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Lebanese-American war survivor | Former Clinton adviser turned leftist activist | Keyboardist on 500+ remixes, from Miles Davis to Bjork | @leeladaou's husband.
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3 Nov
Why Democrats Lose (THREAD)

As a former Dem insider, hear me out:

After 20 years of waking up to yet another miserable Dem defeat, I realized this is the DESIRED outcome. By watering down real progress, Biden, Pelosi, etc. actively preserve the system and keep the GOP strong.
Why Democrats Lose (cont.)

For too long, I subscribed to the common myth that Democrats lose because they "bring a knife to a gunfight," i.e. that they are well-meaning but ineffectual in the face of the fascist GOP.

But the facts say otherwise...
Why Democrats Lose (cont.)

Just look at the ludicrous Build Bigger Billionaires "negotiations." Despite Dem control of two branches, the bill keeps shrinking and shrinking. From $10T to $1.75T.

"It's Manchin!" they yell. "It's Sinema!" "It's the Parliamentarian!"

Please.
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2 Nov
💵***CHALLENGE TO MUSK & BEZOS***

GIFT $10K TO EVERY HOMELESS PERSON IN AMERICA.

Dear @ElonMusk and @JeffBezos - your combined net worth is more than half a trillion💲.

A little more than 1% of that could give every U.S. homeless person $10,000.

WILL YOU DO IT TODAY?
💵***CHALLENGE TO MUSK & BEZOS***

BACKGROUND:

In 2020, Jeff Bezos tacked on $75B to his net worth. Elon Musk has added more than $50B to his wealth in just the past few months. Musk recently said he'd consider selling $6 billion of Tesla stock to address global hunger...
💵***CHALLENGE TO MUSK & BEZOS***

According to the The National Alliance to End Homelessness, there were approximately 580,000 people experiencing homelessness in America as of January 2020.

The pandemic has most certainly increased those numbers...
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28 Oct
If you're blaming only Manchin and Sinema, Biden and Pelosi thank you for being their dupes.
Allow me to explain.

This, my friends, is Biden/Pelosi's actual agenda:

NO MINIMUM WAGE HIKE

NO STUDENT DEBT RELIEF

NO KILLING THE FILIBUSTER

NO MEDICARE FOR ALL

NO SCOTUS EXPANSION

NO ABOLISHING ICE

NO SHUTTING CHILD CAGES

NO END TO DRONING KIDS

NO REAL CLIMATE ACTION
If you truly buy into the rotating villain charade, read this:

"The idea that Manchin is to blame for killing the billionaires' tax is too convenient. Pelosi privately slammed the proposal hard at a meeting this week, aides tell me."

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27 Oct
MANCHIN

IS

DOING

BIDEN

AND

PELOSI'S

BIDDING.

How do people still not see this?????????
I mean, really, the truth is staring us in the face:

Does anyone actually believe all this is because of Manchin, Sinema, and the Parliamentarian?

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16 Oct
Irregardless.
I could care less.
Disorientated.
Speciality.
Ekcetera.
Begs the question (used incorrectly).

Any others?
Another:

"If I would have" instead of "If I had..."
And to be fair, "disorientated" and "speciality" are British uses, but I still don't love the superfluous syllables.
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3 Oct
Well, there it is.

@AOC praises Biden as a "good faith partner" and says, "I am fighting for HIS agenda with the #BuildBackBetter act."

This is effectively an endorsement of the corporate Dem establishment.

Here is Biden's full agenda:

◼️Kids in cages
◼️Migrants whipped
◼️Racist policing
◼️Huge military budget
◼️More oil drilling
◼️No minimum wage hike
◼️No filibuster reform
◼️No court expansion
◼️No medicare for all
◼️No green new deal
◼️No abolishing ICE
◼️No student debt help
(FYI, I updated this thread to include the full AOC quote.)

