Elizabeth Warren Has Divined and Deployed Her Life's Work

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We all get grrrreat liberal email, amidst the junk, but it's especially exciting when something new about our amazing Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is waiting to be opened.

This morning it was Howard Dean in tandem, a good pairing for progressives. The active and admirable group, Democracy for America, is turning ten.

Hi Sherry -- I just wanted to make sure you had a chance to read the inspiring email that Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to DFA members below. I'm so thrilled with what we've built together over the last 10 years. With your critical support now, we can super-charge our people-powered legacy and elect more "Elizabeth Warren Democrats" to Congress -- the kind of leaders who will take our country back from the banks and billionaires.
- Howard

DFA has perhaps not embraced the absolute most progressive candidate for every round of their online grassroots inspired 'Dean Dozen' ... but they've come mightily close and have helped elect 801 Dems besides Elizabeth Warren who would collectively and individually freak the be-jeebus out of Sarah Palin and her Lipton Brigadiers.

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An arugula munching crowd that in toto would send Rush Limpbaugh dashing for enough manufactured hysteria to keep him in leather ass-less chaps for years. [Long running Free Range joke, The Rushbot has a purported fondness for frolicking in asslesss leather chaps while high. ;) ]

Warren's own message was typically optimistic and energizing.

DFA fought shoulder-to-shoulder with me to defeat Scott Brown in 2012, but that's not the only way they've had my back. Over the past year, they've made my fight for the middle class their fight -- and they have doubled down on leveling the playing field for working Americans, fighting with energy and passion.

When I introduced my very first bill, the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act,more than 50,000 DFA members signed a petition supporting it. Together, we fought back against cuts to Social Security, helping President Obama decide to drop "chained CPI" from his budget completely.

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For sheer enjoyment, plus the splendid edification(!)some great audio of Warren from a recent discussion of where the middle class is headed in the Twenty Teens … 'to hell in a highly gussied hand basket' would be the Jeopardy answer. The Young Turks get the sincere tip of the hat, for Roaring Warren!

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Overnight: Viet Nam a Television History 1, The Roots of War 1

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Vietnam is a co-production of WGBH Boston, Central Independent Television/UK and Antenne-2 France and in association with LHE Productions.

Well, it's one, two, three...what are we fighting for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn Next stop is Vietnam
Well it's five, six, seven open up the Pearly Gates
There ain't no time to wonder why - whoopee we're gonna die!

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Radioactive waste a toxic byproduct of fracking, drilling in N. Dakota

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Back in May I wrote, Hey Big Oil "pro-lifers": Fossil fuels may be killing babies! Today's Los Angeles Times has an extensive report about how, in North Dakota, fracking may very well be producing radioactive waste. Again, "pro-lifers," the question is: What do you value more, life or profits?

Did I mention that oil drilling and fracking are producing radioactive waste?

So you know how Republicans despise oversight? Because, freedom! Don'tcha wonder if they ever consider their fellow Americans' freedom to keep breathing? Especially those self-proclaimed right-to-lifers. It's hard to fathom that they are actually this okay with exposure to deadly toxins as long as their corporate gods make a buck.

Did I mention that oil drilling and fracking are producing radioactive waste?

Am I repeating myself? I tend to do that when I'm livid. And appalled. And sickened. But I'm not sickened in a way that will potentially kill me. No, that's reserved for the victims of Fracking, Inc. in North Dakota, the second-largest oil-producing state, right after Texas.

Did I mention that North Dakota doesn't have an environmental protection agency?

Did I mention that New Mexico GOP Gov. Susana Martinez weakened her state's rules on hazardous waste last year?

Did I mention that the EPA is not providing adequate oversight? That would be the Environmental PROTECTION Agency.

Did I mention that my head is throbbing from banging it on my desk?

Via the L.A. Times must-read story:

Nearly 1,000 radioactive filters were found last year at the landfill, part of a growing tide of often toxic waste produced by the state's oil and gas rush. Oil field waste includes drill cuttings — rock and earth that come up a well bore — along with drilling fluids and wastewater laced with chemicals used in fracking.

To many local and tribal officials, environmentalists and some industry managers in North Dakota, the dumping of the socks [filters clotted with radioactive dirt] and the proliferation of other waste shows the government falling short in safeguarding the environment against oil field pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency decided during the Reagan era to classify oil field waste as not hazardous, exempting it from tight controls and leaving it to be managed by widely varied state laws. Nationally, no one tracks how many millions of tons of waste the fossil fuel boom generates, or where it ends up.

There's that "leaving it to the states" beast raising its ugly head again. Republican-run states have done so well with the Affordable Care Act and voting rights. What could possibly go wrong? Well, for one thing, North Dakota situating "slop pits" of poison over "known aquifers" could be a teeny tiny problem.

Some of the people quoted in the article requested anonymity because they were afraid of repercussions-- like, you know, getting fired-- for trying to point out things like waste management failures, fear of carcinogens in groundwater, exemptions for radioactive elements being classified as hazardous waste, and for putting frackin' lives in danger. Things like that.

And then there's-- ta-daa!-- Congress:

The EPA says it cannot reclassify oil field waste as hazardous without legislative action, which, with the current Congress, is unlikely.

bangheadSee: "Not a skit! Our actual Congress! Gaaa!"

