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Why Bernie will win the GE: Meet The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders

BTW, Bernie gets roughly 21-25% of the Republican vote in Vermont, who choose NOT to vote for their GOP candidate.

The Lifelong Republicans Who Love Bernie Sanders
Some conservatives are defying expectation and backing the Vermont senator.
by CLARE FORAN * NOV 24, 2015 * The Atlantic

When Tarie MacMillan switched on her television in August to watch the first Republican presidential debate, she expected to decide which candidate to support.

But MacMillan, a 65-year-old Florida resident, was disappointed. “I looked at the stage and there was nobody out there who I really liked. It just seemed like a showcase for Trump and his ridiculous comments,” she recalled. “It was laughable, and scary, and a real turning point.”

So she decided to back Bernie Sanders, the self-described “Democratic socialist” challenging Hillary Clinton. MacMillan was a lifelong Republican voter until a few weeks ago when she switched her party affiliation to support the Vermont senator in the primary. It will be the first time she’s ever voted for a Democrat.

That story may sound improbable, but MacMillan isn’t the only longtime conservative supporting Sanders. There are Facebook groups and Reddit forums devoted entirely to Republicans who adore the Vermont senator.

These Republicans for Sanders defy neat categorization. Some are fed up with the status quo in Washington, and believe that Sanders, with his fiery populist message, is the presidential contender most likely to disrupt it. Others have voted Republican for years, but feel alarmed by what they see as the sharp right turn the party has taken.

“I have been a conservative Republican my entire life. But the Republican party as a whole has gotten so far out of touch with the American people,” says Bryan Brown, a 47-year-old Oregon resident. “I switched my registration so that I could vote for Sanders in the primary, but the day the primary is over I’m going to register as an Independent.”


US Senator Bernie Sanders: "Closing Down Mosques? ... The last I heard, we had a US Constitution!!!"

An excellent clip of Bernie's passionate dismay that Americans are talking about blithely conceding our
civil liberties to ISIS.


Crap! 5 People Just Shot At Black Lives Matter Justice4Jamar Protest In Minneapolis

5 People Shot At Site Of Black Lives Matter Protest In Minneapolis
November 24, 2015 * NPR

Five people were injured last night as gunmen opened fire near the site of a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis.

According to a statement posted to the group's Facebook page, the men, whom they call "white supremacists," opened fire after they were asked to leave and were then escorted away from the encampment.

Mark Vancleave of the Minnesota Star Tribune tweeted this video of a protester recounting the event:
VIDEO at link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/24/457214142/5-people-are-shot-at-site-of-black-lives-matter-protest-in-minneapolis

In another report, more details are provided:

On November 23rd, 2015 around 10:45 p.m. four ‘white supremacists’ entered the protests at the #4thPrecinctShutDown and shot five people after getting asked to reveal their faces or leave. UnicornRiot live-streamed the aftermath here and clips of witnesses are below.

After they were confronted and asked to leave, some of the men shouted racial slurs. A few of the community members walked behind the men ushering them to their car towards 14th Ave. and Morgan Ave., one block north of the 4th Precinct. The men opened fire as they reached their vehicle, shooting around 8 bullets that struck a total of five people; it’s reported that all victims have non-life-threatening injuries, one took a bullet in the stomach, a few in the leg, and one in the arm.

After the protesters were wounded by the attackers, protesters called 911 and asked for help from the police that were stationed around the precinct and the precinct itself to no avail. Protesters also stated that the police were “laughing” and “ignoring” them when they were asking for help, and that one officer actually stated “you asked for this”. After 15 minutes the first ambulance arrived. The police at the 4th Precinct declined to aid people, standing passively. The police then moved in with crowd control gear to control the crime scene and maced the crowd that was assisting the wounded and standing asking for help, and filming, as well violently grabbing and pushing a woman contributor to Unicorn Riot.


Beating Trump, Clinton, the Pope, etc... Sanders Leads All for TIME 'Person of the Year'

Pretty damned amazing, especially since Time/Warner is one of Hillary's biggest supporters & donors

Beating Trump, Clinton, the Pope, and Adele... Sanders Leads All for TIME 'Person of the Year'
Though the announcement of TIME magazine's 'Person of the Year' designation isn't until next month, it was reported on Monday that the leading contender—at least among the magazine's readership—is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the Democratic presidential candidate calling for a 'political revolution' with his grassroots-driven campaign against establishment candidate Hillary Clinton.

Killer Mike's electrifying speech in Atlanta Georgia

deserves to be on the Greatest Page IMHO. "I'm not here to help elect another Margaret Thatcher..."


Re: Bernie's Stellar Speech: I totally loved invoking FDR alongside Denmark. Brilliantly done!

I've been thinking this for some time, that I wished he would anchor his 'socialistic' message
squarely into FDR's New Deal and 2nd Bill of Rights, rather than tying it solely to Scandinavian

FDR is not only a towering historic President, but also a true Democrat who stood up for workers
and their families, who pioneered Social Security and other Federal programs that still to this day
benefit almost every US citizen.

It's one thing to snipe at Bernie by quibbling about "all that's wrong" with Denmark or whatever
other Scandinavian nation you want to find something wrong with; it's an entirely different thing
to try to besmirch FDR's remarkable achievements on behalf of the American people, Federal
programs that still are functioning just fine and that people immediately recognize and deeply value.

