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More Upsets on the Horizon? 'Yuuuge' Turnout Could Hand Sanders Big Wins on Tuesday


G E T O U T T H E V O T E ! !

'When working people and young people and older people come out and are determined to end establishment politics and establishment economics...we win.'

Tuesday is poised to be a big day for the Bernie Sanders campaign, as new polls show him closing the gap with rival Hillary Clinton in key states ahead of the next round of presidential primary contests, in which a total of 792 pledged delegates are at stake.

Surveys released Monday had Sanders holding a slight advantage over Clinton in Missouri and Illinois, while he continues to narrow Clinton's lead in Ohio.


Here's what we know: down by 37 in Illinois just five days ago, Sanders is now up by two according to CBS News; down by 30 in Ohio five days ago, Sanders is now down by only single digits; the only polling in Missouri has Sanders in a statistical dead heat with Clinton, per the poll's margin of error; and while the polling in Florida at first blush seems less favorable—Sanders has "only" cut 17 points off Clinton's 45-point lead in the last 48 hours, according to CBS News -- the Sanders campaign reports its internal polling shows a race in the high single-digits, and given that this internal data turned out to be correct in Michigan, it seems we should all be paying it some mind.

What Was Hillary Thinking? A History of Poor Decision-Making


Ben Cohen Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Head Stamper, StampStampede.org

We cannot afford to elect a President with a history bad judgement, inconsistent positions, and who has used public service as a vehicle for private gain. In other words, we cannot afford the status-quo.

What was Hillary thinking when she supported Barry Goldwater -- a dyed-in-the-wool Republican who voted against the Civil Rights Act -- for president in 1964?

What was she thinking when she voted to authorize the war in Iraq despite having access to confidential information from the intelligence community that clearly stated that Iraq did not represent an imminent threat to the United States?

What was she thinking when she supported NAFTA? A bad trade deal between the US, Mexico, and Canada that cost American's over 700,000 good manufacturing jobs because it made it easy, inexpensive, and cost effective for manufacturers and big businesses to relocate or outsource their workforce.

Or when she called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "the gold standard in trade agreements"? The same trade agreement that would force American workers to compete for jobs with South East Asia workers who earn $0.56 per hour?

What was she thinking in 2009 when, as Secretary of State, she went to Switzerland to help UBS -- one of the most powerful banks in the world - and cut a sweetheart deal with the IRS to protect tens of thousands of US customers with secret bank accounts? Following her help, UBS paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million in speaking fees.

Chicago Hot Dog Shack Welcomes Trump To Town With ‘Art Of The Meal’ 3-Inch Trumplongs

OK , sophomoric but let your hair down once in a while


It makes sense, with all the focus being on Donald Trump’s junk, lately, that The Wiener’s Circle, in Chicago, Ill., would want to get in on the fun of welcoming the Republican presidential front-runner to the city for Friday’s rally at UIC Pavilion. After anonymous, obviously political, enthusiasts made their thoughts on Trump’s pending arrival public by vandalizing a “Vote Trump” billboard so that it read “F*CK Trump,” The Wiener’s Circle decided to run a one-of-a-kind “Art of the Meal” special welcoming the former reality star to the city.

Could it be because of our ART OF THE MEAL menu, coinciding w @realDonaldTrump's chicago stop? pic.twitter.com/DGBCL7W5mY

— The Wiener's Circle (@DOGSnSHAKES) March 10, 2016

The deal is only good for the weekend Trump will be in town, but features a few options, according to the Circle’s creative director, Brendan Kelly. First and foremost there is the “Trump footlong,” or “Trumplong,” coming in at right about 3-inches of actual frank.
more at link....


Edit: It's nothing personal Mr. Drumpf - it's just business

Let’s STOP referring to evil manipulative crap as ”Dirty Tricks”!

Let’s STOP referring to evil manipulative crap as ”Dirty Tricks”!

The term “Dirty Tricks’ is a term for something cutesy and benign. What they have done, are doing, and will continue to do, is not cute, and it is not benign. What they are doing is a blatant, premeditated, dishonest, underhanded and direct attack on the foundations of Democracy. They are a calculated backdoor full assault, designed to subvert, undermine and manipulate the Nation, the Constitution, the Truth, Reality and the democratic process.

Switching the salt and sugar in their respective containers for April Fools day - is a Dirty Trick.

