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That's quite the headline

Then there's this, I'm shocked.

Crowd count was 5,500 in a New York City metroplex with 8.4 million barely more than the 5,000 Bernie Sanders drew in Burlington, Vermont, which is home to just 42,000

I hope they are wrong on the count.

I'm starting to feel bad for Hillary Supporters

That video (not my headline) was Bernie's message to the Wisconsin Democratic Party's convention. The subsequent straw poll came out putting Bernie 8 points off Hillary, and she didn't crack 50% support.

I've never been one to support a frontrunner, so I've never directly experienced an evaporating lead, but I bet it's frustrating as hell. You have my sympathies, I think it could be quite harrowing.

All y'all are welcome to join us on the right side of history anytime. Sorry, that's just like my opinion there. I actually do believe that Bernie is on the right side of history. Here's why.

Bernie is talking about building an actual Grass Roots Progressive National Coalition. Think about that for a minute. Who was the last person to effectively do such a thing? What was the result? To my memory, it was Dr. King. Do I really need to talk about the second question? I will say I don't much like the end game there.

Before that? FDR had a pretty good one.

History has treated them both fairly well.

Together, we finally have someone who can give a focal point such that we are enabled to set things right, even if only for a while. For a generation. I'll take that result. FDR's revolution lasted about a generation and there are still pieces there to be built upon. I'll take that. I want to be a part of making that happen. I don't want my kids worrying about health care anymore. I don't want my kids having to raise outrageous sums just to be educated. I don't want my grandchildren living underground because the surface is too dangerous because of heat or storms.

Bernie understands that the coalition needs to be engaged continuously, not just during elections. If we can't get him a proper congress in this election, he will have it for the mid-term election.

I'll take that We The People actually means People for a while and I finally see an opportunity to make that happen. I finally think it might actually be possible.

So, come to the dark side, we have beer and travel money owed.

The Harrow

A farm implement to break up the clods after a field is plowed:

It comes in many configurations. The one above tends to trap the existing growth that was plowed under and drag it along.

Unfortunately the practice of harrowing a field leads to serious erosion issues. Sometimes the field fails the predicted yield because of it, especially if there's a vigorous rain clearing the air.

So the new National Quinnipiac poll was published yesterday

As expected, Hillary still has a substantial lead:
5. (If Democrat or Democratic Leaner) If the Democratic primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb, for whom would you vote?

I tried to post results but the tabular nature of the results gets hosed and is unreadable, please go to the link and look at question 5, and the trend for question 5.

While Hillary has been pretty steady, Bernie has nearly doubled support this month from 8 points to 15 points continuing a trend that doubled support last month when he jumped 4 points to 8 points.

That's not the bit I found interesting though. More or less what I expected. What I didn't expect was question 6:
6. (If Democrat or Democratic Leaner) Are there any of these candidates you would definitely not support for the Democratic nomination for president: Biden, Chafee, Clinton, O'Malley, Sanders, or Webb? (Totals may add up to more than 100% because multiple responses were allowed)

Hillary's numbers are nearly double Bernies.

Question 19 is also interesting:
19. Is your opinion of Hillary Clinton favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?

45 favorable
47 unfavorable
5 Don't know enough

Clearly, Hillary has a problem with independent voters 39F - 51U.

Question 39 is Bernie's turn:
39. (Split Sample) Is your opinion of Bernie Sanders favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?

19 favorable
18 unfavorable
62 Don't know enough

But the big question that I wish they had asked about Bernie also is:
44. Would you say that - Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy or not?

39 - Yes
53 - No

Again, those pesky I voters are in play again here.

If I were working on Hillary's campaign, I would be concerned about these results.

Can anyone explain to me

Why voters are going to reject a candidate who aligns so closely with their opinions?

Why would you reject a candidate that has been consistent with those positions their entire career?

How does that work?

Can I ask a Memorial Day favor?

I'm a veteran - Cold War submariner.

Can you please remember that this holiday is not to honor veterans, but to honor our brothers who fell in the line of duty.

There's a thing called stolen valor. To most vets that I know, it's a pretty big deal. Speaking for myself, when someone who knows I served thanks me for my service on Memorial Day, I get this little twinge of guilt because we have another day for that in the fall. It's really just a little thing, but if it happens to me, I suspect it happens to others. Especially those who unlike me, actually saw their brother fall or found them afterward.

To me this day is really about the guys who fell on Normandy beaches, who fell in Gettysburg (both sides), who were manning Scorpion, from Concord to Iraq and all those places in between we may never remember.

It's also about those who were treated so shitty, who died at the hands of the VA denying cancer clusters from contaminated base water, denying Agent Orange leaving my brothers to suffer a lingering death, those who froze to death over the many winters because they were homeless, those who die in jail because PTSD landed them there.

The first group I mentioned, there's little we can do. The second group, well we could change that if we can pull together.

Fuck That! I'm Fighting.

For once in my life I have someone that I can proudly vote for. Someone genuine who has a forty plus years long unabated record of acting on the behalf of the people.

You nattering nabobs of negativity are totally harshing my mellow. By crying UNELECTABLE you are effectively turning good FDR Democrats into complacent oil for the gears of the vast post industrialist oligarchic machine. Fuck that, I'm not oil, I'm fighting.

The facts are that a strong populist showing happened in 2014. The people who care about populist issues supported referendum after referendum as strongly progressive initiatives were passed.

Yet we hear the piper's drones echoing he can't win daily, nay, hourly. Fuck that. I'm fighting.

We hear about a grumpy uncle with the wind tossed shock and rumpled suit. I'll get back to the suit. Let me tell you about that iconic hair. The wind doesn't move it, the force does. Grumpy? Fuck all yeah. We can use some grumpiness in the White House about how the people are treated. I have yet to see unjustified (Steve Irwin voice) Oooo, he's grumpy (/SIv) I see it when he's pissed off that people aren't cared for, which by the way, happens to be the whole fucking point of a god damned democratic republic. I get (SIv) grummpay (/SIv) about that shit too.

We hear about age, I've seen comparisons to Raygun's lost mental capacity. The dude is as vigorous as a Jedi fucking night. I challenge you to keep his itinerary and then disagree. Why do you think that suit is rumpled? It sees action.

For you young folk out there, I got one thing that is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A genuine candidate I can place total faith in to do what's right as I see right. Don't believe me? Look at the actions in the past 40+ fucking years and see how they align with your personal values. Once in a lifetime. I guaranfuckingtee it, unless it's for his second term.

Unfucking electable?

Fuck. That. I'm. Fighting.

Won't you please join me?

83 is young for a Jedi

Just Sayin'

7 Charts Show the Socialist Hellscape America Would Be Under Bernie Sanders

So, if anyone mentions it, Bernie wants us to join the Scandinavian Hellscape.

At the link are 7 charts that demonstrate unequivocally the torturous economy and fountain of crime that Scandinavian Democratic Socialist countries are.

IMHO worth clicking on


Edit: Seriously, it's worth watching.

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