Bernie Sanders Becomes the First Candidate to Speak Out on Sandra Bland: ‘We Need Real Police Reform’ @alternet

Bernie Sanders Becomes the First Candidate to Speak Out on Sandra Bland: ‘We Need Real Police Reform’ @alternet.

Bernie Sanders released a forceful statement blasting the conduct of Sandra Bland’s arresting officer as “police abuse” and calling for “real police reform.” So far, Sanders is the only presidential candidate to speak publicly about the death of Bland while in police custody.

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Watch it: You’ve Been Trumped

The film focuses on Trump’s $1.5 billion project to build two 18-hole golf courses, a 450-bedroom luxury hotel along with luxury apartments and golf villas on the North Sea coast of Scotland. The government supported the project and pushed aside environmental protection, all while Trump promised that it would bring in 6,000 jobs. – 

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It Didn’t Work 50 Years Ago

The rhetoric never changes. As I looked through some of the almost 50-year-old material, I kept from my battles with the John Birch Society it is interesting how similar the focal points are compared to the Reich Wing proponents of extremism of today.

Back in the day it was Sex Education and all who supported it.  Organizations such as SIECUS (Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S.) were seen as the instruments of the devil. The NEA, the National Council of Churches and leaders in many of the mainline denominations were seen as and presented as enemies. Woven through all of the rhetoric was the “Communist Conspiracy” that every institution and organization espousing ideas and planning programs that were focused on social justice and advancing solutions to societal problems had been infiltrated and were being controlled by “known communists.” It doesn’t take much imagination to see the similarities in what Fox News Corp. and Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck promote and the lunacy of the JBS.

Never mind that “Communism” is an archaic and irrelevant idea, never mind that the hysterics of the Birchers has long since been proven misguided and just simply wrong. Never mind that, as a society, we have made great strides toward a more perfect union and a more inclusive society. The aim, the goal of the Reich Wing is still as it was then, dismantle all social programs, discredit and exterminate all progressive ideas from society, eliminate liberalism by whatever means necessary.

My hope is this. It didn’t work 50 years ago. There is no reason to assume it will work today. If we, progressive liberal citizens of these United States, get up off our collective butts and stand for what is right, just and inclusive.

Don Nelsom

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A Deal with Iran Not Thought Possible

A deal with Iran not thought possible. The rogue state of Iran. Another fine accomplishment Obama has gotten us into. And now for the naysayers, so say one so say they all, he is not a jolly good fellow.

The legacy of a rock star president continues to rise to heights not thought possible. Under the God that was Ronald the Reagan this deal would have been exactly enough to have his craggy visage implanted upon Mount Rushmore, enshrined in the conservative Hall of Fame forevermore, quoth the Rove, evermore.

But in the annals of the Tea Party there arose a cry of foul – oh foul! It smelleth as of it be a fowl long dead. Ted Cruz the masterbater that he be shall with bible in hand anguish and proclaim to all between heaven and earth, we can see Armageddon it is foretold. In the ranks of the GOP running men this ranks with the skit on Hee Haw – doom, and gloom and agony on me, deep dark depression, excessive misery. To those of you too young to remember Hee Haw that’s Hee Haw speak for -bad, bad, bad.

And the Netty of Israel has loosed the wrath of the God of Israel and placed a pox on the house of Obama for all the days of his lives. Is that show still on TV? We want war, we want rumors of war. John the McCaine who failed to slay Abel or Obama and who brought the house of Palin of the house of Sarah, Moose killer to the angry Faux nation, simply said, “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran!” (Sang to the tune of the old Beach Boys hit Barbara Ann).

Gosh a president who actually has worked to prevent another war. How cool is that? Well if you live in the perpetual state of fantasy that is the GOP running for president here’s my card with my qualifications or lack thereof it ain’t cool at all. It’s called stealing their thunder in some quarters. But what the hey suddenly its summer and Donald the Trump has been wiped off of the face of the news (at least until he gets his groove back) and we have openings all over the place for the gaggle of geese that is the GOP field of Nightmares on Elm Street.

But as Joan Rivers that ole shored up hunk of a nightmare herself used to say, “Candidates it’s coffee, tea or will you sirs, light into the Obama man now!” Well she didn’t actually spew forth those exact words but you get the picture. And weigh in they have. The dogs of war are nipping at the heels of the media and the media is lapping it up like a puppy dog at first milking in the morning on the Seven Hills Ranch north of Spur Texas.

Yes suddenly Obama has accomplished what no one in the GOP field has been able to do, suck all the air out of the blowhard that is Donald the Trump. Wow Trump has been trumped. How’d that happen?

The deal with Iran is worthy news, and it says that a pending war with Iran being pushed by the Hawks on the Hill and begged by Netty Yahoo of Israel will now not likely happen oh woe is the GOPers. And they are all crying fowl or is foul? Works either way I guess.

Obama thou art the man!

Bob Bearden

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Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party

Originally posted on The Weekly Sift:

Tea Partiers say you don’t understand them because you don’t understand American history. That’s probably true, but not in the way they want you to think.

Late in 2012, I came out of the Lincoln movie with two historical mysteries to solve:

  • How did the two parties switch places regarding the South, white supremacy, and civil rights? In Lincoln’s day, a radical Republican was an abolitionist, and when blacks did get the vote, they almost unanimously voted Republican. Today, the archetypal Republican is a Southern white, and blacks are almost all Democrats. How did American politics get from there to here?
  • One of the movie’s themes was how heavily the war’s continuing carnage weighed on Lincoln. (It particularly came through during Grant’s guided tour of the Richmond battlefield.) Could any cause, however lofty, justify this incredible slaughter? And yet, I realized, Lincoln was winning. What must the Confederate leaders…

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Why Scrapping the Confederate Flag Is a Threat to a Huge Swath of the Right-Wing Movement (from @Truthdig)

Why Scrapping the Confederate Flag Is a Threat to a Huge Swath of the Right-Wing Movement (from @Truthdig).

Following Roof’s massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, leading Republican politicians are capitulating to widespread pressure to condemn the display of the Confederate flag in state capitols across the Deep South. Yet neo-Confederacy maintains wide appeal across the South and deep influence within the broader conservative movement. The SCV, for example, oversees a junior ROTC program overseen by the federal government which enables the organization to promote “Confederate heroes” in public high schools and bestow awards on ROTC participants named after a Confederate military submarine, H.L. Hunley. Meanwhile, the UDC helps organize the annual presidential wreath delivery to the Confederate Army Monument at Arlington National Cemetery…The other thing is, [neo-Confederates] do have access. They’re in the system. They’re not loners out in pickup trucks. The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History is written by a leading neo-Confederate [Thomas Woods] and it’s been a New York Times bestseller. I was looking at the “Politically Incorrect” titles and about half or more are written by neo-Confederates. So they’re about shaping mainstream consciousness in the conservative movement.

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