Filling a paper bag with dog shit, leaving it on someone’s door step, lighting it on fire, ringing their doorbell and running away – is a Dirty Trick. (I've done this myself - I was 12)

What Nixon did to Muskie, what Reagan did to Carter and what the Bushies did to Gore, McCain, and others was not cute, and it was not benign. What they did was nothing less than subvert the democratic process to hijack the Nation.

This is what cowards do when they cannot make an honest, factual, truthful and convincing argument. When they know that reality and facts are NOT on their side.

We have some heavy thinkers here. So do the Nation a service and find another term for this evil, corrupt, and dishonest practice. Start calling it what it is, and calling the people that do it, what they are.

Excerpt from 'My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency'


Politics, the family business of the Clintons, has been very good to them, as they have raised between $2 billion and $3 billion since 1992.

The title of Daniel Halper’s book, Clinton, Inc., is key to understanding the family. Unlike the Bush family, neither Bill nor Hillary was born into anything near the ruling class. There was no Prescott Bush—the son of a steel company president who went to Yale, joined Skull and Bones (just like his son and grandson), and later became a banker and then a senator—in their separate pasts. Bill was born poor, in one of the poorest states in the country and into an unstable family, while Hillary was born into the provincial petty bourgeoisie. Entry into elite schools was their ticket to eventual membership in the ruling class; it took decades of striving for them to get there.

Once established, however, politics became the family’s business, and it’s been very good to them. A 2014 Wall Street Journal analysis showed that the Clintons have raised between $2 billion and $3 billion since 1992—more than three-quarters of it from industry sources—for their campaigns, philanthropies, and themselves. At the top of the list of corporate donors were financial firms, and highest up among them was Goldman Sachs. Citigroup and JP Morgan Chase gave generously as well. Not far behind Wall Street were communications/electronics firms and then, that perennial bedrock of Democratic Party support, lawyers and lobbyists. Those three sectors alone contributed more than ten times as much as organized labor, which pitched in just $41 million of the total over the period of the Journal’s study.

It’s hard to separate the Clintons’ personal fortune from the Foundation’s; the perks it provides are a form of imputed consumer services, to use the language of national income accounting—jetting all over, staying in fancy hotels, eating very well, and the rest. But they have been prodigious earners on their own account. Bill did most of the heavy financial lifting, earning $105 million from speeches in the dozen years after he left the White House; a good week could yield $1.4 million. According to work by the website 24/7 Wall St, Bill is the 10th-richest of our presidents, with a net worth of $55 million. (Five of the 10 richest presidents have been Democrats, compared to two Republicans, and on average, Democratic presidents are more than three times richer than Republicans.) But Hillary wasn’t just sitting around baking cookies: she’s worth $32 million, according to a Politico analysis. The property taxes on their two houses, one in D.C. and the other, for which they paid $4.5 million, in Westchester, are $104,000, twice the average household’s income. It’s a good life they’ve made for themselves.

BOMBSHELL: FOX Reveals Coward Trump Pulled Out Of Debate With Bernie Due To “Schedule Conflict”!!!


Republican front-runner and avowed racist Donald Trump has built his image on delusions of grandeur and a smokescreen of success. He is obsessed with “winning,” to the point that he makes nonsensical statements like “we’re going to win so much you’ll be tired of winning!” which are somehow accepted without question by his fanatical followers. But behind the bravado and the bluster is a very insecure man who is terrified of losing, as he has showed several times in the past.

He disparages the media on a regular basis for “unfairly” demanding some details about how he’d actually implement his impractical and unconstitutional policy proposals; he viciously attacked FOX host Megyn Kelly and withdrew from another FOX debate because he couldn’t handle her questioning. He revealed his utter cowardice once again when news broke that he backed out of a proposed FOX debate with Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders before it could be announced, citing “scheduling conflicts” – perhaps he had a Klan rally to attend, but we suspect there’s another reason.

Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini:


Trump’s not Hitler, he’s Mussolini: How GOP anti-intellectualism created a modern fascist movement in America
Fascism is about the most powerful epithet one can use -- but it fits with Donald Trump. A historian explains why

In an interview with Slate, the historian of fascism Robert Paxton warns against describing Donald Trump as fascist because “it’s almost the most powerful epithet you can use.” But in this case, the shoe fits. And here is why.

Like Mussolini, Trump rails against intruders (Mexicans) and enemies (Muslims), mocks those perceived as weak, encourages a violent reckoning with those his followers perceive as the enemy within (the roughing up of protesters at his rallies), flouts the rules of civil political discourse (the Megyn Kelly menstruation spat), and promises to restore the nation to its greatness not by a series of policies, but by the force of his own personality (“I will be great for” fill in the blank).

