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  1. Default Kamala Harris: A Study in Showboating

    Harris is not AOC. In an era more liberal than at anytime since JFK took office it would be a mistake to settle for her.

    She is really HRC/Obama all over again except she disguises herself as something she is not. I did a 7 page study of her career, including that shameless piece of race baiting at the debate.

    Just remember, she helped cover up the the murder of RFK against Bill Pepper and Laurie Dusek. That is all you need to really know about who she is. But there is much more.

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    Thanks for this Jim. I agree. She did well in the debate against Biden who really shouldn't be there either. But she is definitely the Prison Industrial Complex's pin up girl for the Democratic presidential candidate.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    That is a good one, the PIC pin up girl.

    I wish I had thought of it.

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    Default Kamala

    To ICE Kamala said "you're not like the KKK, but there's a PERCEPTION that you're like the KKK."

    To Biden she said "you're not a racist...but you opposed forced busing..."

    And Senator Joseph McCarthy said "You're not a Communist...but you have a relative that was a Communist..." [indirectly about Walt Rostow and Robert Oppenheimer].

    James Lateer

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    I was impressed with her during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, but no longer. There is a lot of negative stuff coming out now, especially regarding her career as a prosecutor. Seems like the Killary/Obama camp has bet on her.

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    Let me add, this does not at all imply that I like Biden.

    I don't. I would not vote for either one of them. Since I live in California I can do that since its a safe state.

    My ticket would be Bernie and Tulsi. Or, if not, Bernie and Warren.

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    Here's a balanced view of Harris' record.

    The Two Faces of Kamala Harris

    Harris has shown the capacity to be moved leftwards when pressured by activism. This is no small thing. But you can’t pressure Harris — or any other politician, for that matter — without having an understanding of her record beyond the fuzzy PR that Democratic loyalists are currently trying to substitute for actual political discussion. Perhaps Harris will end up the 2020 nominee. Then it’s all the more important we understand her inadequacies.

    </q, emphasis added>

    Personally, I'm down with an Elizabeth Warren/Stracey Abrams ticket in 2020.

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    Harris has shown the capacity to be moved leftwards when pressured by activism. This is no small thing.
    The grass-roots activists who get Kamala Harris elected Prez will need to stay active in order to hold Harris' feet to the fire. If they don't she'll default to the Establishment.

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    race-baiting noun, often attributive
    race-bait·​ing | \ ˈrās-ˌbā-tiŋ
    Definition of race-baiting

    : the making of verbal attacks against members of a racial group

    What Kamala Harris said to Joe Biden at the first debate wasn't race-baiting.

    If you're confused about what race-baiting is, here's a bit of context

    By Collier Meyerson

    This week, as the shooting of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina sparked a nationwide discussion of racism in America, Ian Tuttle at the conservative news site National Review published a takedown of activist DeRay McKesson, calling the #BlackLivesMatter organizer a “next-generation race-baiter.”

    McKesson, he wrote, “has shown an unsurpassed ability to force every injustice, historical and contemporary, real and perceived, into a single framework: ‘Whiteness’ is wicked, ‘blackness’ is ‘beautiful.’”

    It’s a classic misuse of the term “race-baiting,” a phrase used against those who dare to speak candidly about racism in America. In the Obama era, the right has embraced the term as a way of discrediting black people.

    Right-wing outlets like the Drudge Report, Fox News and the National Review use the term “race-baiting” frequently and liberally. Drudge conveniently catalogs its use of the term for its readers.

    Even when media outlets aren’t using the term “race-baiting” they find ways to allude to it and distract from what’s really being said.

    CNN and Fox both aired segments this week focused on whether President Obama's use of “nigger” on a podcast was appropriate, rather than discussing why the president said the word in the first place. “I think many people wondering if it’s only there he would say it, and not perhaps in a State of the Union, or a more public address,” said Fox host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

    The accusation of race-baiting certainly isn’t a new phenomenon. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was forced to defend his activism from inside a Birmingham jail cell after eight white Alabama clergy penned a letter responding to civil-rights protests calling for “outsiders” to leave.

    “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here,” King wrote in response.

    It isn’t hard to draw a parallel between those eight Alabama clergy and Tuttle. “Go home, Deray. And stay there,” demands Tuttle of McKesson, rather aggressively.

    It’s not just South Carolina. After the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Bill O’Reilly told his viewers he was “furious” about media coverage of the shooting. Conservative voices echoed O’Reilly. “This mantra of the unarmed black teenager shot by white cop. You know that description in and of itself actually colors the way in which we look at the story,” said a Fox News guest captured in Jon Stewart’s segment on race-baiting.

    The current usage is a bastardization of a term that actually has real meaning. The right has co-opted the term “race baiting,” but here’s context for its proper usage:
    In 1986 George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign released an advertisement attacking his opponent Michael Dukakis for supporting prison furloughs:

    The advertisement baits voters by preying on their fears of black men’s inherent criminality.

    Another example: During his campaign for presidency in 1976, Ronald Reagan warned of a “welfare queen” from Chicago who defrauded the government by using “127 names” and posing “as a mother of 14 children at one time.” Reagan went on, “Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year.”

    Reagan—like Bush did after him— perpetuated the stereotype of black people as lazy. Instead of focusing on America’s poverty, Reagan named black people as the problem. A beautiful distraction.

    And it mirrors Tuttle’s attack on Deray McKesson. Disproportionate killings of black people by police officers, systemic poverty, lack of access to fair and equitable education—those aren’t the problem. Deray McKesson is.

    McKesson is Tuttle’s red herring, just as Horton was Bush’s and the “welfare Queen” was Reagan’s.

    Deray McKesson’s occupation is not, as Tuttle implies, professional race-baiter. To borrow from Tuttle, McKesson is a “professional activist,” a far cry from the damaging imagery promulgated by white politicians for votes.

    “This next-generation race-baiter has absorbed the argot of the academy, recognized that it is the closest thing to a self-powering engine of racial outrage as has yet been devised, and figured out how to package it for a mass audience,” wrote Tuttle.

    Merriam Webster - for clarification - defines “race-baiting” as “the unfair use of statements about race to try to influence the actions or attitudes of a particular group of people.”
    Tuttle is calling McKesson a race-baiter for being a “professional activist” who travels around the country working to raise awareness around the deadly impact of racism. “New York City, Milwaukee, McKinney, Baltimore, Charleston — wherever racial tensions have appeared, McKesson has not been far behind,” writes Tuttle.

    A mob — for clarification — is defined as “a large crowd of people, especially one that is disorderly and intent on causing trouble or violence.” Hardly the activism propagated by McKesson on Twitter.

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    Jim DiEugenio:
    Again, when these kinds of harsh and insensitive measures [truancy crackdown etc] were exposed, Harris now began to back away from them so she could call herself a “progressive prosecutor.” </q>

    No small thing.

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