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Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why
Itís simple.
On a humanitarian level, most Democratic lawmakers on their worst days, far exceed most Republican lawmakers on their best days. Even if I donít care for the Democratic candidate who becomes the partyís nominee, even if I canít stand the sound of that personís voice ó I refuse to give my vote, by default, to the Republican Party.

When I hear a progressive/liberal/Democrat say theyíre not voting unless their favorite candidate wins the nomination, Iím stunned. When the Left doesnít vote, we are essentially giving our votes to the Right, which means we are helping to elect politicians from a party where racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia dominate their congressional voting, lawmaking, and profit-making agendas. Itís a party that has obstructed/blocked every good bill President Obama has introduced. Itís a party that produces hate mongers like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not voting is not only bad for Democrats, itís a bad deal for all Americans. If you think your vote doesnít count, think again. Letís take a look behind GOP doors to see what kind of prizes we can win, Monty.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:33 PM (39 replies)

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why

Yes, I'm 'Voting Blue No Matter Who'óand here's why
Itís simple.
On a humanitarian level, most Democratic lawmakers on their worst days, far exceed most Republican lawmakers on their best days. Even if I donít care for the Democratic candidate who becomes the partyís nominee, even if I canít stand the sound of that personís voice ó I refuse to give my vote, by default, to the Republican Party.

When I hear a progressive/liberal/Democrat say theyíre not voting unless their favorite candidate wins the nomination, Iím stunned. When the Left doesnít vote, we are essentially giving our votes to the Right, which means we are helping to elect politicians from a party where racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia dominate their congressional voting, lawmaking, and profit-making agendas. Itís a party that has obstructed/blocked every good bill President Obama has introduced. Itís a party that produces hate mongers like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Not voting is not only bad for Democrats, itís a bad deal for all Americans. If you think your vote doesnít count, think again. Letís take a look behind GOP doors to see what kind of prizes we can win, Monty.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 04:30 PM (16 replies)

The Congressional Record on the Auto Bailout. Sanders Co-Sponsored Inhofe's bill to Block Funds

The Congressional Record on the Auto Bailout. Sanders Co-Sponsored Inhofe's bill to Block Funds
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Congressional Record, December 11, 2008 - Inhofe (R-OK) gave a special shout-out to Bernie Sanders for co-sponsoring his bill to block the Auto Bailout along with the right wing Senators pictured above.

Now this is an interesting bit of information. It explains why Inhofe is his friend. They both opposed the bailout of the Auto Industry.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Mon Mar 14, 2016, 12:37 AM (54 replies)

The Conservative Era Is Over

The Conservative Era Is Over
Antonin Scaliaís death has already changed the way the Supreme Courtóand conservative litigantsódo business.

Nobody quite knows what to make of it yet, but nobody disputes it, either: The Supreme Court of March looks nothing like the court we knew in February. The loss of a single justice, Antonin Scalia, has blown up the court and reshuffled everything. Itís the early days yet, and much of the evidence of newish, liberalish outcomes at the court lies in routine housekeeping matters: unsigned orders and withdrawn appeals. Still, itís safe to say the high court is no longer going to be a candy store for pro-business and socially conservative litigants. What will rise in its place is still a work in progress.

As the Washington Postís Robert Barnes put it this past weekend, with Scalia gone, ďthe Supreme Court, now with only eight members, seemed transformed in substance and style.Ē It wasnít just the fact that Justice Clarence Thomas, after 10 years of declining to ask a single question at oral argument, suddenly did so. It wasnít merely the fact that arguments in a blockbuster abortion case were dominated by the courtís liberal wing, while the conservative bloc struggled to land a punch.

The crazy new vibe at the court isnít even limited to the raft of orders that have come down in the past week. Those include a critical and unanimous order affirming the right of same-sex partners to adopt children and the tossing of a death penalty conviction in Louisiana because the state withheld significant exculpatory evidence.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 8, 2016, 08:26 PM (17 replies)

Trump Supporters Raise Right Hands to Pledge Support. The Photos Are Terrifying.

Trump Supporters Raise Right Hands to Pledge Support. The Photos Are Terrifying.

On Saturday, Donald Trump led a rally of supporters to raise their right hands and take a pledge that they would vote for him. ďLetís do a pledge. Who likes me in this room?Ē Trump asked the crowd at a rally in Orlando, Florida, which was frequently interrupted by protesters. ďIíve never done this before. Can I have a pledge? A swearing? Raise your right hand.Ē

The Republican presidential front-runner then proceeded to get the audience to repeat after him. ďI do solemnly swear that I, no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions, if there are hurricanes or whatever, will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president.Ē

ďThank you. Now I know. Donít forget you all raised your hands. You swore. Bad things happen if you donít live up to what you just did,Ē Trump said before continuing with his speech.

