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Bernie operatives -- PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!!!

My mother is an 87-year old Georgia native who was on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement in the South. She and my Daddy come from politically prominent Southern families and they were frequently on national news and written about in major news publications during the 60's. She is politically very savvy. AND she is a Bernie supporter.

She has donated to the Bernie campaign and has endorsed him in every way. She has never signed on to the Hillary campaign, never given money, never offered any support (although she has said she will stand 100% behind her if she becomes the democrat nominee.)

She came to stay with my family over Christmas, and while here, she checked her email on her iPad. Lo and behold there was an email from Hillary Clinton thanking her for her support and expressing how much that means to her. My mother was dumbfounded. SHE HAS NEVER GIVEN HER EMAIL ADDRESS OR ANY OTHER INFO TO THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN. She felt violated and kept asking, "How do they have my information? I have only given that to the Sander's campaign." I told her that I had read of other instances since the "data breach" where Sander's supporters were suddenly being solicited by the Hillary campaign. She has since received 2 other emails from Hillary's campaign soliciting money, and she doesn't know how to stop them.


Thank you.

ON EDIT: A number of post below have asked if my Mom has made other donations to the DNC or signed any petitions. Bernie is the first campaign my mother has ever donated money to, and she never signs any petitions of any kind.

10 G.O.P. Debate Quotes, From Fear-Mongering to Simply Bizarre

10 G.O.P. Debate Quotes, From Fear-Mongering to Simply Bizarre
By HumanOfEarth
Wednesday Dec 16, 2015 8:58 AM EST


Donald Trump

“Our country is out of control. People are pouring across the southern border.”

Illegal immigration from Mexico has “come to a standstill.”


Chris Christie

"When I stand across from King Hussein of Jordan and I say to him, 'You have a friend again sir, who will stand with you to fight this fight,' he'll change his mind."

King Hussein of Jordan has been dead since 1999.


Ted Cruz

“When you are letting people in, when the FBI can't vet them, it puts American citizens at risk.”

The FBI is more than capable of vetting refugees.

“The United States can vet the refugees through a process that involves the FBI as well as the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense and other agencies. The vetting process can take up to two years, in which refugees undergo several rounds of security clearance checks.”


Marco Rubio

“...Around the world, America's influence has declined while this president has destroyed our military...”

Barack Obama has increased drone strikes in Pakistan, and expanded them to Somalia and Yemen.

The United States is building aircrafts, long-range bombers, additional aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, and modernizing our nuclear weapons.

Obama has created a program to build the most expensive aircraft ever: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Our military is a far cry from “destroyed.”


Donald Trump

“But I've been talking about oil for three years. I've been saying, ‘Take the oil, take the oil.’

I didn't say, ‘Just bomb it.’ I said, ‘Take it and use it’…

People, I've been saying this now for many years.

Now, all of a sudden everybody's saying, ‘take the oil.’ It wasn't so fashionable to take the oil six months ago. I've been saying it for years.”

Yes, Trump is actually proclaiming as a positive his long-term goal of ravaging foreign countries to rob them of their natural resources.

He is the only candidate on this stage who’s been calling for murder and thievery for years.

Vote Trump!


Ben Carson

(Hugh Hewitt: “Could you order air strikes that would kill innocent children by not the scores, but the hundreds and the thousands?”)

“...You should see the eyes of some of those children when I say to them we're going to have to open your head up and take out this tumor...They don't like me very much at that point. But later on, they love me...

“...Later on… they really realize what's going on. And by the same token, you have to be able to look at the big picture and understand that it's actually merciful if you go ahead and finish the job, rather than death by 1,000 pricks.”

(“So you are OK with the deaths of thousands of innocent children and civilian?”)

“You got it. You got it.”

(“That is what war -- can you be as ruthless as Churchill was in prosecuting the war against the Nazis?”)

“Ruthless is not necessarily the word I would use, but tough, resolute, understanding what the problems are...”

“Ruthless” is not “the word [Carson] would use” to describe the murder of “thousands of innocent children and civilians.” Akin to kids being treated by a doctor, Carson thinks the people whose babies and family members he plans to execute in cold blood will actually “love” him once “they really realize what’s going on.”

The man is, in all seriousness, telling the American people that the massacre of innocent human life is the same thing as curing kids of tumors, and that human beings on this planet will be grateful to him, will think him “merciful,” for murdering their loved ones.

