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    Hal Ginsberg's picture

    Bernie Sanders hasn't won anything

    Bernie SandersSome Bernie Sanders supporters are taking a philosophical view of Hillary Clinton's first real victory in this election cycle in Nevada. Regardless of the outcome of the Democratic primaries, one told me, Bernie's already won, he's moved Hillary much farther to the left than she ever had any intention of going. Another claims the American people have made clear that we want the country to move in a more progressive direction and Hillary can't buck us.

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    MY CUP RUNNETH OVER WITH HATE!

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    I have already written of wrath against THE DONALD. The particular incident that incited the hatred in me involved Trump's attack on the families of 'terrorists'.

    http://dagblog.com/reader-blogs/collateral-damage-trump-20137

     

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    Only By Uniting Together & Working/Fighting For Democracy, Will The People End Rule By Corporations & Billionaires

    Our Democracy has been transformed into some form of Oligarchy. Corporations & Billionaires are ruling OUR Country.  And if you look around it is very easy to determine that THEY SUCK AT IT!

     

     

    Richard Day's picture

    THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

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    I do not receive the Science Channel in my basic cable package.

    I do however receive the Discovery Channel which, over the years, ends up treating me with nekked folks in the woods and stupid attempts at gaining rating points, I guess?

    But I just discovered that the Discovery Channel 'becomes' the Science Channel on the weekends and other days (I assume since I get to watch Mythbusters again.)

    Sisterhood

    Now that voting one's gender has been taken off the table, it's time to bring it back - or at least if women want.

    It's a typical crap piece of pseudo-emancipation; women are told they don't need to be their anatomy - when all around us we see women lauded most for being their anatomy.

    Bernie, older & wiser

    I'm pleased that Bernie's finally clueing in on how the game's played. He's discovered that Hillary's wrapping herself around Obama because that endears her to black voters, who make up a large core of the Democratic vote. He's also discovering that it's not so easy for him to do the same because she started courting the Big O 8 years ago, something an Independent might be loathe to do. And taking onboard one of Obama's fiercest black critics, Cornel West? Not likely to help, since he's about as popular with the black community these days as George Zimmerman. Bernie did hire a BLM member as spokesperson. But it's simply not the same thing.

    Millennial Revolt

    17 miles from Georgetown at George Mason U, perhaps we begin to see the real issue on which this election rests.

     

     

    Perhaps old folks are out of touch...

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    ESPERANTO

    Excuse me please; but I cannot take political comment
    anymore!

    I will get back to it I promise! Someday soon.

     

     

    Anyway...

    Martyrs reportedly irate. Virgins cut from 72 to 36.

    OK, I don't really have a source reporting back from Paradise, but here on earth, where the unspectacular if sound policy (finally) of strangling ISIS's cash flow has begun to bear fruit, salaries for the Mujahadeen have been halved, prisoners are being offered bargain rates for release ($500 gets your ass outta jail) and folks are getting utility bills.

     

    An army travels on its stomach, as Napoleon used to say.

     

    Bernie Sanders, Cornel West, and Martin Luther King Jr.

    The upcoming Primaries will tell the tale of inroads that Bernie Sanders made into black voters. Hillary is a name familiar to the black community. Civil Rights hero Bernie Sanders has been working in the background. When faced with the voting divide in South Carolina where the majority of white Democrats support Bernie and the majority of black Democrats support Hillary, white Progressives wonder "What's wrong with blacks?". This is not stated in that blunt term, but it does come in the form of the of why are you voting for a racist like Hillary. Hillary's support for the crime bill and her use of the term "superpredator" are the initial part of the attack.

    Teds, Cruz and Nugent. Band of brothers

    Ted Cruz just can't quit Ted Nugent.

    Au Pair of Dux

    Voters in both parties are reflexively unhappy with the establishment, but Hillary's problems with voters are all about her.

    The best woman for the job is the one who's not running.

    The male candidate is a better feminist than the world-known established female advocate of women's causes.

    The best candidate to shake up Congress and get new programs through it is the one who's been in Congress for 30 years as a relative outsider with little to show for it.

