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Elizabeth Warren Defends Bernie Sanders From Goldman Sachs Criticism

Actually kind of big news here. Elizabeth Warren in her interview with IBTimes defended Bernie Sanders from Goldman Sachs’ criticism. Here’s a couple of snippets of what she said in the interview:

Warren, a Democrat, disputed that notion in harsh terms, telling IBT that such statements show why American voters should focus on Wall Street’s power during the 2016 election.

“When Blankfein says that criticizing those who break the rules is dangerous to the economy, then he’s just repeating another variation of ‘too big to fail,’ ‘too big to jail,’ 'too big even to prosecute,'” she said. “That tells you here we are, seven years after the crisis and these guys still don’t get it. Seven years. That crisis cost an estimated $14 trillion, it cost jobs, it cost homes, it cost retirement funds. And Lloyd Blankfein stands up and says ‘Don’t even criticize me, I ran a company that was right at the heart of some of the biggest financial frauds in history and made money off it, but don’t you dare criticize me.’ That’s his position? That’s why we need voters to get really engaged.” …….

“This is about who he put in charge, who he chose to head up those agencies,” she said. “Over at the Department of Labor or the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there have been really strong people who have leaned forward. In enforcement, it hasn’t been that way. On the enforcement side, it’s been very different.”

The result, she asserted, is a two-tiered justice system.

“In a time when literally thousands of people are being locked up every year for non-violent drug offenses or stealing a car, the CEO of a giant bank can help engineer the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars — and he gets a raise,” she said. “The executives of anotherbank can help organize the money laundering for drug cartels, and they don’t even get charged with a crime, while an addict buys a few pills can land in jail for a year. This is two criminal justice systems.”

Daily Kos

Grassroots For Bernie

This is the best eight minutes you will spend today. Look at what Bernie's Grassroots are producing! Check out their Grassroots For Sanders Facebook page, after you watch the best Sanders video to date, bar none.


One of my favorite writers on Daily Kos is Dallasdoc and he has outdone himself with a recent diary called Enough. Here is a tiny sliver of that piece, but please go to the diary and read in its entirety. It has close to 700 recs which is pure awesomeness.

Hillary Clinton and her backers explicitly believe that in this Citizens United world, the best way to fight corrupt money in politics on the Republican side is with more corrupt money on the Democratic side. How else can we win? Actually, fighting fire with fire only creates a lot more ashes. The best way to fight fire is with water. The best way to fight corrupt money in politics is not more corrupt money in politics. The best way is to make corrupt money poison to any politician accepting it. That means weaponizing corruption as a political issue, and taking advantage of the anger in the country at politics.

This seemingly obvious point has been ignored because of the fact that in order to wield the weapon of corruption as an issue, you have to be perceived as not tainted by it yourself. This requirement has left it unused in our political culture. Bernie Sanders is one of the very few politicians in national politics who has not been generally corrupted by Washington. Just like Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, he swam through a river of shit and came out clean. Bernie can wield the weapon of corruption, and has been doing so to increasing effect. Even Donald Trump has been able to swing it a few times, despite his obvious deep involvement. Apparently to Republican voters, it’s better to be a buyer than a seller at the politician market. Nobody else in the race has a chance of using corruption to their advantage as an issue.

Hillary Clinton’s long record (the downside of “experience” is that it leaves a record) leaves her defenseless against the weapon of the corruption issue. And Republicans know it. Donald Trump has already fired a shot across her bow by mentioning her association with him. It is not unlikely that one of the reasons the Republican establishment has begun cozying up to the Donald is that they see a possibility he can beat Hillary. If they’re right, corruption will no doubt be the main feature of their general election campaign. Another endless round of accusations and scandals surrounding a Clinton, this time with a lot more evidence than was available to those pushing the Vince Foster conspiracy nonsense. Should Clinton win, the drumbeat would continue as long as she maintained office. Anybody who remembers the Nineties should be tingling in anticipation of that prospect.