These insane delusions are insanely dangerous.

A presidential candidate of the United States, a prospective leader of this country, is genuinely proposing that we “go ahead and finish the job” to obliterate the Middle East—

civilians, children, cities, and all.

My heart is breaking.

My country is making the world bleed. My country is a murderer of babes and innocents.

We must stop this madness.

We must stop it now.


Ted Cruz

“Well, you know, I'm reminded of what FDR's grandfather said.

He said, ‘All horse-thieves are Democrats, but not all Democrats are horse-thieves.’

In this instance, there are millions of peaceful Muslims across the world, in countries like India, where there is not the problems we are seeing in nations that are controlled.”

So… all terrorists are Muslims, but not all Muslims are terrorists?

What about the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting committed by Robert Lewis Dear, a Christian fanatic who posted online, “Turn to Jesus or burn in hell…WAKE UP SINNERS U CAN’T SAVE YOURSELF U WILL DIE AN WORMS SHALL EAT YOUR FLESH”?

What about Timothy McVeigh, Paul Jennings Hill, or Justin Carl Moose, the self-professed "Christian counterpart to Osama bin Laden,” arrested for conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic?

What about Jim David Adkisson, the Christian Right sympathizer who was motivated by “a hatred of liberals, Democrats, and gays” to walk into a Tennessee church during a children’s play and begin shooting?

What about Eric Rudolph, James Charles Kopp, John C. Salvi, or Joseph Stack?

What of the Christian terrorists who are assaulting the people of this country?

I don’t ever hear you speak about them.

Ted Cruz, you are further dividing America, by both political party and religion.

You did not make a joke, but a string of prejudiced sentences.


Donald Trump

“When you had the World Trade Center go, people were put into planes – that were friends, family, girlfriends – and they were sent back for the most part to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television.”

The first time Trump made this claim, he used “wives” instead of “girlfriends,” but, since the media has pointed out almost all of the 19 terrorists were unmarried, he has now adapted to “girlfriends.”

Either way he is wrong— the hijackers had largely cut off contact with their families, and none had “friends, family, girlfriends” in the United States who were “put into planes” back to “Saudi Arabia.”
Trump is selling fear, portraying all Muslims as gleeful about Western deaths (as if Muslims are not Westerners) so the American people will become afraid, and vote Donald Trump into office, the one and only person who can save us and make America great again (remind me when that “again” was?).


Carly Fiorina

“And I will not speak to [Putin] personally until we've rebuilt the 6th Fleet a little bit right under his nose; rebuilt the missile defense program in Poland right under his nose; and conducted a few military exercises in the Baltic states.”

The 6th Fleet is already growing, the Obama administration is already in the process of placing 24 antic-ballistic missile interceptors in Poland, and the last military exercise in the Baltic Sea was a widely publicized event held in June, with 17 countries and 5,600 ground, naval, and air force personnel involved.


Jeb Bush

“Because I — first of all, I know what I don't know. I know what I don't know. I would seek out, as I have, the best advice that exists.”

Tell me, Jeb, who exactly is going to be giving you this superb advice?

" target="_blank">Might it be the exact same people who worked in your father’s and brother’s administrations?

The very ones who pushed for the Iraq Warand helped pass the Bush tax cuts that the American people are still paying for today?

Might you be referring to Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley? To Meghan O’Sullivan and Tom Ridge?

Vote Jeb! Can Fix It Bush for President—He’s got no idea what the hell he’s talking about, but the people pulling his puppet strings sure do.


I'm just gonna leave this right here

I'm just gonna leave this right here
By MinistryOfTruth
Tuesday Dec 08, 2015 12:38 PM EST

[blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"][p lang="en" dir="ltr"]New test: replace the word "Muslims" with "Jews" and then ask yourself "Do I sound like a fucking Nazi?"

— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) [a href="https://twitter.com/JesseLaGreca/status/673280186083840000">December 5, 2015[/a]

Not much more to add today. Will try to expand on this idea tomorrow.

Peace and love. We sure as hell need it.


Does anyone know how to embed a tweet on DU?

I'd sure appreciate the help.

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Made Comment About 'No More Baby Parts': Sources

Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Made Comment About 'No More Baby Parts': Sources
NBC News

The day after a gunman killed three people and shot nine others at a Colorado Planned Parenthood office, officials tell NBC News a motive remains unclear, but say the suspect talked about politics and abortion.

