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Gender: Female
Hometown: Florida
Member since: 2002
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Retired teacher who sees much harm to public education from the "reforms" being pushed by corporations. Privatizing education is the wrong way to go. Children can not be treated as products, thought of in terms of profit and loss.

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From You Tube. More from Claire McCaskill's interview. Digs hole deeper.



Here is the first part of the interview with Bernie's response.

Halperin was picking on her, he's good at that. However, he was not responsible for the words that came out of her mouth about liberal ideas.

She defined herself.



Bernie responds to Claire McCaskill. Good job, Bernie.

Here's Claire!



From Bloomberg.com There is a video of Bernie's response at the link.

Bernie Sanders Responds to Claire McCaskill Attack: This Is a First

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Thursday responded to criticism from his Senate colleague, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, that he is too liberal to credibly challenge Hillary Clinton.

“To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that a colleague has attacked me,” said Sanders, a Vermont socialist who joined the presidential race about two months ago, in an interview with Bloomberg Politics' Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. “You'll have to ask Senator McCaskill why.”


Here's what McCaskill said:

McCaskill, who supported President Obama during the 2008 election, was quick to back Clinton this cycle, and said on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that Sanders “is too liberal to gather enough votes in this country to become president.” Her comments came on the heels of Bloomberg Politics polling in Iowa and New Hampshire that showed Sanders gaining ground on Clinton, though the former secretary of state still holds a formidable lead.

....“Do I believe, in opposition to Senator McCaskill, that we need trade policies that are fair to the American worker, and not just benefit CEOs and large corporations?” Sanders said. “I plead guilty.”

Sanders said he “absolutely” believes in a single-payer health care system and opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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Shameful that she compares Bernie Sanders to Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul.

Great post at DailyKos about Bernie's NPR interview today.

BERNIE - Amazing NPR Interview "what Democracy is about"

Basically the question was "Aren't you just ruining Hillary's chances?"

The BERN responds with the ultimate take down:

"Is your point that people should not contest elections, that we should simply have the establishment bringing forth a candidate? So the implication is that somebody should decide who the lead candidate is, and we'll go to sleep. That's a good idea, that's what democracy is about, right?"

The interviewer seemed obsessed that Bernie wouldn't at first use the phrase "Black Lives Matter".... and then Bernie derided all the phraseology... like a politician using a phrase will change anything.


The poster added some comments from listeners at NPR...since I don't know where to look for them at NPR I will use some he posted at DKos.

"I also love how he TOTALLY schooled David Green several times! At one point, especially, Green was interested only in getting Bernie to diss Hillary Clinton for her "ALL lives matter" statement, but Bernie didn't just dodge the question; he showed Green how stupid, meaningless, and insulting to voters the question was."


Another:

I had a hearty laugh when Bernie scoffed and derided "Phraseology"


More:

Yeah I was dumbfounded by how unprofessional David Green was in this interview. "It sounds like you are not ready to say that phrase (Black lives matter)." Why focus on this irrelevant minutia?

Bernie wanted to talk about the real issues behind this divide and David Green was baiting him to say some inflammatory phrase the media has blown up over.


Adding this comment from the Daily Kos post:

Bernie is schooling interviewers (11+ / 0-)

not to ask him dumb questions. With takedowns like these, they will hesitate to try it.


Neither of our candidates are the least bit racist in views or actions. We do them both harm with such attacks.

I will vote for Bernie in the primary. I will vote for the one who wins the nomination.


"Not a bloodless process"...

Transcript of Obama's speech at the Brookings Institute 2006

I think that if you polled many of the people in this room, most of us are strong free traders and most of us believe in markets. Bob (Rubin) and I have had a running debate now for about a year about how do we, in fact, deal with the losers in a globalized economy. There has been a tendency in the past for us to say, well, look, we have got to grow the pie, and we will retrain those who need retraining. But in fact we have never taken that side of the equation as seriously as we need to take it. So hopefully, this is not just going to be a lot of preaching to the choir. Hopefully, part of what we are going to be doing is challenging our own conventional wisdom and pushing boundaries and testing these ideas in a vigorous and aggressive way.

