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‘The Answer Is Not Joe Biden’: The Nation Magazine Issues Official Anti-Endorsement

“Stumbling through the primaries, Biden’s zombie campaign crowds out worthier challengers, handing Trump a free pass on the very issues that should be his Achilles’ heel.”byJon Queally, staff writer

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Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party Liberty & Justice Celebration on November 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Fourteen presidential are expected to speak at the event addressing over 12,000 people. (Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Iowa Democratic Party Liberty & Justice Celebration on November 1, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa. Fourteen presidential are expected to speak at the event addressing over 12,000 people. (Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

While claiming it’s still too early to make a choice between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, The Nation—among the oldest amd most widely-circulated progressive magazines in the U.S.—went public early Thursday morning with its “anti-endorsement” of the third top-tier candidate in this year’s Democratic primary race: former Vice President Joe Biden.

“Biden’s long record of poor judgment—on everything from the 1994 crime bill that fueled mass incarceration to his botched handling of Anita Hill’s testimony against Clarence Thomas to his defense of Bill Clinton’s brutal welfare cuts to his support for the Iraq War to his role as cheerleader for Wall Street deregulation,” argues The Nation editorial, make the candidate a uniquely weak opponent to put up against President Donald Trump, “whose reelection poses a clear and present danger to America’s survival as a constitutional republic.”

“Stumbling through the primaries,” the editorial states, “Biden’s zombie campaign crowds out worthier challengers, handing Trump a free pass on the very issues that should be his Achilles’ heel.”

In 2016, The Nation was the first national publication to endorse Sanders in the Democratic primary. And while editor D.D. Guttenplan explained in a recent editorial why “We Don’t Have to Choose Between Warren and Sanders Yet,” the magazine believed it was time to take a firm position on Biden—running a campaign that is making “muddy what should be a devastatingly clear choice.”

Of course some readers responded by saying the call for Biden to withdraw is clearly undemocratic at this stage of the primary process.

But, according to The Nation, there’s a strong case to be made that Biden could help repeat history and allow Trump four more years in the White House.

Like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Joe Biden offers the promise of picking up where the Obama administration left off: a restoration of business as usual for the K Street lobbyists and Wall Street speculators whose prosperity the 2008 financial crisis did little to disturb. Indeed, as Joseph N. DiStefano reports in this issue, the man posing as “middle-class Joe” has built his career and his family’s wealth on an eagerness to serve not the many Americans crushed by credit card debt but the very banks whose hands are around their throats. The candidate who insists Medicare for All is too expensive for Americans is also the candidate who, like Clinton, endorsed NAFTA, China’s admission to the World Trade Organization, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership—all of which have savaged U.S. manufacturing and workers. Clinton’s record cost her the industrial heartland (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan) and, with it, the election.

For these reasons and others, the editorial board calls on “Biden to put service to country above personal ambition and withdraw from the race.”

While Biden continues to lead most national polls, his grip on clear frontrunner status has slipped as both Warren and Sanders have gained ground.

A new national Monmouth poll released Wednesday showed Biden with the slimmest of leads overall at 23%, but in a statistical tie with Sanders and Warren who both received 20% in the survey with +/- of 5.3%.Our work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely.

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Dreamer’s World November 05, 2019 – A Change Of Seasons

Today is Election Day here in Virginia, so Hal and I bundled up against the barely above freezing weather to go and vote early this morning. The change in weather reminds me that the seasons are slowly passing by.

Our voting place is at the local elementary school. Memories came flooding back as we entered the building and made our way to the cafeteria. We filled out our ballots while sitting at the lunch tables and I found myself remembering my own childhood many years ago in a cafeteria, eating lunch and wondering what it would be like to be a grown-up. I know that answer now, and I sometimes wish that I was still a child instead.

The first school that I attended is long gone now. It was an ancient building from the turn of the 20th century, and it looked like a miniature castle.

This is the only image I can find of that old school building. It was torn down in 1975, I believe, after a new building was constructed next to it. Obviously, things were old in this building, in fact, our desks looked like these

The seat in front of the desk was for the desk that was in front of it. Yeah, it was old. By the time I was in 6th grade, the new building was completed and that is where I spent that one year before moving on to a much more modern junior high school.

I realize that my experiences make my life unique, and I am proud of that. It helps me to enjoy a short trip down Memory Lane as the seasons change.

