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This is just a small comment

but I just returned from walking the local lake. When I returned to my car, a car parked directly
behind my car had a Bernie bumper sticker! I marveled at how there were 2 parked cars up
here with Bernie bumper stickers! California may be blue, but this county is quite red. It was
just a cheap thrill.
Posted by leftcoastmountains | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 07:58 PM (14 replies)

Hey, Hillary Clinton! Lay off the Republican talking points.

Hillary Clinton is apparently so assured of victory in the Democratic presidential primary that she is already positioning herself to sell out the left. One of her campaign flacks recently picked a fight with Bernie Sanders' campaign on taxes, claiming that his health care plan would mean huge tax increases and a decrease in take-home pay for the middle class.

This is extremely depressing.

Not only is Clinton already playing into the stereotype that she is nothing but a will-to-power human void, she is utterly mistaken on the merits. She would do well to stop validating Republican arguments.

Sanders has consistently been in favor of a single-payer health care system — or Medicare for all. (Listen to him give a valiant but doomed speech on the issue back in 2009, when ObamaCare was in the process of being passed.) He has rightly argued that Medicare for everyone would mean an increase in the average quality of health care for most people, particularly for those towards the bottom of the income ladder. When you look at the functioning-but-janky ObamaCare exchanges, or the performance of Medicare compared to the rest of the health care system, or the performance of similar programs across the world, this is simply inarguable.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 02:54 PM (20 replies)

Additional link to Bernie's speech this morning (Bernie2016tv)

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Thu Nov 19, 2015, 02:25 PM (2 replies)

BET to Livestream Criminal Justice Forum Featuring Ben Carson, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley

On Saturday, Nov. 21, BET.com will be livestreaming the 20/20 Leaders of America's forum on issues related to criminal justice. The forum will feature a panel of 2016 presidential candidates, including Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.

“BET Networks continues to make a concerted effort to mobilize the significant voting bloc of unregistered African-Americans and encourage them to sign up and get to the polls," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks. "Joining forces with the 20/20 Leaders of America, a dominant voice in the conversation around issues of justice, provides our audience with a platform for comprehensive dialogue on the topics that matter most in the community."

BET correspondent Jeff Johnson will host the forum, and it all kicks off at 1P/12C at Allen University, an HBCU in Columbia, South Carolina.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Nov 18, 2015, 10:04 PM (5 replies)

Need a pick me up? Feeling down? Try these videos.



Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Nov 18, 2015, 06:53 PM (1 replies)

TIME Person of the Year Reader’s Poll Results — Updating Results

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Nov 18, 2015, 05:14 PM (17 replies)

Bernie's smiling face adorns the cover of the new Rolling Stone magazine! What a great photo!

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Wed Nov 18, 2015, 04:59 PM (37 replies)

Why the Postal Workers are for Bernie-The Big Picture (youtube)

Published on Nov 17, 2015

Mark Dimondstein, America Postal Workers Union (APWU) joins Thom. Although he's one of labor's closest allies in the Senate - Bernie Sanders has so far received the backing of just two major unions. But could an endorsement from the Postal Workers Union change all that?

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Nov 17, 2015, 07:33 PM (0 replies)

What Americans thought of Jewish refugees on the eve of World War II

The results of the poll illustrated above by the useful Twitter account @HistOpinion were published in the pages of Fortune magazine in July 1938. Fewer than 5 percent of Americans surveyed at the time believed that the United States should raise its immigration quotas or encourage political refugees fleeing fascist states in Europe — the vast majority of whom were Jewish — to voyage across the Atlantic. Two-thirds of the respondents agreed with the proposition that "we should try to keep them out."

[Full coverage of the attacks in Paris]

To be sure, the United States was emerging from the Great Depression, hardly a climate in which ordinary folks would welcome immigrants and economic competition. The events of Kristallnacht — a wave of anti-Jewish pogroms in areas controlled by the Nazis — had yet to take place. And the poll's use of the term "political refugees" could have conjured in the minds of the American public images of communists, anarchists and other perceived ideological threats.

But look at the next chart, also tweeted by @HistOpinion. Two-thirds of Americans polled by Gallup’s American Institute of Public Opinion in January 1939 — well after the events of Kristallnacht — said they would not take in 10,000 German Jewish refugee children.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue Nov 17, 2015, 04:04 PM (1 replies)

Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. (youtube)

Uploaded on Aug 4, 2006

Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech on Jan.17,1961.
Warning us of the military industrial complex.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon Nov 16, 2015, 09:53 PM (6 replies)
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