Wakey Wakey

Several of the candidates had a rough weekend. O’Malley got booed off the stage.  Sanders has now acquired the hash tag #berniesoblack and Trump seems to have inserted foot in mouth once too often. Hillary stayed well out of the fray, while everyone else rather languished in the disinterest of the Sunday shows or tried to figure out how to respond to the wilder goings on.  Ahead lies the first of the GOP debates and which ten will manage to stagger to the stage.  Any commentary on the tangled web this political scene has become are more than welcome.

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61 Responses to Wakey Wakey

  1. patd says:

    ¡hurra!
    from bbc:
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-33590417
    Cuba and the US have formally restored diplomatic relations after an agreement struck last year putting aside decades of hostility came into force.
    Just after midnight local time, the diplomatic missions of each country became full embassies.

    and from wapo:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/us-cuba-restore-full-diplomatic-ties-after-5-decades/2015/07/20/15e1dec4-2e96-11e5-bf54-9c6cf6a79573_story.html?hpid=z5
    ….When clocks struck 12:00 in Washington and Havana, they tolled a knell for policy approaches spawned and hardened over the five decades since President John F. Kennedy first tangled with youthful revolutionary Fidel Castro over Soviet expansion in the Americas.
    Without ceremony in the pre-dawn hours, maintenance workers were to hang the Cuban flag in the lobby of the State Department alongside those of other nations with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations. The historic shift will be publicly memorialized later Monday when Cuban officials formally inaugurate their embassy in Washington and Cuba’s blue, red and white-starred flag will fly for the first time since the countries severed ties in 1961. Secretary of State John Kerry will then meet his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, and address reporters at a joint news conference.

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  2. Tony says:

    Openly Gay Thomas Roberts Makes History on NBC Nightly News
    Taylor Marsh
    http://www.taylormarsh.com/2015/07/openly-gay-thomas-roberts-makes-history-nbc-nightly-news/
    “NBC News pulled out its Nightly News anchor chair Saturday night for Thomas Roberts, the rugged and dashing MSNBC host who came out when it was still considered career suicide. [Advocate]
    IT WAS another first for NBC Nightly News when Thomas Roberts, who people know from his hosting duties on MSNBC, debuted in the anchor chair. The first openly out network anchor. Roberts is a talented broadcaster. Good for him.”

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  3. Tony says:

    Donald Trump on John McCain
    by Taylor Marsh
    http://www.taylormarsh.com/2015/07/donald-trump-on-john-mccain/
    Donald Trump is no politician. If he was he would have apologized days ago.

    I’ve never been a fan of public apologies from famous people who step in it, especially when most are rarely sorry and are only focused on covering their ass. We’ve become awash in this sort of script and it’s farcical.

    Trump is made for the slow, steamy days of summer.

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  4. Tony says:

    Trump: I don’t need to be lectured
    Donald Trump
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/07/19/donald-trump-republican-party-presidential-candidate-editorials-debates/30389993/
    Oh lol, i hope this asshat keeps on going….

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  5. Tony says:

    Why Liberals Have to Be Radicals
    by Robert Kutner
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/why-liberals-have-to-be-radicals_b_7829322.html?ncid=edlinkushpmg00000090
    “The New York Times’ Noam Scheiber, using Bureau of Labor Statistics data, calculated that raising the minimum wage to $15 for the period 2009 to 2014 would have increased the total income for the 44 million Americans who earn less than $15 an hour by a total of $300 billion to $400 billion. But during the same period, Scheiber reported, the top 10 percent increased its income by almost twice that amount.

    Scheiber concludes:”

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  6. Tony says:

    Bernie Sanders Draws Largest Crowd Yet In Phoenix
    Thousands gathered to listen to the presidential contender speak on Saturday.
    Igor Bobic
    “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) continues to barnstorm the country with crowds that top those of every other contender in the race for the White House, Republican or Democrat.

    At his latest campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, the presidential hopeful drew more than 11,000 people, who gathered to hear him speak about income inequality, money in politics, climate change and growing wages.

    “Somebody told me Arizona is a conservative state. Somebody told me the people here are giving up on the political process. That’s not what I see here tonight,” Sanders said at the Phoenix Convention Center, according to a transcript provided by his spokesman.”

