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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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From DK: How To Help Bernie Win (link)

Posted by Mikesco

So we’ve seen a lot of diaries on the Rec list lately arguing why Bernie should be the nominee. The community straw polls (which haven’t happened lately) saw that a large majority of us are indeed “feeling the Bern.”

But aside from giving money, what’s the best way to help make a difference? If you have the time, you can get a ride to an important state to help GOTV, find a place to stay, and go canvass! If you can’t do that, try phonebanking!

Ride With Bernie RideWithBernie.com
Bernie Bed and Breakfast www.BernieBnB.com
Field The Bern app for canvassing fieldthebern.com
Phonebank for Bernie: Phone Bank

Full post here: http://m.dailykos.com/stories/1486800

Daily Kos; Bernie News Roundup (link)


The latest BNR: Vegas, Bernie's in church, superdelegates and more.
posted by LieparDestin


(Majority Report, podcast interview) Benjamin Dixon: Bernie Sanders & African American Voters

It's worth a listen.

On today’s show Benjamin Dixon, host of the Benjamin Dixon Show, joins us to discuss the GOP’s brawl of a debate in South Carolina (11:30), approaching Bernie Sanders as a black voter (23:30), and the developing conversation on class in America (32:00).


Single issue? Nonsense

Ultimately, it's not just about income inequality and Wall St, but about leveling the playing field. In more ways than one, too. Breaking it down here- it's also about access.

As it stands, the middle class, working class, working poor and the poor all lack access to the legislative process, despite us supposedly being a democracy. Without access, there's no equality. Not racial, not gender, income, social or any other kind.

And it's not just Wall St, it's special interests, their lobbyists, wealthy donors and other moneyed interests. These entities do not want an equal and just society. They are invested in our lack of access because with the way the system currently works, the less we have, the more they have. The more oppression we get, the more benefits they get - and they do not want to let that model go.

We are saying, that model's time has come.

It's not a single issue, it's an all encompassing issue.

Which do you choose?

Love or fear?

Happy Valentine's Day everybody

White House Live Events

Source: The White House

To watch the speech re: Scalia and SCOTUS


Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/live

I finally got around to watching Madoff today

If you can watch, I recommend it.

Here's an interview with Thom Hartmann and Mike Papantonio about it.


Bait, Shiny Objects and Corruption

Someone here at DU posted about this yesterday but we, myself included, were distracted by the photo discussion and despicable methods to poison the democratic process for this election.

But wait! There's more.

Adding insult to injury, these restrictions were put in place by none other than President Obama.


The DNC Just Declared War on Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution
Jacqueline Pine | February 12,

The Democratic National Committee, headed by the massively unpopular Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has just lifted the last restrictions preventing the DNC from receiving direct contributions from Wall Street and special interest lobbyists.

Under the new rules, political action committees (PACs) and other corporate lobbyists and special interests are now free to donate unlimited sums to the DNC itself. The previous restrictions were put in place by President Barack Obama after his own election, which he marked by saying, “We are going to change how Washington works.”

He continued by affirming that corporate PACs “will not fund my party. They will not run our White House. And they will not drown out the voice of the American people when I’m president of the United States of America.”

These changes in the campaign finance and fundraising system of the DNC (and of the election process in general) are a cornerstone of the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who in his victory speech in New Hampshire referenced corruption in the campaign financing system no less than five times. He has also touted the fact that he has no super PACs funding his campaign and that the average contribution he receives is just $27.


However, some have speculated that these new rules will provide a boost to Hillary Clinton’s fundraising efforts, as Clinton has set up a joint fundraising committee with the DNC, the Hillary Victory Fund. Sanders created his own to match Clinton’s, but it has raised only $1,000 compared to the $26.9 million raised through the Hillary Victory Fund.

This change in policy was preceded by a decision to allow PACs to donate to the annual nominating conventions, after Congress cancelled the $20 million it previously provided in federal funding to both parties’ conventions.

Robert Reich, who was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor and is a harsh critic of Wall Street and vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders, was aghast at the DNC’s decision, posting a scathing Facebook post in which he accuses the DNC of being a “siphon for more corruption.”

According to today’s Washington Post, the Democratic National Committee has quietly reversed restrictions banning…


Posted by Robert Reich on Friday, February 12, 2016

Likewise, the campaign finance reform and transparency activist Fred Wertheimer expressed his profound disagreement with the DNC. “It is a major step in the wrong direction, and it is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington.”

About that photo...

Even if it isn't him, and I believe it is .... does it really matter?

Honestly, what does it change?

Not a damn thing.

Remember the Obama is a Muslim stupidity? Even if he was Muslim.. it doesn't matter anyway!

If I didn't already know who Bernie is, and Obama hadn't won twice, what would I be thinking now?

I first learned of Bernie when he gave a short interview on MSNBC during Obama's first term. I later came to know more about Bernie from Thom Hartmann's show and the weekly Brunch with Bernie segment. Needless to say, I have been a 'fan' (what is the proper word here anyway?) of his for years now. When I heard he may announce a run and might be the nominee, and that Elizabeth Warren declined, I was hopeful. Very hopeful, and when he announced, well I was on board instantly.

I'm getting ahead of myself though.

Back in '07 I didn't believe that a black person would ever be president, the country and the system were simply too racist. It was never going to happen, not in my lifetime (I'm in my mid forties). I was completely convinced of it. I had hoped it would happen before I died and if it did happen, it would be through a series of failures and rough starts. Maybe someone would be VP first, but not President. I did not see Obama coming and boy... what an amazing surprise that was! But even when he was still running for the nomination, I honestly didn't think America would come through. I knew the system had changed enough to give him a fighting chance but I had no faith in the people. To even get as far as a nomination was an accomplishment but I didn't think the voters would come through.

Well, damn. They did.

I am far more hopeful about the country than I had been in 2007. The "impossible" is now plausible.

Even though Obama didn't lead as far from the left as I wanted him to, and the people didn't really have his back as much as we should have, my hope remains intact. Which is why I have the confidence I have in Bernie to rally long term support and enthusiasm. But what if I didn't know Bernie?

I have to be honest here. I would likely come to trust Bernie just fine - eventually - but I have to say I'd doubt the people. I would question that they would have Bernie's back when shit gets real, especially in terms of racism. When President Sanders fights Wall St, he will have hordes of people behind him, that's obvious. But when he fights institutional racism? I can see why some are not so sure. Are the people going to recognize the dog whistles - and there will be dog whistles - and call them out? It will be hard to go against the norm, very hard. Are white people going to stand up for programs, proposed legislation and other solutions that mostly or even solely benefit black and brown people? Or are they going to let racism strike them down and ensure that we have yet another President that cannot fulfill his campaign promises? Is the narrative about "lazy black people," and all the rest of them, going to continue to work?

I think a lot of poc can find Bernie believable enough but he won't be able to do it alone. I suspect some poc put more faith in someone who can play the system, to play the game to their benefit than they can in the American People to stand up with them.

Change from within the system needs a brilliant chess player to make it happen.
Change from outside the system needs rock solid and constant support to assist a leader to make it happen.

The devil you know and the devil you don't -

One can kick ass from within, but would she?
One can kick ass from without, but will WE?

We must, as Bernie supporters, convince people that we will have their back. A lot of supporters disappeared after Obama became President, the reasons for that are debatable, but the bottom line is that too many went home and expected him to do it alone. When Obama had to compromise, people withdrew their support. Will that happen to Bernie? Are we in this for the long haul? Are we in it 100%?
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