We cannot roll back the corruption of our political system with more corruption.The Democratic party can only win a corrupt contest by trying to be just as corrupt as the Republicans, but they have more billionaires than we do. The only way to win is with asymmetric warfare, by not playing according to their rules. Hillary Clinton cannot do this. Bernie Sanders can. The American people have had enough with the corrupt status quo. Anyone who calls him or herself a Progressive should not tolerate it, for historical reasons if nothing else. Who will fight this corruption if we don’t?


The Bundys & Their "Tail" of Need

OK, perhaps I have a little too much time on my hands.

Artists join together and create The Bernie Anthem

Sanders supporters release 'Feel the Bern' anthem

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have a new anthem to help them “feel the Bern.”

Songwriter Alex Ebert, lead singer of the band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and “GasLand” filmmaker Josh Fox are teaming up for a new tune and video called "Feel the Bern" to support the Democratic presidential candidate.

“The Bern, the Bern. Feel the Bern, feel the heat, in our lives,” the folksy singers croon in the video that also features clips of Sanders, released Monday. “No more lyin’, no more empty talk,” the song continues.

"I felt like Bernie presented the first opportunity for me to feel honest in writing a sing-along in the simple tradition of social movements focused on a presidential candidate,” Ebert said in a statement. “The intention is for the verses to be improvised and changed as circumstances dictate, with only the choruses are the consistent refrain."


Dems Beat Back Big Koch Money Spent In Virginia State Senate Race

The Kochs constant commercials that splashed across our television screens were just so darn scary. Be afraid! Be very afraid! They tried to upset state Senator John Edwards bid for reelection and lost, spectacularly.

What a shame...all that money down the drain.

State Sen. John Edwards comfortably won re-election Tuesday, beating back hard-fought challenges from Republican Nancy Dye and independent Donald Caldwell.

“This is a victory for a philosophy of government that says government should lift people up,” Edwards, D-Roanoke, said triumphantly to a crowd of supporters Tuesday night.

“It’s an affirmation of the service we together have given to this district over the last 20 years.”

Edwards, who won his sixth term in office, added the race for the 21st District seat was “very, very intense” this time around.

“It’s taken a toll on everybody,” he said. “I cannot thank you enough for all that you did. Morning, noon and night, you never gave up. You fought, fought, fought.”


Sitting R Majority Whip Revealed by Anon as Alleged Member of the United White Knights of the KKK

This is big news if it's determined to be true.

On edit: Changed title of OP to include the word "alleged"

Prominent BLM Activist Shaun King: "I'm leaning toward endorsing Bernie Sanders"

I'm very excited to see Shaun King leaning toward Bernie. He's one of my favorite diarists on Daily Kos and one of the more prominent activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.

I'm leaning toward endorsing Bernie Sanders. A lot of reasons at work,
but this platform is the main reason.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 9, 2015

I fundamentally reject the notion that @BernieSanders can't win a general election. He can't beat who? Trump? Carson? Jeb?

He can.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 9, 2015

Fox News Analyst Tweeted: "At the Berlin Wall Last Week. Walls Work." w/picture

"Mr. Gorbachev! Don't tear down that wall!"

Daily Kos

Viacom shut down Bernie2016.tv Bernie needs our help!

Attention Berniacs! Bernie Needs Our Help!!!

Corporate media rats are in panic. Viacom shut down Bernie2016.tv. They re-opened a new channel on YouTube and are trying to re-establish subscribers network. Please go to Live.Bernie2016.tv and subscribe. Bernie needs our help! #WeStandTogether #FeelTheBern

They need 10,000 subscribers on YT which will take his channel to a new level that will give him more flexibility. Please copy and paste this to all of your friends and family who can help him get to 10,000 subscribers. If you don't have a YouTube account, make one, because you can.

Screw the corporate owned media Goebbels who are trying to kill the messengers.
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