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  7. Jamie says:

    The web address remains the same, but I’ve changed the blog title to reflect its new incarnation.

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  8. Tony says:

    #BlackTwitter Turns On Bernie Sanders
    A heated moment with #BlackLivesMatter protesters over the weekend turned the progressive favorite into a mocking hashtag for black activists sick of his seeming inattention to race.
    Asawin Suebsaeng
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/19/blacktwitter-turns-on-bernie-sanders.html
    “Basically, the Bernie Sanders campaign has a lot of groundwork to do with regards to building the relationship with black voters,” Terrell Starr, a senior editor at Alternet, told The Daily Beast. “There is still privilege with how white progressives view progressive politics with regards to racial discrimination…And what we saw [Saturday] was an example of that disconnect.”

    Black Twitter went after the senator after his Netroots appearance:”

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  9. Pogo says:

    Trump – Jesus god. This is a guy who wants to be president? So now we know the rule for ‘pugns – If you can find that a Dem has said a stupid thing in the past, the ‘pugn who says something similar gets a pass. I don’t agree with Franken, although I think he hasa the right to hold that opinion, just as Trump does. And each has to live with the fallout from their comments.

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  10. Flatus says:

    Tony, so far as veterans are concerned, I sense that Bernie would be quite content if they simply vanished.

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  11. patd says:

    not only is the Donald a dick, he steals other people’s jokes without attribution.

    below is an excerpt from http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/20/politics/donald-trump-al-franken-john-mccain/index.html
    “I have tremendous respect for McCain but I don’t buy the war hero thing. Anybody can be captured. I thought the idea was to capture them. As far as I’m concerned he sat out the war,” Franken, a Democrat who now represents Minnesota, quipped to Salon for a 2000 article about the stakes of that year’s presidential election.
    [….]
    Standing alone, Franken’s comments could seem insensitive to POWs and their families, but an episode of Franken’s radio show four years later that included McCain as a guest made it clear that the comments were intended to be received sarcastically.

    “I mean, I consider you a hero, tremendous political courage, not, you know, the thing about five years, or five and a half years at the Hanoi Hilton; as far as I’m concerned you just sat out the war. I don’t consider that real heroism. Anybody can get captured, right?” Franken said to McCain during the 2004 show, according to a transcript provided by Franken’s office.

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  12. Flatus says:

    Nice day here.Partly cloudy, 103-deg heat index 122-deg. I think I’ll cut the grass tomorrow morning.

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    • Pogo says:

      Here it’s a cool 90 degrees. Feels like 94. I need a coat. I cut my grass yesterday before the storm hit. Couldn’t have been hotter than 88.

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  13. patd says:

    from http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/un-security-council-endorses-iran-deal/ar-AAdfyOI?ocid=ansHill11

    The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the nuclear deal struck by the Obama administration, Iran and other world powers.

    The 15-0 vote came despite opposition on Capitol Hill, where key lawmakers have criticized the administration for pushing for U.N. action before Congress has a to chance to weigh in.

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    • Pogo says:

      So all the ‘pugn contenders would pull out of the deal since of course they know better than the UN Security Council what makes the world more…secure. They never trusted the UN anyway.

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  14. Tony says:

    Walker And Bush Clash Over When To Go After Iran — Day One Or Two
    Headshot of Igor Bobic
    Igor Bobic
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scott-walker-iran-deal_55acfd69e4b0d2ded39f57c2
    WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said over the weekend that the next president of the United States needed to be prepared to take aggressive military action on their very first day in office, including against Iran.

    The presidential contender, who had promised to “terminate” the nuclear agreement with Iran upon his inauguration, made the remark while speaking with reporters at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday. Walker was asked about a criticism from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who asserted during a town hall last week that unwinding the agreement on day one was an unrealistic promise.

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  15. Tony says:

    Hillary Clinton Responds To ‘Gender Card’ Dig: ‘Mitch McConnell Really Doesn’t Get It’
    “These aren’t just women’s issues, they are economic issues that affect all Americans.”
    Laura Bassett
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-mitch-mcconnell-gender-card_55ad4b5be4b065dfe89f02bd?
    “Hillary Clinton fired back at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday after he accused her of playing the “gender card” during her presidential campaign.

