Hypersensitivity

I understand that words have meanings, and some words can offend some people. Some of the more egregious once I try to avoid myself. But it does come to a point where you are just trying to limit the political debate, reducing everything to “Duckspeak doubleplusgood.”
The topic was Elizabeth Warren. Someone had replied to a post about her being a flip-flopper, which she is, she’s the political equivalent of Simone Biles, but this person’s objection was that it’s a positive thing to be able to change your mind. In some circumstances, I agree that’s true. We all have to be willing to examine new evidence and re-evaluate our opinions from time to time, both in personal relationships and more weighty matters.
But, I replied by saying that in the case of Elizabeth Warren, we have reason to believe that her recent (since 2016) embrace of Bernie Sanders’ positions is less than sincere. Reasons like her daughter’s inside position in the for profit health care industry and her willingness to accept corporate cash.
She wrote back that there was no need for name-calling.
I read through my post a couple of times and couldn’t figure out what she was talking about and then I reread her comment and it was all about the use of the word flip-flopper in the original post.
So, I hit her with a bunch of synonyms. Vaccilater. Fluctuater. Waverer. Hedger. I could have gone with lane-changer, fence-sitter, or slimy opportunist bitch, but I refrained.
Because we wouldn’t want any name calling, now, would we?

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Demographics

When I look at polls, or political analyses, they often divide people into different groups. Men voters, women voters, black voters, white voters, voters under 30, voters over 65, and so on.
This election year is going to be different, and we should be categorizing our groups differently.
People who make less than $15 an hour, for instance. I imagine they’ll vote mostly for Sanders, because that would straight up get them a raise in pay. If everybody just voted 100% in favor of their own best interests, Bernie would get 100% in this group, but people are funny.
People who don’t have jobs at all, even though they’d like one. They should support Sanders in large numbers because Bernie is going to be creating lots of jobs saving the planet and protecting life on Earth as we know it.
People without health insurance. I know there’s some overlap between this demographic and the previous two I mentioned, but there are over 27 million Americans with no health insurance. Of course, they’re likely to break big for Sanders.
People who believe that the police shouldn’t be allowed to randomly kill black people would be better served by a Sanders presidency than any other.
Ditto for anybody who requires prescription drugs, like, to live.
People with children under 18, and who would like to see their kids go to college have a strong incentive to back Bernie Sanders for president. So do those kids’ grandparents, and aunts and uncles. Do it for the kids.

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Tulsi’s Awesome Tweet

Tulsi Gabbard is swinging for the fences. She has thrown the Hail Mary of all Hail Marys. She is going for the TKO. I guess she figures she’s got to do something to break the deadlock, so she’s trying brutal honesty.
When Hillary Clinton, in a podcast with David Plouffe, implied that Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) was in the pay of mother Russia, and would eventually run third party because she hates America, and Hillary Clinton, just so much, Gabbard fired pack.
In a muti-part tweet, she called Hillary “the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” She said Hillary’s had it in for her for a long time and she was sick of her shit. She then basically suggested they meet in a dark alley for a butt kicking contest.
I don’t know if this is a great strategy, but it sure is a beautiful thing to see.
It’s the scene in every High School movie ever where our heroine finally confronts the nasty bitch who controls the whole school and is the head cheerleader and throws her in the pool and steals her quarterback boyfriend and walks out of the party.
Whatever else this upcoming election is going to be, it ain’t going to be civil. Prepare for a bumpy ride.

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Media Bias

It must be getting harder and harder for people to cling to the fiction that Bernie Sanders is being fairly treated by the press, but I suppose there is an explanation for why they still do, albeit a very cyclical one.
Since they get their news from TV and newspapers, and the newspapers and TV don’t actually run a disclaimer across the bottom of the screen that says “We’re lying,” they never even suspect.
Soon after Bernie Sanders got out of the hospital, reporters met him in front of his home and asked a few questions. CNN, it was. Then they took his words totally out of context to claim his campaign was on its last legs, when nothing could be further than the truth.
That was a couple days ago already, people have pretty much forgotten that one.
Then, there was an Emerson Poll which showed Bernie Sanders as the only candidate to beat Trump in a head to head match-up. Numerous news sources ran with the headline ”Trump beats Warren and Biden in Iowa Poll,” or words to that effect, and didn’t mention Bernie at all until paragraph 3 or so.
Then, NBC topped them all, by taking a direct quote from Bernie Sanders, something he just said during the debate, and attributed it to Elizabeth Warren.
I can’t wait to hear the explanation for that one.