Robert Lewis Dear, a North Carolina native who was living in a trailer in Colorado, made statements to police Friday at the scene of the Colorado Springs clinic and in interviews that law enforcement sources described as rantings.

In one statement, made after the suspect was taken in for questioning, Dear said "no more baby parts" in reference to Planned Parenthood, according to two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the case.

But the sources stressed that Dear said many things to law enforcement and the extent to which the "baby parts" remark played into any decision to target the Planned Parenthood office was not yet clear. He also mentioned President Barack Obama in statements...

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/planned-parenthood-shooting-suspect-made-comment-about-no-more-baby-n470706

This was predictable. Just like Sarah Palin and her crosshairs on a map, anyone with a brain knew a Democrat in one of those districts was going to get shot. The "baby parts" videos were FAKE, so why in God's name were they discussed on air and in congressional hearings as if they were real?? I completely hold the media and the republican party partially responsible for this shooting spree. WORDS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!! They are playing to most base emotions of rage and fear, and unhinged people run amok. They can't be surprised by this. They are promoting domestic terrorism. It's sick.

Hillary is ahead in the polls, true since day #1. But for pete's sake look at these numbers.

Hillary is ahead in the polls, true since day #1. But for pete's sake look at these numbers.
By Angela Marx
Sunday Nov 22, 2015 6:49 PM EST

Like most weekends here, it’s a cavalcade of Go! Bernie diaries.

Some data, a lot of hope and guaranteed sniping by SOME of the Hillary supporters who would like Sanders to just give up already. They are #ReadyforHillary to start the big show.

But something stands in the way of that desire.

It’s a numbers thing.

What all Sanders supporters must keep in mind, is that those numbers which seem to be so persuasive to the #Ready4Hillary camp aren’t static. Yes, her numbers continue to lead. But the history of those numbers since they started polling on the race a year ago?

Hillary has had a smallish, but continued downward trend, with what could be either a bounce up since Sept 24th, or a blip upwards (but we won’t know which, until at least a couple more polls take place). But still definitely lower than last year at this time.

Sanders, on the other hand, his direction has been upwards since last year this time. Likewise for O’Malley, even though his margins are tiny (even compared only to Sanders and not Clinton).

Statistics for the table and graph are taken from the Huffington Post Polling for the Democratic Primary.
(Sorry - there is no way to put up a decent graph. Click the link at the bottom to be able to read it better at the original source.)

OCT 2014 - NOV 2015 (LATEST IN each MONTH listed)

MONTH Clinton Sanders O’Malley
OCT 12 2014 62.7% 2.7% 1.0%
NOV 23 2014 62.2% 3.1% 0.8%
DEC 9 2014 61.7% 3.3% 0.8%
JAN 27 2015 60.5% 4.1% 1.00%
FEB 23 2015 60.0% 4.7% 1.2%
MARCH 31 2015 61.4% 6.5% 1.6%
APRIL 27 2015 61.6% 8.7% 1.6%
MAY 31 2015 59.7% 12.3% 1.5%
JUNE 29 2015 58.4% 15.9% 1.1%
JULY 30 2015 54.9% 18.0% 1.5%
AUG 30 2015 47.0% 23.4% 1.4%
SEPT 30 2015 44.4% 25.0% 1.1%
OCT 29 2015 53.5% 29.5% 2.0%
NOV 19 2015 55.2% 31.1% 3.0%

CLINTON 62.7 55.2 - 7.5%
SANDERS 2.7 31.1 + 28.4
O’MALLEY 1.0 3.0 + 2.0

Those numbers, even though Sanders has made up a lot of ground, still show Hillary Clinton with a pretty commanding double digit lead, right? They also show O’Malley’s numbers so low that I wonder why he hasn’t dropped out yet...

But the trending pattern is quite easy to see in the graph below, showing the past year’s polling results.

What they show is a trend which I think Sanders supporters see, but Clinton supporters do not.

That Clinton’s numbers are fairly static, but Sanders are dynamic and growing more as time goes by.

Which makes the only reasonable question
: Can Sanders put himself in striking distance in enough states by Super Tuesday?

So far as I can see the answer is maybe, but that’s a maybe dependent upon Sanders winning at least one and more likely both New Hampshire and Iowa — which could give him the boost to win South Carolina and/or Nevada.