    “Wow,” Clinton told HuffPost during a Facebook question-and-answer session. “If that’s what he said, Mitch McConnell really doesn’t get it. There is a gender card being played in this campaign. It’s played every time Republicans vote against giving women equal pay, deny families access to affordable child care or family leave, refuse to let women make decisions about their health or have access to free contraception.”

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    • Jamie says:

      And even more important, “Women of a certain age” vote, and those “women of a certain age” are pissed!!! We have had it up to where since roughly 1970 with the male of the species. Hey guys, we love you, but get the F*** out of our way!! You have managed to totally screw up the economy, the schools, the job front, healthcare, and the planet and you have definitely made it to the “S” list. If you really want to entertain yourself, get on any bus/subway in the country along about 6:00 PM near any group of females chatting about their responsibilities caught between parents, husband (divorced or otherwise) and children. If you had an ego when you got on, you won’t have one when you get off.

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  16. Tony says:

    Bernie Sanders’ big test: Can he learn from his Netroots Nation conflict with Black Lives Matter activists?
    The 73-year-old socialist got where he is by sticking to his guns. But his righteousness stunts his political reach
    JOAN WALSH
    http://www.salon.com/2015/07/20/bernie_sanders%E2%80%99_big_test_can_he_learn_from_his_netroots_nation_conflict_with_black_lives_matter_activists/

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    • Jamie says:

      There are times when holier than thou doesn’t fly and this weekend was one of them.

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      • Tony says:

        I agree.. Bernie needed to stay and listen to their concerns. After listening then offer real solutions.. Although it couldn’t have been easy for a man like Bernie to be screamed at but it comes with the territory.. Black lives do matter and shame on Netroots convention for not adressing their concerns.. Ari Ravin Havt XM who was there said it wasn’t a protest against Bernie but a protest against Netroots not paying attention to the issue..

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  17. Jamie says:

    Anybody have any good ideas for a theme for the rest of the week?

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  18. Pogo says:

    Whadda maroon. ScottWalker – ready to go to war with Iran.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scott-walker-iran-deal_55acfd69e4b0d2ded39f57c2

    After a 15-0 UNSC vote on the Iran nuc deal, we wouldn’t likely have any coalition behind us. If brains were dynamite he couldn’t blow his nose.

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    • Tony says:

      Oh man, right out of the gate this moron is ready to go to war, bankrupt us again along with causing the deaths of so many.. Tragic the GOP hasn’t learned a thing..

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      • Pogo says:

        JoeS holds him up as the type quality candidate the ‘pugns have on their bench this time around. Well, he did stiff the teachers, police and firefighters of his state to show how tough he is – then equated that to facing Isis. Now he’d be ready to take aggressive action on day one. What he’s missing (aside from the ability to think rationally) is a clue.

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    • Jamie says:

      And just signed a law limiting abortion to 20 weeks with no exceptions including life of the mother … this one is going to court if only because a group of women got him behind a building a beat the snot out of him. (semi joking)

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  19. Tony says:

    Hillary Clinton—’Black lives matter. Everyone in this country should stand firmly behind that.’
    byJen Hayden
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/07/20/1404029/-Hillary-Clinton-Black-lives-matter-Everyone-in-this-country-should-stand-firmly-behind-that
    “You chose not to speak at Netroots Nation this weekend, two of your Democratic primary rivals did — both were interrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters, who asked: “As the leader of this nation, will you advance a racial justice agenda that will dismantle — not reform, not make progress — but will begin to dismantle structural racism in the United States?”
    How would you have answered?

    Hillary Clinton’s response below:”

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  20. Tony says:

    Palin: Trump, McCain are both heroes
    By Jesse Byrnes
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/248572-palin-trump-mccain-are-both-heroes
    Love it, Palin has been reduced to writing an email to CNN’s Jake Tapper…

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  21. Tony says:

    Poll: Donald Trump takes double-digit lead over the GOP presidential field
    By Neetzan Zimmerman
    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/248556-poll-donald-trump-takes-considerable-lead-over-gop-presidential-field
    “Donald Trump is soaring over his GOP rivals in a new nationwide Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted amid his controversial comments about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) “war hero” status.

