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Your mommy issues aren't a Revolution, dude. Mansplainers+snitchtaggers blocked.Historian. She/her.
Oct 6, 2018 13 tweets 4 min read
The founders were not merely a small collection of elite white men in wigs who wrote the laws. They were the women who led boycotts of British products. They were Crispus Attucks and Salem Poor. They were shoemakers, farmers, and poor immigrants. Their dreams matter too. The Revolution would have been nothing without the mobilization of a broad swathe of society fighting for their goals--but some of those goals were in conflict with one another. (Even the elite white men writing documents weren't a monolith.) But it needed all of those people.
Sep 12, 2018 10 tweets 2 min read
OMG. Could Klein and Yglesias stop it with their knee jerk respect for Bernie Sanders, PLEASE? No, he got plenty of reasonable criticism in 2016 that wasn't "neoliberal." It matters *deeply* that he always lashes out when fairly criticized. It always has. vox.com/policy-and-pol… Bernie Sanders lashes out reflexively to tear down his critics, or even just those who don't give him full support, as "corrupt" and compromised and establishment. He does not give a fuck that he's eroding trust in actual experts, in groups that do good, progressive work.
Sep 9, 2018 18 tweets 7 min read
Nothing like Newspapers.com to remind you that Bernard Sanders really, really, really hasn't changed much. I can't believe I ever thought otherwise. Here he is in 19freaking72 complaining that the women in Vermont's legislature were "beyond the childearing age." And here he is speaking at the "Women's Day Equality Fair" organized by NOW in Burlington in 1972. Most speakers had something to say about women and/or equality! What did Bernard have to say? Did you pick "nothing about women"? You picked right!
Aug 10, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Oh, hey, it looks like Matt Bai has finally gotten around to reading stuff that @Shakestweetz and I, among others, have been pointing out about Bernie Sanders over the last three years. yahoo.com/news/running-b… Among his discoveries are that Bernie is more the Man than the insurgent (although he seems to think that's mainly image). I discussed that in Looking for Bernie Part 4: he's an enormously successful politician with a less-than-pure record on the left. shakesville.com/2015/07/lookin…
Aug 1, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
So now that more folks are aware of who Tad Devine really is, I'd like to revisit the way the media was willing to put a halo on anyone in the circle of Bernard the Blest. Anyone remember this? theatlantic.com/politics/archi… "Tad Devine, Julian Mulvey, and Mark Longabaugh...
All regulars on the Democratic campaign circuit, the three consultants insist they’re not trying to ruffle any feathers with their party. Rather, they’re trying to save it." Got that? Noble Tad Devine, trying to save the Dems.
Jul 20, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
This is some dishonest bullshit. These outlets didn't just report on the emails. They repeated the exact spin Wikileaks wanted them to in the case of the earliest release: that the DNC emails proved some nefarious plot against Bernie Sanders. That lie is STILL in circulation. The only way you could believe that if you actually read the emails is if you paid no attention to the actual dates and content. Short version: the snarky emails came after Sanders couldn't have possibly won. @kurteichenwald broke that down in this story: newsweek.com/myths-cost-dem…
Jun 22, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Ok, this? This bullshit propaganda right here? I am a veteran and NO YOU DO NOT get to use us to cover for Donald Trump's racist, evil, concentration camps for children. First of all, right wing dipshits, when we deploy, the government doesn't put our children in tent camps, in cages, or on airplanes where they deplane with bags over their heads to an undisclosed location. Veterans are *not* your cover.
Jun 15, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Not Orwellian. Nazi. It was the Nazis who kept lists of crimes committed by Jews in order to justify the ghettoes and camps. This is *ethnic cleansing.* This is not separate from the crimes against Puerto Rico. It is part and parcel of a strategy to make the dehumanization of brown people ok. cnn.com/2018/06/15/pol…
Jun 15, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
They are bringing their kids to America because their kids are in danger from gang warfare, corrupt cops, oppressive governments. For @LindseyGrahamSC to act like this is some *game* is dishonest and obscene. Who wouldn't do anything to save their kids? It's useless and disguisting to speak of "deterrents" @LindseyGrahamSC when people are fleeing for their very lives. These are refugees and asylum seekers that you are happy treating like animals. nytimes.com/2016/11/13/wor…
Jun 13, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Rounding up legal residents. mercurynews.com/2018/06/13/cal… Taking away citizenship. apnews.com/1da389a535684a…
May 24, 2018 18 tweets 5 min read
New rule: you come into my mentions and call me hyperbolic or hysterical when I'm pointing out the parallel between Trump's America and Nazi Germany and you get an instant mute. I realize some people think "Nazi" is just a snarl word. It's not. People who are pointing out similarities between what's going on here and other authoritarian, racist regimes are trying to jolt people out of the Dream of American Exceptionalism.
