It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village is a reminder of Democratic Party values – especially the values of long time Democrats whose lives have been dedicated to helping people.

TGIF…

These two fucking morons are interchangeable

 

 

Morning everyone…We’ve been thrust into “Friday the 13th” becasue of stupidity. The stupidity of voters on the right and on the left….Because of narcissistic demagogues on the right and the left…Because of complacency and people thinking voting won’t do anything, so what’s the use…because of a media that has given in to greed and once again stupidity and becasue of a governing body in Congress that doesn’t know how to compromise on anything…It’s “fuck you society”, you’ll get what we give you and there is nothing yo can do about it in Congress..Prime example is what is going on right now with SCOTUS.

The stars aligned to give all of us something we never in a million years could have imagined..WE got a worthless moron as President(gag) and a worthless moron that cost us not seeing Hillary in the WH and is now trying to cost us the midterms.

Are all Dump voters bigots, racists, misogynists, deplorables..No, just ask Bernie…But they all voted for Dump who is everyone of those things and worse which makes everyone of the voters just as deplorable if not more so. That’s the biggest problem with Bernie and his crusade to get them over to our side. When they voted for Dump they were saying they were alright with those adjectives and proclivities that Dump showed, hell he shouted them to anyone that would listen. We listened and they didn’t or didn’t care becasue they agreed. Now here we have an idiot that thinks becasue,(just guessing)he thinks he got the Popes blessing, he’s always right and everyone else is wrong, even though he has no fucking idea what the hell he is talking about, that he can reshape the Democratic Party by cosying up to the deplorable voters while throwing everyone else under the bus.

That’s the one thing that Bernie has always been lacking…A fucking BRAIN…Same goes for Dump…hence interchangeable…

Tweeter time…

Nice thread…

The shit gets deeper…”You can’t fix stupid”

An extended version of my normal closing…Because she deserves it and becasue she’s out and about…

Get your tissues ready for the entrance…

This is your TGIF thread…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It takes a village: Illinois…… resisting before it became a movement or a hashtag.

A two year tug of war for the soul of Illinois.

 

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/state-of-the-standoff-how-did-illinois-get-here/collection_fb934cac-f5c3-5bee-a12a-b752fbc046db.html

 

Rauner’s prescription has been his “turnaround agenda,” a set of policies, such as changes to workers’ compensation laws and collective bargaining rights, that he contends will jump start Illinois’ economy and bring more money into the state’s coffers.

While he’s acknowledged that tax increases in some form are needed to balance the budget, Raruner has said he’d only sign on if the Democratic-controlled legislature agreed to some of his proposals.

Madigan, meanwhile, has argued that much of what the governor wants runs afoul of the Democratic Party’s core values, and has accused Rauner of holding the budget-making process hostage to advance his personal agenda.

Madigan’s solution has been a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, adding Democrats don’t have the votes to pass a tax increase on their own.

More recently, he’s proposed a 50 percent reduction in the corporate income taxes — wiith provisions to ensure every company pays something — and increased investments in higher education and infrastructure to spur economic growth. But Madigan isn’t tying that to budget negotiations.

 

 

 

Shake up Springfield sounds eerily similiar to another catchy phrase used…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ctu president Karen Lewis commenting on potential teacher layoffs due to budget crisis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the chicago sun times:

 

Chance, who grew up in West Chatham as Chancellor Bennett, left the Thompson Center saying he felt “flustered” after a 30-minute conversation with the governor that centered on funding for the Chicago Public Schools.

In brief remarks to reporters as he walked to the elevators with a small entourage, the rapper said he was frustrated by “vague answers” from the governor about funding for CPS, but had exchanged phone numbers with Rauner.

“I felt it went a little bit different than it should have,” said the 23-year-old Chance, who attended Jones College Prep. “I’m here because I just want people to do their jobs.”

“And I did speak with the governor. I asked him about funding CPS with that $215 million that was discussed in May of last year and was vetoed in December over, you know, political arguments and (stuff).”

 

Rauner pledged $215 million for CPS after negotiating a short-term budget last spring, with the funds contingent on legislative leaders passing a pension-reform package. Rauner later vetoed a bill that would have delivered the funds, calling the $215 million a “bailout” for cash-strapped CPS, and saying Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, had reneged on pension-reform promises.

Cullerton said Rauner of sank a budget deal being negotiated in the chamber by insisting on further concessions from Democrats, then leaning on GOP senators to pull back their votes.

“I wish (Chance) the best in negotiating with the governor,” Cullerton said in a statement Friday.

Talking to reporters Friday, Rauner called the accusation that he had stalled negotiations “goofy.”

Sen. Kimberly Lightfoot, chairwoman of the Education Committee, welcomed the chance to collaborate with Chance.

“I applaud Chance for using his platform to advocate for our children. I am available to brief him on any of the many issues our education system has as he prepares for further conversations with the governor,” she said in a statement.

“At this point, the important part is that our children have not been receiving the quality education they rightfully deserve. If it takes Chance to get our governor to do the job, hats off to Chance.

 

      

 

      From the chicago tribune:

one by one, six men who are running for Illinois governor or thinking about it addressed Cook County Democratic committeemen Monday, seeking early support and offering a unified message aimed at removing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner from office next year.

