It takes a village: pragmatism produces results.

Good advice for the party…. we gotta push forward






We gotta keep pushing forward as a party. A big part of our platform just became reality in ny. Hrc , Tom Perez and the rest are moving forward. Cuomo closing this deal shows center left dems have A PROVEN track record of getting stuff done.


Last night close race in Kansas shows what happens when pissed off dems show up. We fell short, but other districts aren’t as blood red. We don’t have to change who we are as a party and we damn sure don’t have to follow  ANYONE who doesn’t think enough  To join.


Stay focused. Stay pissed. Push forward.



This is your Thursday thread.


  46 comments for “It takes a village: pragmatism produces results.

  1. April 13, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Reese, thank you so much for this great roundup of news! You’re right, we’ve got to press on. Love the photos of Hillary, which I appreciate very much. Had to laugh at the Ann Richards quote! Dear Goddess, how I miss Ann, Molly Ivins, and Barbara Jordan. They were pithy, witty, and good at getting things done.

    Hope you’re doing all right, brother! I’ll see you on Twitter later.

  2. kathy from pa
    April 13, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Hi Reece and Moosers, stuck home with migraine today so I’ll probably check in a few times. I’m in Ga 07, wish I could vote for Ossoff. There was a protest of David Perdue across the street from where I work on Monday. I said on Twitter last night that I don’t want to hear ‘the US threatens or warns’ anymore. After eight years of feeling safe from war, it’s all flipped around and now I’m scared of the government again and don’t trust anything. I realize that my white privilege has and still continues to keep me out of the immediate target area and there are millions at far greater risk of harm, physical, economic and other. We are all so screwed

    • reesetheone
      April 13, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Sorry about your migraine :( I hope you feel better! Yeah we’re screwed….. but won’t stop us from fighting!

    • inkaudlay
      April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Hope you feel better soon, Kathy from pa.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 10:50 am

      {{{kathy from pa}}} – Healing Energy and do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Then do “all the good you can…” because that’s just as much a part of The Resistance as anything political. You are not helpless. Every caring act is helping. moar {{{HUGS}}} and Healing Energy.

    • MomentaryGrace
      April 13, 2017 at 1:44 pm

      {{{{{{{{kathy from pa}}}}}}}

      I know how you feel (not the migraine though), the other day in the car it hit me and I started to cry – how safe I felt for 8 years with BHO. How safe I would have felt with HRC. All gone. Back to fear.

      • bfitzinAR
        April 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

        {{[MomentaryGrace}}} – we’re all walking the emotional tightrope – safety was an illusion, but it was a nice one that allowed us to function optimally. Now the illusion has been broken. It’s why we need community now more than ever. Community means there’s somebody watching your back, guarding while you work/eat/sleep – it isn’t the optimal security of feeling like we’re in a safe place, but it’s close. It’s the security of knowing we’re protected while we go about our business. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  3. reesetheone
    April 13, 2017 at 8:53 am

    47 and cloudy in Chicago metro…. hi gang! It feels like we’re coming upon a thousand days instead of a 100 huh? Lets pace ourselves and not get too high about a win or too low about a setback huh?

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

      {{{rto}}} – thanks for the diary and AMEN! about pacing ourselves and not letting events throw us into extreme reactions.

    • MomentaryGrace
      April 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Sage advice, well received. Hard to do sometimes but worth it to try. :)

  4. inkaudlay
    April 13, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Yep and fierced, reese!

    We don’t have to change who we are as a party and we damn sure don’t have to follow ANYONE who doesn’t think enough To join.

    • shenagig
      April 13, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Amen to that!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      {{{inkaudlay}}} – yup – 3 million more votes says we’ve got the platform and we’ve got the demographic. We’ve got some work to do – mostly in GOTV (which will be a lot easier if we ever figure out how to circumvent the media) – but changing who we are or what we stand for would be worse than ridiculous. It would be fatal. (Which is probably what the jsfv has in mind and definitely what his followers do.) Not going there. moar {{{HUGS}}}

  5. wordsinthewind
    April 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

    good morning reese and thanks for posting. It’s folks like you and the villagers who will bring the Democrats out of irrelevance not the asshole from Vermont or his followers. Any jackass can kick down a barn, it takes a carpenter to build one. Many people have been given attribution for that but I think it’s actually one of those folk sayings that no one can claim credit for.

    Last night got plenty exciting, it’s always so nice when that calms down. Sometimes I have to just turn everything off and watch this weather. Our place sits on a bit of a hill so we get a good view and unfortunately are more vulnerable to lightening. We’ve lost a few appliances over the years to inattentiveness which has encouraged better habits. I don’t often get caught short like I did last night when the storm came roaring through about a half an hour early.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

      {{{wordsinthewind}}} – SO glad to see you this morning. Your comment in yesterday’s diary cut off in mid sentence and freaked the heck out of me. Happy to see you and happy things have calmed down a bit.