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John King’s a Schmuck

The thing I’m currently fuming about is the statement from John King at CNN with regard to the triple endorsement of Bernie Sanders by Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). He said “But it will also, I think … have some of the other candidates say: ‘Wait a minute, is this too far left? Is this too uncompromising? Is it too urban? Is it too internet? Does the Democratic Party need to find a broader audience?”
So much nonsense, where do I begin? First of all, is there something inherently leftist about endorsing the candidate of your choice? Also, it’s not clear who he’s saying is too far to the left there. Is he saying that AOC and her squad are being too far to the left by endorsing a fanatic like Bernie Sanders, or are they the fanatical leftists in this scenario.
And, is it too internet? Seriously, a thing cannot be ‘too internet.’ If something generates attention on the internet, it generates attention. This is a good thing.
But, of course, everybody’s talking about the ‘too urban’ thing, which John King absolutely swears was not intended as a nudge-nudge wink-wink to all the racists out there.
Emma Vigeland of the Young Turks did a really good analysis of it. Short version, she thinks it was code, and I don’t doubt she’s right.
But, just for the sake of argument, let’s assume John King meant the word literally, as in ‘not rural.’ Does John King have something against city dwellers? Is he not a city dweller himself? I have a hard time picturing him racing home from the studio for evening milking.
It’s not as if Iowa is actually at war with New York City. They may have some different interests, but they have mostly the same ones.

Medicare for All will benefit just as many people in rural areas as it will in urban areas. The number is “All.”
Anybody in a rural area with kids under 18 who wants them to go to college will benefit from a Sanders administration just as much as anybody in Detroit who is in the same situation.
People in rural areas and urban areas alike both want a cleaner planet. They both need jobs, at decent wages.
So, no, John King, this is not too ‘urban,’ whatever you meant by that. Not by a long stretch.

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Campaign Update

The 4th debate, apparently, was a huge snoozefest. I didn’t actually watch (time zones) but that seems to be the general consensus. Part of it, of course, is the way they are arranged.
Elizabeth Warren got to speak for over 20 minutes, more than anybody else. Tulsi Gabbard got to speak for less than half that. Which is ridiculous. Everyone who is a candidate should be allowed to speak for the same amount of time. Otherwise, it is the network favoring one candidate over the others. A huge thumb on the scales. That’s just obvious.
In bigger political news, Bernie Sanders picked up a key endorsement and is set to get a couple more. “Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity and geography,” Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said in her announcement of support.
Even more, it was released that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) will appear with Bernie at his “Bernie’s Back” rally this Saturday in Queens, and they will officially endorse him then.
Of course, it’s not a big surprise. They are aligned with him, ideologically. But, it’s certainly well timed.

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Check Out This Video

This is completely unhinged, and it should be enough to get Trump locked up – in a mental institution, if not actual prison – but, it won’t.

The president has plausible deniability, as he wasn’t actually there. But, Don Jr. was there, and former spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and lots of other Republican politicians and big donors who paid $2,500 apiece for the privilege, and the event, a three day conference sponsored by a private prison company, did take place at a Trump Hotel.
During that event, the video linked to here (scroll down through the article to get to the video) was screened.
Watch it. It shows Trump rampaging through a church, killing people. Apparently, the original footage is from a movie called “Kingsman, the Secret Service” but they put different heads on the actors, or just logos, so Trump killed Bernie Sanders (set his head on fire), John McCain, Black Lives Matter, CNN, Politico, all sorts of networks, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Rosie O’Donnell, who I guess he’s still obsessed with, and many others.
In this blog I don’t have anything to say that I’m sure millions of other people aren’t saying right now. This is over the line. These people are nuts.
Just watch it.

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