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    Sierra Blanca -- Bernie is a NIMBY but Not a Revolutionary

    In 1980 an important law was passed, this law required states to take responsibility for their low-level nuclear waste. It was known as "Low Level Radioactive Waste Policy Act of 1980".  The law itself urged states to cooperate, so states began to form compacts with each other to essentially rent spots to dump low-level radioactive waste.

    Testament

    In answer to Hal: "So what is it about the prospect of another Clinton in the White House that causes you to write so much so zealously in her service?"

    Pretty simple, Hal - when Clinton came in there was a high crime rate, entrenched poverty and welfare state, just coming off the unsocial/Iran-Contra Reagan-Bush years with a president who thought grocery checkout scanners were the height of tech. When he left, we had high employment, a ballooning internet industry, lots of jobs, black home ownership and jobs way up (including high up visible in his administration, plus Vernon Jordan as one of his most trusted advisors), a balanced budget, and a number of interesting possibilities for the future including trying hard to fix Israel-Palestine. Plus he balanced doing a bit of military action in hot spots - and for the first time got us helping a Muslim people who didn't have oil - rather than getting us heavily involved in foreign wars for crass imperialistic reasons, or doing nothing. We had a strong dollar but were *still* increasing exports, rather than the bullshit weak dollar/cheap goods approach.

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    The Heavy Hit Pieces On The Clintons Begin To Bubble To The Surface

     

    It's going to get real nasty . . .

    Salon

    The Clintons’ sordid race game: No one will say it, but the Clintons’ rise was premised on repudiating black voters

    Here's what Bill and Hillary mean to me: Sister Souljah, welfare reform, Ricky Ray Rector and the crime bill.

     

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    The Democratic Race - What We Know Now

    bernie-hillary1. Sanders is much more electable than Clinton.

    The political class engages in periodic arguments over who's better positioned to win general elections - candidates who appeal to a relatively wide swath of voters or those who excite their base. Sanders does both, Clinton neither.

    Half a Loaf 2.0

    [to Flavius & Barefooted]

    The poor or disenfranchised simply don't know where the levers are to do the most harm.

    I know corrupt small businessmen and corrupt mega-multimillionaires. The difference is largely access. But I also know very ethical mega-multimillionaires. Money may provide a bigger venue to display corruption, but I glanced at the troopers in Paula Jones-gate yesterday, and besides lying in her case, they were already pulling other insurance scams. They simply had bad ethics.

    Perhaps It's the Candidate

    Perhaps it's the message.

    Perhaps it's the country.

    Perhaps it's girls.

    Whites.

    Blacks.

    Walls.

    Firewalls.

    Servers.

    Emails.

    Bail?

    Too big to fail?

    Jail.

    Where the boys are.

    Perhaps it's the person.

    Perhaps it's the people.

    Perhaps it's the baggage in an airport in the Cayman Islands.

    Perhaps it's circumstance.

    Perhaps it's the Times.

    Perhaps it's time..

    ...to think...

    ...that perhaps it's the candidate.

     

     

    Half a Loaf Rising

    Charles Blow on Hillary's "I have Half a Dream" effect on millennials (hat-tip Digby):

    Young folks are facing a warming planet, exploding student debt, stunted mobility, stagnant wages and the increasing corporatization of the country due in part to the increasing consolidation of wealth and the impact of that wealth on American institutions. - Blow

    As has been pointed out before, this is largely fighting the last 2 elections' problems. Obama expanded a program for student loan relief last year to 5 million people. Stagnant wages up to now has been less important than still-high-unemployment, but now that unemployment is at 5%, the still unhealthy ~2.3-2.5% wage growth has more of a chance of growing. (this article suspects workers have been pushing less hard for wages due to harsher conditions for unemployment benefits). While the planet is warming, renewables are taking off, electric cars are finally hitting the market, and energy costs are dropping due partially to increased solar & wind, but largely due to the rise of contentious fracking. (meaning also that for the first time in my lifetime, we're not really dependent on Mideast oil anymore, while Russia's hold on Europe has also waned). And hey, we're no longer talking about "studying" global warming - we're finally beginning to do something about it.

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