Now if that doesn't make you all feel warm and fuzzy, I don't know what does.
(Just in case)
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 05:13 PM (16 replies)

What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore?

What Happens to Journalists When No One Wants to Print Their Words Anymore?
As newsrooms disappear, veteran older reporters are being forced from the profession. Thatís bad for journalism ó and democracy.
Arthur Millerís classic 1949 Pulitzer PrizeĖwinning 
play Death of a Salesman opens with musical direction: ďA melody is heard, played upon a flute. It is small and fine, telling of grass and trees and the horizon. The curtain rises.Ē The play follows Willy Loman, past 60, as his grasp on life crumbles amid job troubles. When, at the end of Act II, he reaches his beaten-down end, the melody soars again, this time a requiem. ďOnly the music of the flute,Ē writes Miller, ďis left on the darkening stageÖ.Ē

I heard this fluteís dirge throughout last summer and fall, as I made the rounds talking with downsized journalists ó men and women who had gotten hooked on the profession as young, ink-stained idealists, only to find themselves cast out in mid- or later life. These veterans spoke of forced buyouts and failed job searches ó of lost purpose, lost confidence, even lost homes. I had known of the decimation of my profession: Iíd read the statistics, seen the news articles, watched old friends pushed from jobs as bureau chiefs, editors, senior reporters, into the free fall of freelance. But the texture of their Lomanesque despair surprised me. There were some grim moments.

Summer 2015, the West Coast: Iím chatting with a longtime friend, a great investigative reporter who was pushed out of a big-city daily. Sheís managed to land a new, well-paying job ó but itís not in journalism. A mutual colleague told me that ďitís the most hated job she never wanted to do.Ē I insist that my friend needs to find a way back someday, because she has stunning reportorial talent. ďI donít remember that person,Ē she interrupts sharply.

Early fall 2015, a bar on the East Coast: An unemployed middle-aged writer whose work Iíve admired for decades agrees to meet for a drink. I buy the first round, he gets the second. In between we talk about editors and writers we know in common, about stories nailed and those that got away. Typical journo stuff. ďSo what do you want?Ē he asks finally. I explain that Iím seeking the human angle behind the news of thousands of downsized journalists. ďAm I the lead to your story?Ē he asks, sizing me up, tensing. 
I feel that Iím losing him. Thus a Hail Mary: ďAre you depressed?Ē His fast retort: ďAre you trying to piss me off?Ē He walks out, leaving a full beer on the table.

The great recovery has not been kind to the older generation. Skills developed over a lifetime are no longer wanted. It is not just journalists. After I lost my last job, I found myself competing with people 25 to 30 years younger.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sat Mar 5, 2016, 10:13 PM (7 replies)

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China

The U.S. just sent a carrier strike group to confront China The U.S. Navy has dispatched a small armada to the South China Sea.

The carrier John C. Stennis, two destroyers, two cruisers and the 7th Fleet flagship have sailed into the disputed waters in recent days, according to military officials. The carrier strike group is the latest show of force in the tense region, with the U.S. asserting that China is militarizing the region to guard its excessive territorial claims.

Stennis is joined in the region by the cruisers Antietam and Mobile Bay, and the destroyers Chung-Hoon and Stockdale. The command ship Blue Ridge, the floating headquarters of the Japan-based 7th Fleet, is also in the area, en route to a port visit in the Philippines. Stennis deployed from Washington state on Jan. 15.

The Japan-based Antietam, officials said, was conducting a "routine patrol" separate from the Stennis, following up patrols conducted by the destroyer McCambell and the dock landing ship Ashland in late February.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 06:56 PM (57 replies)

I have made my decision, for Republicans, I prefer Trump to Cruz.

Trump is out for himself, and i doubt he believes in anything but Trump.

Cruz is a holy warrior. I you think living in an Oligarchy is bad, you don't want to live in a Theocracy.
With one Supreme Court Justice waiting to be appointed by the next President, and the two most liberal members of the court being among the oldest, I do not want to see Roy Moore and his clones on the bench.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 06:35 PM (20 replies)

Be graceful in victory? It is hard to be graceful

When every time I look up someone nails me between the eyes with a meme club.

Oh, I understand the reason for the exhortation to "let them wail and gnash their teeth. They are in grief."

I am no Job and I do not intend to be.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Mar 2, 2016, 07:23 PM (24 replies)

To everyone in a primary state, Vote.

If you know a registered voter who is sitting it out.
Invite the person to a dinner, if that person votes first. Take that person to the polls and then feed the voter.

GOTV
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Mar 1, 2016, 01:03 PM (4 replies)
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