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Thu Apr 30, 2015 at 01:27 PM PDT

Thoughts on Bernie Sanders

by nuketeacher

There isn't a millimeter of distance between Bernie and me on nearly every issue, thus I will energetically support his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President.

However, I would have real fears for the general election with him as our candidate.  But I want to change that, and Bernie just might be able to start the process of accomplishing that change.

I was listening to Thom Hartman this afternoon talking about Bernie.  Bernie emphasizes that we spend far too much money on the military - as much as the rest of the world combined.  A woman caller commented that we need that money for "Progressive Programs."  I totally agree, but I fear that the American electorate does not.  Many, many otherwise decent people have a real problem with what they perceive to be welfare.  They have been brainwashed by their media of choice into believing that most people of color are bloodsucking welfare whores and drug addicts.  They are convinced that spending on the kinds of things we progressives support is simply a process of stealing money from them and giving it to people who refuse to work like they do.

We are never going to get the kind of government we need/deserve until we quash this abominable attitude.  But we have a long way to go on that.

The perception is that all we progressives (and they know Bernie is one) want to do is give away more money to poor, unproductive, people - and by poor people they understand that to be people of color (other than white).

I'm not just talking about Tea Baggers on the extreme right.  I'm talking about rational, reasonable, well educated people who find the Tea Party to be mostly stupid and reprehensible.  They are probably what we could refer to as "the middle" in American politics today.  They believe that there needs to be a balance and that welfare spending is completely out of control.

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According to Luke, Jesus was once asked by a scholar how he (the scholar) was to inherit eternal life.

Jesus answers by asking him what is written in the law.

The scholar answers, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."  

Jesus indicated that the man had answered correctly.  But the man pressed on and asked Jesus, "So, who is my neighbor?"

Jesus responds with what is arguably his most famous parable of the Good Samaritan.

In the parable, Jesus tells about a man who was beaten on the road, robbed and left for dead.  A priest and a Levite (a member of the tribe tasked with taking care of the Temple and other religious functions) passed the man by without rendering any assistance.  A Samaritan came by and helped the man, took him to someone that could care for him and paid to ensure that care was given.

Now, there were some cultural undercurrents in the story that need to be mentioned.  The priest and the Levite were afraid that by rendering assistance, they would be made impure/unclean and thus unable to be the holy and devout Jews that they were.

Due to the existence of a large degree of enmity between Jews and Samaritans, the Samaritan was logically the one least likely to lend assistance.  Jesus created a situation in which the one person who was probably not a physical neighbor was in-fact the only one acting the way a neighbor should act.

Jesus then asked his questioner, "Who do you think was the one that acted most like a neighbor to the beaten man?"

And what does that make all the Christians who would deny their products and services, pizza, wedding cakes, or whatever, to people who happen to be gay?

Do these people actually read their bibles?

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Thu Oct 30, 2014 at 02:33 PM PDT

Reasons for Hope

by nuketeacher

I'll make this short because I need to get back out there.  There are soooooo many people to talk to, and it actually does some good.

Over the last couple of weeks I have spoken to a lot of people in Arkansas about the upcoming election.  These are people that I did not know before I rang their doorbell or called them.  Here are some general observations about the state of the race:

1.  The sometimes voters ARE going to vote this year.  Actually, the sometimes voters are already voting.  They have gotten the message that they need to pay attention and vote in non-presidential years.  Based on observations in other states, I think this is a national phenomenon.  I wouldn't be surprised to see turnout approaching presidential year numbers in the states that have competitive statewide races.

2.  The lists that were generated by the campaign are really good.  They present us with people that need to be called on.  Most of them were going to vote anyway, but there are plenty in the group that needed the push of being contacted again.  

3.  There are a few from the other camp on the lists and those people are interesting.  Obama is really unpopular in this state and there are plenty of people voting against Pryor as a way of voting against Obama.

