Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
5:39 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
"Nader basically said they might lose one election, but it would start a movement"

Jill Stein was on Democracy Now saying the exact same nonsense. They have no ideas. They couldn't even choose a new candidate this year, and just recycled Stein - one of the most thoroughly unpleasant people in politics.
1:52 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on A Conversation With a #BernieOrBuster About Dinner.
I like beets. And I'd love to go to dinner with Dan Savage and Sarah Silverman. I'd feel like a fat old boring home economics teacher, but I'd still go.
12:01 PM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Why the Black Mainstream Has Embraced Black Lives Matter but Ignored the Destruction of Public Housing.
Maybe because the "Black Mainstream" doesn't live in public housing, but is very much impacted by police violence against black people?

And Hope VI has, in some places (like Seattle) replaced decrepit housing, originally designed for defense workers in WWII, with modern, energy-efficient housing. Go ask one of the tenants affected by the renovation of Yesler Terrace or Rainier Vista or Park Lake Homes if they want to go back to their old unit.

11:01 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The First Night of the DNC: Crying Bernie Fans and Michelle Obama is Queen.
GhostDog, the 2/3 majority is a Senate rule. If it is a new, Democratically controlled Senate, they could go for broke and return to a simple majority.

As for Republicans, they are at heart bullies. Bullies back down if you confront them. I think she'd be good at confronting them.
10:08 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Sarah Silverman Has a Message for the #BernieOrBust Crowd.
TheMisanthrope dear, re-read what I said. It's about the Congress as much as it is about the President. Until you fix the Congress, it doesn't matter who th President is. Obama's experience is a mild example of that.
6:45 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Sarah Silverman Has a Message for the #BernieOrBust Crowd.
TheMisanthrope dear, I come from the rust belt as well. The problems there have as much to do with the representatives the "heartland" elects as who the president is. Bernie or Jill could be elected, and they'd still have to contend with the Steve Kings of the world, who would be twice as obstructive and contemptuous of them as they are of Obama, as Sanders and Stein would have no party allies in the Congress to curb their aggression.

If you want to make a difference in the country, you and every other progressive keyboard patriot need to pack it up and go back to the rust belt (and the south) and hit the streets, convincing - not haranguing - people to vote for the kind of representatives you feel we need.

Build a good Congress and you'll get a good President.
6:29 AM yesterday Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on The First Night of the DNC: Crying Bernie Fans and Michelle Obama is Queen.
GhostDog dear, the important ones - the Supreme Court Justices - will make it through the nomination process if the Democrats take back the Senate. And Hillary Clinton is badass enough to harangue the Congress in a way that President Obama is not able to.
Jul 25 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!".
The few Bernie or busters left out there were too busy putting bitchy comments on Sarah Silverman's Facebook page to have paid much heed to anything Senator Sanders said. But I'm sure they'll find a home with Dr. Stein and her cozy little group.
Jul 25 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Sarah Silverman Has a Message for the #BernieOrBust Crowd.
Susan Sarandon could view the revolution from her home in Spain, or maybe one of the three apartments she owns in New York.
Jul 25 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Kshama Sawant Shows Up at the DNC to Tell Bernie Sanders Supporters to Vote for Jill Stein.
Pretentious and angry? Well, certainly pretentious. But angry? Far from it, dear. And as long as I have Slog, I'll never be lonely. (I'm not sure about your Buffalo Bill reference)

I've had experience with Ms. Sawant, and she's at best an empty suit. I'd probably still vote for her, if I lived in her district, as I like how she upends the staid council politics, but I wouldn't count her as any great intellectual. And the thought of *any* Seattle City Council Member making *any* sort of national endorsement just makes me giggle.

The real difference between the Greens and the Tea Party is that the Tea Party had/has corporate funding, while the Green Party seems to be mostly a hobby for the Sisters of Perpetual Outrage. They have good policy positions, but they use up all their oxygen desperately trying to prove that they are The Smartest Kids In The Room. (Which really makes me surprised that there has never been a Green on the Seattle City Council. It's the perfect venue for that sort of thing)