Political Poetry by Skip Tenczar
43 percent of Republicans won’t take the covid shot,
No matter the facts their minds are firmly wrought.
The Donald is their pilot,
Who took his jab in private.
Perhaps these folks already bought their cemetery plot.
Time to leave Afghanistan: a conversation with Army Captain Dan Berschinski.
US Army May 2007 - Apr 2013, 6 years
Tacoma, WA & Afghanistan, Rifle Platoon Leader who led a 35-soldier infantry platoon. Was responsible for planning, resourcing, and executing training from individual level up to platoon level during pre-deployment period. During deployment he was responsible for conducting combat operations.
Captain Berschinski: I lost both my legs fighting in Afghanistan. Staying there doesn't honor our troops. Joe Biden once correctly advocated for a vastly smaller footprint in Afghanistan. Let's hope, as president, he has the courage to be correct again.
The reason for leaving Afghanistan is clear: the scope of what the US was trying to do has grown over time, and is not achievable for many reasons. Leaving as a military force does not mean abandoning the Afghanis completely, but changing what we do there. Neither should the US abandon those who helped us while the US was engaged. We have an obligation to the locals.
Part two; The pivotal race for NYC mayor: We talk with Lincoln Mitchell and Robert Hennelly
bio: Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues domestically and internationally. He has written seven books, is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion and writes “The American Angle” for Brussels Morning. He retains an affiliation with Columbia University's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in Columbia’s political science department as well. He is also a co-host of the 'Say It Ain’t Contagious' Podcast on baseball and social justice.
Bio: Robert Hennelly is a reporter for The Chief Leader, columnist at salon.com, insidernhj.com, and found @stucknation
We talk about the number and variety of Democratic candidates for the mayor's position. NYC is a huge financial center, a cultural center, and home to many very rich people. The voter demographic is complicated: high-status, working class, but liberal. The main issues for NYC are: how to go on in a post-Covid, environment, policing problems, new ways of working, among others. But it is necessary that NYC by a leader in reinventing how large cities continue.
Andrew Yang Is Top Pick for New York City Mayor Among Key Voting Group A new poll shows the former tech entrepreneur is the No. 1 choice for Democrats age 50 and older https://www.wsj.com/articles/andrew-yang-is-top-pick-for-new-york-city-mayor-among-key-voting-group-11618783200
NY Mayor's race is getting petty
Dark Money in NYC mayor's race
Tirschwell quits, calls city politics ‘broken’
NYC mayoral candidate Ray McGuire supports lifting charter-school caphttps://nypost.com/2021/04/18/nyc-mayoral-candidate-mcguire-supports-lifting-charter-school-cap/