4.  There are plenty of people on the lists that are genuinely undecided.  They want to vote against Obama but they really do not like Tom Cotton.  These are the people that can be persuaded.  These are the ones that I really need to get back out there to talk to.  

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ExpatGirl inspired this.

Here’s what’s going on in Arkansas:

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I have to give Hunter credit for stimulating this idea, and it is entirely possible that others have said this - apologies in advance if I am stealing your idea.

But, it seems to me that Democratic politicians can routinely shame Republicans for their use of the "I am not a scientist" dodge.

What they need to do on every question in debates and with reporters is to sarcastically preface their answer with the appropriate "I am not a XXXXXX" where XXXXXX is the professional that would be appropriate in that context.

For example:

If asked about the spread of Ebola and what we should do about it, every Democrat should answer with, "Well I am not an epidemiologist, but, in reading what they have to say, I understand that there is very little likelihood of the Ebola virus spreading in the United States on the scale that is has in Africa. Of course prudent measures can and are being taken to minimize  the risk of Ebola becoming a significant problem in this country.  Furthermore, this event points out the real need for our government to fully fund the efforts of the CDC to identify and create appropriate responses for us as a nation to diseases such as this.  Ebola could mutate and become much more virulent, but even if it doesn't we know for a fact that there will be other epidemiological threats to us in the future and it is unconscionable that we seek to balance our budget by cutting funding for such programs."

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It is absolutely imperative that the US Senate remain in Democratic hands next year.  There is far, far too much on the line for any outcome this fall other than Democrats remaining in control.

With the House dominated by CRAZY we have to retain 2 out of 3 in order to have a chance against these lunatics.

Stuff happens.  So John Walsh would lose if he were to remain in the race, so he does the right thing, leaving the Democratic Party with no candidate and little time to regroup.  Schweitzer makes total sense.  He would immediately make the race very competitive if not have the upper hand from the beginning. He isn't going to be the Presidential nominee, and he could just as easily get the VP nomination as a senator from Montana as a Presidential candidate.  He wants to gain exposure in 2016 for a potential run in 2020 or beyond.

But his party and his nation need him as a candidate for Senator from Montana this fall, and thus far it appears that he is saying "No!"

Thus, I formally announce the Schweitzer NOW or Schweitzer NEVER campaign.

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There is a diary currently on the Recommended list at RedState that is advocating the immediate impeachment of Barack Obama.  It is an interesting read.  Get some bleach ready and go read it.

Impeach now. Not later. Now.
Not “if you step over another line.”
Not “if you do one more thing.”
Not “if you cut another deal with Putin.”
Not “if you get caught hiring one more Marxist.”
Not “if you let one more American die like in Benghazi.”
Not “if you politicize yet another agency like the IRS and the DOJ.”
Not “if you lose more guns to the cartels like with ‘Fast N Furious’.”
Not “if you spend another trillion dollars we do not have.”
Not “if you take over one more American business like GM.”
Not “if you lie one more time like ‘if you like your doctor you can keep him.’”
Not “if you make one more unConstitutional executive order.”
Not “if you take one more taxpayer funded vacation.”
Not “if you ignore America in order to go to yet another fundraiser.”
Impeach Now. If it doesn’t go through the Senate then so be it. Impeach now.
And then go read the comments.

This is a minor skirmish among many that are currently raging in the Republican Party, but it is an interesting one.

In response to the diarist's call for immediate impeachment, Bill S., a RedState moderator points out the futility of such an endeavor.  

Bill S Mod • 5 hours ago
I don't see it written here explicitly, but other comments in other diaries have stated that it is currently NOT politically expedient to impeach Obama.  Why not?
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Hey here's an idea that just struck me.  I suppose someone has already thought of this, but I haven't read it, so I'll write it down.  It's probably a stupid idea.  Tell me why it wouldn't work, please.

What if we got signatures together to place a corporation on the Republican primary ballot for something?