And so long as that word is maybe and not NO, Bernie still has my primary vote.


Why can't I find any online polls regarding tonight's forum? Weird.

A part of me can't help but wonder if maybe the media outlets don't want them. No focus groups either. Hmmm,..

Maybe I just haven't found them. Does anyone know?

CNN : What is democratic socialism, American-style?

Fri Nov 06, 2015 at 04:17 AM PST
CNN : What is democratic socialism, American-style?
by dkmich

I have absolutely nothing to add to this CNN article by Peter Dreier other than read it. It has some great pictures of the US from earlier days, and it IS the commercial Bernie Sanders should make.

Below the squiggle is a fair use quote to introduce this well written and historical look at democratic socialialism in America. At the end, follow the link and read the whole thing. Whether you are a Bernie Sanders supporter, history buff, or just reality based, you will find this article a great read.

Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is generating lots of media attention, the word "socialism" is in the news. But few Americans know what it is or what Sanders means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist."

In the early 1900s, socialists led the movements for women's suffrage, child labor laws, consumer protection laws and the progressive income tax. In 1916, Victor Berger, a socialist congressman from Milwaukee, sponsored the first bill to create "old age pensions." The bill didn't get very far, but two decades later, in the midst of the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt persuaded Congress to enact Social Security. Even then, some critics denounced it as un-American. But today, most Americans, even conservatives, believe that Social Security is a good idea. What had once seemed radical has become common sense.

Much of FDR's other New Deal legislation -- the minimum wage, workers' right to form unions and public works programs to create jobs for the unemployed -- was first espoused by American socialists.

Socialists were in the forefront of the civil rights movement from the founding of the NAACP in 1909 through the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Socialists have long pushed for a universal health insurance plan, which helped create the momentum for stepping-stone measures such as Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s and Obamacare today.

In the 1890s, a socialist Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy, wrote "The Pledge of Allegiance" and a socialist poet, Katherine Lee Bates, penned "America the Beautiful." Throughout our history, some of the nation's most influential activists and thinkers, such as Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, Eugene V. Debs, and Gloria Steinem, embraced democratic socialism.

Is democratic socialism the right path for America?


New "Gene Editing" Technique Clears Dying Baby of Leukemia

Thu Nov 05, 2015 at 06:11 PM PST
New "Gene Editing" Technique Clears Dying Baby of Leukemia
by Lib Dem FoP

Layla Foley was 14 weeks old when she was diagnosed as having an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Despite several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, the cancer returned. Shortly before her first birthday her parents were advised to consider palliative end of life care. Then the doctors told them of an experimental treatment being developed at the hospital and they agreed to try it. Layla became the first patient worldwide to have a new form of "gene editing" treatment. After another bone marrow transplant, she is currently clear of cancer.

The treatment involves using “molecular scissors” to edit genes and create designer immune cells programmed to hunt out and kill drug-resistant leukaemia.

Only one vial of the treatment was available for Layla. An emergency ethics committee meeting was called to seek immediate approval for the treatment.

Layla’s father, Ashleigh Richards, 30, a driver, said: “It was scary to think that the treatment had never been used in a human before but, even with the risks, there was no doubt that we wanted to try the treatment. She was sick and in lots of pain so we had to do something.”

Layla was given a small 1ml infusion of genetically engineered cells, known as Ucart19 cells. She developed a rash, as doctors expected, but otherwise seemed well.

The doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children (GOSH) are cautiously optimistic this could provide a new and effective treatment for the most common cancer in children. It is also possible that it will be effective on a range of other drug-resistant cancers but this is only the very start of using the technique and will need to be shown to work long term.

Dr Paul Veys, from Great Ormond Street, said the transformation was one of the most remarkable things he'd seen in 20 years: "We're in a wonderful place compared to where we were five months ago, but that doesn't mean cure.

"The only way we will find out if this is a cure is by waiting that one or two years, but even having got this far from where we were is a major, major step."

He described the run of events as "almost like a miracle".

Layla's story is being presented at the American Society of Haematology, but this is only a single case that has not been tested in a clinical trial.

The team developing the technique came from GOSH, University College of London (UCL), UCL's Institute of Child Health and the French biotech company Cellectis. GOSH's press release explains in more detail.

