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Name: William Rivers Pitt
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Is there video available of the Clinton speech?

I wasn't able to watch it.

Thanks in advance if you have a link.

Ornette Coleman has passed.

This week sucks.

Springtime, here.

Sir Christopher goddam Lee

RIP, sir.

Please take me to the hospital.

My wife has been worried for the last couple of days because our daughter Lola hasn't pooped, and has been a bit of a pill. She was worried Lola was constipated. We put Lola down for a nap today, Cailen left for work...

...and later, I went to get Lola when she woke up, and the smell hit me in the face like a dead fish. I cracked open the diaper and it was civilians fleeing, the seas boiling, a thousand years of darkness, human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA.

Constipated? Nope. N to the ope. NOPE.


Good girl.

Please take me to the hospital.

Objects in Mirror Closer Than They Appear: The Sanders Surge (By me)

May be of use.

Objects in Mirror Closer Than They Appear: The Sanders Surge

Objects in Mirror Closer Than They Appear: The Sanders Surge

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a town hall event at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on
Friday, February 20, 2015. (Photo: Alex Cooney/StumpSource.org)

Objects in Mirror Closer Than They Appear: The Sanders Surge
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout | Op-Ed

Tuesday 09 June 2015

How many times do you have to get hit over the head until you figure out who's hitting you?"

-- President Harry S. Truman

A few miles down the road from here, due west on 101, is the town of Brattleboro, Vermont. The architecture is a landscape of long brick, blocks and blocks of old mill buildings, a throwback to the days when the textile industry dominated this little corner of the country before the chance to find cheap labor elsewhere motivated a migration. The passing of that industry devastated many local economies for a very long time, and laid waste to many families, businesses and towns, another verse in the scripture of corporate greed.

In Brattleboro, Sen. Bernie Sanders is a household name. The same goes for Burlington, where Sanders served as mayor for four terms in the 1980s, a tenure that catapulted him into the House of Representatives in 1988. He was re-elected to that office by landslide margins until 2006, when Vermont's Sen. Jim Jeffords announced his retirement. Sanders ran for the seat, and won it handily by about a 2-1 margin. When he ran for re-election in 2012, Senator Sanders won with 71 percent of the vote.

He went back to Burlington to announce his intention to campaign for the Democratic nomination for President at the end of this past May. Five thousand people attended. He pulled in three thousand people in Minnesota, and enjoyed a large crowd when he recently came through Keene, New Hampshire.

When he came through Iowa, he drew the largest crowds of any candidate, regardless of party, so far this year. According to a report on the visit in The New York Times, a Democratic county chairman named Kurt Meyer fired off a text to Hillary Clinton's Iowa political director. "Objects in your mirror," he wrote, "are closer than they appear."


Bernie Sanders is preaching a different gospel. He wants to break up the "too big to fail" institutions that burned the economy down to the stumps. He is against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Keystone XL pipeline. He is a blood enemy of the Patriot Act and the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. He wants Wall Street regulated far more deeply, and believes the wealthy should be taxed to the degree they actually deserve.

Unlike far too many of his congressional colleagues, he actually believes climate change is real, and that it is coming on strong, and is deadly dangerous. He supports breaking up the massive media conglomerates that spend so much time trying to convince people that such bedrock common sense ideas are scandalous, if not treasonous. He is a stout ally of the LGBTQ community, and of veterans, and of the separation of church and state.

Hillary Clinton - former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State - is in every sense the powerhouse candidate in this race. Lincoln Chafee, former Senator and Governor from Rhode Island, has thrown his hat into the ring, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appears prepared to do the same. More contenders may come.

Yet Senator Sanders remains a fascinating candidate. An Independent social democrat from a small state is drawing huge crowds from diverse parts of the nation because maybe, just maybe, he is speaking his heart at a time when - after decades of looking for a job and finding none, of looking at their bank account or savings and finding them barren, of going to the well of this alleged version of "freedom" and finding it dry - people may finally be taking Harry Truman's advice, and are listening to a guy who has spent a career explaining who, and what, is hitting them.

Time, that funny little bird, may be turning on its wing. Bernie Sanders is the very definition of a long shot. He is campaigning like a cannonball on a shoestring budget against seemingly impossible odds ... but objects in your mirror are closer than they appear. The man bears watching, and whatever happens, this promises to be one of the most interesting Democratic campaign seasons since time out of mind.

The rest: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/31268-objects-in-mirror-closer-than-they-appear-the-sanders-surge

On this day, they hit the beach...and took it.

With the arguable exception of the Mercury and Apollo astronauts getting strapped to the nosecones of questionable ballistic missiles to be shot off the skin of the planet, this day witnessed the greatest acts of pure courage the 20th century ever saw.

For Beau Biden, on his parting day.

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

-- Walt Whitman

...for Beau Biden on his parting day. He contributed a verse.

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