    According to the just-released poll, Trump — with 24 percent support among likely Republican voters — holds a comfortable, double-digit lead over nearest competitor Scott Walker, who captures 13 percent support.

    Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Sen. Marco Rubio round up the top 5 with 12, 8, and 7 percentage points of support, respectively. Sen. Rand Paul, meanwhile, sits in sixth place with 5 percentage points.
    Despite his seemingly frontrunner-like numbers and a significant 20 point bump since the last Washington Post/ABC News poll was taken in May, the poll’s authors said Trump suffered a considerable drop following his remarks about McCain on Saturday.”

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  22. Tony says:

    MSNBC Rumor Alert: Olbermann Coming Back? Several Shows Getting Slashed?
    by Andrew Kirel
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-rumor-alert-olbermann-coming-back-several-shows-getting-slashed/

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    • Jamie says:

      As long as nothing happens to Rachel they can do anything they want. Mess with her and I will write all sorts of nasty things everywhere.

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      • Tony says:

        LOl, doubt they would be dumb enough to mess with her! I don’t have cable but enjoy her still..

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  23. a friend suggested a Brian-Kieth shoe especially for election coverage…and I think there must be a place for Craig Crawford

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    • Tony says:

      Oh and i miss Craig, just sad.. I know hes busy with Mr. Webbs campaign so maybe it helps soften the blow of what happened to Trailmix..

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  24. ugh where is the edit function

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  25. Tony says:

    Nope. Trump’s Latest Outrage Will Not Sink Him One Bit
    Josh Marshall
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/nope-trump-s-latest-will-not-sink-him-one-bit

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  26. Jamie says:

    Am I the only one who can see (Edit) next to the date once a message has posted? If so I can try to do something about that. Still playing with the bells and whistles without going to the totally professional format since I don’t know what is happening as yet.

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  27. Jamie says:

    If someone named Marcus shows up, behave yourselves … He is an honest to goodness, pleasant, sane conservative and drawing blood is not permitted on the first visit. Plus his birthday is tomorrow and eating someone alive on their birthday is frowned upon in polite society. 🙂

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  28. patd says:

    marcus, happy birthday! come on in the water’s fine and no sharks here to nip at your heels. well maybe one or two if you don’t behave.

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  29. patd says:

    wapo’s editorial http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-donald-trumps-reprehensible-statements-could-improve-washington/2015/07/20/ebb9eb40-2eff-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html?hpid=z3
    IT’S RARE that we dedicate our attention to marginal presidential candidates. But for a man as objectionable as Donald Trump, we will make an exception. Mr. Trump will flame out of the race, eventually. The big question is what effect his irresponsible demagoguery will have on Washington — and that poses a test to other, more credible candidates in both parties.

    The best-case scenario is that his run will force those other would-be presidents to ask some bracing questions. Do they, too, at times and in their own ways, adopt Mr. Trump’s disfigured moral compass, encouraging voters to embrace anger, selfishness and suspicion?
    [….]
    Other presidential candidates should take note. Not because Mr. Trump’s approach, if honed and translated into base-rousing dog whistles, might not attract votes. But because no one wants to live in a country whose leaders have no conception of courage.

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  30. Tony says:

    There Is No Progressive Alternative to Hillary Clinton #BlackLivesMatter
    by Taylor Marsh
    http://www.taylormarsh.com/2015/07/there-is-no-progressive-alternative-to-hillary-clinton-blacklivesmatter/
    “The two Democratic presidential candidates who appeared at the conference, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders, got confronted by progressive activists affiliated with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. And neither of them responded terribly well: O’Malley accidentally echoed the opponents of #BlackLivesMatter, while Sanders’s crankiness didn’t exactly ease frustrations with him or his supporters. [Vox.com]
    THERE IS NO progressive alternative to Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley went to Netroots Nation and proved it. Two days later Hillary Clinton schooled her opponents.

    CNN has the video of what happened over the weekend.

    The thing about Bernie Sanders is that he’s passionate about economic equality and the inequity of a stacked deck where the 1% keep getting richer. Martin O’Malley is concerned about inequity, too. Neither man understanding that income inequality doesn’t do anything about racial prejudice that allows discrimination against brown and black on the street that continues through the corridors of our justice system. On racial justice and what they are going to do to address the inequity, both men fell flat on their faces.

