Bernie Sanders Progressives Socialism Uncategorized

Socialism, even democratic socialism, is quite different from progressivism

Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. So does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently won the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th congressional district, defeating incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a major upset victory. The odd thing is: are they really democratic socialists? Do they even know what democratic socialism is? There is evidence […]

Climate Change

Fake news about “global cooling”

Right wing websites have been promoting fake, or at least deceptive, news about alleged global cooling. Don’t Tell Anyone, But We Just Had Two Years Of Record-Breaking Global Cooling Inconvenient and unreported weather fact: we just had two years of record-breaking global cooling Did You Know the Greatest Two-Year Global Cooling Event Just Took Place?. […]

Adam Smith Uncategorized

Adam Smith Town Hall of July 8, 2018

U.S. Representative Adam Smith (D, 9th CD, Washington) spoke for two hours today to constituents on Mercer Island. During most of the two hours Smith bashed Trump, in response to constituents’ questions. The audience seemed supportive of that. There were no conservatives offering a forceful alternative view. Smith said that as a member of the […]

Rodney Tom Washington State Politics

Resolution in Opposition to Rodney Tom’s candidacy for State Senate

Note: the 5th, 41st, 45th and 48th LD Democrats have passed versions of this resolution. Resolution in Opposition to Rodney Tom’s candidacy for State Senate WHEREAS in 2012 then State Senator Rodney Tom began caucusing with the Republicans and formed, with Republicans, the so-called Majority Coalition Caucus — despite having been elected as a Democrat; WHEREAS […]

Homelessness

Bellevue City Council hearing on the proposed homeless shelter

[Edited and extended on June 15, 2018] On Monday, June 11, I went to the Bellevue City Council hearing about the proposed Eastgate homeless shelter. About seventy people had signed up to speak (three minutes each). The first pair of speakers were Betsy Hummer and Stephanie Walter from the East Bellevue Community Council. They reported […]

Civil rights Donald Trump Fox News Immigration Race

Anti-immigrant “Blood and Soil” leaflets in Clyde Hill

A friend emailed me: On my driveway today was a ziplock bag with a melted Snickers bar and a leaflet that says, “KEEP AMERICA AMERICAN. REPORT ANY AND ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS THEY ARE NOT IMMIGRANTS THEY ARE CRIMINALS CALL 1-866-DHS-2ICE. BLOODANDSOIL.ORG Honestly, I am shaking and thoroughly disgusted that fascists are at work here. The […]