....Just remember, as we move forward, that there are real consequences to the work that is being done here. There are people in places like Decatur, Illinois, or Galesburg,Illinois, who have seen their jobs eliminated. They have lost their health care. They have lost their retirement security. They don't have a clear sense of how their children will succeed in the same way that they succeeded. They believe that this may be the first generation in which their children do worse than they do. Some of that, then, will end up manifesting itself in the sort of nativist sentiment, protectionism, and anti-immigration sentiment that we are debating here in Washington. So there are real consequences to the work that is being done here. This is not a bloodless process.




I guess we soon find out who the losers are in this deal that is about far more than trade.

If you include aid bill for workers who lose jobs to overseas...that means you expect it to happen

And it is ludicrous to deny that job loss will be one of the consequences of the trade bill that is more than a trade bill.

On the other side of the argument is the trade pact's potential to foster economic growth and job creation — "650,000 jobs in the U.S. alone," as Secretary of State John F. Kerry asserted last month. But that widely challenged figure is extrapolated from a 2012 report by the Peterson Institute of International Economics, which didn't offer a jobs estimate. In fact, the report said the TPP might dislocate workers and drive older people out of the workforce — and that any benefits might be canceled out by the resulting costs to workers and society. Evidence from earlier trade pacts, including the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggests that the benefits for developing countries among the treaty signatories are similarly oversold.


Back to today:

From Slate:

It Turns Out That Obama Won the Free-Trade Fight in Congress After All


Barack Obama with his best friends John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Larry Downing/Reuters



Here's the long and short of what happened:

The majority-Republican Senate had passed a bill giving the president fast-track authority and providing aid to workers who might lose their jobs because of TPP.

The majority-Republican House split that bill into two. They passed the fast-track part—with mostly Republican votes—but rejected the aid part. Many Republicans simply didn't support the aid bill at all, and while many Democrats do want to give aid to workers, they decided not to vote for the bill because they didn't ultimately trust the president to negotiate a good enough overall trade deal.

It seemed like this had killed both the fast-track and the aid elements because the Senate's version had passed both of them together.

But then, Tuesday, Democratic senators were persuaded to peel the fast-track part off from the aid part and approve the fast-track separately.

Of course, the process still isn't over: Democratic senators only agreed to approve fast-track on its own because they were promised that a compromise on aid could ultimately be reached and a separate aid bill passed


Since Fast Track passed, let's hope the Democrats who voted yes did not trust in vain.

They already know it will affect workers here.

Bernie Sanders: Corporate America wins again. Today in Senate.

A big to cal04 who posted this in the Bernie Sanders forum.



Huge 30' by 60' Confederate flag in Tampa. Dedicated to Daniel Ruth who called them simpletons.

When President Obama carried Tampa in 2008 Tampa Tribune columnist, Daniel Ruth, wrote a celebratory column called Night of Cheers. The link is dead but I saved the pertinent parts.

The flag flies on I-75 near the I-4 intersection. It's huge. And shocking to see.



It's on private property.

Here's the dedication plaque.



Night of Cheers

In a few more moments the country would officially elect its first black president at the end of a campaign more than 200 years in the making, winding through Selma and Birmingham and Watts and Hough and all the other stations of the cross of the American civil rights movement.

.."And just then, Florida - stumblebum Florida, the state that has historically been little more than a Wal-Mart gift card for the Bush family - was declared in favor of Obama.

..."Tuesday night, Barack Obama carried Hillsborough County, the same county where a bunch of narrow-minded simpletons fly a massive Confederate flag near I-4. That's hardly atonement. But it is a giant step across the breach of bigotry. One step down, more to come."




This is shameful. Most I know agree it's shameful. The people who put it up need to take it down.

What beautiful children. Pics of some who died in care of Florida's childrens' services.

I was remembering some of them I have written about through the years when I read TheNutcracker's post about DCF at DU today.

There was this child who was found wrapped in plastic in the back of her adopted father's truck.


WFOR-CBS4
Handout photo shows Nubia Barahona, a 10-year-old whose body was found wrapped in plastic in a pest control truck. The girl's adoptive father, Jorge Barahona, is being held as a suspect in the girl's death.


Florida's childrens' services sued to keep media from covering death of child, torture of brother.

On Valentine's Day, 10-year-old Victor Barahona was found with life-threatening chemical burns in a pickup truck on the side of Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach. The battered-and-decomposed body of his twin sister, Nubia, was dumped in the back of the truck like so much garbage.

