Bernie Sanders Supporters Aren't Buying What Hillary's Selling–No Matter What Bernie Says

On September 21, 2016 Bernie Sanders posted this article, with this introduction:

People immediately started commenting, and it doesn’t look good for Hillary. She has a history and these people have done their homework. Nothing can change what’s already been done. And said. And these people aren’t budging.



And then they went off on a Trump tangent on this comment:


Then I went back to the original thread:





I still believe that we and Bernie got robbed with a rigged primary. I still believe that Trump is a Clinton plant and this is all political theater. Maybe I’m wrong.

I hope neither Trump nor Hillary make it to the White House. I think they are both a disaster. But I agree with Allison Steinbacher Orvis on a Trump presidency.


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Grasping The Tail Of The Middle Class As You Slip Into Poverty? READ THIS:

Back in September my friend, The Devout Atheist, unleashed an epic rant on the state of our country and how it has affected him and his family, who live in Michigan.

He discusses the wages that are paid versus the cost to live there. He discusses education and chasing a degree so he can, hopefully, one make a more livable wage and not have to put his life and health at risk for pennies to barely feed his family. He discusses the brainwashing that the RWNJs have used to twist the Second Amendment into meaning something it was never intended. He discusses money and corruption in politics.

And then he discusses Bernie Sanders.

Since then a lot has happened, life goes on and continues to wreak havoc upon him and his family. He has asked me to share this with you, to see how many of you can relate to his story:

It’s surprising how much of this corporate media control and ‘inevitable’ coronation process is above ground; even admitting on National television that they are going to announce that Hillary has already won before the votes are cast and question which voters–Hillary’s or Bernie’s–will give up and not vote. They ALL do it. Bernie told us back when he started that they would push back, and that they would use just these tactics. But we didn’t know how bad it would get. Yet he never waivers. Bernie never backs down.

All of the research I had originally done to select Bernie as my candidate still holds true. All of the things that turned up on Hillary then are still as true of her now, and show her intent, her dirty ties, her flip-flopping, and the danger that she poses to society. Nothing has changed.

For me, however, things have changed a bit. My girlfriend has had two strokes (numbers three and four) since September, and thank goodness for Medicaid. Rare blood disorder. Physical debilitation. Unable to work. Unable to drive. Lots of expensive medicine. Weekly blood draws. Therapy full time. Constant specialist visits, never right around the corner. Republican state denied her disability claim.

They told her she hasn’t worked long enough.

There is no way her two daughters will be able to continue going to the same school, having the same friends, being able to eat, having clothes that fit, a house to keep them safe, and the medical care necessary to keep their mother alive.

It’s a constant struggle. The insurance companies still prefer to not give absolutely one iota more medical care than absolutely necessary, and will cut off any therapies or medicines the moment their spreadsheets tell them the cost-benefit analysis doesn’t profit them anymore.

For myself, I have not worked since February, and am raising my son with no income of my own, aside from the modest charity of loved ones (and the sale of my lifetime collection of professional tools, which a spinal injury prevents me from using)…

Dehumanizing. Demoralizing. Emasculating.

Sure would be great if my DHS caseworker would return my phone calls. It would be great if I could stock my refrigerator with some milk and eggs and bread. But our Republican Governor, Rick Snyder, is still in the same office he was before the whole world found out what he had done to poison us. If he doesn’t care about lead in the water, what do you think he cares about my upcoming spinal surgery? What do you think he cares about my car payment? My living arrangements? What about the fact that my spinal surgery means NO ONE in my family can drive?

What do you think his conservative ass cares about my transgender son, who can afford no surgery?

Do you think Hillary does?

Do you think Trump does?

One thing, however, has not changed at all since September.

Bernie cares.
Bernie wants my son to go to college. Bernie doesn’t want my son to die in combat.
Bernie wants my son to get quality medical care, and to actually be able to follow through on his wishes for gender reassignment surgery.

Do you think Hillary cares about that? 
Do you think Trump cares about that?

Again, Bernie does.
Still, Bernie does.

Virgin Islands, feel that bern.
Puerto Rico, rise up.
New Jersey, you’re on.
Montana, we need you.
North & South Dakota, step forward.
New Mexico, show them what’s up.
DC, you can bring this home.

California, BERN IT DOWN.

We can change the world, but we just have to have a little bit of wisdom, to look past what we’ve been told by the people that profit from controlling our information and energy at the expense of our children, our health, our rights, and our planet.

A little bit of moxie, to take one of those big, bold, scary FDR steps that can bring the balance back to capitalism, without driving people into poverty.