But beneath their individual Rauner-centric attacks, support for a graduated income tax to fix Illinois’ budget woes and agreement on the need to harness the activism against President Donald Trump were clear signs of separation between some of the contenders long before county Democratic leaders consider an endorsement in August.

Northwest Side Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston urged party leaders to help spark a campaign built off activism for social change rather than turning to more wealthy contenders. Neither candidate is deep-pocketed and both face the prospect of raising millions of dollars to be competitive next March in the Democratic primary.

There were also divisions among the wealthier contenders. Businessman Chris Kennedy, an heir to the wealthy and iconic political family who last week put $250,100 into his own campaign and as a result lifted contributions limits in the race, implored Democrats not to back billionaire investor and entrepreneur J.B. Pritzker. Kennedy did not mention Pritzker’s name but likened him to Rauner, a former private equity investor he called a “billionaire bully.”

 

 

We have some things to Iron out in our party but we’re veterans of  pushing back against rollbacks of middle-class rights. Learn from us…. both good and bad.

This is your Thursday thread.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Blasphemer’s Corner

The Village News & Views April 5, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

I blame DoReMI and basket. :)

Yesterday’s post here on Moose Pond was a wonderful and inspirational recounting of  the Rev. Dr. William Barber’s sermon at Riverside Church yesterday in commemoration of their yearlong “Beyond the Dream:  Living King’s Legacy” program. If you missed it, please check it out.

As a child I was informed that the United States of America had something call the separation of church and state. I took this to mean that we were supposed to keep religion out of politics and vice versa. Was taught that because “our forefathers” generally left Europe for these shores fleeing religious persecution, those who no longer wished to be a colony of the English Crown held sacred the idea that people should be free to practice whatever religion they chose, presumably as long as it didn’t harm other people.

It seemed like a pretty good idea. I was in favor.

I guess that was a long time ago.

There is a lot of religion in US politics these days. A lot of what passes for religion. Wiser, smarter and more patient people than I have written articles, books and so forth about it. I don’t have that kind of time, or attention span. So I will do what I do best.

Throw around some cat memes.

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday: Silence Is Not An Option 4/4/17

Rev. Dr. William Barber at a Moral Mondays rally

This past weekend the Rev. Dr. William Barber spoke at Riverside Church in NYC as the kickoff of the church’s yearlong Beyond the Dream: Living King’s Legacy, an”education and action initiative to create a more just and peaceful society.” April 4th is the fiftieth anniversary of King’s Riverside speech. (The text of Dr. King’s speech can be found here: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.) Basket attended the service, and what follows is his report:

British Brexit

My name is Michael and I’m a Remoaner.

So the news this week that the UK government has informed the President of the European Council of Ministers that they wish to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and leave the European Union was something of a disappointment.

Not that they really had much choice in the matter. Last year’s referendum came up with the result that a majority of British voters want to Leave, which rather means that the government is obliged to go through the process of negotiating Brexit. If the government had not initiated the process, they would have been guilty of defying the verdict of the majority, which is a little contrary to ideals of democracy.

It Takes A Village: VNV Wednesday Cartomancy Edition

The Village News & Views March 29, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All

Greetings, Village People!

It’s day 69 of the Resistance to the regime of Trump and the Republican majority. The sheer level of tension and intensity is affecting everyone except those who are insulated by ignorance or devotion to bigotry.

One way to process situations and events which threaten to overwhelm us is to look for our own hidden perceptions through the use of symbols.

I’ve been fascinated by one such method of seeking understanding, Tarot cards, for many years. I don’t read often and I don’t read for others but I love the cards, love the deep layers of symbolism and love the way these things can coax out of a receptive consciousness new aspects of understanding about things we already know.

I have half a dozen decks or so, but like most people, the first exposure I had was via the Rider-Waite deck.

The cards were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith from the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite, and published by the Rider Company.

Some imagery remains similar to that found in earlier decks, but overall the Waite-Smith card designs represent a substantial departure from their predecessors. The Christian imagery of previous decks cards was toned down, for instance the “Pope” card became the “Hierophant”, the “Papess” became the “High Priestess”.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rider-Waite_tarot_deck

Nevertheless, there is still a lot of Christian imagery in the illustrations, which appear to be set roughly in a medieval European environment.

Which brings me to something I ended up doodling with in Photoshop, and then before I knew it things had gone a little bit beyond doodling. I don’t really have a good excuse for this. Nevertheless I wanted to bring it out, in spite of the fact that it’s one of the rather craziest things I’ve done in a while, and coming from me, well, let’s just say that’s an interesting proposition.

Ready?

It Takes A Village – VNV Tuesday 3/28/17 Unions Empowered Us

Once again, I’m continuing with my theme of historical political cartoons and what they can show us about our history, taught and untaught. This week, I’m focusing on unions and made the discovery that during the Gilded Age and beyond, the unions had a more mixed perception than I anticipated. There was still suspicion and distrust, largely because of the associations made between socialism and violent anarchists. Strikes were often portrayed as anti-American. However, the oligarchs of the time were increasingly viewed as a threat, and unions were often represented as a bulwark against them. Additionally, there was a rising independent, alternative (often socialist or union) media with their own political cartoons, which often countered that found in the general circulation media. (Socialist Newspapers by Circulation) Today, union membership is dropping just as their popularity is increasing (Unions More Popular), and how effectively the unions and voters respond to the anti-union efforts will determine their future.