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Connecting the dots.....

Robert Reich: "Why the Washington Post’s Attack on Bernie Sanders is Bunk"


The Washington Post just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he’s saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation.

Fahrenthold trusts the “market” more than he does the government but he overlooks the fact that government sets the rules by which the market runs (such as whether health insurers should be allowed to consolidate even further, or how much of a “charitable” tax deduction wealthy donors to private universities should receive, and whether they should get the deduction if they attach partisan conditions to their donations).

The real choice isn’t between government and the “market.” It’s between a system responsive to the needs of most Americans, or one more responsive to the demands of the super-rich, big business, and Wall Street – whose economic and political power have grown dramatically over the last three decades.

This is why the logic of Sanders’s ideas depends on the political changes he seeks. Fahrenthold says a President Sanders couldn’t get any of his ideas implemented anyway because Congress would reject them. But if Bernie Sanders is elected president, American politics will have been altered, reducing the moneyed interests’ chokehold over the public agenda.

Fahrenthold may not see the populism that’s fueling Bernie’s campaign, but it is gaining strength and conviction. Other politicians, as well as political reporters, ignore this upsurge at their peril.



The Rest:
http://robertreich.org/post/130312224165

To Congress

If your first reaction to shootings is.....

Sheriff In Charge Of Oregon Massacre Probe Posted Sandy Hook Truther Video




The sheriff investigating a mass shooting at an Oregon community college that left at least nine people dead posted a video to Facebook in 2013 that raised questions about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin posted a link to a YouTube video called "The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed," which summarized conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting and quickly racked up millions of views, about a month after the massacre took place. The post was deleted or made private sometime after 2:30 p.m. Friday.

"This makes me wonder who we can trust anymore..." Hanlin wrote. "Watch, listen, and keep an open mind."

The video opens with text that reads: "In this video I will prove to you there has been a lot of deception surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting. This is a simple, logical video. No aliens, holigrams (sic), rituals or anything like that, just facts." It then intersperses news clips from the time with text raising questions about the "official story" presented in the media, including whether there was more than one shooter and whether grieving parents were actually so-called "crisis actors."


http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/john-hanlin-sandy-hook-truther
http://crooksandliars.com/2015/10/sheriff-charge-ucc-shooting-posted-sandy

Jeb Bush: "STUFF HAPPENS"- Argues Against Gun Control After Major Tragedy







In Greenville, South Carolina, Jeb Bush,
arguing against calls for gun control after major tragedy, says,
"stuff happens."

12:24 PM - 2 Oct 2015
https://twitter.com/RyanLizza/status/650028551522123776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw



GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jeb Bush invited a firestorm on Friday by saying that “stuff happens” in reference to renewed calls for legislative action after tragedies like the mass shooting in Oregon.

“I had this challenge as governor because we had — look, stuff happens,” he said at a forum in South Carolina. “There’s always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something, and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

The inelegant phrase immediately set off a wave of criticism from observers suggesting he was playing down the scourge of gun violence and the tragedy on Thursday, in which a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Roseburg, Ore.

................

Asked afterward about the “stuff happens” comment, Mr. Bush said, “it wasn’t a mistake,” and requested that a reporter point out “what I said wrong.”

“Things happen all the time,”
Mr. Bush said. “Things. Is that better?”


http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/10/02/jeb-bush-is-criticized-for-saying-stuff-happens-in-reaction-to-oregon-shooting/


Update: Video of the quote, plus the follow-up (you'll have to crank your volume way up to hear either one):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=9&v=XCB99OkmBpQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=12&v=TJp4WhIASVk



MORE:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/10/02/1427202/--STUFF-HAPPENS

Mental Illness.

Obama challenged the media to compare gun and terrorism deaths. So I did.


https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/649748792099622912

Deaths from gun violence vs. deaths from terrorism, in one chart

More than 10,000 Americans are killed every year by gun violence. By contrast, so few Americans have been killed by terrorist attacks since 9/11 that when you chart the two together, the terrorism death count approximates zero for every year except 2001.


Updated by Zack Beauchamp on October 1, 2015, 7:27 p.m. ET
http://www.vox.com/2015/10/1/9437187/obama-guns-terrorism-deaths
https://twitter.com/zackbeauchamp/status/649727266835046400

NRA comes up with plan to end gun violence in USA.....

American Exceptionalism

Mass shootings since Sandy Hook, in one map

http://www.vox.com/a/mass-shootings-sandy-hook
https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=1484





God Bless America.....
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