I say hat's off to Bernie for this absolutely remarkable and potentially historic speech today.

Very Well Done Bernie!!!

Anonymous calls on US-based Web firm, CloudFlare, to stop protecting pro-ISIS sites

Anonymous calls on Web firm to stop protecting pro-ISIS sites
Nov. 19, 2015 * The Hill * By Cory Bennett

The hacking group Anonymous is going after Internet services firm CloudFlare for letting pro-Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) sites use its tools to help them thwart cyberattacks.

The loosely affiliated collective recently renewed its declaration of cyber war on ISIS in the wake of the group’s terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Anonymous hackers have since taken credit for removing thousands of ISIS-linked Twitter accounts, Facebook pages and websites.

But Anonymous says CloudFlare is standing in the way of greater action. The group claims ISIS-affiliated sites are using the company’s services to help them thwart cyberattacks, such as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that shut down a Web page by flooding it with traffic. “Anonymous demands @CloudFlare to remove their protection for pro #ISIS websites,” one of the major Anonymous Twitter accounts tweeted late Wednesday. “If you do not, we will do it for you.”

CloudFlare hasn’t denied the allegations, instead pointing out that it doesn’t police the content its tools are protecting. In addition to its paid services, CloudFlare also offers free tools that anyone can download.

Orwell foretells our War on Terror

Oxfam, World Bank & Thom Hartmann agree: Climate Change is Creating Extreme Poverty

Climate Change Could Push Millions More Into Extreme Poverty .. which gives rise to millions of extremely desperate people, who will do irrational and extreme things, including engaging in extremist & terrorist activity

Thom Hartmann Transcript:
You need to know this. If we don't strengthen our fight against climate change, 100 million more people may be pushed into extreme poverty within the next 15 years. That's Oxfam International's response to a stunning, new report by the World Bank.

That analysis is called "Shock Waves: Managaing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty," and it is the first to consider how global warming will be felt at a household level. In other words, the researchers considered how heat waves, floods, droughts and public health issues will impact poor people, rather than simply considering how nations as a whole will deal with such problems.

The report explained, "Poor people and poor countries are exposed and vulnerable to all types of climate-related shocks - natural disasters that destroy assets and livelihoods; waterborne diseases and pests that become more prevalent during heat waves, floods, or droughts; crop failure from reduced rainfall; and spikes in food prices that follow extreme weather events." While those who can afford to withstand these events will be able to adapt to climate change, those who don't have the means to move or pay higher food prices may suddenly find themselves in a desperate situation.

In order to reduce these risks, and help more people survive on our warming planet, Oxfam and the World Bank insist that we must reduce poverty as we ramp up our climate fight. They call for "rapid, inclusive, and climate-informed development" to help people cope with short-term climate change, and "pro-poor mitigation policies" to limit the long-term impact. A senior economist at the World Bank said, "The report demonstrates that ending poverty and fighting climate change cannot be done in isolation - the two will be much more easily achieved if they are addressed together." The fact is, we can no longer look at the climate fight and the effort to end inequality as two separate issues. If we want our species to survive, we better get to work and deal with both.


It Will Be Extremely Difficult For Hillary to Say No To Wall Street

It Will Be Extremely Difficult For Hillary to Say No To Wall Street
Can Clinton simply disregard the industry's favors to her wealth, political campaigns and foundation?
By Zaid Milani * AlterNet * November 16, 2015

The highlight of Saturday night's Democratic debate was when former Secretary Clinton invoked the September 11 attacks to try to defend her courting of Wall Street donors. The awkward defense of her political ties even spawned a rare New York Times editorial criticizing Clinton.

The fact is, there is no way that Hillary Clinton can pretend she doesn't have a cozy relationship with an industry that personally enriched her family, formed the basis of political support for her career and is doing everything it can to make her president.

Dollar Dollar Bill

After leaving the White House, Bill and Hillary Clinton had a steady source of income; pensions from both the federal government and Arkansas. They also both wrote books that generated millions of dollars of income. That's why, over the next 10 years, Bill Clinton raked in over $125 million in speaking fees, almost all of them from for-profit mega-corporations and trade associations. Shortly after presiding over a historic and catastrophic deregulation of Wall Street, Mr. Clinton's first paid arrangement was a $125,000 speech at Morgan Stanley. His next speech was at Credit Suisse First Boston, for the same asking price. The same year Wall Street banks started to pour funds into the the joint Clinton bank account, Hillary went on to vote for a bankruptcy bill that made it much harder for people to qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy; the bill was backed primarily by banks and credit card issuers.

An interesting figure during this period was Elizabeth Warren. Before she was Senator Warren, she was a consumer advocate and professor at Harvard University. She personally briefed First Lady Hillary Clinton on the perils of rolling back bankruptcy protections. Despite going on to support the bill, Hillary was sympathetic to Warren's arguments, telling her, “Professor Warren, we've got to stop that awful bill.”

Clinton's vote for the “awful bill" in 2001 ultimately did not give it the support it needed to pass, but it did pass four years later. At that time, Clinton didn't vote at all, an easy way to avoid responsibility as she prepped for a presidential race a few years later. In an interview with Bill Moyers, Warren explained the change in attitude from Senator Clinton: “It's a well-financed industry....She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

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