Not a skit, our actual Congress, gaa! Maddow

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Putin? - Lauren Mayer

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Ronan Farrow on Sunday morning: 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' Yes, out loud, and caught by TPC writer Hardybear!

Our wonderful friend Lauren Mayer ('Psychomom') then turned 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' into the wonderful satirical song it was destined to be. Thanks, Lauren!

From YouTube:

The despotic, shirtless tyrant is more unpredictable than a musical theatre character!

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"Absence of a strong wave comes as something of a setback for GOP"

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A report just came out from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate. It confirmed what many of us already knew: that Americans are "staying away from the polls in droves." Not good, not good at all. The prediction is that the midterm primary elections will set record lows in voter turnout. "Who cares?" many of you may be asking. Well, per the Los Angeles Times, that would be a real setback for democracy:

Why does that matter? “It presents a danger to our society insofar as democracy does thrive on the consent and involvement of the governed,” said Curtis Gans, director of the nonpartisan election research center and a decades-long student of voter behavior. “Leadership needs some form of mandate.”

The study says a major factor in the low turnout is a sense of futility: congressional districts consciously drawn to favor one party or the other, which leave many voters wondering why they should bother participating when the outcome is preordained.

Got that? Gerrymandering is a major culprit. Scroll through our many posts on that subject.

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To repeat, low voter turnout is bad for democracy... and usually bad for Democrats, specifically.

Adjacent to that article was another one about a different kind of setback. It has a somewhat encouraging title (key word: somewhat), No partisan wave building for fall elections, but GOP gains likely:

[F]or now, the absence of a strong wave comes as something of a setback for Republicans, who had hoped earlier this year that the unpopularity of President Obama's healthcare law would guarantee big gains for them.  [...]

The public's dismal view of Congress probably accounts for some of that lack of enthusiasm about voting.

That last sentence is an understatement, IMHO. Our own Sherry Hardy wrote a great post about that here, and I followed up here.

Not a skit, our actual Congress, gaa! Maddow

And from the Timing Is Everything Dep't., Steve Kornacki subbed for Chris Matthews on Hardball and treated us to his own "Let Me Finish" segment in which he opined on the long game for Democrats:

Kornacki:

Right now, at least, it doesn't look like a big Republican wave is building, and it does look like Democrats can at least hold their own this fall. And if they can do that, then it sets up the real battle in 2016...

In 2016, Republicans won't just get to take shots at the White House, they'll have to put up a candidate of their own. They'll have to write a platform of their own, run on an agenda that might not sit that well with most Americans. There could be a huge opportunity for Democrats...

2014 is important to [the Democrats], but 2016? That's the ball game.

You know what to do:

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Michele Bachmann Brays: TheGays increase child molestation #CuzTheBible

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What the Bible tells this woman is not the best public relations for modern American Christianity.

In a follow-up to our Laffy's superb post warning us of Bachmann's inexplicable need to run for president and fail spectacularly at it again, Michelle Bachmann, Please Proceed; have an aghast gander at the Beloved of Fvx Nation Lady Loon's latest prurient and provocative tripe.

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Aren't we thrilled she's thinking of a 2016 Lipton Brigade sack race? Win one lousy Iowa straw poll …

This particular grim and gruesome Tea Party tale/#Fail comes courtesy of Pink News UK, recently discovered them as a terrific European source and get a huge charge out of their remarkable ability to peghole the Tea Party with exceeding brilliance and delicious reams of wry wit.

Have a look, then a listen as I'll embed the Right Wing Watch's incriminating audio for your benefit, further below. Major Ick. And a major tip o' the hat to RWW for the tremendously fine acquisition of the prurient evidence.

During conservative radio show Faith & Liberty, the Minnesota congresswoman said: “I think also they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually.

“That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

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How hard do we hope Maddow gets wind and vocally distributes some judicious hell in an attempt to restore sanity to the debate?

Bachmann didn't leave it there. She went on to incriminate same-sex marriage as some Armageddon-inducing “radical experiment” sure to be wing-manned with “profound consequences”, “I think that nature tells us, our biology tells us that marriage is between man and a woman, when we tamper with something that was generated by the Creator of the Universe, I think there are profound consequences that we haven’t yet realized.”

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Perhaps this too all taps back to the Constitutionally revered and protected Almighty U.S. Dollar … after all, Mr. Michelle Bachmann has his portion of the whole Pray Away The Evil Gay Industry to lead in their redneck corner of the Regressive Right Freaky Forest in Min-ne-soda.

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If I have to hit the Mayo Clinic one of these years again, I'm scooping a haz-mat suit up on Ebay to prudently kit myself out in.

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Sunday Talkers

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It's Sunday again and that means talk, talk, talk...

For a heads up on who might be interesting, please read Laffy's Media Bias Sunday post first here.

For a more detailed schedule, please go to Politico.

Silly Rabbit at Daily Kos also has excellent Sunday Talker listings here.

Some of the talkers include:

Benjamin Netanyahu, Pavlo Klimkin, Madeline Albright, John Cornyn, Henry Cuellar, Robert Reich, Tom Cole, Steve Scalisi, Ron Prosor, Hanan Ashrawi, Nancy Pelosi, and Lindsey Graham. Note: this is not a complete list. Please see Politico or DailyKos (links above).

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