May 22, 2018 12 tweets 2 min read
All right, since some of the brothers from the Order of Bernard are having trouble with this, let's play a game. It's called "What if Hillary Clinton Ran in the 2016 Primary Like Bernard Runs in the VT Senate Primary?" There are some big differences between the presidential primary and a Senate primary, such as the length, and voting on one day vs. dragging it out over several months. With that said, suspend your disbelief and pretend that doesn't matter.
May 10, 2018 12 tweets 2 min read
I already hated Jake Tapper but had NO IDEA he climbed his way to notablity by exploiting Monica Lewinsky. He even admits he's being a douche here and does it anyway. washingtoncitypaper.com/news/article/1… "She may be guilty of poor judgment, but she never asked for this.

That said, let the whoring begin." Wow. Wow. Wow.
Apr 25, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
"His basic argument was that Democrats could assemble a cross-ethnic and cross-class coalition by offering big universal public programs like Medicare-for-all and free college tuition. "

NARRATOR VOICE: This was not his basic argument.
theweek.com/articles/76907… His basic argument was that the Dems could get WWC voters this way, and the queers, POC, women, the disabled + *should* vote for this and ignore "identity politics."
Apr 12, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
So this is going around and a lot of folks are (rightly) outraged at American ignorance about the Holocaust. But I have to ask... what did you THINK was going on with No Child Left Behind? and our STEM obsession? jpost.com/Diaspora/Surve… Yes, there are bad teachers and racist teachers and systemic anti-Semitism and racism, and yes there are students on their phones.... but have liberal/left Twitter really not noticed how much the time/resources allotted for teaching K-12 history has SHRUNK?
Apr 11, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Among all the problems with this tweet, I find myself really pissed that, on the eve of the Lee surrender anniversary, this racist twit chooses to erase the over 200,000 black soldiers and sailors who were a part of emancipating the South. Private Abraham F. Brown of the 54th Mass is one of the men that Horowitz wants to erase. Don't let him. masshist.org/database/viewe…
Mar 22, 2018 10 tweets 4 min read
IF ONLY some Clinton supporters had pointed out in 2015-2016 that this was an invented right wing smear from "Clinton Cash" that deserved exactly zero serious media coverage. But we said it in ladyvoices, which are inaudible to Serious Male Pundits. And were there any loud male voices on the left amplifying the bogus smears of the Clinton Foundation--the smears that originated with Steve Bannon and Breitbart and "Clinton Cash"? Yes... yes I think there were. abcnews.go.com/Politics/senat…
Mar 6, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
So, all snark aside, I'd like to point out that Levi Sanders' FB posts really do reveal a disturbing dismissal of the value of other people's labor. Particularly the kind of unpaid labor that women often do. The people who volunteered to organize this found a venue, contracted with them, and the venue insisted on charging more at the door for people who hadn't RSVPd. Levi's insistence on arguing about this suggests he has NO idea the labor involved in doing that.
Mar 2, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Let's be clear here. The force of the United States government was thrown behind Qatar's enemy, Saudi Arabia.... after Qatar's government declined to invest in a Trump-related family venture. And this is just one drop in the bucket of incredibly open corruption. And here is another. Remember when Martha Stewart went to jail over insider trading? POTUS pal just happens to dump stock before Trump makes his dippy tariff announcement.
Mar 1, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
You guys. Levi Sanders has a SECOND twitter. And I am trying to imagine how any woman or man of color would be treated if they were running for office and had this much flaming social media detritus lying around. I don't think they'd get puff pieces in WaPo. In his other account, Levi Sanders is STILL obsessed with Joy Reid. Here is is defending a racist Republican who is ranting racist shit on her tv show. Apparently she's supposed to answer his speech when he won't let anybody else talk? How does that even work?
Feb 27, 2018 24 tweets 8 min read
I've had little to say re: Levi Sanders other than to note the irony of Berner complaints about political dynasties. But this thread makes it clear: he's got some issues w race, gender, and is an un-self-aware jerk who complains when Chelsea Clinton publicly voices an opinion. Just to be clear, THIS is what Levi Sanders is complaining about with "Just when you think you had seen it all, there is another Clinton." ozy.com/presidential-d…