide families. He’s stood up for us and our California values again and again and now we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder and endorse Kevin de León to be our next U.S. Senator.”
    “Kevin de León took the time to meet with SEIU members and spent a day walking in our shoes. He heard our concerns over growing inequality, and we heard his commitment to stand with us to fight injustice. It’s clear that he shares our dreams: to build a state and a country where every one of our children has the same opportunities to thrive, no matter where they were born,” said Michelle Melendez, Child Care Provider and Member of SEIU Local 521.

    “I am incredibly humbled to receive the endorsement of SEIU California. With SEIU members’ support, I am confident we can take the fight for our California values to President Trump’s doorstep in Washington, D.C.” said De León. “We must demand more of our elected leaders in Washington. Right now, it is clear they lack the political willpower to prioritize the issues we care on the floor of the U.S. Senate. It is time for new leadership that will fight tirelessly for fair and equal wages, a growing economy that generates good-paying jobs, and more opportunities for everyone. My whole life I have worked to defend our California Dream. That’s why I won’t be just another party-line vote in Washington. Instead, I will be the outspoken activist Californians need on the issues they care about most.”

    Kevin is running for the US Senate.  In June, California will hold a primary, the top two vote getters will be on the November 2018 general election for us to choose from.  Let's do our part to make sure Kevin gets the fighting chance he needs so we can get the fighting senator we need.

    May 12, elections are to take place in Iraq.  There are claims floating around Arabic social media that provincial elections are being sidelined (until December) but that the parliamentary elections will take place May 12th.

    Hayder al-Abadi wants to have a second term as prime minister.

    Because he's done such a bang up job?

    Today in Yemen, Syria and Iraq, over 45 million people need aid. That’s more than the population combined of: -Denmark -Singapore -Ireland -New Zealand -Portugal -Norway -Hong Kong

    45 million is also more than the population of Iraq, just saying.

    Who gets rescued in Iraq?

    Who gets protected?

    Not the people.

    WATCH: Two lions rescued from zoos in war-torn Iraq and Syria are being flown to a sanctuary in South Africa

    A lion from Iraq (and on for Syria) heads off to a sanctuary.  But there is no sanctuary for the people of Iraq.  Or for the four million Iraqi children in need of aid.

    Lions rescued from zoos in Syria and Iraq’s war zones are safe after arriving in South Africa

    Well at least Hayder defeated ISIS, right?


    Uh, no.

    NRT reports:

    Islamic State (ISIS) militants launched two attacks against Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi in south and west of Kirkuk late on Monday (February 26).
    NRT reporter in Kirkuk, Aso Ahmed, said ISIS militants attacked Iraqi Federal Police and Hashid al-Shaabi in the village of Albu Mohammed in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk.
    The reporter added casualties of the attack remained unclear.
    ISIS militants also attacked Iraqi federal police and Shia paramilitary in Najati village in the district of Hawija, west of Kirkuk. 

    NRT reporter said six members of the Iraqi forces and Hashid al-Shaabi wounded during clashes with ISIS militants transferred to a hospital in Dibis district in northwestern Kirkuk.

    And Fazel Hawramy (AL-MONITOR) reports of Kirkuk:

    Many distraught families in Basra were startled to learn that IS could still stage such a daring raid in an area that Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared "liberated" in early October, and there were loud calls for a thorough investigation into the incident. How this group of PMU fighters fell into such an ambush and why no backup arrived on the scene to help them is not clear, but an investigation is underway and the government has launched an operation to clear the area of IS sleeper cells. It is not clear if this deadly attack is seen in Baghdad as a wakeup call to do something about the growing power of the IS militants in Hawija, which — on top of Erbil-Baghdad tensions — could bring further instability to the area.
    Oops! Hayder's one claim to fame appears to be crumbling.
    Cindy Sheehan discusses ISIS in the video below.

    And at a time when he's further angering the Kurds.

    With decision to extend banning international flights to Kurdistan, collective punishments, blocking constitutional budget share, militarizing disputed territories,Kurdish parties will remember these in post elections in Iraq & in supporting any candidates.

    Kurdish official says Kurdish parties will remember 's sanctions against Kurdistan region during election period. "Kurdish parties will remember these in post elections in Iraq & in supporting any candidates"

    On the topic of elections . . .

    Al-Haya Newspaper: Question of continued US presence in Iraq likely to be brought before Iraqi Parliament soon. In run up to elections, politicians want Iraqi PM to clarify number of US forces & their mission, & if there is an agreement for them to stay.
    In an effort to embarrass Iraqi PM & make US presence a major election issue. Many political parties want US out of Iraq.

    The US government kept Nouri in power to keep US troops in Iraq.  The same thinking is behind their continued support of massive failure Hayder al-Abadi.

    The May elections will require campaigning which may make it difficult for Parliament to raise the issue of US troops but, if it can be raised before the election, it can be used as a vote getter.  The majority of Iraqis want the US out of Iraq.

    On elections, FAIR's Adam Johnson makes a good point.

    which raises a whole new question & one liberal imperialist should take seriously: At what point in the US perma-occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan, NE Syria should these countries participate in our Presidential elections and get some representation in Congress. Year 20? Year 100?

    The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS --  updated:

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