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Why Asher Platts is no longer a Democrat, but a Green

From an interview with the Bangor Daily News:

[PLATTS:] I spent the first ten years of my political life as a Democratic Party activist and turn after turn through the Iraq War and the way the Democrats kept authorizing funding… And saying publicly that they don’t condone torture but after leaks it would turn out that not only did they condone it, they were complicit by not doing anything about it… Between all of that and impeachment proceedings, which the Democratic Party activist base was trying to do everything in their power to bring against the Bush Administration for war crimes and the leadership was doing everything that could be done to stop that from happening. Then from 2008 to 2010, when the party controlled the House, Senate and presidency, and here in Maine they controlled the governorship and both sections of the legislature, nothing progressive happened. In fact, here in Maine in 2009, Democrats voted for a flat tax, which is just crazy to me.

I became very disillusioned. I had believed very strongly in the idea that you stay in the Democratic Party and reform it but I had spent ten years doing that and it had only gotten worse. I had worked for Dennis Kucinich’s presidential campaign and I saw the immune response the party has within its various apparatuses to any progressive voices and I was just like, alright, this entire power structure has been build to prevent itself from reform. So I gave up on trying to reform an essentially broken structure and decided to work towards building a different structure entirely. The Green Party is that structure.

Well, maybe. Read below the fold...

Jack Trammell: The government is like a household

Some Blue Dog-centric Democratic apparatchik seems to have laid eggs in Jack Trammell's brain[1]. The ongoing process of transformation and assimilation has been horrifying to watch. The Star-Exponent:

"[TRAMMELL:] The government needs to balance its checkbook like ordinary people have to do."

Buried the lead on that one, didn't they? Read below the fold...

In the garden: Dithering

I'm dithering about ripping up the weeds; and also about putting the garlic in, which should be done a month before the ground freezes hard, so I'm probably a bit late). So I came in and cleaned part of the kitchen; I'm about a third of the way round, now. Big win: I can sit down at my kitchen table. Anyhow, while I was dithering:

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RIP Jack Bruce

Live at Winterland, March 10, 1968. Here's an interview with Bruce: Read below the fold...

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The power of small multiples in Hong Kong

Howie Hawkins in NY gubernatorial TV debate

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Common Household Remedies Request

I confess it: I hate flossing. And not only that, I hold to the bizarre and so clearly "just a rationalization" theory that my teeth are an ecology, and if I get them too clean, I could kill off beneficial bacteria and end up worse than before. (To be fair to myself, my theory was semi-borne out by my last trip to Thailand: Despite 7 (seven) years without dental care of any kind, I had only three cavities, and, except for the disintegrating molar caused by a poor filling from a corporate dental rental extraction machine, all were small.) That said: Read below the fold...

Latest DCCC mail blast: "All hope is lost!" Translation: Mission accomplished...

... if you believe Steve Israel's role is to throw elections, and after Howie's work it's hard not to. Anyhow, whoever's doing DCCC's bulking mailing must have some kinda weird billing arrangement, because they aren't purging their list. I mean, I've never given them a dime, and never will. But Steve Isreal is still choking my inbox with spammage. Why's he doing that, unless he's got an incentive?

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So I'm not the only one annoyed by DCCC mail blasts

The midterms politics of single payer in Vermont: Will Shumlin's Democrats blow it?

From Valley News:

[H]ealth reform remains a key issue facing [Vermont Governor Peter] Shumlin, the Democrat who currently occupies the corner office in the Statehouse, and his leading challengers: Republican Scott Milne, a travel agency owner from Pomfret, and Libertarian Dan Feliciano, an Essex management consultant.

Three polls since late August showed Shumlin with a double-digit lead, making him one of four Democrats rated a likely winner in a fall governor’s race by the RealClearPolitics.com website.

State Sen. Anthony Pollina, a Progressive who has long called for a single-payer health care system in Vermont, said that he expected Shumlin to win re-election, but expressed concern that winning by a narrow margin or with only a plurality would leave him with his “mandate to move ahead with single-payer greatly dampened.”

Not to be too cynical, but does Shumlin have national ambitions? So, mission accomplished? Read below the fold...

Job Guarantee and Basic Income Guarantee

In the garden: Still turning

My middle filbert in sweet light. Read below the fold...

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