The treatment works by adding new genes to healthy donor T-cells, which arm them against leukaemia. Using molecular tools (TALEN®) that act like very accurate scissors, specific genes are then cut in order to make the T-cells behave in two specific ways. Firstly, the cells became invisible to a powerful leukaemia drug that would usually kill them and secondly they are reprogrammed to only target and fight against leukaemia cells.

The team at GOSH and the UCL ICH, along with investigators at University College London and biotech company Cellectis, had been developing ‘off-the-shelf’ banks of these donor T-cells and the first of which was due to be used for final stage testing ahead of clinical trials. But, after hearing about this infant, the team received special permission to try the new treatment early.

Professor Waseem Qasim, Professor of Cell and Gene Therapy at UCL ICH and Consultant Immunologist at GOSH, explains: "The approach was looking incredibly successful in laboratory studies, and so when I heard there were no options left for treating this child’s disease, I thought ‘why don’t we use the new UCART19 cells?’

"The treatment was highly experimental and we had to get special permissions, but she appeared ideally suited for this type of approach."

The patient’s parents were also keen to try the treatment. Mum, Lisa, says: "We didn’t want to accept palliative care and so we asked the doctors to try anything for our daughter, even if it hadn’t been tried before."

The treatment consisted of 1ml of UCART19 cells delivered via intravenous line in around 10 minutes. After the cells had been delivered, the patient spent several months in isolation to protect her from infections while her immune system was extremely weak. Throughout this time, the patient stayed generally well.

After several weeks there were signs that the treatment was working. Professor Paul Veys, Director of bone marrow transplant at GOSH and the patient’s lead clinician, says: "As this was the first time that the treatment had been used, we didn’t know if or when it would work and so we were over the moon when it did. Her leukaemia was so aggressive that such a response is almost a miracle."

Once doctors were confident that the leukaemia cells had been removed, the patient was given a bone marrow transplant to replace her entire blood and immune system which had been wiped out by the treatment. The child is now recovering well at home, although she returns to GOSH regularly to check that her bone marrow cells are healthy and blood counts continuing to normalise.

Full clinical trials funded by Cellectis are now being planned to test UCART19 cells in larger groups of patients and are set to begin early in 2016. In light of the recent bad news about price hikes for generic drugs, the statement by the company is particularly interesting:

“Cellectis main objective is to provide cancer patients with an accessible, cost-effective, off-the-shelf allogeneic CAR-T therapies across all geographies. With clinical trial for the first gene-edited UCART on the horizon, it could be the beginning of a revolution in cancer immunotherapy,” says Dr. André Choulika, Chairman and CEO of Cellectis.

GOSH is one of the world's leading centers for the treatment of children. You may recognize the name from the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony where patients and staff from GOSH joined other NHS workers in celebrating universal health care and children's literature. As well as British NHS patients, it takes children from all over the world, often funded by their home governments. Part of its charity collecting is used to build hotel type accommodation so parents can stay far from home while their children receive treatment. UCL and UCLICH are of course also government funded institutions and, working in cooperation with the French company, have developed this treatment.

The cost to Layla's parents of all her hospital treatment was of course nothing but in return for their courage in allowing the experimental treatment they have got back something priceless, Layla's life from her first birthday. Let's hope this will be a long one and that her pioneering treatment will save many more in the future.


Breaking news: Michael J Fox arrested for insider sports betting

Breaking news: Michael J Fox arrested for insider sports betting
Posted on October 21, 2015


Los Angeles—Michael J Fox was arrested Wednesday morning in relation to insider sports betting on DraftKings.

Fox aroused suspicion after achieving a statistically-impossible, perfect record on the site under the username NoChicken.

Authorities found an unusually worn copy of a sports almanac which was just recently printed and which has markings cataloging winning bets Fox has placed since the late 80’s.

“The operating theory is that the Back to the Future films were really documentaries from an original, prime timeline,” said NASA astrophysicist Barry Manilow. “The implications are heavy. It is suspected that we are living in an alternate 2015, as there are no flying cars and there are only four Jaws movies. We can only assume that we are forever stunted as a society. The amount of lives lost due to our lack of progress in technology and medicine is unfathomable. Worst of all, instead of hoverboards, this sad reality is limited to the Swagway...”

MORE ON THIS BREAKING NEWS STORY HERE: http://stubhillnews.com/2015/10/21/michael-j-fox-arrested/
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