A little bit of humility, to learn from our segregated and hateful past, because we can see our connected and hopeful future.

And the dedication to follow through.

Like Bernie has.



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If It Doesn't Seem Quite Right, It Probably Isn't (VIDEO)

Remember this is an election year.

I firmly believe that we should everything that is questionable on a daily basis, and even more so during an election. For this particular case study, let’s reference AmericaBlog (a Clinton Supporter and Bernie Basher) taking a situation out of context trying to make Bernie look bad.

Let’s start with a little history…

In September 2015 Bernie Sanders and Elijah Cummings introduced federal legislation to lower the price of pharmaceuticals, stating correctly:

Americans, who already pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world, saw prices jump more than 12 percent last year, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That increase was more than double the rise in overall medical costs. Nearly one in five Americans did not fill a prescription last year because they could not afford it.

In October 2015 Martin Shkreli purchased the rights to the AIDS drug Daraprim and jacked up the price to $750 per pill. Bernie publicly denounced Shkreli and his actions and rejected a donation that Shkreli gave him, donating it to an HIV Clinic.

Fast forward to March 2016 and Hillary Clinton praises Nancy Reagan’s work for AIDS victims, and faces a huge backlash from AIDS activists, including Peter Staley. Staley has been a huge supporter of Clinton and she fell all over herself apologizing for her gaffe.

The group also invited Bernie Sanders to speak with them. Following the meeting on May 25, 2016 the Sanders campaign issued a press release about the meeting and California’s “Drug Price Relief Act.” In it the campaign states, in part:

The ballot proposition Sanders supports – the California Drug Price Relief Act – is supported by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and National Nurses United, both headquartered in Oakland, California. The measure would prohibit the state from paying more for a prescription drug than the lowest price paid for the same drug by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It would make sure that state taxpayers will no longer be ripped off by pharmaceutical companies that charge exorbitant prices for AIDS treatments and other prescription drugs. “We think it’s a great start and we applaud the people of California for standing up to the pharmaceutical industry,” Sanders said afterward.

At the meeting, Sanders noted that he has introduced a plan to lower costs for HIV/AIDS drugs. His measure would establish a prize fund to provide incentives for drug makers to develop new treatments. Unlike the current system that lets drug makers charge the highest prices in the world for medicine sold in the United States, medical breakthroughs made under the prize fund system would make the new drugs available to the public at affordable prices.

The group, HousingWorks, issued a response to the Sanders campaign release stating, in part:

Your campaign’s release title and the bulk of its content mislead readers and the press to believe that our May 25 meeting was primarily focused on your endorsement of a California ballot initiative on HIV drug pricing. By extension, it also implies that our national HIV/AIDS coalition also fully endorses this initiative. Both these characterizations are inaccurate.

During the meeting, we raised the issue of the California ballot initiative with you toward the tail end of the discussion, not to support or endorse it, but to relay to you that a number of stakeholders in California have serious concerns about the initiative. There is no general consensus in the HIV/AIDS community in support of the California ballot initiative, which is why we requested that you meet with those stakeholders. Prior to our meeting, numerous California organizations have tried to reach your campaign with these concerns, without any success.

Peter Staley also posted May 26, 2016 on Facebook that he felt used and abused by the Sanders campaign because of that release, and that he didn’t feel that it accurately represented  how he pictured the meeting.

Then, of course, on May 27, 2016 Peter Staley took to twitter and Warren Gunnels, from the Sanders campaign responded linking to this article:



Dan Savage (a Clinton supporter) called the above tweet an “attack” and “appalling.”

On May 29, 2016 Staley (a Clinton supporter) spoke glowingly of Sanders and described in an interview on MSNBC and said “frankly we’d love to get back to the fact that we had a fairly productive meeting with the candidate himself, and it went well and he said some great stuff. We want to continue that dialog and we want him to be a part of a very important progressive movement to keep HIV/AIDS in the foreground.”

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Chris Matthews Admits On LIVE TV That Nomination Will Be Called For Hillary Before Votes Are In (VIDEO)

Shocking! Or maybe we shouldn’t be shocked at all. The obvious bias, voter and election fraud and blatant lies this campaign cycle should have eliminated any ability to surprise even the most callous of us.  However, another day is upon us and shocked I am.

Lee Camp points out that Chris Matthews, in a conversation on LIVE television with Jeff Weaver (Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager), admits that they networks are going to announce–BEFORE voting that day is even over and BEFORE the delegates are appointed and BEFORE the superdelegates have voted–will call the nomination for Hillary Clinton. The look on Jeff Weaver’s face is priceless.


