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Rebkeh

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About Me

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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I'm still voting for, rather than against

Until the convention, not a damn thing is going to change my mind.

#feelthebern
Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Is Bernie Sanders the New Ronald Reagan?

Mark Sumner, 2/21/16

(Daily Kos)I won't kid you, I detested Ronald Reagan. The smarmy aww-shucks act set my teeth on edge. The twisting of old Winthrop sermons into explosions of jingoistic please-get-these-poor-people-out-of-my-shiny-city nationalism made me despair for my country. There was the constant blowing of the racism dog whistle, the stream of weapons flowing to wherever death squads were squadding, the mythology that lauded hard work while denigrating workers. The $#!@*ing way he said "well" as a space filler and wandered into nonsense while reporters were lauding him as "the great communicator."

While the moderators were chuckling over "there you go again," I was shaking my 19" B&W set in rage. I did not like the man.


:snip:

It's not because Reagan was the purest conservative ever to conflate Ayn Rand and Jesus. Itís because he carried them out of the wilderness in his Bonzo-loviní arms and set them on the throne. He didnít just capture the country's leadership, he seized it's imagination. He rewrote the story. Redefined "American."

But can Bernie do the same?


Read more: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/21/1482841/-Is-Bernie-Sanders-the-new-Ronald-Reagan

Thought it a good time to post this again

7 Habits of Highly Effective Bullies


http://www.democraticunderground.com/1280121039

So, how do you deal with bullies anyway?

Okay, about the racism from Bernie caucus goers... let's get one thing clear

It does not help matters to be apologists or give the benefit of the doubt in this scenario. This is exactly the opposite of the "Together" theme.

We will see if there is video or other proof, that's a given. Wait and see

But doubting voices are going to make racism effective.

DON'T DO IT.

If you cannot give the victim s of racism of the benefit of the doubt, withhold your opinion and say nothing at all.

I'm just telling you how it actually works.

Anyone know of a video that explains how a winner can be determined before all the votes are in?

I don't fully understand it but I trust when my candidate makes a move in one way or the other so I don't really need to know exactly how the math works, personally. I know exit polling, historical trends in specific areas, and other variables allow you to determine when a candidate is safe to call. I'm fine with that...

My husband, however, not so much. He wants to know and I cannot find anything that explains it. Somebody help me, lol.

How can they call a winner when only 18% of the votes are counted?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bullies

Crossposted from Good Reads

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1016144834

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bullies (from Progressive Army)

Michael Salamone spoke with 10 baby boomers, five who support Trump and five who support Hillary and found that they have a lot in common.

*Michael Salamone * Progressive Army * 2/18/16

http://progressivearmy.com/2016/02/18/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-bullies/

The 2016 primary races on both sides of the aisle are led by two baby-boomer bully buddies. Say that five times fast. Though theyíve tried to distance themselves from each other, we know that the Clintons and Trumps were good enough friends to talk on the phone, golf together and attend events together. Itís no surprise that both candidates talk about ďmeĒ more than ďweĒ and claim that theyíre the only person in existence who can govern this great land of ours. They are of course both products of the ďme generation,Ē and it certainly shows in their rhetoric.

Both Trump and Hillary are also getting a majority of their support from aging baby boomers as well. This week I took an informal panel from people in this age group that I know who are supporting either of these candidates, or were referred to me by friends or family members who knew I was seeking people in this age group who are supporting Trump or Hillary. My findings were that, at least in my sample group, supporters of both of these baby boomer candidates had a lot in common. At the end of the day, I was left with the impression that baby-boomers who support Trump or Hillary are pro-bullying, and Iím not just phrasing it that way because Iím prone towards the bombastic.

I best disclaim that I am not a psychologist. Iím a regular guy who likes politics and talking to others about politics. The conversations Iím going to report to you are with other regular folks. Some I knew before hand, others not. While I did Google traits of bullies to shape how I presented this story to you, I didnít cherry-pick my panelís quotes to support my narrative. I spoke with 10 people, five in favor of each candidate. All of the responses are included, though if responses were similar, I combined them into the clearest response and indicated how many people said this sort of thing.