Loyalties

White House expert on Ukraine deserves our gratitude 

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer

Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a military officer at the National Security Council, departs a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.  Photo Credit: AP / Patrick SemanskyUpdated November 2, 2019 10:00 AMPRINTSHARE 

First lady Melania Trump was born in 1970 in Slovenia, then part of communist Yugoslavia. Her name then was Melanija Knavs, Germanized to Melania Knauss. In 1996, she moved to New York City and 10 years later, she became a U.S. citizen.

It would be preposterous to presume that the first lady would be more loyal to Slovenia than America because of where she was born. So why would anyone suggest that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the top White House Ukraine expert who was born in Ukraine and left at age 3, is anything but loyal to America?

Yet that is precisely what conservative hard-liners have done this week. They have questioned the integrity of Vindman, an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose crime, as far as I can tell, is to have testified this week in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Vindman has first-hand knowledge of Trump’s controversial phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which the president pressured Zelensky to investigate  2020 political rival Joe Biden and his son when the two leaders spoke of withheld U.S. military aid.

Many Americans born in other countries serve our nation in uniform with pride and distinction and have done so for decades, indeed centuries. Our nation has relied on good men and women – born here or elsewhere – to help defend the United States. Still, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, foreign-born people comprised half of all military recruits going back to 1840, and 2 percent of the 1.5 million service members in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Data from the Department of Defense shows that more than 65,000 immigrants (non-U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens) were serving on active duty in the U.S. armed forces in 2008. Today, according to the Migration Policy Institute, there are more than 51,000 foreign-born U.S. veterans. Moreover, 1.5 million veterans have at least one parent who is in an immigrant, according to the data. Given that we have an all-volunteer force, noncitizens are able to sign up to serve. U.S. service members can then apply for citizenship and obtain it if they show good moral character, knowledge of the English language, understanding of U.S. civics, and a willingness to take an oath of allegiance to the United States.

There’s no reason to believe that Vindman has done anything improper, or that the speculation against his patriotism is anything other than attacks by Trump sycophants for whom facts are often elusive. We all have to be ready to defend our nation and its public servants. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman served in Iraq, and continues to serve his adopted country. First lady Melania Trump serves in Washington.

To both I say: Thank you for your service.

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Feel Good Story


Woman Befriends Homeless Man and Kitten He Rescued from Uncertain Fate

10h 

A woman befriended a homeless man and his beloved cat whom he rescued from an uncertain fate.

Elizabeth Feldhausen

Elizabeth Feldhausen, Founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, was visiting Chicago last weekend. When she was on her way to her hotel on Adams Street, she spotted a homeless man on the corner, playing with a cat.

“Of course I had to stop. A little kindness can go a long way. I had extra money in my purse, so I stopped to hand him $20 and asked him about his cat,” Elizabeth told Love Meow.

When he saw her interest in his cat Casper, his face immediately lit up.

Elizabeth Feldhausen

The man named Daniel found Casper a few months ago when he was a sick kitten, wandering in an alley without a family.

Daniel scooped him up and helped him with the little resources he had. “He decided to beg for cat supplies and spend what he could on some kitten food,” Elizabeth said. “Someone even gave him his very own cat tent.”

Elizabeth Feldhausen

Three days later, little Casper began to perk up and started to gain weight and strength. Daniel nursed him back to health and managed to find a nonprofit organization to help get Casper vaccinated and neutered.

“He was also able to save up money for ear mite medication. I checked Casper over and he is so healthy,” Elizabeth shared with Love Meow.

“If you ask to pet Casper he’ll let you hold him. He even carries a baby picture of Casper in his notebook.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

Daniel and his cat share an incredibly strong bond.

Every time Daniel calls Casper, he comes right over, stands next to him and won’t leave his side. Despite the hustle and bustle of the city, the kitty remains his most loyal companion, bodyguard and confidant. Daniel cares for his cat more than he does for himself as his buddy is his support and family.

“Casper has a cat tent, a litter box, and toys that Daniel keeps with him. They sleep on a thick blanket under a tarp together at night,” Elizabeth added.Elizabeth Feldhausen

Elizabeth shared that before Daniel became homeless, he was a carpenter until he was laid off from the company. When he came across the little hopeless street kitten, he reached out to help despite the little he had.

Daniel brought the kitten back from the brink, and the kitty returned the favor by becoming his most faithful friend.