I’m told by the experts of numbers around here at MSNBC and elsewhere that come June 7th when they have the California Primary, which your candidate… I totally understand he wants to get to have a chance of knocking off Hillary… a big last hurrah… At 8pm ET the networks will be preparing—including this one—to announce that Hillary Clinton has now gotten over the top, that she will have won the nomination in numbers: it’s done.

What will that do to turnout? It’s 5pm PT, with THREE MORE HOURS to vote in California, who be least likely to vote? Sanders people from 5-8pm? Or Hillary? I’ve heard both theories…



Share this with everyone you know so that they aren’t duped into believing that their vote doesn’t count and that Hillary has this in the bag.


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Class Warfare, Bacon Sammiches and the Zombernie Trumpocalypse

Apparently America is addicted to bacon. And zombies. This is a new development; I’ve been a fan of the zombie movie genre for my entire life, and I took particular notice the moment that pop culture included George Romero’s world.

And it’s not like it’s just movies. People have Z-Teams. Bug-out bags. Survival kits. When we gather to discuss the latest episode of The Walking Dead, we talk about the farm. Or the prison. Or the camp in the woods. Or Alexandria.

I bet you know someone that owns a machete. I bet he’s actually HOPING for a zombie apocalypse. I know I am.

And bacon? Come on. I’m sure you remember last year when it was announced that bacon is “probably carcinogenic”, and you also recognize this sentence is the first time since then it even entered your mind.

occupy bacon

But seriously…  Pull out your phone and Google “bacon” to see how many entries come up. Now try and imagine how many books your local library has with the word “bacon” in their titles. This is also a new development. And it also shows a ‘fuck it’ mentality.

Some years ago, I stumbled across the (rather obvious now) correlation between Millennial Indifference and Handheld Internet.

Basically, the idea is that as an entire generation was brought up to find answers in their pockets without tedious trips to the library, the culture in our youth has been one of laziness. If you can connect with your friends on FaceTime or Skype, you probably don’t even need to know how to ride a bike these days.

Can the adults reading this imagine such a thing? Having friendships with people you only saw at school? Not wanting to go outside? Book reports without study groups, meeting your friends at the library?

And how could it have any effect other than instilling a lack of work ethic? What other outcome could we possibly have expected?

Well, how about President Trump?

Let me explain. There’s more at play here than electoral stupidity, though that’s a factor.

Chris Rock once spoke of the glorification of ignorance. George Carlin called out the ignorance in our population as a direct cause of the corruption in Washington. Even Carl Sagan knew we were headed in a dangerous direction, where our society depends on science and technology, yet preaches pseudoscience and demonizes skepticism.

But we can’t blame Trump on the ignorance of millennials; the exit polls show clear as day that older folks are ignorant, too. Besides, it’s hard to blame the younger generation for voting in a celebrity; you old geezers put Reagan in office.

If you still think Reagan was anything other than an incompetent liar, you’re lost to ignorance. It doesn’t matter whether you vote Trump or Clinton, you obviously choose name recognition over anything else.

Which is why you’re going extinct.

Trump voters and Hillary voters are either those so hopelessly locked into the system that they can’t even see the system, or they are those who think that just because their favorite channel has “news” in its title somewhere, they have some kind of monopoly on the truth.

But what about Bernie supporters? Are we delusional? Do we really think this communist from New England has any right to try and let people vote for him?!? Heavens to Betsy! The NERVE! And the math! He can’t even get to 2,383!!! Just drop out already! Your freeloading supporters just want handouts! Besides, she has 3 million more votes than Bernie!

1. He’s a “Democratic Socialist“. Not a socialist, and not a communist. When you fail to understand the distinction, you broadcast your ignorance.

2. He’s from Brooklyn, and he has the highest favorability rating of any congressman in FIFTY YEARS. The people he has represented LOVE HIM. Maybe they’re worth hearing.

3. It’s true. It’d be damn near impossible for Bernie to reach 2,383 pledged delegates. But have you done HER math? She can’t either; not without her bought cronies fixing elections.

4. She didn’t drop out in 2008 until June, and his message is WAY more important than her coronation.

5. For the last motherfucking time; it’s not free stuff, we don’t want handouts, and they’re not entitlements. They’re social programs we have either A. long been paying for but had politicians gut them for personal gain, or B. better expenditures of our money than current contracts. You’d rather have regime changes for oil profits than educated children? You’d rather have mass graveyards of both children from war AND obsolete military technology from bloated government defense contracts? You’d rather Wall Street traders avoid a two-cent fee on trades than your children have a competitive public education?

