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A very interesting post in Populist Reform Group

RobertPaulson (remember him?) posted some research.

Be sure to go to his blog for the full story!

DAYUM Dude Everyone needs to read the whole thing.

I just got the time to read the whole piece.

My favorite lines:
It's just as important to wake Americans up to the reality that black Americans are being killed by police at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow era lynchings as it is to wake Americans up to the reality that 1% of the American population owns 48% of the wealth.

That's just it! Nail meet Hammer and 50 other cliche'd utterances.

Thanks for a cogent reminder of what to expect. I'd love to hear any ideas you have about the forms those attacks on Bernie might have. Forewarned is forearmed, eh?

Oh, BTW I can't allow myself to think about your last paragraph, I would go mental.

Come join us in the Bernie group as well.

Why Bernie matters

Political donor and billionaire Charles Koch just had the sheer nerve to compare his ultra-conservative organization’s efforts to dismantle America’s public institutions and all government regulations to the fight to end slavery and secure equal rights for women and minorities.


Disguising his dangerous libertarian agenda with a few feel-good statements, Koch said, “We aim … to remove the shackles preventing all Americans, especially the disadvantaged, from pursuing their dreams.”

Bernie has consistently called these guys out. Together, we can break the oligarchy* and accomplish so much more to improve the lives of so many.

Join us.

*: Jimmy fucking Carter called the US government an oligarchy so I don't want to hear any shit that we aren't.
Posted by hootinholler | Mon Aug 3, 2015, 05:48 PM (1 replies)

So I called Bernie's campaign last night

I just didn't want him to miss out on all of the great advice he's getting here from camp weathervane because I know he can't afford to focus group all of his positions before he states them.

I think they are packing up and going home since they finally recognized that they can't possibly win.

How the fuck should I know? I'm just a lilly-white middle aged fat guy.

I don't know what to make of this whole BLM dustup, and by that I don't mean the BLM organization or the facts that prompted it, but the current brouhaha smells like a political operation.

The Bernie don't like PoC notion started from the right the day he held his announcement rally. It was picked up by some of Hillary's surrogates and echoed by her supporters "not good enough," etc. WARNING: There is a graphic photo of a black man portrayed as a hunting trophy at that link. A despicable (IMHLWO) attempt to subliminally associate Bernie with racism. Now it's morphed into Bernie isn't humble enough whatever the fuck that means.

Mean while, since before the not good enough thing, Bernie has been talking about these issues, but apparently he hasn't been heard. For instance, regarding Fergusson on June 6th:

Even earlier in August of 2014, and since, he has repeatedly pointed out the evils of the prison industrial complex, the effects of militarized police, but all that is discussed is that he only speaks to economic justice like they aren't intertwined. That all seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

And a number of times including today on MTP when Chuckie Toadlicker set a false preamble to his question on social justice.

Yet, after Bernie said explicitly what has been implied and I thought was understood, is being represented as Bernie finally reaches out to the black community. All I can really say about that is go figure, but then again I'm a middle age lilly-white fat guy, so what the fuck do I know about these things, but I am happy that his message about social justice is finally being heard.

From my side of my lilly-white filter, it all sounds rather contrived. Like a couple of BLM activists were egged on and caught up in their passion for their movement? Fuck, I don't know about that but what does it mean if that wasn't the case? I think it could mean that the BLM movement is rejecting the candidate that is best equipped to advance their cause, and that, if true, gives me a sad because he is the best candidate to address what I care about in addition to people being persecuted for breathing while black.

I've probably rambled on long enough to piss off everyone, so have at it. I remain totally confused by all this shit that just doesn't fit together. Like I don't have enough pieces of the puzzle for it to make sense.

Because Woody would so be there

I think Bernie's supporters should start singing "This Land Is Your Land" while waiting for Bernie to come to the stadium.

I suspect that Woody "This machine Kills Fascists" Guthrie would approve whole heartedly, both of the use of his epic song and Bernie's candidacy.

Plus what is more American than a sing-along? Maybe we should form filking groups for mass transit.

Why would you follow a weather vane?

It just shows you where the wind is coming from, spinning as the winds change. It won't help you escape the path of a storm.

When you need to know what direction to move, you need a compass. A pointer that is rock steady in where it aims without regard to the winds. A thing that has always pointed that direction. An instrument that can help you find your bearings and help you find a path to your goals.

That's quite the headline

Then there's this, I'm shocked.

Crowd count was 5,500 in a New York City metroplex with 8.4 million – barely more than the 5,000 Bernie Sanders drew in Burlington, Vermont, which is home to just 42,000

I hope they are wrong on the count.

I'm starting to feel bad for Hillary Supporters

That video (not my headline) was Bernie's message to the Wisconsin Democratic Party's convention. The subsequent straw poll came out putting Bernie 8 points off Hillary, and she didn't crack 50% support.

I've never been one to support a frontrunner, so I've never directly experienced an evaporating lead, but I bet it's frustrating as hell. You have my sympathies, I think it could be quite harrowing.

All y'all are welcome to join us on the right side of history anytime. Sorry, that's just like my opinion there. I actually do believe that Bernie is on the right side of history. Here's why.

Bernie is talking about building an actual Grass Roots Progressive National Coalition. Think about that for a minute. Who was the last person to effectively do such a thing? What was the result? To my memory, it was Dr. King. Do I really need to talk about the second question? I will say I don't much like the end game there.

Before that? FDR had a pretty good one.

History has treated them both fairly well.

Together, we finally have someone who can give a focal point such that we are enabled to set things right, even if only for a while. For a generation. I'll take that result. FDR's revolution lasted about a generation and there are still pieces there to be built upon. I'll take that. I want to be a part of making that happen. I don't want my kids worrying about health care anymore. I don't want my kids having to raise outrageous sums just to be educated. I don't want my grandchildren living underground because the surface is too dangerous because of heat or storms.

Bernie understands that the coalition needs to be engaged continuously, not just during elections. If we can't get him a proper congress in this election, he will have it for the mid-term election.

I'll take that We The People actually means People for a while and I finally see an opportunity to make that happen. I finally think it might actually be possible.

So, come to the dark side, we have beer and travel money owed.
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