Why Bernie Can’t and Won’t Win


In a recent YouGov survey, 43 percent of respondents under age 30 said they had a favorable opinion of socialism, while just 32 percent said the same about capitalism. Among all ages, races, geographic regions, genders, party affiliations and income levels, millennials were the only demographic that held socialism in higher regard than capitalism.

It’s not just Sanders’s socialist label that sells; it’s his socialist ideas, too.

And in 20 years, when the majority of the voting generations have grown up with “socialists” like Obama, instead on Stalin, you’ll be able to win a national election proudly bearing that label.

Until that time, it’s just not going to fly in a national election.

‪#‎feelthatburn‬

The Vermont senator’s brand of “authenticity” is off-limits to Hillary Clinton and…

Politics 2016 (in which we select a Supreme Court in the United States)

Anyway, welcome to Politics 2016 (which is an election year….Nov, 8, 2016 is when we pick the Supreme Court for the FORESEEABLE FUTURE, i.e., the rest of my functional life).

Hint: if you are looking for someone fairly middle of the road who knows how to get things done…which apparently is a bad thing now…just look back to the 90’s.

Pretty boring, I know, but boring and steady is what we need. I don’t think a socialist revolution is really going to work this year. Maybe in another 12 or 16…maybe even another 8…but not now.

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Tump, the Jackass, Ascendent

K…just had to comment on this…We all know Trump is a jackass…wait…we don’t all know that. Somehow we *don’t* all know that Trump is a jackass.

We *should* know that, because it’s so incredibly obvious…but anyway I’ll give you a quick example of one of his tricks, because it’s blatant, pathetic and should be called out.

Any one who has read my stuff for any amount of time knows what I think of “political correctness”. It’s stupid bullshit. If a moron is acting like a moron, they need to be called a moron. Dumbing down and sanitizing language and social interaction limits one of great equalizers in social societies, public shame.

I much prefer an open, combative dialogue, than a hushed, oppressed one. This is somewhere I diverge quite a bit from folks who have to follow these rules to get paid. I don’t get paid, I just have fun, so it makes things a bit more chaotic from an editing standpoint.

Regardless of all that, what Trump does is play the game both ways. He claims to hate the not of PC talk, but then hides behind it when called out. “Schlong” is a word for dick. Being “schlonged” is being “fucked”. Much like how he called out Megyn Kelly for being on the rag, and then claiming he was talking about a nosebleed, he retreats behind the PC lie when needed.

My guess is that he like many of his supporters, will finally just end up calling Hillary a “dumb bitch” and be done with it.

I do think you have to hit back, and do so harder, when folks get out of line like this, as Trump has. The “rules” of PC don’t allow that, which is why it was a dumb idea, for the most part.

It leaves you exposed to someone like Trump, or Cruz, who hide behind the very linguistic curtain they publicly claim to despise. Which can lead to *very* dark places, if they gain power using such techniques.

When I said that Hillary Clinton got schlonged by Obama, it meant got beaten badly. The media knows this. Often used word in politics!

Obama on Sandy Hook

President Obama's photo.
Three years ago today, a gunman murdered twenty innocent schoolchildren and six of the educators who cared for them at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

This photo was taken two days later, when I went to Newtown and visited with the families of the victims. It was a town that could be any town in America. They were grieving moms and dads, brothers and sisters, spouses missing the center of their lives at Christmastime – good and decent people who could have been any of our loved ones.

Three years on, how do we tell them that their Congress hasn’t done anything to prevent what happened to them from happening to other families?

Soon after the shootings, I took a series of executive actions within my power to reduce gun violence and keep more of our kids safe. Their governor in Connecticut, Dan Malloy, worked with his legislature to pass some commonsense gun safety reforms – reforms that didn’t infringe upon anyone’s right to bear arms, but actually might have prevented another massacre in the meantime. And two United States senators – a Democrat from West Virginia and a Republican from Pennsylvania, both gun owners, both strong defenders of our Second Amendment rights, both with “A grades” from the NRA – worked together to write a commonsense compromise bill that would have required virtually everyone who buys a gun to get a background check. That’s it. Dangerous people would no longer get to play by a different set of rules than responsible gun owners who bought their guns the right way. Pretty commonsense stuff.

But the gun lobby and its allies mobilized to paint that compromise reform as an assault on our freedom. And even though background checks were supported by some 90% of the American people and a majority of NRA households, the Senate surrendered, voting to block those background checks – even with the families of Newtown in attendance.

Since then, tens of thousands of our fellow Americans have been mowed down by gun violence. Tens of thousands. More kids have lost siblings. More parents have lost children. More husbands and wives have had to bury the love of their life. Sometimes, it’s hard to put specific numbers on this epidemic and its causes – because Congress has actually prevented the CDC, our leading public health agency, from conducting serious research into gun violence. Did you know that? Some years ago, they actually voted to make it harder for public health experts to conduct research into gun violence – but even after San Bernardino, they’ve refused to make it harder for terrorist suspects to buy semi-automatic weapons.

Every time this happens, we’re told that commonsense reforms like background checks might not have stopped the last massacre, or the one before that, so we shouldn’t do anything. We’re not fools – we know that we can’t heal every troubled mind, or stop every act of violence.

But what if we tried to stop even one? What if Congress did something – anything – to save one American, or a classroom of Americans, or a stadium’s worth of Americans from losing their lives to gun violence in the years to come?

