A very strange piece in the New York Times!

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2017

It's all Bernie's fault:
We're so old that we can remember when the youngish Yamiche Alcindor was being treated as the next big thing for reasons we couldn't discern.

(She graduated from Georgetown in 2009.)

In fact, that was last year. This morning, Alcindor wrote this unfortunate report in the New York Times.

In her report, Alcindor all but says that yesterday's shooting was Bernie Sanders' fault. Try to believe that these passages appeared, the very next day, in a New York Times news report:
ALCINDOR (6/15/17): [Sanders'] most prominent followers said that blaming all of Mr. Sanders’s supporters for the actions of one was akin to blaming all Muslims for the actions of the Islamic State.

[...]

Mr. Hodgkinson filled his Facebook page with photographs of the senator and quotes from his speeches. Mr. Hodgkinson also wrote messages filled with expletives directed at the president, and a post in March said: “Trump is a traitor. Trump has destroyed our democracy. It’s time to destroy Trump & co.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Hodgkinson posted a cartoon on Facebook explaining “How does a bill work?” “That’s an easy one, Billy,” the cartoon reads. “Corporations write the bill and then bribe Congress until it becomes law.”

“That’s Exactly How It Works. ....” Mr. Hodgkinson wrote.

That is not far from Mr. Sanders’s own message.
On Saturday, during a conference in Chicago filled with Sanders supporters, he thundered, “Today in the White House, we have perhaps the worst and most dangerous president in the history of our country,” to cheers from thousands. “And we also have, not to be forgotten, extreme right-wing leadership in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate.”
Sanders' supporters said it's not fair to blame them all for the shooting? Meanwhile, that last chunk defies belief. Bernie sounds just like the shooter!

(By the way, earth to Alcindor: That is how many bills work!)

Has any such "analysis piece" ever followed a shooting so quickly? This was a very strange piece of work. But so it goes at the New York Times, one of our strangest newspapers.

While we're at it, one of today's "Noteworthy Facts:" Live and direct from the New York Times' reimagined page A3:
"In a salt therapy spa room, a device known as a halogenerator grinds sodium chloride into a dry aerosol, then disperses it to mimic the microclimate of a salt cave."
One analyst approached us with tears in her eyes.

"That's the least noteworthy fact I've ever encountered," the disconsolate youngster confessed.

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  2. It's getting worse day by day. Lately, WaPo is posting Alternet, Daily Kos style click bait on Facebook and direct email. The provocative headlines tease the reader to click on, then the story disappears like Mission Impossible tapes, leaving options for subscriptions on the screen.

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  3. Well, at least Somerby is finally revealing himself as the died in the wool Sandernista he plainly has been since the primaries.

    I am finding it interesting how many of his Sanders-ish statements sound conservative and backward and even bigoted. These were the same things that bothered me about Sanders himself and they are no better when expressed by Somerby.

    Trump might be innocent.
    Maybe there is no collusion with Russia.
    It doesn't matter whether Bernie never supported Clinton because she was a terrible candidate and the DNC needs to be taken down.
    Opposing Republicans is wrong.
    Uncovering corruption in our President is wrong.
    We shouldn't be engaging in a chase when we should instead be wooing conservatives and Trump's base by appealing to their needs (e.g., pandering to the right, esp. the Tea Party).
    The problem with our country is the Democratic party, not the Republicans.
    Once everyone embraces socialism all of our problems will be solved -- no plan necessary.
    The media is bad because it doesn't see the Bernie light.
    Women exist largely to satisfy men's bondage fantasies (women really like that in their hearts) and who cares about any other women's issues and they shouldn't be so noisy about everything, the bossy b*tches.

    I don't think I can stand reading this blog any more.

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    1. If your intent is to not have your views challenged, then yes, this blog is not for you. Bye.