6. Pay attention. This is a big one, and I’m fucking SICK of it. Hillary stands up there, on national television, and tells you that she has 3 million more votes than Bernie. She’s lying through her teeth to you, and she knows it. Let me explain. The total popular vote count during the primary election cycle counts only actual votes cast on actual ballots, in primary elections. If you filled in a box for a presidential candidate, you voted one time. That vote counts towards her supposed 3 million vote lead, or Bernie’s supposed 3 million vote deficit. But that’s only primary elections, not caucuses. Caucasus require a larger portion of time, dedication, enthusiasm, passion, work, and interest in politics. Caucuses do not count towards that vote, except as a total state count. The 3 million vote lead does not count the millions of people who have caucused, which Bernie tends to win overwhelmingly. WaPo did a breakdown, but under some very biased terms; not surprising, if campaign contributions are any indication.

So what gives? It’s not just millennials voting for Bernie, and it’s not just seniors voting for Trump. Why? I’ve just showed you the evidence that Bernie supporters aren’t stupid, and that voting for a celebrity isn’t a new concept.

What does this signify?

It’s absolutely true that Bernie supporters and Trump supporters have one thing in common: they’re sick of this system.

Why vote for an establishment candidate? Are you happy with your options? Do you enjoy a paycheck-to-paycheck existence? Is it cool with you that you’re one accidental injury away from bankruptcy and homelessness? That ANYONE is?

Hoping for a zombie apocalypse is sometimes just a masked desire to shoot people; sometimes it’s a faith in one’s abilities over a system that isn’t cutting it. For me, I’d rather see a world where the strong (and their loved ones) survive, and the rich get eaten. Because fuck this shit.

Eating excessive bacon is arguably as bad for me as smoking, but I do both. Why? Well, why not? The rich are ruining this planet, and it’s not like we’ll be able breathe outdoors in thirty years anyway. Three minutes of delicious, or five minutes of calm? That’s more than your government wants you to have.

Trump for President. Wow. You fucking people are stupid. But who can argue? They’re all the same. They’re not working for you. So it might as well be entertaining, right? Horrible thinking, but hard to blame them. The establishment isn’t exactly giving us the best of the best to choose from.

But Bernie Sanders.

Oh, Bernie.

Finally someone with our interests in mind. Consistent throughout his career, loved, respected on both sides the aisle, experienced (more so than any other candidate), and actually capable of getting his plans accomplished.

Millennials, Trump supporters, Bernie supporters, bacon lovers, zombie fans… The common thread is obvious.

This country collectively has thrown its hands up and said “Fuck this system.”

But Bernie has actual solutions.

Please don’t fuck this up.

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This Is For Anyone Who Is Against The #BernieOrBust Movement (Op-Ed)

This is for anyone who is against the ‪#‎BernieOrBust‬ movement.

This is for anyone who has ever used the phrase “guarantee a Trump presidency.”

This is for anyone who wants to unify the Democrats.

This is for anyone who thinks Hillary would be a good president.

This is for anyone who thinks Trump would be a good president.

This is for anyone who thinks ‘splitting the ticket’ should be a concern when I step into the voting booth to cast the most important ballot of my life.


Once again, my friend The Devout Atheist, wants to share some thoughts with the world:

You’re not blaming me. This isn’t my doing. I didn’t screw this system up, and I’m actively trying to fix it.

An honest guy is running, and I voted for him.
I rallied for him.
I donated to him, several times.
I’ve made t-shirts.
I’ve covered my vehicle in stickers.
I have never been so energized or excited about an election in my life, and I don’t expect to be for a long time to come.
I am a well informed voter, keeping myself abreast of the political climate, the economy, foreign policy, domestic policy, equal rights, workers rights, and every other political issue that I can possibly think of. I like to stay informed. I like to learn. I like to know that when I cast my vote, I am doing the absolute best for my country that I can. It’s the only power I have. I want to use it well.

So don’t talk to me like I don’t understand what voting for anybody but the main two party candidates can do to the system.

You make the mistake of thinking I don’t actually want to do that to your system.

You cannot complain about the system while turning your head away from the very thing that keeps the system going.

Voting for one of the main party candidates will result only in perpetuating the system. I have no interest in that. I’m stunned that you do.

I’m not casting a vote for Bernie Sanders because I want to shake up the system. I’m casting a vote for Bernie Sanders because I want to dismantle it.

I’m not casting a vote for Bernie Sanders to send a message to the DNC. I’m casting a vote for Bernie Sanders to send a message to the entire political system.