I refuse to give up on this. Because I still believe that we can do better. I still believe that we can get this right. We may not have a Congress that’s willing to work with us on this right now. So the rest of us will have to do what we can. I recently tasked my team at the White House to take another look at any other actions I can take to help reduce gun violence. And if you care about this, then please help me – whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or neither. We especially need the help of responsible gun owners who grieve with us every time this happens, and feel like your views aren’t being properly represented. I know there are a lot of you. I’ve heard from you. I’ve read your letters and emails.

Let me be absolutely clear – like I’ve said many times before, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. Period. No matter how many times people try to paint me as holding a different position. I also believe that most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. I believe there is a rational, bipartisan majority in America who agrees that we all have the right to worship freely and safely; the right to assemble peaceably; the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and who doesn’t want to see those rights taken from us, as they were taken from worshipers in Charleston and Oak Creek; moviegoers in Aurora and Lafayette; students in Blacksburg and Roseburg, Columbine and Newtown, and kids on street corners in Chicago too often to tolerate.

Change, as always, is going to take all of us – from the grassroots up. The gun lobby is loud and organized in its defense of effortlessly available guns for anyone. The rest of us are going to have to be just as passionate and organized in our defense of our kids.

America, this will change – but only when we stand up, together, and demand it

Fighting Terrorist With Terrorism

The really sad part is that you probably have friends that think this was a good idea.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+ A seventh-grade Ohio boy is accused of threatening to shoot and kill a sixth-grade Muslim classmate, calling him a “terrorist” and “son of ISIS,”…
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U.S. Posts Biggest Monthly Budget Surplus in Seven Years, A Simple Math Lesson

The boost in receipts narrowed the U.S. budget deficit for the previous 12 months to $460 billion, from $510 billion in March and $499 billion in the prior year. It was the lowest annual deficit since last November and the second lowest since September 2008.

Over the past 12 months, revenues are running 9% above their year-earlier level while spending is running 7% higher.

The figures illustrate how, despite growing unease over income inequality, the taxes that America’s rich are paying on their rising incomes are yielding a windfall for the U.S. Treasury. Payroll taxes rose 6% from a year earlier in April, while other individual taxes, including those on capital gains and self-employment incomes, were up 18%.

via U.S. Posts Biggest Monthly Budget Surplus in Seven Years – WSJ.

So…again…real world results.

If the question is “How do we deal with massive deficits?”, the answer now shown to be a resoundingly good one, “Raise taxes on the wealthy”.

We’ve got quite a bit more room to go on both of these before the problem is solved, as it were, but we know now this is a solid strategy.

Democrats introduce bill to end gerrymandering

The cumulative effect over time has resulted in a U.S. House where today only about two dozen of the 435 seats are considered competitive by non-partisan election analysts, and Republicans — who controlled more state legislatures in 2012 when the current maps were approved — are favored to maintain control of the House until the next reapportionment round ahead of the 2022 congressional elections.

via Democrats introduce bill to end gerrymandering.

And there you have it.  More stats and data on this (hopefully) soon.

WooHoo A New PPM Record for CO2

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide hit 400.83 parts per million. That is the first month in modern records that the entire globe broke 400 ppm, reaching levels that haven’t been seen in about 2 million years.

“It’s both disturbing and daunting,” said NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Daunting from the standpoint on how hard it is to slow this down.”

And somewhat disturbing is that the political party that legislates stuff (like funding for NOAA) completely and utterly denies this basic scientific fact.

In fact, they go beyond denying this fact, and call anyone who *does* delusional. They do this over and over and over again, with the backing of many of the richest people on the planet (who make money off selling the stuff causing the rise in CO2).

So that’s where we are at…a place no human civilization has ever been.

And rising.

The great thing about this is that the GOP, which controls funding for these agencies, in planning to gut it in order to not get any more reports like this one.

Chain of Life Firmed Up on Chemical Grounds

More of that “here’s how it happened” style evidence/explanation/chemistry re: panspermia.

Anyway…what someone figured out *this time* is that certain basic compounds, when exposed to various other compounds and/or heat/light combinations, create other compounds than allow for the basic coding of genetic information.

What we have *here* specifically, is an actual compound that works as the pre-cursor, which they have previously been trying to to match to other known compounds (which failed). Now there is a “intermediate molecule” that acts as the stepping stone to the RNA model without the need for separate “sugar” and “base” molecules.

Great stuff, and hopefully in school in 20 years, the first five years of science in school will be a long, empirical and experimental proof on how life came into being (and curiously without the need for a supernatural being, just a series of chemical reactions over *to those students* an impossibly long time).

Researchers are nearing a better understanding of the chemical reactions that created life on the young planet.
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Clinton Stakes Immigration Ground as GOP calls out “Rats and Roaches”

She’s married to one of the greatest political minds of the 20th century, so this type (expert level) of triangulation is to be expected. Or maybe he’s the one that is married to one of the greatest political minds of the (young) 21st century .

Regardless, if it runs that way, I think she’ll make a wonderful President to our many new citizens (with whom we’ve been living for a generation).

This week, Hillary Clinton called for a broad path to citizenship for many of the 12 million people in the United States illegally. Doing so opens Clinton up to charges of…
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And here you have the GOP’s response….

The mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compares immigrants to rats and roaches [to wild cheers].

http://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?c4537174