Biden and Pelosi represent everything wrong with the Democratic Party. They've spent decades lulling people with bullshit incrementalism while giving cover to the GOP to move far right.

Why embrace and endorse them???
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22 Sep
NO MORAL COMPASS

"President Biden has deployed some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by former President Donald J. Trump."

nytimes.com/2021/09/22/us/…
HEINOUS:

"The Biden administration has kept in place a Trump-era policy that allows them to expel some immigrants and asylum-seekers at the border without the opportunity to request protection."

buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfo…
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21 Sep
Another day under Dem Party rule.

◼️Black asylum-seekers being whipped.

◼️Migrant children locked in cages.

◼️2,000+ people dying of COVID daily.

◼️Oil drilling rampant as the earth burns.

◼️US still droning babies to death.

◼️Billionaires getting richer by the minute.
Meanwhile...

◼️No minimum wage hike

◼️No filibuster reform

◼️No court expansion

◼️No medicare for all

◼️No green new deal

◼️No student debt help

◼️No consequences for Trump's thugs
And who's to blame?

Is it Biden's fault? Schumer's fault? Pelosi's fault?

NO, NO, NO!!!!

The President and Speaker and Majority Leader are powerless.

Let's blame the Senate Parliamentarian! And Joe Manchin! And Kyrsten Sinema! And Donald Trump!

Yes, THEY have the power.
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31 Jul
THEY DID IT!

✔️NO eviction moratorium
✔️NO minimum wage hike
✔️NO filibuster reform
✔️NO court expansion
✔️NO medicare for all
✔️NO green new deal
✔️NO closing child cages
✔️NO end to oil drilling
✔️NO student debt help
✔️NO pandemic plan
✔️NO consequences for Trump officials Image
BAIT & SWITCH

Biden/Pelosi have advanced the GOP agenda more effectively than Trump or McConnell.

◼️ Protesters brutalized
◼️ Miller's border policy embraced
◼️ Military budget growing
◼️ ICE budget growing

And Biden defends the filibuster, which hinders voting rights reform. Image
"Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." - George W. Bush

I spent years inside the Democratic establishment and I finally accepted the brutal truth: When Biden and Pelosi call for a stronger Republican Party, they mean it. Image
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29 Jul
Boy did the Dems screw Covid up. Image
They pushed a "return to normal" from day one, even more than Trump. And you could see it was another "Mission Accomplished" fiasco from a thousand miles away...

How can you slam anti-vaxxers for their nonchalance, while also pretending the virus would be gone by July 4th?

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27 Jul
🚨BREAKING:

Biden affirms he will continue the GOP policy of reopening no matter the #COVID death toll.

"We are not going back to [shutdowns]."
Democrats decided they wanted the political "win" of appearing to vanquish the virus.

So rather than pay Americans a monthly stipend to stay distanced and starve the virus of contact, Biden pushed reopening even more than Trump.
Biden and Dem leaders played right into GOP hands by predicting #COVID19 was going away by July 4th.

How can you criticize anti-vaxxers when you're telling them things are returning to normal?

Was anything more obvious than another surge????

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20 Jul
Biden and his media boosters spent months trying to convince America we were about to put #COVID behind us. July 4th was going to be a magical day when everything started returning to "normal."

It was bullshit and many of us called it out at the time. Now look where we are...
Back in March, I warned about the danger of #COVID19 triumphalism.

It was clear as day that the virus wasn't done with us. But capitalism needed its fodder, so the workers had to go back to work.
To those saying it's not Biden's fault, it's rightwingers refusing to get vaccinated...then why play into their talking point that the virus is nothing and we should just open things up?

The "it's over" propaganda was pushed by Dems to make Biden look like a hero. It backfired.
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30 Jun
If you're furious that Bill Cosby is walking free

...but you're giving Joe Biden a pass for multiple accusations of sexual misconduct

...you're doing it wrong.