      Those of us rto refers to as cen-dems are the solid, relatively quiet, head-down-get-the-work-done majority of the party. There’ve always been noisy extremes within the party but this lot pretty much takes the cake. At least the previous generations made messiahs out of men who were actually members of the party. To make a messiah of someone who isn’t a member of the party, has been trashing the party for years, and whose endorsement is pretty much the kiss of death is “verrrry interesting, but not funny” to say the least.

      • wordsinthewind
        April 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Caught me by surprise, sorry to have been worrisome. I keep a sharp eye on the weather because we have vulnerabilities and being so isolated out here we’re really on our own to deal with whatever happens. My biggest fear is wildfires having seen what’s happened to small towns with inadequate defenses. So far our little town is prepared and shows no signs of Rism gutting our defenses. The last tea bagging silliness actually got less votes than Hillary did. I have laughed so hard about that and had more fun than I should have pointing it out to folks.

        • bfitzinAR
          April 13, 2017 at 12:20 pm

          {{{wordsinthewind}}} – weather is the one thing we will never control and can only try to be prepared for. Local community preparedness with state and national backup is optimal – glad your community at least gets that. (When I was an elected county official trying to get funding for county-wide ambulance service I pointed out that the time to set up ambulance service is not as you’re dialing 9-1-1.) Yeah, it was just knowing you had bad weather coming and the cut off in mid-sentence. But I’m the proverbial worry wart. :) and moar {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Batch
    April 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Morning meese…Thanks for the great thread bro…

    Hey Bernie…Duck tape it and go away you worthless bag of wind!

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 11:37 am

      {{{Batch}}} – glad to see you and that about sizes it up for jsfv and his followers. Actually, it’s more his followers. Without them, he’d go back to bloviating on the Extreme Left radio programs and being the requisite “attack Dems from teh Left” speaker on the occasional Sunday morning talk show. Nobody but Extreme Left would hear him or hear of him (and the RWNJs who point to him to show that Dems are commies – don’t know how that’s going to work out with Russia’s officially our best friend right now). The followers are the problem. sigh.

  7. Batch
    April 13, 2017 at 10:03 am

    This is how it’s done…Joy shoves it down Lord’s throat!

    • shenagig
      April 13, 2017 at 10:49 am

      Go Miss Reid…love that woman…

  8. basket
    April 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Morning meeses and thank you Reese.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 11:38 am

      {{{basket}}} Healing Energy.

  9. shenagig
    April 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Thanks reese and morning meeses…61, sunny but windy here in Utah…

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      {{{shenagig}}} – hope you’ve got enough in the way of topography to break up the wind. I lived in KS for 5 years and the sound of highs winds can get to you after a bit. A very short bit. :)

      • shenagig
        April 13, 2017 at 4:05 pm

        Well we have mountains but unfortunately they just funnel the wind through the valley faster…when we moved here we had to get a roof rated up to 70 mile winds in order to get insured…we were lucky this winter as we didn’t get any bad winds but spring is making up for it…good news is my lilacs are opening…I was afraid they froze…they are smaller than normal so I know the cold had some effect but didn’t kill them…let spring begin…lol

        • bfitzinAR
          April 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm

          Get a wind generator? Sounds like you could get all your electricity and then some. Glad your lilacs are opening. They are lovely and smell divine (outside – too strong for indoors for me). Spring’s pretty much sprung here. Gonna empty my indoor wood rack this weekend, take it out to the porch wood rack for next woodstove-type fire season.

          • shenagig
            April 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

            An idea…we looked into solar here last year but it was just too pricy because we would of had to have a lot of electrical work done beside the actually cost of the solar panels..something Utah requires to be up to code or something…on top of that our roof was pointed in the wrong direction and partly shaded by big trees…I’m sure we’d have the same electrical problem with wind…what I did instead was move all my electrical to wind generated…it’s more expensive but worth it…

            • bfitzinAR
              April 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm

              Fortunately I was up to code when I installed my PV system in 2014 – intertie, I still pay a maintenance fee to the electric company but it’s only $8.76 a month, and I don’t have to have a battery system for nights and cloudy days. Of course if SWEPCO had an option for renewables that’s what I’d have done and they’d have made more money off me. As it is, they get the monthly maintenance fee and about 200 KWHs per year of free electricity from me (I generate about that much more than I use and in AR they don’t have to pay me for it).

              • shenagig
                April 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm

                I wish we could have afforded it but paying extra to buy wind generated electricity makes me feel a little better about it…

  10. WYgalinCali
    April 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Good morning, Pond Dwellers and thanks, Reese, for a positive Hillary piece. What does it say about your president, when China’s president makes you feel safer than your own? I read last night that, not only does he want NK to disarm, he’s preparing to move 150k troops to their southern border if necessary. I often wonder why little fisted dictators (both NK and ours) can’t see what the problem is in a nuclear war? How this affects them and the entire planet. My only consolation on this side is, if we have a system on the naval ships headed to NK that can disarm a missle, then we surely have something in place on our west coast. As my daughter said to me, “Who gave Israel their protection system? Don’t you think we’d have a similar one?” Still, it’s a bother and needn’t have risen to this level of escalation so soon.