    Choosing not to speak at the same conference, Clinton had time to think about her answer, which revealed the breadth of how she views the law, inequity and how deeply she believes racial injustice reaches inside our country. This subject is a layup for her, and time allowed her to modernize her philosophy to fit the times, through a Facebook chat.

    #BlackLivesMatter
    #BlackLivesMatter

    Unlike Sanders or O’Malley, Hillary Clinton communicated that the subject of inequality is about a lot more than money or treating everyone equal, jobs or even education, it’s also about racial justice.

    Bernie doesn’t want to talk about race, acting petulant when he was confronted at the conference, which ended in #BernieSoBlack.

    So how did the #BernieSoBlack hashtag get started?

    Roderick Morrow: Bernie Sanders, while he does have a good track record on race in the past, he’s kind of been avoiding talking about certain racial issues now. Whenever he’s asked a question, he goes into a spiel on economics — which is fine, obviously, people do want wage and class equality. But certain issues are race issues, and they do need to be talked about, at least from a candidate that I would like to vote for.
    O’Malley wants everyone to just forget about it, because “all lives matter,” which inspired loud jeering from the crowd.

    If you’re going to stand on a stage at a progressive conference filled with tough, smart activists that includes brown and black individuals who want answers that reveal you’re prepared to do something about racial justice, you’d better come prepared.

    There’s a reason Clinton didn’t agree to attend Netroots Nation conference. She wants their votes, but no politician is the friend of activists whose only master is the issue.”

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  31. Tony says:

    National Review says Bernie Sanders is a national socialist
    Matthew Yglesias
    http://www.vox.com/2015/7/20/9007815/bernie-sanders-national-socialist
    National Review writer Kevin Williamson has a hot take on Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders — he’s a Nazi:

    “In the Bernieverse, there’s a whole lot of nationalism mixed up in the socialism. He is, in fact, leading a national-socialist movement, which is a queasy and uncomfortable thing to write about a man who is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and whose family was murdered in the Holocaust. But there is no other way to characterize his views and his politics.

    One could say that this is a repugnant thing to say about a man who is not only not a Nazi, but in fact an old Jewish guy whose family was murdered in the Holocaust. But Williamson is actually well-aware that Sanders’ family was murdered in the Holocaust. He even says it makes him “queasy” to call Sanders a Nazi. “But there is no other way to characterize his views and his politics.”

    I think it’s actually pretty easy to characterize Sanders as something other than a Nazi. You can accurately describe him, for instance, as a left-wing liberal and loyal ally of American labor unions — for high taxes and a generous welfare state, but also skeptical of international trade deals.”

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  32. Tony says:

    Jon Stewart Wonders ‘What The F**k Is Wrong’ With Donald Trump
    Ed Mazza
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jon-stewart-donald-trump_55ae08cde4b07af29d56427d?

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  33. Tony says:

    Today in Politics: Clinton Weighs Using Trump Against His Party
    NYT
    http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/07/21/

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  34. rebelliousrenee says:

    Gee…. things are really getting ugly out there… and the real campaigning hasn’t even begun yet.

    I LOVE Bernie Sanders…. but (you knew that was coming 🙂 … being the long time Senator to the whitest state in the union probably doesn’t prepare one on racial issues. I don’t call him cranky… I call him feisty. It’s a characteristic I really like about him… but …. sometimes it is too heavy handed and one of the reasons I think he can’t win a national election (although if I’m wrong about that it would be nice).

    But to call him a Nazi… hey there guy from the national review (small letters is all it deserves)… thanks for showing us once again the true color of the repugs!

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  35. patd says:

    renee, let’s hope they just can’t spell (or their auto-stenographer misheard it) and meant to say “nasty” liberal.
    otherwise next you’ll see sieg-heiling bernie bobble heads on sale next to those hillary nut crackers at the goper store.

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  36. Jamie says:

    Re the editing function: Not a function of WordPress. In the interest of preventing security attacks, no plugins are allowed plus they have had a problem in the past on one person changing the posts of another. I can probably enlist you all as writers on the site which would grant some editorial functions. Renee, you are an administrator on the site. Can you see the (Edit) next to the date/time on messages?

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