#MeToo
And before the deniers flood the thread, here are the receipts:

thecut.com/2020/04/joe-bi…
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13 Apr
THREAD: BRUTAL #COVID TRUTH

With the J&J vaccine now on hold, let's assess:

From day one, both parties have shared the same pandemic strategy, though Dems have vaccinated more people.

1. Make sure billionaires keep minting $$.
2. Sacrifice lives to keep corporations humming.
THREAD: BRUTAL #COVID19 TRUTH

Both parties have made sure to provide as little help to people as possible.

Both parties have agitated for schools to reopen prematurely.

Both parties have sent the public mixed messages.

Both parties have avoided measures for REAL mitigation.
THREAD: BRUTAL #CORONAVIRUS TRUTH

There has always been only one (obvious) way to deal with the pandemic. I've tweeted some version of it since last March.

Here it is again:

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3 Apr
Dismissing all supernatural, paranormal, and mystical experiences means you think it's perfectly rational that a universe popped out of nothing/nowhere and we're floating on a blue ball in an impossibly vast space where particles communicate across virtually limitless distances.
Fascinating how so many in the thread are assuming this is about religion.

People realize that supernatural, paranormal, and mystical experiences don't necessarily have ANYTHING to do with organized religion, correct?
I'm honestly baffled at some of the angry reactions to my original tweet.

I'm simply saying that people have inexplicable experiences that are outside the realm of the ordinary.

And to dismiss them doesn't make sense when our very existence is fundamentally inexplicable.
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26 Mar
As more people are vaccinated, #COVID19 rates are RISING across the country.

Can someone please explain this?
Let me be CRYSTAL clear: My tweet has nothing to do with questioning or discouraging vaccines, in any way, shape, or form.

My concern is that we've needed numerous other measures to protect people, which the government refuses to do.
I posted this in the first weeks of the pandemic.

Imagine how many lives could have been saved if the government did its job?

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6 Mar
i'm so thrilled with biden. he exudes dignity, decency, compassion, kindness, and thoughtfulness. he is so awesome and amazing that I can barely contain myself. biden is the anti-trump. trump is the orange evil man. biden can do no wrong because he's too good to comprehend wrong.
also, i love chess, but i could never imagine playing seven dimensional chess like nancy pelosi. nancy rules. she got under trump's skin so bad. she's just a fabulously brilliant strategist who makes the gop look so horrible and terrible and bad. so bad.
and don't even get me started about obama. he brought so much hope and change that i felt like i was drowning in hope and change. hope and change was everywhere with obama. and he droned those evil terrorists and they'll never hurt our homeland. never ever never.
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4 Mar
THREAD - GUITAR GENIUS

There are many talented young guitar players, but I've yet to hear anyone with the depth, creativity, & range of #MatteoMancuso.

Impossibly talented, in his early 20s, this Italian guitarist spans multiple styles with brilliance.

THREAD - GUITAR GENIUS (Matteo Mancuso)

This solo is staggering in its conception and execution:

THREAD - GUITAR GENIUS (Matteo Mancuso)

Here's Matteo playing in Pat Metheny's style, adding his own inimitable twist.

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6 Feb
JAZZ APPRECIATION THREAD

Jazz is America's greatest (and most sorely underappreciated) artistic creation.

Here are legends to celebrate during #BlackHistoryMonth.

Start with the most spiritual of geniuses, by the name of Coltrane.

No, not John...

One of the greatest of all tenors...

The incomparable Bobby Hutcherson with one of the most beautiful jazz tunes...

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23 Jan
I don't give a damn if Biden wears a Rolex.

I give a damn that he has more than half a dozen sexual harassment allegations and a history of groping girls and women.

nytimes.com/2021/01/22/fas…
The comments in this thread from people who claim to support #MeToo are just ... repulsive.
For those with their heads in the sand:

cc.com/video/yfmksi/t…
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19 Jan
Is there any secret I can share having been inside the system?

Yes.

For the most part, they're all buddies.
You know, like this...
And this...
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