Iím not such a dolt that I would claim these views represent entire voting blocks. I know baby boomers who think similarly as I do on these issues. I specifically sought out Trump and Hillary supporters in that age demographic. I donít believe or present my findings as scientific in any manner. However, the human experience, no matter how individualized or intersected, does have commonplaces to be considered. I do not believe in the hive-mind. I believe in individuals. However, individuals often subscribe to a hive-mind in order to feel like part of a community. Supporting political candidates can have that effect. I know because I try to be careful of that trap myself. Weíre all human. Some of us care about other humans more than others, though.



See the list and more
http://progressivearmy.com/2016/02/18/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-bullies/

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Bullies (from Progressive Army)

Michael Salamone spoke with 10 baby boomers, five who support Trump and five who support Hillary and found that they have a lot in common.
*Michael Salamone * Progressive Army * 2/18/16

http://progressivearmy.com/2016/02/18/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-bullies/

The 2016 primary races on both sides of the aisle are led by two baby-boomer bully buddies. Say that five times fast. Though theyíve tried to distance themselves from each other, we know that the Clintons and Trumps were good enough friends to talk on the phone, golf together and attend events together. Itís no surprise that both candidates talk about ďmeĒ more than ďweĒ and claim that theyíre the only person in existence who can govern this great land of ours. They are of course both products of the ďme generation,Ē and it certainly shows in their rhetoric.

Both Trump and Hillary are also getting a majority of their support from aging baby boomers as well. This week I took an informal panel from people in this age group that I know who are supporting either of these candidates, or were referred to me by friends or family members who knew I was seeking people in this age group who are supporting Trump or Hillary. My findings were that, at least in my sample group, supporters of both of these baby boomer candidates had a lot in common. At the end of the day, I was left with the impression that baby-boomers who support Trump or Hillary are pro-bullying, and Iím not just phrasing it that way because Iím prone towards the bombastic.

I best disclaim that I am not a psychologist. Iím a regular guy who likes politics and talking to others about politics. The conversations Iím going to report to you are with other regular folks. Some I knew before hand, others not. While I did Google traits of bullies to shape how I presented this story to you, I didnít cherry-pick my panelís quotes to support my narrative. I spoke with 10 people, five in favor of each candidate. All of the responses are included, though if responses were similar, I combined them into the clearest response and indicated how many people said this sort of thing.

Iím not such a dolt that I would claim these views represent entire voting blocks. I know baby boomers who think similarly as I do on these issues. I specifically sought out Trump and Hillary supporters in that age demographic. I donít believe or present my findings as scientific in any manner. However, the human experience, no matter how individualized or intersected, does have commonplaces to be considered. I do not believe in the hive-mind. I believe in individuals. However, individuals often subscribe to a hive-mind in order to feel like part of a community. Supporting political candidates can have that effect. I know because I try to be careful of that trap myself. Weíre all human. Some of us care about other humans more than others, though.


See the list and more
http://progressivearmy.com/2016/02/18/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective-bullies/

Here's another reason we cannot wait on incremental change

There's only one person up there willing to take on the Beltway Goliaths, with our help of course. Even if the others would, I don't trust them anyway.

Mother Jones/Slate * Phil Plaite * 2/18/16 *

The Planet Just Shattered Another Heat Record

http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/02/january-temperature-record-climate-change

Barbara Lee for VP

Thoughts?

Captured: People in Prison Drawing People Who Should Be

Common Dreams * Abby Zimet * 2/18/16

http://commondreams.org/further/2016/02/18/captured-people-prison-drawing-people-who-should-be

Check this out, mug shots that should be real.

In a brilliant project that "shines a light on crimes masquerading as commerce," two activists present "Captured," wherein prisoners convicted of "a whole bucket of crimes" draw portraits of corporate bigwigs whose offenses - fraud, theft, conspiracy, manslaughter, public endangerment, trashing the environment - make their puny assaults, armed burglaries and even murders pale.


The link to the full gallery can be found in the above article.

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