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Bernie! Bernie, bernie bernie bernie bernie bernie. Bernie: Bernie bernie

Why are some people so afraid that people like Senator Sanders?

He really seems to scare people. People here.

He's just one senator, guys. One old senator. One old senator who fights for some humaneness from the government. Who fights trickle down economics. Who likes the social safety net.

It's going to be ok - Sanders isn't going to come short sheet your beds when you aren't looking.

He's a great asset, ally, and friend to the best parts of the Democratic party and policies.

Enjoy him. He's fighting to make your lives better, too.

You can smear him all you want, but it is his IDEAS that are popular, and you can't change that by trying to throw out weird put downs or with purity tests that no other politician is measured by.

Relax already.

The GOP now controls Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Supreme Court

And they are clearly also completely corrupt, lawless, grifting, and power hungry.

And yet, we seem to expect that they are going to set up and allow elections in which the Democratic party could win back control.

Do we really expect that?

Do we really think they are willing to reap what they have sown with an angry electorate?

I, for one, don't think they will. They already cheat, gerrymander, suppress, and otherwise fuck up the vote. I expect epic levels of fraud for any elections to come.

Will we face a situation in 2018 where, gee, the outcome didn't match the polls beforehand, and the wave of Democratic victories mysteriously don't materialize? What will we do about that? It's happened often in the past, and each time the Democratic party just takes it.

Are we facing de facto one party rule from now on?

Do the leaders of the Democratic party even seem to understand this potentiality? Do they have a plan in place? Are they willing to fight for actual democracy where votes count?

I'd like to hear a little more awareness and strategy and fight from them about this.

Happy Zombie Jeebus Day, DU
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Sun Apr 16, 2017, 09:22 AM (7 replies)

The "Arrested Development" White House

Patriarch runs real estate company with family name, commits some "light treason".

Two nefarious sons who are clueless, greedy, lazy, and selfish.

One blonde daughter who is a daddy's girl.

Another sibling who is not that impressed with the family and its maturity level.

Patriarch's wife lives apart from him.

Their communications are being monitored by the government.

The only thing is, I can't see how Jared Kushner = Tobias Funke.

I know the Bluth's were originally based on the Bush's. But this seems an even better fit.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Thu Apr 13, 2017, 04:27 PM (15 replies)

That man was tased, and it will come out

You don't start shrieking like that unless you are being tased, or someone gets you in a nipple twist. Just wait.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Apr 12, 2017, 08:01 AM (10 replies)

Well, what do we expect the police to do?

I hear this question all over the media and sadly DU as well. A video emerges (because it has to be video before anyone gets upset about anything) with a police officer or a security officer tackling, beating, tasing, punching, wrestling, kicking, dragging, or otherwise pounding a part of a human being’s body into something solid.

The people who defend the police state, fascism, and authoritarianism show up and scratch their heads, and collectively ask, "Well, what do we expect the police to do? They issued an order, and the person didn’t obey them. Or didn’t obey them fast enough. Or didn’t obey them in the way they expected. Or walked away."

What do we expect the police to do? They issue orders, which the little fascists assume everyone must obey, and if they don’t obey, well, what can the police do? *scratches head* The only possible response in their minds is that the police or other authority figure must lay hands on them immediately, and grab and twist them, suppress and sedate them, taser and club them, bash them and beat them until compliance is achieved.

The actual answer to this question, and it applies to police dealing with black people, crazy people, dumb people, poor people, . . . . ALL people, is that we expect the police to TALK. To talk and talk and talk. To keep talking until they are blue in the face. To engage verbally. To establish and keep open communication. To create a dialog. To talk until an agreement or understanding can be reached. To talk, to talk, to talk. TALK.

THAT is what police officers or security officers or anyone else SHOULD DO if someone doesn't "comply" with their "orders". Unless someone is in immediate physical danger, you talk. Maybe in the end they will do what you want. Maybe you will find some other solution to the issue together. Laying hands on another person should be the ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT, and never done out of convenience or impatience. People's bodily integrity needs to be RESPECTED and MAINTAINED. This should be the number one criterion for judging how an encounter with law enforcement proceeds. Anything that breaches that integrity should be regarded as a failure, with attempts to change those encounters in the future.

There is a British show streaming on Netflix called “Happy Valley”. In the first episode, a distraught and not very bright young man is on a kids’ playground, threatening to light himself on fire. The protagonist, a middle-aged, working class, tough, and smart woman policeman . . . TALKS to him. She talks and she talks and she talks. And in the end, on this fictional show, the man’s life is saved, without a broken bone, without a crushed larynx, without a truncheoned leg. That is how a public servant needs to deal with a member of the public. Watching it, I thought with sadness how this encounter would end in the US.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Apr 11, 2017, 01:53 PM (35 replies)

Our new Science Fiction Dystopia

I read a lot of science fiction when I was younger. One very popular book, Snow Crash, by Neil Stephenson, predicted a lot about our current world, including social media, live streaming, virtual reality, and . . .

. . . the dissolving of our nation into a group of corporate city-states. That had their own territories, their own armies/security, their own rules and laws.

As I watched the United passenger being dragged off the plane, first screaming, and then ominously quiet, I flashed back on that book and felt the first real fear that this was happening in real time, to us, right before my eyes.

I feel like the state is about to dissolve away, leaving only corporations, who are free to exploit, poison, cheat, and manhandle people as much as they can, with obedience to them enforced at the end of a club and a taser.

Trump's self-destructive cabinet - or rather destructive of their own cabinet departments - signals the end of the rule of law, our government, our self-rule - in favor of the corporate "beings" who we've given more and more power over to since the supreme court rulings in the 70s that began to pave the way for all of this.

It is fascism. It is corporate rule with no appeal. It is the closing of the courts to mere citizens. It is the boot stomping a human face, forever.

United feels it can physically force screaming people to do what they order them to do. And who is going to stop them? Coca Cola? Apple? Halliburton? Because it sure as shit doesn't seem to be the government. How long before other corporations start demanding obedience and immediate compliance? Because our Justice Department is out to lunch.

Welcome to the world of Snow Crash, where corporations aren't merely the most powerful controlling forces of the government, but are indeed governments unto themselves.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Apr 11, 2017, 12:25 PM (7 replies)

Agreed in principle. But can't we also agree that hating Trump

Can be a bipartisan pasttime? Fun for the whole American family.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Fri Mar 24, 2017, 08:44 PM (2 replies)

TYT: How Democrats Should Fight Trump's Supreme Court Pick (Hint: Fight!) This is must watch

Cenk lays out what Democrats _should_ do, and what they probably _will_ do (as usual)

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Mar 21, 2017, 09:32 AM (1 replies)

Medicare for all is so much cheaper and simpler than subsidizing insurance companies

That the GOP could give their wealthy lords their tax break AND provide healthcare for everyone.

And increase freedom, happiness, and joy all over this country.

and they won't do it, of course.

But to be fair, neither did the Democrats.

The obvious answer is staring us in the face, and we can't, as a country, do it.
Posted by ProfessorPlum | Tue Mar 14, 2017, 10:38 AM (47 replies)

Steve Bannon Loves This "Shockingly Racist" Book (Young Turks)

This explains a hell of a lot. And horrifies.

TLDW: Bannon's guide in life seems to be a book called "The Camp of the Saints", a white supremacist fictional book about how a swarm of brown people invade France, and need to be exterminated. Thus our new immigration and enforcement policies.

Posted by ProfessorPlum | Wed Mar 8, 2017, 12:45 PM (8 replies)
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