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Eleanors38

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Hometown: Austin, TX
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Member since: Tue Sep 18, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I have been on DU since 2006 under \"SteveM\" and later \"SteveW.\" Due to an account mix-up and a computer crash, I have \"rejoined\" as Eleanors38, but my history at DU includes the names cited.

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Just a note: I contributed $20 this morning to the Sanders campaign...

It's not much, though I have contributed several times.

Odds are, he won't win the nomination.

He has millions of contributors doing the same, so why?

Because his campaign is our campaign. As such, it must persist through the nomination process, through the general election, through the next administration. Of all the groups out there vying to pick up or create anew the banner for popular progressive reform, the Sanders campaign is the strongest outfit by far. It needs to be institutionalized for the long haul: The old hierarchy of the Party must be supplanted, local (not just on social media) presence must be established, candidates recruited, funds raised, and credibility strengthened through Winning primaries and elections.

For now, we need to develop the attitude that the Sanders Campaign is merely a prototype. The real campaign has yet to come.

WNYC: "It's official: Arab city [Dearborn] feels the Jewish Bern." ??

Since the pundits filled their respective pants over Michigan, some have taken to figuring out how they missed any trends in heavily-Muslim cities.

Uh, maybe they didn't ask the folks living their, but instead relied on assumptions and stereotypes about people they hardly know.

Just a guess.

Help me out with the polls...


I have heard ad nauseum about Clinton's "big lead" over Sanders in SC. That may well be. But does Anyone have composite polling showing the trend over one month, two months, three months or more? I saw a recent poll which has Sanders at 38%. Yet, he was well in the 20s at the end of the year. This would suggest a trend, but what I'm seeing over and over is Clinton's "big lead" as if it were some static juggernaut.

Has there been any trend or change?

I figured thrusters would be used, like car ferries now.

The "News Narrative:" The Socialist -v- The Billionaire.


That's what the big Newz Media players are dubbing it.

BBC calls it the "Leftist" -v- the Billionaire. NPR calls it the "(d) (D) Socialist" -v- the "Billionaire." One candidate is defined by a political label, the other by an increasingly generic monetary status. However one might construe the meaning of these labels, one thing is for sure: MSM seems comfortable shirking its duty to tell us about the politics one one of the candidates, forcing the voter to puzzle over a Gates strain of billionaire, or a Bloomberg strain, or a Carlos Slick, or an UberFacedMadoff strain. If pressed, the "Billionaire" is inflammatory, or riding a "wave of dissent and anger" who should "dial it back 20%." No mentioned on of racism, sexism, sink-or-swim economics, or sword-rattling.

But the other is still a socialist.

I'll say it again: Bernie is opposed by MSM, the Democratic Party, the economic elites, and our present administration. And I'll say again as well, at some point soon, progressives WILL talk to the TPs and the disaffected GOP tRump depends on. To win, we have no choice.

CBS has Bernie by one (1) point in Iowa.

No link, but as of 1 hour ago.

Two deer hunts on successive weekends, starting tomorrow...

The first in Coryell County on a beautiful piece of land; mesa, many oaks, 40 acre field, non-stop spring, and appropriately run-down farm house with top-flight well water. Possible bonus: the second half of dove season starts today, so if I get a deer early, it's off to the fields, or snap shooting through the mesa!

The second in upper Uvalde County is along the Nueces River. May have a chance at an axis deer. Large, recently-built lodge with no internet connections or T.V. service; only old videos for the screen. If turkey are about, same applies to them! Should be a good Christmas.

GLITCH: unable to post reply...

Blank screen or many "Notice: use of undefined content..."


Followed by:

"Warning: not safe relying on time zone settings". An endless list.

Has this been cleared by 3:20 CST? Thanks

Best wishes to the progressive 2A defenders in DU...

...and in this group. I have seen from "our side" an increase in OPs in GD referencing guns, and this is a good thing. By now, posters here probably realize that, IMO, the GD Forum is pretty much wide-open to gun postings. Again, IMO, more of the quality OPs posted here would contribute more fully if posted in GD.

NOTE: From communications with two Hosts in GD, it would appear that the threshhold for allowing the gun "exception" to be in effect is when an example of the new, ill-defined "mass shooting" is in effect. Since that hazy definition can be met any number of ways, and anti-2A news aggregators have become tantamount to a major news outlet stamp-of-approval, gun postings now seem full-time. One host has told me in confidence that a power struggle has resulted in essentially a situation where one (1) person can overrule the others when most hosts favor a lock due to SOP violation; this is supposedly based on some kind of "consensus" process.

I POST THIS HERE as a way to better advance gun control and Second Amendment issues. If the process has materially changed, it is in the best interests of All in these debates to know where to post. If anyone -- including Hosts in GD -- wish to weigh in with corrections and questions, please do so. Greater clarity and fair play should guide everyone in DU.

Trump is a successful bully, and in charge. How do we deal with it?


He has supporters and "body guards" who physically beat down their opponents, and he does this with evident impunity, even with politically positive results; we all know this. Here is how to face the problem: The U.S. is a celebrity culture where the coin of the realm is dominating the discussion and getting all the attention. Nah, it ain't money anymore as most people now realize they aren't in that game. But any nitwit can get some kind of attention and notoriety by doing something outrageous. The "Only in America" dream is re-born in our country with a vengeance and a million formats.

Liberals, progressives and the arbiters of T.V., gaming, Hollywood, and a thousand university RTF departments have always been the assumed masters of the celebrity culture. But their exalted power over what is cool, what is not, and what can be criticized with great gravitas has fallen on its face along with the buxom hot date what they came with, Mass Media. MSM survives now chiefly as a crappy Congo Square for anyone who can sell themselves and "Win!"

And tRump is the master of Celebrity and entertainment in this culture.

We can always mumble about how he will step in it, and end on his ass. Maybe he will. But waiting for it is not good politics; passive aggressiveness is best left in the analyst's office, not promo'd in the social sphere. What we libs and progs need to do is show our stuff at what we are presumed best at: Putting egg on a blowhard's face, pulling the rug from under a tin pot dictator-in-waiting; in short where is our Swanee River Hat & Cane? Where is our ability to wreak sublime embarrassment? Where is our Guerrilla Theater?

If we can't back this punkeroo up against the wall using our strong suit, how will anyone believe we can come up with change and improvement beyond the droll jargon-jive that marks our discussion, now?

Let's hear some ideas! Let's start a series! Let's take over the stage ourselves!

tRump didn't get on SNL. He IS SNL.
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