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Regarding Bernie's health

At the risk of stating the obvious: he is not dead. And he is not dying. Only he can accurately gauge his stamina and ability to continue running. It would be unfair for any of us to speculate on his state of health with regard to his fitness to hold the Office of the President. After all, at this point, he has not even been nominated, and we are months away from the Convention.

Like many DUers, I have a beef with Bernie (more accurately, I have a beef with Bernie's supporters, but this is not an issue I am raising in this post). But my disagreements with with him are political and ideological, not personal. I believe Bernie's health is entirely his, and none of my business. I further believe that bringing medical issues into a political discussion is sort of like bringing politics into an operating room. It's just out of place and not helpful.

If you ever wondered what hell feels like, the next few days may give you an idea.

Record high temperatures no matter where in the country you are, and Trump is your president.

My take on last night's debate

I get a very distinct impression that all Democratic candidates who run against Trump in the primaries will gain support, and those who run against Democratic candidates will lose out badly.

We should know this for certain very shortly.

Uber, Lyft drivers on global strike just before Uber's IPO

Source: Good Morning America

Uber and Lyft drivers around the world are striking on Wednesday to improve wages and working conditions just two days ahead of Uber's monster IPO that could generate $80 million to $90 million.

The hours drivers plan to strike vary by location but will span from New York to Atlanta to Tokyo.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/gma/uber-lyft-drivers-global-strike-just-ubers-ipo-090150970--abc-news-topstories.html

This is a much bigger news story than it may appear at first.

This is the future of the labor movement. It must become global in order to be effective against multinational corporatism.

Glad it's finally happening.

A few good reasons to vote for Manchin in November:

Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader
Kamala Harris, Chair, Judiciary Committee
Elizabeth Warren, Chair, Environment and Public Works Committee
Dick Durbin, Chair, Appropriations Committee
Tammy Duckworth, Chair, Armed Services Committee
Bernie Sanders, Chair, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee
Corey Booker, Chair, Rules and Administration Committee
Beto O'Rourke, Chair, Select Committee on Ethics

Etc, etc. You get the idea.

Yes, voting for Manchin is very counter-intuitive. But please, let's not have a repeat of 2016!

Pragmatism before emotions.

If you want a recount you can pay for it, Alabama secretary of state tells loser Roy Moore

Source: Daily Mail

If you want a recount you can pay for it, Alabama secretary of state tells loser Roy Moore after alleged pedophile denies losing


Alabama's Secretary of State John Merrill said Republican Senate loser Roy Moore could get a recount of the election – if he paid for it.

'The people of Alabama have spoken tonight. They’ve made their voice heard loud and clear,' Merrill said on CNN.

Moore outdid even Democrat Doug Jones – who shocked the political world by winning – by dramatically coming onstage at his election night party and pronouncing the race not over.
Senate candidate Roy Moore refused to concede Tuesday night, urging journalists to ask Alabama's secretary of state about a recount. On CNN, the secretary of state said the people of Alabama 'made their voice heard loud and clear'

Senate candidate Roy Moore refused to concede Tuesday night, urging journalists to ask Alabama's secretary of state about a recount. On CNN, the secretary of state said the people of Alabama 'made their voice heard loud and clear'

'I really want to thank you for coming tonight and realize when the vote is this close it is not over,' Moore said.

He urged journalists in the room to check in with the state's secretary of state about a recount provision, suggesting the race was close enough to trigger a second look.

At last counting, Jones had bested Moore by 20,000 votes or 1.5 per cent.

'But we know that God is always in control,' Moore also said. 'Part of the problem with this campaign is that we've been painted in unfavorable and unfaithful light. We've been put in a hole.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5173835/If-want-recount-pay-Roy-Moore-told.html

After righteously proclaiming that Jesus will decide the outcome of the election, Roy Moore can't take no for an answer, not even from Jesus. Where's the faith, Roy?

Moore to Jesus: I want a second opinion. Jesus to Moore: Go fuck yourself.

I find this ironic.

The only resident of the White House who is showing poise, dignity and courage is an ex stripper gold digger who barely speaks English.

I was very critical of Melania's character in the past, but I am changing my mind. She is the only member of the Trump family who actually condemned the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville. She has the cojones to confront the violent racists that our dearest leader so sorely lacks, and, unlike the rest of the members of the corrupt clan ruling America, she has earned my respect.

If it were baseball, this is what the vote to repeal Obamacare in the House would have looked like:

A team with many more players than their rival, after being struck out twice, finally manages to get to first base. Then the entire team runs off the field, gets on a bus and drives to the manager's office to kiss his ring, where players make long speeches about how they heroically overcame team in-fighting to get to first base in the face of underwhelming opposition from the rival team, and how getting to first base is a major victory they promised to America (they actually promised to win the game, over 50 times in the past seven years, and only to their fans).

Are they completely off their rockers?

An incredibly plain yet encompassing quote by Clay Shirky

"When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."

— Clay (((Shirky))) (@cshirky) July 22, 2016

Harvard Study Confirms Anti-Clinton Media Bias.

From Daily Kos:

An interesting new study about media bias was conducted recently by Harvard. The results perhaps aren’t all that surprising to those of us who’ve been closely following press coverage throughout the primary process, but go a long way in shedding light on several key issues. Most notable among these are Clinton’s downward trajectory in the “likability” department but also the fact the media has done a disservice to not only Clinton but also Sanders, supporters of both candidates and the party in general.

A new report released this week by Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy found Clinton has received far more negative coverage than any other candidate in the race thus far. The study was based on an analysis of news statements from CBS, Fox, the Los Angeles Times, NBC, the New York Times, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

“Far more negative?” More like insanely more negative! The study found that 84 percent of Clinton’s coverage has been “negative in tone” compared to just 43 percent for Trump and 17 percent for Sanders. Even though many of us would just assume forget about Rafael Cruz at this stage, it’s notable to point out that he received fairly balanced press coverage in comparison to his opponent. So while the media insured their playing field was much more leveled, they didn’t afford us the same luxury.

Judging by the data this study reveals, the media has done a true disservice to the left thus far with highly slanted, selective coverage managing to paint an inaccurate picture of both Clinton and Sanders. Why? Well, apparently it was more important to make the entire primary race more “exciting” by setting up a false “David vs. Goliath” narrative.

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