To quote Paxton again, this time from his seminal “The Anatomy of Fascism”: “Fascist leaders made no secret of having no program.” This explains why Trump supporters are not bothered by his ideological malleability and policy contradictions: He was pro-choice before he was pro-life; donated to politicians while now he rails against that practice; married three times and now embraces evangelical Christianity; is the embodiment of capitalism and yet promises to crack down on free trade. In the words of the Italian writer Umberto Eco, fascism was “a beehive of contradictions.” It bears noting that Mussolini was a socialist unionizer before becoming a fascist union buster, a journalist before cracking down on free press, a republican before becoming a monarchist.

Like Mussolini, Trump is dismissive of democratic institutions.

And he's preparing to 'Order' his brown shirts to disrupt Bernie's rallies. It's gonna get like the early 30'

U.S. House Caves to Big Food, Votes to Keep Americans in the Dark About GMOs


Why is it that so many politicians are all about letting states make decisions on controversial issues—until some states want to do something that Big Food companies oppose?

This week thousands of Americans took time out of their busy days to call their Senators to demand that they vote against the DARK Act, a bill sponsored by Kansas Senator Pat Roberts, which would prevent consumers from knowing if the food they eat and feed their families contains genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients. Their support for GMO labeling was echoed by more than 600 organizations, including farming and fishing groups and food companies, representing tens of millions of members and customers who this week also urged the Senate to reject this troubling bill.

GMO crops are created by transferring genetic material from one organism into another to create specific traits, such as resistance to treatment with herbicides, or to make a plant produce its own pesticide to repel insects. Unlike traditional plant and animal breeding, which tries to develop better varieties by selecting traits from the same species, genetic engineering techniques can insert specific genes from any plant, animal or microorganism into the DNA of a different species.

The DARK Act passed out of committee last week by a 14-6 vote and is expected to hit the Senate floor any day now. The House already passed a similar bill in July. If passed in the Senate, it will block state laws that require labeling of GMOs, instruct the USDA to implement a voluntary labeling program and kick off a USDA propaganda program to sell the public on GMOs.

But an overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90 percent in many polls—support GMO labeling.

But an overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90 percent in many polls—support GMO labeling.

But an overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90 percent in many polls—support GMO labeling.


Only the republicans (in both parties) support this

This Is Why Hillary Clinton's Comments About Nancy Reagan Still Matter


Her remarks on the late first lady's legacy on HIV and AIDS can't be forgotten.

Hillary Clinton may have quickly apologized for her comments on Friday praising fellow former First Lady Nancy Reagan for her "effective" and "low key advocacy" on HIV and AIDS, but for many the remarks are still problematic.

Michelle Goldberg noted in Slate how absurd the former Secretary of State's comments were, given that the Reagan administration publicly laughed at the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Nancy Reagan did little to sway her husband, Goldberg said.

"In policy terms, Clinton’s misguided praise for Nancy Reagan doesn't mean much; there’s certainly no reason to think she’d follow Reagan’s disgraceful example as president," Goldberg wrote. "But her words suggest that, on some deep level, she really is out of touch with progressive concerns."


She's simply not a progressive. Among other things, you cannot be in bed with Wall Street and be progressive at the same time. Up to this point in time, and AT this point in time, and for the foreseeable future, these things are mutually exclusive.

Elizabeth Warren: Why Seniors -- Not CEOs -- Deserve a Raise

Social Security isn't a luxury -- it's a lifeline

Any conversation about tackling poverty in the United States should include protecting and expanding Social Security. The reason is pretty straightforward: Social Security is the most powerful tool available to lift people out of poverty. Nearly two-thirds of seniors depend on Social Security for the majority of their income, and millions more children and adults depend upon survivors and disability benefits. According to Center for Budget and Policy Priorities analysis of Census data, Social Security kept 21 million Americans out of poverty in the last year alone. All told, that's more people than any other government program.

Social Security works. No one runs out of benefits, and payments don't rise and fall with the stock market. Despite scare tactics from Republicans in Congress, the facts are clear. Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus. If we do nothing, Social Security will be safe for the next 18 years, and after that will continue to pay three-quarters of benefits through the end of the century.

Of course, we don't have to sit by and to do nothing. Since its beginning, Social Security has been adjusted from time to time, and that's what we need to do now. With some modest adjustments, it is possible to keep the system solvent for decades more, even while increasing benefits.


I"m 65 and I do not believe for a second that Hillary grasps this.
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