    Enough of my spouting off. 51 and showers today. Need to get ready to walk before the rain hits.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      {{{WYgalinCali}}} – wouldn’t it be nice if we could do one of those old mythological war-replacement things where we put pvl45 and Kim in an arena and they fight each other, physically, the “war win” goes to the fight winner. That would give NK some juicy trade deals (because I’d bet Kim is a dirty fighter while I don’t think pvl45 could physically fight his way out of a wet paper bag), but save a whole lot of lives.

  11. reesetheone
    April 13, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Some new polls from Ga came out…. our guy is at 36 pct. Brooklyn bad boy did a diary about his best chance is to win outright…. I dont see that happening. Gonna be a heavy lift to get him to win in a runoff.

    Dk has alot invested…. and their reps are on the line with this one. If he loses, the far left will say he wasnt progressive enough and push FURTHER left… dooming our asses for 18 and 20.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Kos is apparently aiming to become the Thom Hartmann of the blogosphere. Which will reduce DK’s relevance regarding actually getting anything done. Hartmann periodically manages some good points and has some very good goals – with no feasible way to achieve them. (Makes you understand why he has jsfv on his show so often.) DK is heading that direction – and picking up speed.

      • wordsinthewind
        April 13, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        very interesting analysis bfitz, think you’ve hit the nail square on the head here. I personally see it as a reflection of male privilege which kos has openly given way to from the very beginning. That accounts for the male bias there and how the women act to accomodate that while furthering their own ambitions.

        • MomentaryGrace
          April 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm


      • DoReMI
        April 13, 2017 at 2:07 pm

        I’m finding myself quite miffed at the surge of back-patting and self-promotion by DK after the KS special election. I have a lot of respect for David Nir and DKElections, but they themselves admitted that they initially weren’t going to promote the race, but then the national Rs dropped $100k+ on it, signaling their concern. In the meantime, individual diarists were doing their level best to raise the profile of the race, and individuals on Twitter were promoting it heavily too. I gave a bit after Charles Gaba (aka Brainwrap) was RTing it daily on Twitter. But because of one HuffPo article, all of a sudden DK is all that. Grrrr…I am well aware that I’m being a bit petty, but along with all of the self-congratulations, there are the inevitable comments hating on the DNC and DCCC. Apparently, too many of the whiz kids at DK are still not aware that the DNC DOES NOT give to individual congressional races. /rant

        Oh, and of course, good afternoon all! Busy, busy, busy day at work; the state changed the quarterly tax reports/forms, and while they are now actually easier in the long run, that surprise made them more difficult in the short-term. I finally got it all sorted out, but it took way more time than usual.

        I’m also going to be sporadic with my online presence for a bit. Several weeks ago, I made the offer to my daughter’s bridesmaids to provide them with some sort of jacket/shawl to wear with their dresses. I pointed them in the direction of a few choices online; I thought this would be a simple matter of pick and order. Nope…instead I am finding out that I am in the cat-herding business now. My latest attempt to get the process moving is to suggest that I could sew something for each of them, rather than buying online. They’ve been surprisingly receptive to this, but now there’s the ongoing back-and-forth about patterns and fabric and should they all wear the same style or should they just have the same fabric and how will I do fittings when two of them live in OR and one in OH and I’m in MI…legitimate questions and concerns, but the flood of emails has been epic. I’ve sent enough pattern suggestions and fabric ideas at this point to make a dozen or more wraps, and I don’t think they’re any closer to a decision. It’s a good thing the wedding isn’t until October!

        • wordsinthewind
          April 13, 2017 at 2:25 pm

          I wasn’t miffed I was knee-slapping laughing at ’em! Pretentious f**ks are the easiest people in the world to poke at, they’re all puffed up and stretchd out so the least little prod is felt so very intensely. Delicate little things, they have to stay in protected enclaves where they can wield their flags and admin tattle taling as though they were actual weapons of war. A war of their own imagination, I land real blows which is why I don’t play fight on the internet or anywhere else for that matter. It’s also why I’ve learned to make it as difficult as possible for someone to engage me in battle, no one ever likes the results.

        • basket
          April 13, 2017 at 3:51 pm

          So that’s why you were trying to organize your sewing room!! Hope everything goes well and will look forward to your comments/tweets/diaries.

      • reesetheone
        April 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        Great comparison….. its about hits and money… thus the cendem crackdown.

    • basket
      April 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Relevant tweet (referring to that article about DK). Aphra started with an amazingly accurate observation.

      • bfitzinAR
        April 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

        Yup – i remember it well. Instead of leaving I just buried myself in the community diaries. And the only reason I’m still there is because of community diaries. {{{HUGS}}}

  12. MomentaryGrace
    April 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm
  13. reesetheone
    April 13, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    When you praise a maniac for bombing, he will do it again. He dropped the mother bomb in Afghanistan and now looks poised to hit north Korea.

    I hope Johnson and Stein supporters are satisfied. I’m on the hawkish side, but not bombing just cuz I can.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 13, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      They refuse to take responsibility for it. They live in fantasyland.

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