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Sorry Sen. Sanders, But Most Ds Are Quite Happy With the D Party As Is

And it's not because we necessarily reject all of the things you say about the D Party. It's because a lot of the things you say that the D Party needs to do IT IS ALREADY DOING.

The modern D Party has always stood up for the middle class. Always stood up for the disadvantaged. Always stood up for minorities, women and for economic equality. Do not deceive yourself into believing for a second that these issues were not known of and championed by the Democratic Party long before you decided to register as a D last April.

Frankly, you insult ALL Democrats when you say the the party "has to start" doing this, that or the other thing, when we have been doing this, that or the other thing for decades (that would have been during those decades when you were NOT a Democrat).

Maybe you missed what we've been doing because, well, you weren't a Democrat. Maybe caucusing with the Democrats isn't the same as actually BEING a Democrat. Maybe sitting on the back benches of the Senate as an Indy, never having to take a principled Party stand that might hurt you politically is not the way to stay on top of what the Ds are doing at any given moment.

When you talk about changing the Party, or about the need for a political revolution, you ignore what the Party actually stands for. You ignore the Democratic revolution that has happened over the past eight years in the form of Barack Obama. Rescuing the economy, getting us out of wars, killing OBL, saving the auto industry, getting unemployment to historic lows, passing the ACA and expanding Medicaid, making LGBT rights the law of the land, restoring our standing on the world stage - all while the stock market soared to new heights - is pretty effing revolutionary stuff after decades of RW disaster.

And guess what? It didn't take a "political revolution" for all that revolutionary stuff to happen. All it took was good old establishment Ds elected to office by the good old established rank-n-file Ds so they could do the good work that benefits the majority of the populace.

We've heard for 8 years that the country is "angry," and you have picked up on that mantra. Well, that mantra is code for saying "I'm pissed that a black man got elected president." It started with the Tea Party and the corporatists that funded them, it was spread through the conservative population and repeated by the media to the point where even Democrats began to feel angry. Angry about what? About all the things President Obama has accomplished in 8 years? Angry that gay people can get married? Angry that more Americans have jobs and healthcare, and that gas is cheap? Angry that we're not involved in major wars? Angry that bin Laden was finally taken out? Angry that states are starting to raise the minimum wage? Angry that the stock market has tripled in value? Angry that racism is being exposed in this country and called out for being anti-American? Angry that the Republican Party is imploding before our eyes?

Just what do you think Democrats are angry about, Sen Sanders?

We're not angry. We're elated. Elated that Hillary Clinton has won the nomination. Elated that Hillary Clinton will be our first female president. Elated that the good work done by President Obama will continue. Elated that for the first time in years, a lot of us are feeling that America's best days are still to come.

THAT is the reality of the Democratic Party that you have failed to recognize. And that's why you are not our nominee for the office of President of the United States.

Rant over.

Vincent T. Bugliosi, Manson Prosecutor and True-Crime Author, Dies at 80

Source: NY Times

Vincent T. Bugliosi, who successfully prosecuted the cult leader Charles Manson and several acolytes for the savage murders of the actress Sharon Tate and six other people in August 1969, then became a best-selling writer of true-crime books, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 80.

He had been treated for cancer, his son, Vincent Jr., told The Associated Press in confirming the death.

The killings of Ms. Tate and four others in the early morning of Aug. 9, 1969, and the murders of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca early the next morning terrified people in Los Angeles and horrified the American public.

The victims were stabbed repeatedly. Some were also shot. Ms. Tate, 26, who was married to the director Roman Polanski and was eight months pregnant, begged for her life before being stabbed, one of the killers, Susan Atkins, recalled later.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/10/us/vincent-t-bugliosi-manson-prosecutor-and-true-crime-author-dies-at-80.html?_r=0urce

He wrote THE definitive book on the JFK assassination.

Another Obamacare Success Story - And It's Personal

I've already documented my own great experience under the CA Medicaid expansion provided for under the ACA. In short, my high blood pressure is now totally under control (153/85 now down to 122/60) and I'm being treated for a pre-diabetic condition, with changes to diet and some medications.

But today, I want to talk about my wife, who is a cancer survivor of close to 9 years. We were on her COBRA until last summer when the 18-month COBRA window expired. In the final two years of annual check-ups/mammograms, it was recommended that she have surgery to remove a pre-cancerous tissue clump in the breast that had the cancer 9 years ago. We couldn't afford the surgery because the co-pay was ridiculously high (over $5000 a year in premiums paid, but we couldn't afford the out-of-pocket for her to have the surgery). With me not working, we rolled the dice and hoped things didn't take a turn for the worse.

But now we're on Kaiser Permanente through Obamacare, so my wife is going through the usual tests. The condition is still there and is still pre-cancerous. The difference is that under Obamacare, she can now have the surgery AT NO COST TO US. So, she'll have the surgery in July, followed by radiation treatment.

The thing is that KP only has radiation treatments available in LA and Ontario, and she's supposed to go 5 days a week for a couple of weeks. That's a bit much for us living in OC (KP is building a new facility in Anaheim, but it isn't done). However, under CalOptima Medicaid, you are allowed to change your provider every 30 days if you so wish. So, we could simply elect for my wife to go with a provider that offers radiation that's closer to home, returning to KP as provider once the treatments are done. Or, we could see if she can wait on the treatments until the Anaheim center opens. Or, we could see if an out-of-network option was available...which would cost us something.

IMO, this is what Obamacare is all about. Think of the million of Americans who are not able to get the same care that my wife is getting, all because some RW Christian politician is a racist who is keeping the Medicaid expansion from becoming a reality in their state for one reason: Obama is black.

Again, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU, MR PRESIDENT!!
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