Fishing

It’s worth remembering that xenophobic violence erupted in the former East against “Auslander,” just a year after the Mauerfall.

Jacobin magazine is down in the mouth over the collapse of East Germany. I understand their disappointment. When the wall was transgressed, those East Germans headed straight to Kaufhaus des Westens. Total neolibs even after 40 years of the best socialist education in the Soviet bloc! Amazing!

The Stasi was why Ossis couldn’t have nice things.

Gregor Gysi would have been a brilliant replacement for Honecker.

Putin went from busting kneecaps in a decrepit Friedrichshain dungeon to bombing civilians in Aleppo as Russia’s Eternal President.

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Re Elizabeth Warren: Ordinary people won’t read policy papers. Soundbites recycled through repetitive stump speeches drill home the gist of the matter.

The key for Democrats is to reach low information voters in swing states, who were once the backbone of Republican Party support.

I recall the day Beauregard Sessions quaked in the presence of a “wise Latina.”

All Bern talks about these days is extinguishing billionaires.

AOC has to be careful not to damage her brand by associating with a losing campaign.

Modi’s boot is pressing on the neck of India’s judiciary.

Bad company

Pressley is the smartest Squadie.

Who cares about Gabbard now besides her Novosibirsk constituents?

There’s no worse place than Alabama. Unless it’s Mississippi.

At least the family of Warren Harding is pleased with the Trump presidency. Ukrainegate and Russiagate leave Teapot Dome in the dust.

It is shocking to learn Mike Pence works with a woman who is not his wife.

The way to undermine Bloomberg is to point to his shameless party-hopping, from one political bed to another, to further his own ends.

Like Trump.

Yet journalists think Bloomberg is concerned with something besides himself.

Forget the White Knight narrative. It’s been shattered by a confrontation with reality.

Class envy of class enemies is the engine of class struggles.

Four moods

Beshear is no AOC or Sanders. Can’t imagine there will any champagne uncorked at the offices of the Justice Democrats or in yurts of the Sunrisers.

The so-called progressive wing of the Democratic Party will view a Beshear victory as a repudiation of their ideology and, therefore, as a defeat.

Trump trends higher in counties with high meth and oxy addiction.

Most damaging to the faith-healers who touched Trump: their souls are saturated with sin.

Re the changing of the guard at One Police Plaza: It’s always a big deal when a street gang changes leadership.

Roger Stone is the forgotten capo of the Trump Crime Family.

Bern marched with Dr King and broke rocks with Mandela.

Bern doesn’t care about the math. He just wants to come off as one angry populist, more angry, and hence, more progressive, than Warren.

Regarding Bern’s M4A plan … to quote Marx (from the 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte): “There the phrase went beyond the content.”

It’s one thing when Shep went off on Trump. But when Ed Henry flips, one knows Trump has lost Fox News.

I can’t believe people still believe in “age appropriateness” for consenting adults. Must be the New Puritanism.

Populism is why we can’t have nice things.

Move over

The world will survive without Gawker, Splinternews, and Deadspin. And, it has to be said, no one seeking political insight turns to a sports journalist.

The world would be harmed irreparably if real journalistic ventures like the NY Times or WaPo were to fold.

That said: There’s a symbiotic relationship between the Times and WaPo on one side, and Trump on the other. Each benefits from other’s existence.

One of the US’s biggest exports under Trump is race hate.

When a meeting of Klansmen at the Emmett Till memorial becomes a pop-up Trump campaign rally.

At this stage, bubonic plague would top Trump by double digits. He’s political roadkill.

People are surprised Trump was booed at MSG last night. They apparently don’t realize that he stuck NYC with unpaid tax bills, ugly architecture, and several hundred cases of STDs.

Bern and Harris supporters react strongly whenever Buttigieg gets attention.

Bible-based companies tend to engage in shady business practices (see Under Amour).

“When Analytics Fails” could be the title of A. J. Hinch’s new book.

Any nineteenth-century writer or poet worthy of mention did opium and absinthe.

Everything’s not lost

Jacobin magazine is already attempting to cushion the inevitable disappointment of Berniebros/brosettes with a quote from Eugene Debs:

“It is infinitely better to vote for freedom and fail than to vote for slavery and succeed.” – Eugene Debs

The “losing is winning” mentality is Debs making a virtue of necessity.

After the rude welcome Trump received at a UFC event in NYC, Dana White will receive a tweetful of hate from the Big Bonespur.

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Warren and Sanders lack a heavyweight in economics to legitimate their half statements about paying for M4A.

This is doubtless because they are riding the wave of anti-expertise ressentiment of the current populist moment.

The otherwise intelligent Dave Weigel recently referred to Clinton’s “gaffe” re coal miners in West Virginia.

Clinton’s gaffe?

Preliminary figures for 2018 show 80,778 people were employed by mine operators and contractors. That’s a record low, and about a thousand fewer than were employed by coal in the last year of the Obama administration.

Coal miners are dinosaurs.

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As a student of the “Critique of the Gotha Program,” Bernie knows the proles must use the state to smash the bourgeoisie. Marx’s hostility to Bakunin followed from this. Likewise, Bern as no affinity with anarchism. Hence, no blathering about the deep state from his quarter.

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Buttigieg’s plan for a plethora of “national service” programs, which would also function as a pre-requisite for future employment, sounds like the model for an American Stakhanovite.

Service is for knechts, serfs, and butlers in Merchant-Ivory films.

Let’s not make Deadspin out to be the NY Times or any other serious journalistic venture.

Cherry

Donald Trump has shifted his domicile from New York City to Florida.

It’s as if a Superfund site just moved south.

The move does lay the groundwork for post-Presidency criminality. Mob often retired to Florida.

Trump is echt Queens, though. Everything about him says ash heap.

The good news: Rudy ain’t going’ nowheres.

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Bern’s relaunch with AOC went unnoticed due to the sturm over Tulsi’s twitter beef with HRC.

Bern will never be the Democratic nominee, so Joe Manchin will never have to vote against him anyway.

With the tragedy of Deadspin following so close on the heels of the demise of Splinternews, we are nearer to reaching the crisis of which Marx wrote.

I’m surprised Bern isn’t fundraising off the suffering of Deadspin ex-staff. $2.70

A teacher in North Carolina is under fire for separating students by religion.

What I want to know is where did the rational students sit?

Impeachment is like Christmas Day for news networks.

Paula White’s criminality precedes her.

A cat is a loaded weapon.

Candy corn is the resistance of Halloween treats.