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I was going to make this a poll with a variety of possible answers, but I am not so ambitious today. Please supply your own elaboration.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 10:38 AM (7 replies)
I should have done it weeks ago. Still, better late than never, I hope.
Curious about Sanders? Find an event today near you.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 10:34 AM (14 replies)
(Photo accompanies breitbart's disgusting story. I'm not linking to it.)
I don't know the details of the treaty. I don't know if the Obama Administration's Secretaries of State and Energy could possibly have negotiated a better one or not. I hate fucking Godwin's phony law, which tends to protect the right and cut off discussion. However, Huckabee and Fox are fucking ridiculous.
http://mediamatters.org/research/2013/11/24/worse-than-munich-conservative-media-react-to-i/197038 NOTE: This link is to a 2013 media matters story about Iran.
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 08:23 AM (2 replies)
MSNBC reporting this morning that Mark Cuban said that Trump is just what politics has need for a long time. That Trump's message does not even matter. It's that Trump says what is on his mind.
Hello? If the message does not even matter, why haven't you been praising Bernie for that behavior, Mark?
Could it be because Bernie's message is not as billionaire friendly as Trump's. IOW, I think you are not being honest about how irrelevant the message is.
Then we hear from Harold Ford, former DLC Chair, saying that Trump's poll numbers show America's fascination with a rich man who speaks his mind. No, that fascination with the wealthy would be you, Mr. Ford. Americans are filling Sanders' events to overflowing while the Trump camp inflates the numbers showing up at his events--and Trump is offering a free lunch!
And, btw, why is what Mark Cuban thinks of Donald Trump MSNBC newsworthy this morning, but today, an unprecedented day in US politics gets no mention whatever on an allegedly pro-Democratic TV network this morning or last night (except for already cancelled Ed Shultz)? Huh? Huh? Huh?
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 06:08 AM (26 replies)
Buzzfeed's McCay Coppins has been appearing on a variety of MSNBC shows of late, often commenting on Trump. (Apparently, very guest pundit on MSNBC who is going to discuss Trump has to be smirking knowingly when introduced by the show host).
Anyway, on Chris Hayes Tuesday evening, McCay Coppins noted that Trump had long had two sets of advisers around him. However, once he actually announced, his advisors were a new bunch of professionals. Now, waiiit forrrrr itttt--
"And they're not Republican establishment. Like, they've worked for the Koch brothers."
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 03:41 AM (2 replies)
Let's do it up left.
If you can, take a nap, so you show up at your meeting all bright eyed and NOT Bushy-tailed.
Take with you whatever you think you need for peak functioning:
Water, so you don't have to keep leaving your seat and/or asking your host
A laptop, if you can. There will be streaming. The more screens in the host's home, the better.
Pencils or pens and paper.
Your business cards, if you have same, so you can easily exchange contact info, if you wish. Be careful, though.
If you are driving, maybe stick a folding chair or two in the car, just in case. If not, maybe a beach towel to put on the floor to sit on, if needed.
Bring any info about Bernie you think you might need. Not everyone who attends will have been posting and reading about Bernie every day.
Bright ideas, enthusiasm and encouragement.
When people say they cannot donate, remind them: Bernie asks for donations as small as $3.
MAYBE, a snack to share. A box of cookies or a few bunches of grapes. Bring a disposable serving item for your snack, too. You don't want the host spending the evening setting up a buffet. Nothing too loudly crunchy or too salty.
Comments as to whether the above suggestions are good or counter-productive? More suggestions?
Please keep this thread kicked today.
Most of all, ENJOY. He's running for us!
Posted by merrily | Wed Jul 29, 2015, 02:37 AM (7 replies)
However, if you really can't, I still love you.
Please remember to use Omaha Steve's link to donate here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie
Okay, Standers for Sanders
Again, please do not donate at the link to the video. Instead, please donate at Omaha Steve's DU link here: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/duforbernie
Now, here's the link to video: https://go.berniesanders.com/sneak-peek
Posted by merrily | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 08:20 AM (21 replies)
whose every other utterance is about disempowering billionaires. Even when the NJ offers us something that appears somewhat positive on the surface.
Once, the National Journal leaned left and was relatively above board. No more on either count.
The National Journal receives substantial financial support from the Gates Foundation ($240,000+) to provide coverage of education-related issues that are of interest to the Gates Foundation and its frequent partner in education policy initiatives, the Lumina Foundation. Critics have suggested that this funding may lead to biased coverage and have noted the Lumina Foundation's connections to the private student loan company Sallie Mae. Gates-funding of the National Journal is not always disclosed in articles or editorials about the Gates Foundation or Bill Gates, or in coverage of white papers by other Lumina or Gates Foundation grantees, such as the New America Foundation.
* The AP Has a Ron Fournier Problem.
Posted by merrily | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 04:41 AM (0 replies)
As candidate for re-election for Mayor, with no money to speak of and no party backing, he got re-elected as many times as he ran. That is a sign that he was effective for his constituents. Republicans and Democrats grew so frustrated that they joined to back one candidate between them. He won anyway.
He also won when he ran for the House, despite no money to speak of and no party backing.
During his very first year in the House, he founded the Progressive Caucus and chaired it for 8 years. It is the largest Caucus in either house of Congress, including the New Democrat Coalition, except for the general Republican Caucus and Democratic Caucus. (The New Democrat Coalition was formed well after the Progressive Caucus. He is still a member, though he has not been chair since his election to the Senate.
How creative! And how better for an indie to be effective in the massive House? (At its largest, the Caucus had 100 members.)
In the House, he got amendments passed. That is more than some Democrats and Republicans do and the best way to impact legislation as an Indie.
As a Senator, he continued to influence the House by continuing his participation in the Progressive Caucus--its only Senate member. (The Senate has no progressive caucus, only New Democrat). Additionally as the above article indicates, he has built relationship in both the Democratic Caucus, with which he caucuses, and the Republican Caucus. The DSCC will not support any Democrat who runs against him. Schumer, slated to be Democratic Leader has praised him, calling him an asset, as did Howard Dean, when Dean headed the DNC. Even though he did not join the Vermont Democratic Party, it gave him its nomination, which he declined. With relation to his run for POTUS, it has recognized him as a member, as has the DNC.
A deal he negotiated with John McCain about care of veterans is one of the case studies in effective negotiation taught at the Brookings Institute. John McCain praised his ability to get things done on Morning Joe within the last couple of weeks.
Don't be fooled by sucky media coverage. He is no lightweight curmudgeon with his glory days long behind him.
Posted by merrily | Tue Jul 28, 2015, 04:29 AM (0 replies)
Imagine this clash.
The billionaire who inflates his personal net worth by assigning a yooghe value to his name. The guy whose website says "Paid for by Bernie Sanders, not the billionaires."
The hair. A much mocked comb over versus a much mocked
Oh, sob. I can't discuss the hair. The campaign advisers ruined it. It's short and close to his head not straggly or wispy. It's Samson and Delilah all over again. Worse. I have a strong suspicion Bernie's using product now to keep his hair in place, rather than let it blow around every which way; and I'm pretty sure Samson didn't use product.
Anyway, back to the billionaire candidate vs. the "paid for by Bernie Sanders, not the billionaires" candidate.
Quick: who would most Americans choose?
Posted by merrily | Mon Jul 27, 2015, 09:28 AM (11 replies)