Saturday Reading


The rally was standard Democratic boilerplate: in favor of abortion rights, and against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But it soon became apparent that for the hundred or so attendees who gathered at the foot of Union Square in the broiling July heat, it was really about something else: defeating not just Trump’s nominee to the Court, but Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and at least a quarter of the Democratic lawmakers that he had endorsed last spring.

“For too long the state Senate has been holding progressive legislation hostage!” shouted Jasi Robinson, a candidate in a legislative district that covers Staten Island and Brooklyn. “The hostage deal is over. We are going to need a commitment from all of you to come out and vote for me and the rest of the resisters that are out here! It was us! We did this! We put the fear into King Cuomo! Get fired up because we are at war!”

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. For seven years, a group of breakaway Democrats in the state Senate who called themselves “the Independent Democratic Conference” aligned with the GOP, at times handing Republicans the majority, and at others padding the GOP’s lead. The group was widely believed to be the brainchild of Cuomo, since their existence allowed him to keep his distance from a fractious Democratic caucus and to keep his centrist credentials by avoiding the messy business of vetoing progressive legislation that was sure to come from a legislature where both houses were controlled by downstate Democrats.


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13 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Micki says:

    Well …jeepers! There’s no end to Dem machinations. SSDD.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) overwhelmingly passed a resolution on Friday evening saying it welcomes donations from fossil fuel industry workers and “employers’ political action committees.”

    Critics of the newly passed resolution are calling it a reversal of the DNC’s recently adopted ban on accepting donations from fossil fuel companies’ political organizations.

    DNC Chairman Tom Perez sponsored Friday’s resolution that allows the committee to accept contributions from “workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions’ or employers’ political action committees.”

    Perez, who served as Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, said the new measure was a commitment to organized labor. The resolution also says that the party wants “to support fossil fuel workers in an evolving energy economy.”

    On a conference call Friday, Perez said that after the June resolution passed, members of the labor community voiced concerns about the ban, calling “an attack on the working people in these industries.” But he stressed that the DNC will still work to combat climate change.

    “We have to draw the line that we are indeed a party of a big tent where all working people are welcome. We’re not a party that punishes workers simply based on how they make ends meet,” Perez said.

    “We have been engaging with folks in the labor movement to address their concerns,” he continued. “At the same time, we remain committed to the Democratic Party platform, which states unequivocally our support for combating climate change.”


  2. Den says:

    The old axiom; If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em might apply.

    Dems are not in a position to turn down any funding.


  3. Den says:

    I have an idea. At the next mighty white boy gathering, ignore them, stay home, they might get kinda lonesome without anyone to fight with and go away.

    It takes two to have a fight, a mere minority of idiots baiting others into clashes is a fools folly.


  4. jim hitchcock says:

    Damn, Soloing in Seattle.

    Micki/Doc, here’sc an entertaining story about my cousin Greg titled Shameless in Seattle:


    • David B. Benson says:

      “76 trombones led the big parade, …”


    • Micki says:

      Amadon, who founded the company in 1997, said he stepped down to let “professional management” take the company from its research-and-development phase to commercial rollout of its product. The company plans to sell satellitelike equipment that will receive an optical beam broadcast from TeraBeam, providing customers with broadband Internet access.

      The company, which has about 400 employees, has no paying customers.

      “There are lots of way to slice and dice what might have happened,” Amadon said. “Softbank has a set of resources it can bear to the company.”


      The Flim-Flam Man in Action!


  5. Den says:

    Dr. Phil has a spazoid moment:


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Just 73 °F on the way to the Old Post Office in 26 minutes. My lower back is still troubling me. The taco truck is closed but it appears that somebody is bringing supplies. No birds.


  7. Micki says:

    …and passengers still have to remove their shoes for security!

    Y’all heard about this already, but it takes the cake! A serious breach?!? Ya think?

    Stolen Horizon Air plane ‘a serious breach,’ raises questions about airport security

    NORAD: Fighter jets were trying to direct stolen plane over Pacific Ocean when it crashed

    Authorities probe how airline employee could steal plane

    About an hour and 10 minutes later, airline and law-enforcement officials say, a Horizon ground-crew employee, Richard Russell, crashed the plane he had commandeered into a wooded area of Ketron Island in south Puget Sound. Believed to be the only occupant, he is presumed dead.

    In between, Russell went on what Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor called “a joyride gone terribly wrong,” performing aerial acrobatics as a calm air traffic controller tried to talk him down safely.

    The rogue flight halted air traffic at the nation’s ninth-largest airport for more than an hour, caused air-defense authorities to scramble fighter jets from Portland, and raised questions about how someone could have stolen an aircraft in an era of heightened airport security.

    The Horizon Q400, tail No. N449QX, had landed at Sea-Tac at 1:35 p.m. after a short flight from Victoria, B.C. It was the plane’s last scheduled flight of the day, and it was subsequently parked at a cargo and maintenance area in the northeast corner of the airport.


    • jim hitchcock says:

      Of course it was a determined suicide rather than a joyride as Pastor stated, but yeah. Ground control personnel don’t go through psychological testing like pilots do. Not that that meant a damn in the Germanwings tragedy.


  8. Den says:

    They did not refuel after landing, he ran out of gas, oops.


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