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Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 6 comments

The Mourning After

 

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The talk this morning is of conceding a bitter election defeat and bringing a divided country back together again.

Fine.  I’m willing to go along with that.

But first, some fingers need to be pointed.  Names need to be called out.  The guilty should be identified.  Heads must roll.

Let’s make one thing clear.  The floundering Democratic Party establishment failed us.  They had the money.  They had the machinery.  They had it all.  All the so-called elites, the political operatives, the sycophant enablers, the corrupt party leadership — they all fumbled what should have been a rout of epic proportions.  This should have been as ass-kicking.  Well, I guess it was.

Democrats were all but gift-wrapped what should have been a massive electoral landslide of 1964 proportions with the nomination of a candidate as vile as Donald Trump.  This should have been a slam dunk, a grand slam, and a hole in one.  Instead, it turned into a pick-six and a strike out and a triple bogey.  And we, those of us who adhere most stridently to progressive values, we will ultimately end up paying the heaviest price for the failures of our failed “leadership.”

We told you so.  Democrats had a golden chance to nominate a thoroughly likable and trustworthy presidential candidate who, even with what some might consider far-Leftist views, still enjoyed widespread high marks for integrity and the respect of his political adversaries.  But now, all the evidence plainly shows the Democratic National Committee conspired against the more electable candidate.  Accordingly, in the face of such an embarrassing defeat, every DNC executive should resign immediately.

Moreover, the Democratic Party must completely expunge its congressional leadership.  All of them.  They need to go.  These names have become politically toxic to a majority of Americans.  Sen. Harry Reid can’t retire quickly enough.  Rep. Nancy Pelosi must be stripped of her minority post in the House of Representatives when Congress re-convenes next January.  Anyone in a position of power in this party must step aside for their failures on such a massive scale.  Debbie Wasserman Shultz should be recalled by her constituency.  Donna Brazille, whom I once greatly respected, should never be allowed to work again in a position of trust.  John Podesta will go down in history as the campaign chairman who couldn’t manage a used car lot.

Democrats absolutely blew the presidency.  They blew control of the Senate.  They blew the chance to pick up substantial seats in the House.  Democrats blew it in all the state races, as well.  Once again, they failed to pick up any significant victories in gubernatorial elections or winning control of state assemblies.  Despite enjoying all the advantages of a well-oiled machine, they crashed the family car into a tree.  Now, we the progressives will take over the drivers seat.  My message to the Democratic establishment:  Get out of the car.  You can walk from here.  In fact, take a hike.  We’re taking over.

Here’s a call out to all my fellow progressives, especially younger people.  Now, it’s time to step up.  Big time.  Yes, many of the previous generation, my generation, let you down.  So, your time has come.  We are counting on you.  We need you.

I’ll be looking ahead for Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to take over this movement, which includes the millions of Bernie Sanders supporters who now desperately crave a new voice and guiding light.  We need Rep. Gabbard and other new voices not only to step forward and be heard, but to articulate a message to Americans that progressives stand for causes which are vital to our future — equality and protection for all, inclusion both economically and politically, dedication to a clean environment, and other virtues which are now seriously in danger with the election of Donald Trump.

We must not merely accept defeat gracefully.  While we must adhere to the principles of a peaceful transition of power, we must also retool our message and (most important) replace our messengers in order to reverse the terrible pain of this awful moment.

More thoughts to come……

 

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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog, Essays, General Poker, Personal, Politics, Travel | 0 comments

Daniel Negreanu’s Romania Now vs. My Romania Then

 

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Daniel Negreanu played in a big poker tournament last week, which was on the Eureka Poker Tour.

Such a occurrence normally wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary.  This is especially true for Daniel — who travels all over the world playing poker and speaking out as the game’s premier ambassador.  The news from Europe probably wouldn’t have caught my attention at all, except for one rather significant fact.

The poker tournament was held in Bucharest, Romania — a fascinating city where Daniel and I share some common bonds and a very different set of roots.  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that, in contrasting ways, Romania was and shall always be an impressionable part of our lives.  To some degree, that faraway place in Eastern Europe made us into what we are today.

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Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, Video 1 | 3 comments

Meet Alex Singer (Democrat for Congress — NV-3)

 

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Meeting Alex Singer for the first time gives me plenty of good reasons to be optimistic about the future.

The 29-year-old native of Portland, OR and now a proud resident of Las Vegas is running for a seat in the U.S. Congress, in Nevada’s highly-contested 3rd district.  He’s one of six candidates in the already-crowded Democratic field.  Republicans are fielding a similar number of candidates, making this into one of the most unpredictable races in the state.

I’ve been friends with Alex on social media ever since he announced his candidacy last year.  I’d also seen him speak briefly at a political rally here in Las Vegas.  However, until yesterday, we had never met face to face.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 5 comments

The Opportunity for Redemption Should Be Part of Our Criminal Justice System

 

FILE - Charles Manson followers, from left: Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, shown walking to court to appear for their roles in the 1969 cult killings of seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, in Los Angeles, Calif., in this Aug. 20, 1970 file photo. 44 years after she went to prison, Leslie Van Houten is an old woman with gray hair and wrinkles and she is facing her 20th parole hearing Wednesday June 5, 2013 with multiple forces arrayed against her bid for a chance at freedom in her old age. (AP Photo/George Brich, File)

 

I just read Leslie Van Houten has been recommended for parole in California.

For those who don’t remember her, Van Houten was one of the most infamous followers of Charles Manson, who orchestrated two horrific killing sprees.  Manson is now 81, and basically a human fruit loop.

Joined by several other members of the Manson cult, Van Houten first conspired to kill and then carried out those acts directly in the murder of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, which made headlines in August 1969.  The couple was repeatedly stabbed to death by Van Houten, along with other Manson followers.  The LaBiana’s had been relaxing in their Los Angeles home when the drug-crazed groupies showed up and began slashing their victims with knives.  The grisly murders and the circus trial which followed became a media sensation later documented in the best-selling book, titled “Helter Skelter.”

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Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, What's Left | 0 comments

Harry Reid Stoops to New Lows (Why I Won’t be Voting for Jacky Rosen for Congress)

 

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Earlier today, someone called me asking political questions.  Within 30 seconds, I realized this was yet another push poll, which is a dirty and despicably misleading campaign tactic innocently disguised as a telephone survey, but which in reality is entirely intended to do one thing — sway voter opinion based on a series of loaded questions.

In other words, there’s no poll.  They lie about who they’re representing.  They lie about what their true intent is.  Perhaps most aggravating — they play you for a sucker.

Naturally, I went along with this bogus charade because I thought something interesting might come of it.  I was right.  Here once again, I came ear to ear with grass roots democracy in action, in its most disreputable form.

I live in Nevada’s 3rd congressional district, which includes a large section of Las Vegas and Henderson.  This is an open seat right now in the upcoming 2016 election, which means both major parties have a shot of winning the race.  For many years, this district has flip-flopped back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

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