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Just yesterday I reported to you about an article on RedState and the burgeoning battle between the ignorant nut bags and the truly soulless nut bags.  So, upon seeing yet another rich opportunity to gain insight into the warped minds of our opponents, I  decided to make this a regular, although not daily, contribution to the DK community.

Today's insight comes from Front-pager Jason Hart (so we know he isn't one of us) and it was actually posted yesterday. It is titled Kasichcare Enrollment Rapidly Approaching 300000.

Having been a regular reader of Brainwrap here for the last year or so, my first reaction was that RS was reporting it as something positive.  Nay, nay!! This is a bad thing over there - a VERY BAD thing.

Let that sink in: Getting people covered for medical care is a VERY BAD thing according to them!!  I guess they are truly soulless too.

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This is terribly distressing and conservative Republicans are in a real pickle now. Erick Erickson of RedState fame CONFIRMS that Senate Republican leadership put up a bunch of money to help Thad Cochran defeat Chris McDaniel a couple weeks ago.

In case you don't want to go there: Erick son of Erick states:

I can confirm that the attack ads in Mississippi run by “All Citizens for Mississippi” were funded by Senate Republicans, including Senators Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, Rob Portman, Bob Corker, and Roy Blunt. It appears our Senate Republican leaders are willing to risk losing a Senate majority so long as they can get their own re-elected. Yes folks, it is true. I can confirm what we all suspected.
The problem is: What is a conservative Republican to do this November?
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Today tens of thousands of VA 7th District Republicans are kicking themselves because they didn't get out and vote for Cantor yesterday.

The polls were not wrong and 70% of them had every intention of voting for Cantor yesterday.  If you ask any Republican out here in the rural part of the 7th District whether or not they are going to vote, they will always say, "yes," and they usually do.  But yesterday they didn't.

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Tue Jun 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM PDT

WE Can Defeat Cantor TODAY

by nuketeacher

Today I voted for a Republican.  I just got back from my polling station here in the 7th Congressional District in Virginia, having voted for David Brat.  

In his politics, David Brat is worse than Eric Cantor, but I strongly believe that the future is in demonstrating to the electorate just how crazy the Teahaddists are, and that is why I voted for him.  It wouldn't affect the balance of votes in Washington if Brat or Cantor were in that job; Cantor is unilaterally opposed to compromising with Democrats, and Brat would be no different. The difference would be that Brat would wield almost no power, while Cantor will wield a lot.  BTW: Cantor intends to run for President some day soon.  Defeating him today will wound him deeply and may prevent him from becoming a credible candidate for that.

There is only one contest on the ballot, Cantor vs. Brat.  If Democrats were to vote in serious numbers for Brat, Cantor would be defeated today.  

In 2012, Cantor got 619 votes at my precinct and Dem. Wayne Powell received 306. Today in 2014 at roughly 2:30 PM I was the 158th person to vote at my precinct. It would not take a very large percentage of the Powell voters to vote as I did today to swing this election.

We have been getting MANY calls from the Cantor camp to get out and vote.  So many that I am very certain it is being counterproductive for them.  They do not know if I am for Cantor or Brat, and yet they have called us 4 times in the last two days to remind us that today is election day and to please vote for Cantor.  They should know by now that I am a Democrat, but still they call.  This means they are also calling all the people who are upset with Cantor and likely Brat supporters.

Cantor and Brat signs are close to 50/50% around here.  Brat households typically have one sign but a Cantor supporter is likely to have 4 or 5 signs in one yard.  Cantor ads are all over TV.  There has been a ridiculous saturation of that market with Cantor ads, proclaiming that Brat is a Liberal.  If asked, I will tell anyone that I voted for Brat because of Cantor's ads proclaiming Brat to be more liberal.

If Brat wins today, Cantor will still run in November as a write-in.  What a shame it will be to not have a Democrat on the ballot to win the seat when Cantor and Brat split the Republican vote.

Bottom line, People of the 7th District: Defeat Cantor today by voting for Brat.

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