I’m not casting a vote for Bernie Sanders as a protest. I’m casting a vote for Bernie Sanders as a hope.

I’m not casting a vote for Bernie Sanders because I want free stuff. I’m casting a vote for Bernie Sanders because I want the stuff I’ve already paid for.

I’m not casting a vote for Bernie Sanders because I don’t like Hillary (although I don’t).
I’m voting for Bernie Sanders because I love him.



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$15 Minimum Wage Is NOT A Job Killer (And It Shouldn't Increase The Cost Of Your Burger Either)

Apparently, former McDonald’s CEO, Ed Rensi, has jumped on the $15-per-hour-will-kill-jobs bandwagon. Let’s think about that for a moment.

This is the same Ed Rensi that, according to, received almost $500,000 in 2014 for being CEO of Famous Dave’s. That’s almost $230 per hour–nor is it his entire compensation. (That didn’t last long, though. After only 17 months he was canned for running it further into the ground.)

But that’s only part of what really angers me. These large corporations and their franchisees make ridiculously huge sums of money while paying their employees starvation wages.

According to McDonald’s ranks #1 in “system sales” at $87,786,000,000. That’s right almost $90BILLION–about the same amount of money the Koch Brothers are spending on this election cycle.

Coming in second, is 7-Eleven at $84.5BILLION.

Third is KFC at $23.4BILLION.

Fourth is Subway at $18.2BILLION.

Fifth is Burger King at just over $17BILLION.

Followed by Ace Hardware, Hertz Rent A Car, Pizza Hut, Marriot Hotels and Resorts and Wendy’s ranking #10 at $9.3BILLION. It goes on and on.

Yum! Brands Inc. which includes other franchises like A&W, Domino’s, Chipotle, Dunkin Doughnuts, El Pollo Loco, Jack in the Box, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Papa John’s, Pap Murphy’s, Pizza Hut, Popeye’s and Wendy’s. Currently trading on NYSE at $82.01 per share.

Yum’s CEO was compensated $22MILLION in 2013. Or about $10,577 per hour–or 705 times greater than $15. There is no need to for one person to be compensated like that when he’s probably never even assembled a taco.

Then there’s Tilman Fertitta, who owns Landry’s which is comprised of “Chart House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Morton’s Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s and Mastro’s. Add to that the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, amusement parks, lodging properties and affiliated businesses.”

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, his personal net worth as of last year was $2.5BILLION.

Greg Flynn is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Flynn Restaurant Group, “the nation’s largest franchise company, generating about $1.4 billion in annual sales through its two subsidiaries, Apple American Group LLC, with 470 Applebee’s restaurants, and Bell American Group LLC, with 170 Taco Bell restaurants.”

Nation’s Restaurant News says that he is notable because he is the first domestic franchisee valued at more than $1BILLION.

These people are flying around in private jets for crying out loud. If they cut their own pay in half they would still be extremely wealthy. There is no reason they can’t pay a living wage and not even have to increase the price of their goods and services.

Small mom and pop shops might have to increase their prices but there are certainly people like me that go out of their way to shop at small businesses, even if it costs a bit more. And I am far from wealthy.

And let’s not get started on how much it costs taxpayers to assist in feeding, housing and caring for their employees when they fall ill. Walmart alone costs taxpayers $6.2BILLION per year to subsidize their greed.

Much like politicians, it’s thumbing their nose in our faces, particularly when all this information is so readily available to prove their greed and guilt.

Also worth noting, low wage workers (and $15 per hour is a very low wage, taking home only about $2K per month if you work full time) spend ALL of their income, stimulating the economies in which they live. The people and corporations listed above hide their wealth in other countries, helping no one but themselves.

Nick Hanauer points out:

Economic prosperity doesn’t trickle down, and neither does civic prosperity. Both are middle-out phenomena. When workers earn enough from one job to live on, they are far more likely to be contributors to civic prosperity — in your community. Parents who need only one job, not two or three to get by, can be available to help their kids with homework and keep them out of trouble — in your school. They can look out for you and your neighbors, volunteer, and contribute — in your school and church. Our prosperity does not all come home in our paycheck. Living in a community of people who are paid enough to contribute to your community, rather than require its help, may be more important than your salary. Prosperity and poverty are like viruses. They infect us all — for good or ill.

What are we going to do about it? Are we going to continue to let them abuse the rest of us?

It’s time for people to start really thinking and stop parroting talking points, like the increase in the cost of a burger if wages go up. Because that is ridiculous.






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