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    2. Bob's blog has been disconcerting to me too lately. But, I value his work, and will continue reading. I do think he tends to discount the level of hatred that exists on the right, and the way it is organized by massive efforts from powerful media, financial, and political empires. But his broader point, I think, is that Democrats/Progressives (whatever) need to start winning elections, simply put. I live in a deep-red Trump-supporting Southern red state, and the chances of a Democrat becoming US senator or representative are just about 0, no matter what. A Bernie-like candidate certainly wouldn't work here. I sometimes wonder if the official pro-choice position of the national Dem party is a problem. So many pro-life voters here who will NEVER vote pro-choice. In my view, the US needs more political parties to represent things like, for example, pro-gun-control and pro-life, or fiscal conservative/pro-choice, but barring that, I don't know. Food for thought.

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  4. I do not think we should (ever) hold anyone responsible for the shooting except the shooter.

    That said, a populist message - one that depends on an emotional appeal and directs hate at a particular group (even if they are rich assholes) - is always dangerous. Throughout the campaign and primaries it was obvious that there was a racist, misogynist streak of crazy among Sanders supporters on social media. The same white male grievance bullshit produced by the far right.

    Obviously the vast majority of Berners do not fall in that category, but they are guilty of refusing to recognize that the problem exists.

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  5. Here is a pretty good overview of why Bernie bears some responsibility:

    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2017/06/yes-we-should-blame-bernie.html

    The existence of fanatics among his followers may not be his fault but there is little doubt he has welcomed them and given them a home. The violence surrounding the Nevada nominating convention is an example. His rigid black-white perspective is what draws people with similar thinking to him, coupled with extremism and dire predictions about the state of our country. He is extremist.

    @10:24 -- the Democratic party includes visible pro-choice Democrats and has been a traditional home to Catholic voters who are also pro-life. It is not the Democrats who have made Southern voters single-issue. It is the portrayal (caricature) of Democrats by right-wing media that must be overcome.

    Bernie will not help Democrats win more elections by criticizing Democrats from the left. He needs to go back to the Senate and do his own job and stop creating division and confirming all the worst stereotypes of liberals every time he opens his mouth. He is the failed candidate, yet they are telling Clinton to shut up and go away. Hubris has no bounds and here he displays another of the strong similarities between Trump and Sanders (and why Sanders voters found it so easy to switch to Trump when Sanders lost the election). Sanders is a fraud -- Warren is the best example of what someone with his political stance would look like if he were real and not simply advancing his own interests.

    Why are we still talking about Sanders? That is the problem the Democrats face in 2018. Get Bernie out of the picture so that we can go to work electing Democratic candidates, from the grassroots up. Sanders visiting them to help their candidacies is proving to be the kiss of death. Not one single candidate helped in that way has been elected, nor have any of his primary candidates made it to the ballot. He cannot get Democrats elected and his prescription for a party he will not join is crap.

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  6. Media coverage, along with Republicans, have been obsessed with the baseball park shooting that resulted in no deaths other than the shooter.

    That same day, there was a workplace shooting in San Fransisco that resulted in 3 deaths (4 if you count the shooter) and several wounded.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/14/san-francisco-ups-shooting

    The UPS incident has been largely ignored, while Republicans have used the baseball park shooting to attack Democratics.

    In the aftermath, Trump's statements, while reported as a call for unity, seemed aimed at silencing Democratics. He repeatedly stressed that Scalise is a true patriot. How does that claim relate to the incident? It simply doesn't. Trump brought up Melania as if she had a friendship with Scalise, she does not. Trump said he wanted Steve to know that he has the prayers of not only the city, the nation, and "frankly, the entire world." Frankly the entire world? Why the word "frankly"? Trump said this like he was boasting. Later Trump actually said this:

    Trump:

    "Steve, in his own way, may have brought some unity to our long-divided country. We've had a very, very divided country for many years, and I have a feeling that Steve has made a great sacrifice, but there could be some unity being brought to our country."

    There is no question on what Trump means by unity, as he is consumed by partisanship and narcissism. Here Trump is basically saying that since Republicans got shot at by an anti-Republican nut, Republicans now deserve to have their way.

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    1. What are the chances Somerby buys this Right-wing meme hook, line, and sinker, as well?

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  7. This is -- with no doubt -- the blog with the widest difference between the level of acuity displayed by its author & his commenters. (And no friends, it's not the commenters who look good.)

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