The real trash was spewed by the "child welfare" system that allowed Jorge and Carmen Barahona to "foster" the twins, and later adopt them despite unmistakable evidence that the couple was torturing the children to whom they were supposed to be loving saviors.

..."The miracle that Jackson Memorial's medical team had worked on Victor was a bright and badly needed point of light in this dark drama. After days of shocking revelations about the vile stew of bad social work, bad management and bad lawyering that these children had sustained, finally there was one picture worth a thousand words of thanksgiving.

You'd think the folks at the DCF would praise the Lord and pass the popcorn. Instead, they hauled Channel 7 into court to try to stop the broadcast.


Then there was Rilya Wilson.

They never found her body.



A caretaker for Rilya Wilson, the foster child whose disappearance four years ago exposed serious flaws in Florida's child-welfare system, was indicted Wednesday on charges of murdering the girl, who was 4 years old when she vanished.

The caretaker, Geralyn Graham, was also charged with kidnapping and aggravated child abuse. Rilya's body has never been found.


Here is a collage of other children missing from DCF care.

Could Florida's DCF Have Prevented These Children's Deaths?


The recent deaths of so many children who had had contact with DCF has brought renewed scrutiny on a troubled agency: (clockwise from the top left, name, followed by their age at death, if known) Dontrell Melvin, unknown; Antwan Hope, 4; Dakota Stiles, 3; Ezra Raphael, 2; Aliyah Branum, 2; Jayden Morales, 2; Jewel Howard, 3; Cherish Perrywinkle, 8; and Christian Byrd, 2.

A Miami Herald investigation uncovers another 16 children who died in recent months even though their families were involved with the Department of Children and Families.

"Is anybody here not outraged?" demanded one foster parent at a recent town hall, where a group of lawmakers heard from the public and received blame as well.

Also, in just two months, Floridians are supposed to be able to shop for health insurance as part of Obamacare. But Florida Governor Rick Scott is now worried about the privacy of patient information.


There are way too many more. I worked with social workers many times when I was teaching. I admired every one of them. They were concerned about the systemic failures and had a fear of being equated with a few who did not do their job correctly.

The importance of Bernie....

is that now the Party insiders may start listening to the Party outsiders.

One commentator called it governing class vs activist class.

The clash will be between the "governing class" and the "activist class."

From November 2004, Time Magazine.

What happens to the losing team

If there's a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, predicts Simon Rosenberg, president of the New Democrat Network, a moderate advocacy group, it won't be the usual skirmish between the liberals and moderates of the professional political class in Washington but one between the Washington insiders on one side and the rank-and-file activists spread out across the country on the other. "What's changed over the past two years is that activist Democrats believe that Republicans are venal people," says Rosenberg. These activists "are going to be very intolerant of Democrats in Washington who cooperate with the Republicans. There's going to be tremendous pressure to stand up and fight and not roll over and play dead."


Well, it's happening.

Howard Dean really showed that hunger for truth in campaigns. And from a 2005 article in the NYT about triangulation.

The governing class and the activists

Nothing better illustrated the passing of the party's long ideological debate better than the explosive presidential campaign of Howard Dean (now the party's chairman), whose record as a pro-gun, pro-Democratic Leadership Council governor did nothing to prevent him from seamlessly assuming the role of chief spokesman for those liberal voters who had always embodied the so-called Democratic left.

What Dean's candidacy brought into the open, however, was another kind of growing and powerful tension in Democratic politics that had little to do with ideology. Activists often describe this divide as being between "insiders" and "outsiders," but the best description I've heard came from Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic operative who runs the advocacy group N.D.N. (formerly New Democrat Network), which sprang from Clintonian centrism of the early 1990's. As Rosenberg explained it, the party is currently riven between its "governing class" and its "activist class." The former includes the establishment types who populate Washington -- politicians, interest groups, consultants and policy makers. The second comprises "Net roots" Democrats on the local level; that is, grass-roots Democrats, many of whom were inspired by Dean and who connect to politics primarily online, through blogs or Web-based activist groups like MoveOn.org. The argument between the camps isn't about policy so much as about tactics, and a lot of Democrats in Washington don't even seem to know it's happening.


NOW they know something's happening.

Finally a news anchor to trust.

Edit to add the hilarious video, a commercial from Japan. Thanks Art from Ark.



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