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Alright, you guys,

I FINALLY did it. AGAINST MY BETTER JUDGMENT I signed up on Facebook but ONLY because I wanted to hook up with other Bernie supporters. Problem is, I have NO idea how to do this.


Thank you in advance.

So, we're running into a brick wall locally

trying to get the local Democratic Party Headquarters to feature anything Bernie. Last time I was there there were TONS of stuff for Hillary and absolutely nothing for any of the other candidates.

So, right after our July 6, Fresno for Bernie Steering committee meeting several people, including myself, submitted the dates for the upcoming Fresno for Bernie Steering Committee meetings as well as the Fresno For Bernie meetings (all are invited) to be added to the calendar. We're still waiting. There seems to be some sandbagging going on at the Democratic Party Headquarters when it comes to anything other than Hillary.

I mean, we're going full-steam-ahead regardless but I was just wondering if anyone else is running into this problem with their local Democratic Party organization? I'm just curious.

Here's the RSVP link for the Fresno for Bernie Group.

Via a suggestion from another DUer, I checked out the PeopleforBernie.com website and added our local group so if anyone from the San Joaquin Valley is interested in joining us, here's the RSVP link:


All Bernie supporters (and potential supporters) are welcome!


I like Hillary Clinton, I really do, BUT . . .

well, OK, not really. But, apparently it's "I like <fill in the blank candidate> I really do, BUT . . . " week and I was feeling left out.

Thinking seriously about getting T-shirts made with this:

"Bernie Sanders: When you've been right for 40 years, you don't have to evolve."

Whaddya think?

Indiana’s Church of Cannabis files religious liberty suit

INDIANAPOLIS — The First Church of Cannabis filed a lawsuit Wednesday (July 8) against the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis, challenging state laws on possession and use of marijuana as infringing upon religious beliefs.

The complaint, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, contends that cannabis is the church’s sacrament and its members believe marijuana “brings us closer to ourselves and others.”

“We are taking legal action today to ensure love has no barriers in our land,” said Bill Levin, Church of Cannabis founder, in front of the Indiana Statehouse.

“Today we invite the state of Indiana and all its leaders to joyfully meet us in a court of law for clarifications on our core religious values,” he said. “We look forward to engaging them on the high plane of dignity and discipline, with love and compassion in our hearts, to find a swift and sensible answer for our questions of religious equality.”



Bernie Sanders Breaks 20% in a National Poll for the First Time; Gaining Support Across Demographics

Yougov has a new national democratic primary poll just out (full PDF results), showing Bernie Sanders breaking 20% for the first time.

Nationally, Bernie is at 25% in a multi-candidate matchup, and at 32% against Clinton alone. What's more, as we will see below, the poll provides evidence indicating that Bernie's appeal is not confined just to white liberals, as some have argued. There is also evidence that much of Hillary's current lead may simply be due to name recognition, and so as more people learn who Bernie is, he still has plenty of room to grow his support.

In a general matchup, including not only Sanders and Clinton, but also other candidates (and potential candidates), the results are:

Hillary Clinton 43%
Bernie Sanders 25%
Joe Biden 12%
Jim Webb 4%
Lincoln Chafee 1%
Other 5%
No Preference 11%
531 respondents
(PDF, see page 97 results)
There are some problems with this question. In particular, Joe Biden hasn't even announced his candidacy, and there is no indication that he is running.



I Want to Call Attention to a Post.

Hosts, Alerters, please let this one go. There is a post written by an Iraqi War veteran here on DU that I think everyone needs to see.


I want to call attention to this post

from an Iraqi War Veteran:


This isn't a politics thing, this is a "Look What We Americans Have Done" thing. I'm moved beyond words.

No, polygamy isn't rape. THIS is rape.

When someone you've known for 6 years, known his wife, babysat his kids comes to your door, you open it and invite him in because you have absolutely no reason not to. Tells you his motorcycle broke down, it's cold, and can he have a cup of coffee? "No problem, let me make a pot."

Having no idea he's been on a crank bender for 3 days (though he did look like he'd been rode hard and put away wet) you sit down and start talking with him and he says he's tired, could he lay down for a few minutes? "Sure!" you say and you go into the bedroom to start making up the bed when all of a sudden this person you've known for 6 years comes up behind you with a razor blade to your throat and says, "Lay down and take off your clothes." So you comply because you want to live. You're thinking, "I can live through a rape but if he starts cutting on me I'm done." He's 6'4 and easily 250 lbs., you're 5'0" and 97 lbs. You know damned well who is going to win that power struggle. So you comply. He does whatever his sick mind leads him to do. You start crying, it sets him off and the razor blade gets closer to your throat so you clam up.

At some point he comes out of his crack stupor for a second, realizes what he's done and starts crying. Wants you to hold him. Will you tell me you love me? "Sure," you say, "I love you." Will you kiss me? "Sure, I'll kiss you and this can just be between you and me. I won't tell anyone." You eventually get him up, out of the room but know you can't reach the door in time to get out. So you stay, chatting, when eventually he confesses that his motorcycle didn't really break down, its just up the street and will you drive him to it? "Sure" you say, just wanting to get the hell out of the door. When you open the door and start walking out the door, you start running. And running and running until you hit a neighbor's house and call the police.

The police show up, take your story and he is arrested the next day. Month after month goes by and FINALLY trial gets here, here pleads guilty and gets sentenced to 1 year in a drug rehab facility. Gets out and less than a year later does the same thing to another woman but this time he uses his fists. He beats her, rapes her, she has a broken jaw and cracked ribs. She was in the hospital for weeks.

He died in prison. And I left out the part where the wife calls you and asks you why you are doing this to her and her children. Please don't press charges. I also left out the part where he threatened my life IN FRONT OF THE JUDGE and he had to be shackled.

Now, I say all of that because there are some major assbites on this board comparing polygamy to rape. I just wanted to give you the semi-graphic details on what rape looks like. Polygamy isn't it.

P.S. No condolences, please. It was 40 years ago and I'm alive, well, and happy and he's rotting in a grave. But just know every time you post some bullshit comparing anything to rape, it triggers every rape victim on DU. So, JUST FUCKING STOP IT!
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