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Progressive in the Midwest, a transplant from both coasts, homesick for the eastern one. Traipsing the line between calling it like I see it and knowing when to keep my thoughts to myself. *note: I slip a lot.

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Something to keep in mind today

They may control public perception but they do not control the truth. All we have to do is keep a light on the truth.

The problem of skepticism and the revolution, and our part in it

I've talked with family members and others that can't make the big leap to believe that people will, in fact, wage a revolution. Some may not believe we can create the future we believe in, there's not much we can do about that. But I've noticed that some people know we can, but don't believe we will. So, it got me thinking about faith in our fellow countrymen and women. Humor me here, it's nothing new but it's crucial that we give it serious consideration. Not to be preachy but here is something to think about this weekend:

Some people are naturally skeptical, some less so. In either case, faith in others is required if one is to believe a revolution is possible. People have to step up and, too often, people assume others will do the work so they don't step up. For those that think we cannot wage a revolution, we must make it obvious that we can and will before the election. Be aware of the bystander effect where people assume that someone else will do the thing that needs to be done. Take the time to learn how it works and think about how we overcome it. Especially when we are talking about a large population. I'm not sure which is worse, the diffusion of responsibility itself or the reinforcement of skepticism that follows. It's a vicious cycle, we must break it.

Read about the bystander effect and diffusion of responsibility here. http://psychology.about.com/od/dindex/f/diffusion-of-responsibility.htm

Or do your own googling on it.

Happy Friday, everybody!

Bernie 2016!!

Edited to add: I forgot to mention the one-click call your rep apps available now.

Just got this link from someone about campaigning in the south

It's good advice, y'all


Pics from KC rally

This took entirely too long, I am getting old lol

I had to create a new account so I could share them and then I had to learn how to use imgur. Better late than never.

Note: I am not a professional photographer and most of the pictures are not very good, I deleted many but kept a few. I also missed a few opportunities, hindsight 20/20, for great images but was busy. I was, after all, enjoying myself and didn't really want to bury myself in my phone.

Last I heard there were 7100 people there, which for KC is pretty damn good. Oklahoma with 20k though, damn!! Bernin it up in OK.


BLM activist interrupts Clinton event to bring light to an issue the corporate media ignores

No one has ever asked her this question. Why?

*Cross posted from GD-P*


(AlterNet) BLM Activist Confronts Clinton About Racially Charged Remarks Because Corp Media Won't

Clinton says it's the first time anyone's asked her about saying "super predators need to be brought to heel" -- Why?

Excellent question!

By Adam Johnson / AlterNet
February 24, 2016


Today, Clinton’s dehumanizing language is jarring, if not outright banned in proper society, but some 20 years ago it was the cornerstone of right-wing criminal justice panic - a great deal of which the Clintons helped stoke. The comments, first unearthed by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Christopher Massie in May of last year, have recently resurfaced and become something of a headache for the campaign around the margins. Author of “The New Jim Crow”, Michelle Alexander, cited them in her scathing critique of Clinton’s record on race, as did The Daily Beast’s Goldie Taylor in her run down of the Clinton's dodgy criminal justice past.

“I wanted to bring her to confront her own words,” Williams told The Huffington Post. “We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting.”

Read more and watch videos of the racist comment then and of the recent encounter at the event:


At the rally in KC, in a long line

There are a lot of people here, mix of age groups. A lot of young people, some older, Enthusiastic group too. Lots of women, one with a Feminist for Bernie sign.

And WBC is here.

So, who all is going today?

I heard that turnout is expected to be high, based on rsvps.

Let's go, KC!

Ebb, flow, peaks and valleys

are natural. We are nowhere near crescendo at this point, it's now time to regroup and restore ourselves. Nobody can hold a high note forever, at some point they have to stop to breathe, no matter how good they are.

I know I am mangling metaphors here but you guys know what I mean.

In the meantime - please remember the key point is democracy. Whether or not the outcome of this race will be democratic (small d) is yet to be seen. The psych games are not going to work, we know better. They want us demoralized. They will fail.

Notice that none of their arguments have anything to do with what the people want. This is where our strength lies. We are the only ones out of all the campaigns, republicans included, that are of, for and by the people.

Community, not tribalism. Party loyalty is meaningless when the party has lost its way, at least for now.

My .02

When are we going to catch on that personal attacks only end up helping the opponent?

Enough with the "Shillary," "Hillarity" and other pet names, nicknames and petty insults. There is plenty to criticize in terms of her record, her positions, her campaign and tactics without using attacks that ultimately lose. Insults just make us, AND BERNIE, look bad. Leave the personal insults unsaid, even if you think them. They only result in legitimate points getting lost in the noise.

Please stop.
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