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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Harris Is The Frontrunner

via the generally-vile Politico:
Dolores Huerta, the iconic labor and civil rights leader who co-founded what became the United Farm Workers, is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president... Huerta, who started the National Farmworkers Association alongside the late Cesar Chavez, is also signing onto Harris’ campaign as a California co-chair, joining Rep. Barbara Lee, a former Congressional Black Caucus chair, who endorsed Harris on Wednesday.
Gosh, Kamala Harris really is lining up some significant early endorsements. This suggests organizational strengths that will matter mightily soon enough. I also understand that since her campaign rollout she has been polling third behind the male pale stale Biden and Bernie (who have obvious name-recognition advantages this early out -- a billion billion local goddesses, I beg you, please, prevent their nomination!) while, interestingly, neither Elizabeth Warren nor Kirsten Gillibrand seems to have moved the needle much with their own rollouts. We'll see what, if anything, that portends. Harris is shaping up to be the frontrunner as far as I can see. That worries and encourages me in about equal measure, to be honest, and memories of HRC remain, to say the least, raw as a sawblade. As I said when I read Barbara Lee's endorsement, I'm intrigued by Harris's professionalism early out but not yet ready to commit to any of the candidates myself. I still like Warren and Brown quite well, I find Booker more than usually charismatic whatever my quibbles with him, and Beto is a real question mark for me and I am quite open to hearing his answers. Yeah, I'd hold my nose and vote for Biden or Bernie if it came, somehow, unaccountably, to that truly yucky eventuality.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For... Kamala Harris

I cheerfully voted for Kamala Harris for Senate and would do so again for President in a year's time -- I will vote for any Democrat, including awful superannuated white males like Biden or Bernie if it comes to that -- but this is too early for me to sign on to an endorsement this time around. Please, fauxvolutionaries, refrain from "informing" me in comments of the many reasons Harris is "canceled" etc etc. I already know well and disapprove much of Harris's law-enforcement history, and I respect if that's a line too far for anybody so long as that line is then applied judiciously (Biden may be more execrable on this score than Harris and Klobuchar deserves comparable scrutiny she doesn't usually get, eg -- and none of this makes ANY Democrat worse than a Donald Trump "re"-"election" and I would hope all such critiques, all efforts to productively pressure future Presidents to progressive policies and accountability, on whatever issues, would remain better attuned by now to reactionary opportunism in a time of ascendant authoritarianism amid climate catastrophe -- not that I put anything past preening parochial bros once the purity cabaret begins again). Anyway, nearly every day I post some news item under the title "Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily" because I am that rarest and luckiest of citizens, an anti-racist democratic eco-socialist feminist queer atheist vegetarian aesthete who gets to live in the most beautiful and diverse city in America, Oakland, California, represented by one of the most actually-progressive Democrats in the Party, Barbara Lee. When Lee endorses my Senator for President, you better believe I stand up and pay attention to that... but for a little while at least, Barbara Lee is speaking in this case, just for herself. I want to see what Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Sherrod Brown have to say for themselves for a few months as well...

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Another twofer, since I'll always post her Green New Deal promotions, whatever else I boost.

Trolls Under The Bridge

Republicans are smacking their lips at the prospect of getting Democrats on the record that they actually don't want to destroy the planet because Republicans are apparently as suicidal as they are genocidal.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Twofer today...

Rainy Days And Wednesdays...

Days and days of rain in the forecast, so we trundled out on foot with our black metal handcart in the downpour and marched to Safeway for groceries. And now, my new eyeglass frames have finally become available, so we're off again into the gray mist so that my vision might sharpen past its present gray mist... Chilly and wet tho' it has been, shoes soaked through, cars sending up icy waves onto the sidewalk, Penny grumpy at being neglected, still errands with Eric are always fun, too (nice to know somebody loves me). Is it too early to hope for the world to be waking...?

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Monday, February 11, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily

Teaching Day

Off to the City I go, to meet an MA thesis student then lecture for a few hours on Nietzsche. If it weren't for the commute, I'd be looking forward to it.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Barbara Lee Speaks For Me Daily (Weekly Address Edition)

Sunday Walk

Chilly but at last a sunny Sunday after over a month of rainy days and workaday weeds kept postponing our cherished long walks... Said hello to our friends at our favorite diner on Piedmont Avenue, then roved across Mountain View cemetery for the first time in weeks. Everything is lush and green after all the rain, but you have to look a little to find the blooms, tiny fuzzy in shades of blue and lavender and purple especially. There is a row of plum trees along a path near the hill of massive stone monuments we call Numenor (better known as Millionaire's Row) where the year's first pink blossoms usually appear in profusion like a shower of petals and, indeed, just as we hoped you could see the first buds popping up like a spray of stars. In a couple of weeks it will be a showcase -- and then we are just a couple of weeks from the tulip festival, then Morecom will explode with roses, then the red bougainvillea will stuff the leafy boughs with flames and then Spring Break is upon us...