It’s been a few months since their paths crossed. Daniel continues to take great care of his cat and show him off as his crown jewel.Casper the kitten all tucked in under a blanket on Daniel’s lapElizabeth Feldhausen

When Elizabeth came back later that night to give Casper some food, she offered Daniel a job at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary — a nonprofit cat rescue and sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“Daniel clearly loves cats, and he’s very good at caring for them. He’s exactly the type of person we like to have working at Safe Haven,” Elizabeth told Love Meow. “If this homeless man found a way to be responsible by vaccinating and neutering his kitten, there is no excuse for the folks (who) don’t even try.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

“I hope he accepts my offer and gives us a call so we can find Daniel and Casper a job and a home before winter hits, either way I wish him the best. I think he’ll get back on his feet, because he’s very intelligent, well-spoken, and resourceful.”

Before Elizabeth left the city, she shared the story on Facebook and was able to gather $200 from people who heard his story. “I gave it to him before I left. I hope that if he ever needs anything he’ll call.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

Share this story with your friends. Follow Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary on Facebook.

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Feel Good


Woman Befriends Homeless Man and Kitten He Rescued from Uncertain Fate

10h 

A woman befriended a homeless man and his beloved cat whom he rescued from an uncertain fate.

Elizabeth Feldhausen

Elizabeth Feldhausen, Founder of Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary, was visiting Chicago last weekend. When she was on her way to her hotel on Adams Street, she spotted a homeless man on the corner, playing with a cat.

“Of course I had to stop. A little kindness can go a long way. I had extra money in my purse, so I stopped to hand him $20 and asked him about his cat,” Elizabeth told Love Meow.

When he saw her interest in his cat Casper, his face immediately lit up.

Elizabeth Feldhausen

The man named Daniel found Casper a few months ago when he was a sick kitten, wandering in an alley without a family.

Daniel scooped him up and helped him with the little resources he had. “He decided to beg for cat supplies and spend what he could on some kitten food,” Elizabeth said. “Someone even gave him his very own cat tent.”

Elizabeth Feldhausen

Three days later, little Casper began to perk up and started to gain weight and strength. Daniel nursed him back to health and managed to find a nonprofit organization to help get Casper vaccinated and neutered.

“He was also able to save up money for ear mite medication. I checked Casper over and he is so healthy,” Elizabeth shared with Love Meow.

“If you ask to pet Casper he’ll let you hold him. He even carries a baby picture of Casper in his notebook.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

Daniel and his cat share an incredibly strong bond.

Every time Daniel calls Casper, he comes right over, stands next to him and won’t leave his side. Despite the hustle and bustle of the city, the kitty remains his most loyal companion, bodyguard and confidant. Daniel cares for his cat more than he does for himself as his buddy is his support and family.

“Casper has a cat tent, a litter box, and toys that Daniel keeps with him. They sleep on a thick blanket under a tarp together at night,” Elizabeth added.Elizabeth Feldhausen

Elizabeth shared that before Daniel became homeless, he was a carpenter until he was laid off from the company. When he came across the little hopeless street kitten, he reached out to help despite the little he had.

Daniel brought the kitten back from the brink, and the kitty returned the favor by becoming his most faithful friend.

It’s been a few months since their paths crossed. Daniel continues to take great care of his cat and show him off as his crown jewel.Casper the kitten all tucked in under a blanket on Daniel’s lapElizabeth Feldhausen

When Elizabeth came back later that night to give Casper some food, she offered Daniel a job at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary — a nonprofit cat rescue and sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

“Daniel clearly loves cats, and he’s very good at caring for them. He’s exactly the type of person we like to have working at Safe Haven,” Elizabeth told Love Meow. “If this homeless man found a way to be responsible by vaccinating and neutering his kitten, there is no excuse for the folks (who) don’t even try.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

“I hope he accepts my offer and gives us a call so we can find Daniel and Casper a job and a home before winter hits, either way I wish him the best. I think he’ll get back on his feet, because he’s very intelligent, well-spoken, and resourceful.”

Before Elizabeth left the city, she shared the story on Facebook and was able to gather $200 from people who heard his story. “I gave it to him before I left. I hope that if he ever needs anything he’ll call.”Elizabeth Feldhausen

Share this story with your friends. Follow Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary on Facebook.

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