Sanders Made Political History Upset In Michigan

This is one of the most stunning upsets in presidential primaries with Sanders coming from a 20 points behind in polling to win over Clinton by a couple of points.  At this time Michigan is still counting the last votes while I write this. Nate Silver at 538 gave Hillary Clinton a 99% chance to win.

Sanders had gone to bed while campaigning in Florida not expecting a win. He then hastily had to put together a short speech  in front of cameras out side the motel he was staying in Miami to thank everyone for their work in Michigan.

This election reminds me of Mondale and Hart in 1984.

Mondale gradually pulled away from Hart in the delegate count, but the race was not decided until June, on “Super Tuesday III”.[3] Decided that day were delegates from five states: South Dakota, New Mexico, West Virginia, and the big prizes of California and New Jersey.[4] The proportional nature of delegate selection meant that Mondale was likely to obtain enough delegates on that day to secure the stated support of an overall majority of delegates, and hence the nomination, no matter who actually “won” the states contested. However, Hart maintained that unpledged superdelegates that had previously claimed support for Mondale would shift to his side if he swept the Super Tuesday III primary.[5] Once again, Hart committed a faux pas, insulting New Jersey shortly before the primary day. Campaigning in California, he remarked that while the “bad news” was that he and his wife Lee had to campaign separately, “[t]he good news for her is that she campaigns in California while I campaign in New Jersey.” Compounding the problem, when his wife interjected that she “got to hold a koala bear,” Hart replied that “I won’t tell you what I got to hold: samples from a toxic-waste dump.”[5] While Hart won California, he lost New Jersey after leading in polls by as much as 15 points.

By the time the Democratic Convention started in San Francisco Mondale had more than enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_presidential_primaries,_1984

I am expecting Sanders to chip away at Clinton’s lead in delegate count to win the nomination by June.  Tonight was that turning point.

I feel the Bern.

 

Pushed to the edge and really pissed off …

Hunger March – flickr/wikimedia commons

My old education institution in Florida – The Univ. Of Central Florida that was originally called Florida Technological Univ. – has had it’s own brush with a plot for mass violence. The person who was plotting this however committed suicide before carrying it out. Thought he did have the required implements of destruction.

UCF police said they received a fire alarm call around 12:20 a.m. As they responded to that call, police then received a 911 call reporting a man with a gun.

When police arrived, they found a student with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They also found a bag of improvised explosive devices, along with a handgun and an assault weapon. – Central Florida News 13

We may never really know the motivations behind this individual or his actions and proposed actions but it’s safe bet is was some personal problem or agenda that drove him to it.

There a those who like to see such situations as some idealistic political and/or religious or some other kind of plot. In most cases those who are involved are just people who feel they have been pushed too far and are generally just really pissed off and desperate. Desperation can drive people to do things and behave in a manner they would not under other circumstances.

If one looks at the history to most political and/or economic upheavals, they were generally started by people who had “Had enough” and were desperate. Even the Russian revolution caught Lenin by surprise when it began even though he and others had plotted the over throw of the Tzar, it was a spontaneous event by desperate people that initiated it. The same for the French revolution and nearly all other such situations.

And now with the current situation in Europe and the EU ministers decision on the Cyprus bank bail outs, they are sowing and fertilizing the seeds of another upheaval.

There’s been a great deal of discussion of how the deal came about, with a particularly detailed account at the Wall Street Journal. The new stance at the creditor nations and the ECB is that there will be “private sector participation” which is bureaucrat-speak for haircuts to the people who funded the banks. And in the fracas over renegotiating the pact so as to make it less unpalatable to the locals, the Eurozone officials have made clear they don’t care how Anastasiades skins this particular cat as long as he comes up with €5.8 billion from local deposits. Banks were due to be closed Monday on Cyprus for a holiday; officials are now considering imposing a bank holiday on Tuesday. Funds have been frozen in the meantime, producing what is likely to be the emblematic photo of this crisis, of a man trying to break into his bank branch:

. . . . .

Now the EU officials could easily calm nervous depositors by announcing an ECB-backstopped deposit guarantee, instead of the current national system which depends on not-exactly-credible central banks. Germany and its fellow surplus countries have hesitated about proceeding with the necessary steps to further economic integration (notice how the plan to implement eurozone wide bank supervision, which Germany insisted was a precondition to Eurozone-level deposit guarantees, has languished?). Germany is trying to maintain policies that are contradictory: it wants to continue to have large trade surpluses, yet not fund its trade partners; its wants debtors to meet their obligations, yet refuses to allow either enough in the way of fiscal deficits or monetary easing to keep debtor countries from falling into deflationary spirals, which assure default. Germany’s failure to relent on any of these conditions means that what breaks will be the financial system. – Naked Capitalism

It took FDR meeting with the heads of the unions and communists and socialist parties to convince him that this country was very close to another revolution in the 1930s. It was this sort of situation that brought Hitler to power and also brought down a number of leaders in other countries. People are not stupid and when they see that they are being sacrificed for the good of those in the upper crust..when they feel they have no say or recourse…when they feel desperate, they will eventually take matters into their own hands.

The PTB need to realize and be aware that it’s groups of highly desperate and pissed of people that will force a change in the current situation for good or bad. Not some high minded organized plot by some subversive element. Though these elements will often take credit for it, they generally are not the instigators.

Going There

Women in binders?

When Romney uttered the phrase “Women in binders” I absolutely could not stop myself from thinking about the Chinese custom of foot binding for women.

Foot binding in China was outlawed in 1912 and in the 21st century there are only a few ‘outlaws’ left to bear witness to this awful custom. A hundred years. A hundred freaking years! It takes that long to erase this kind of crushing (literally bone crushing) kind of subjugation of women.

The next thing I thought was, under a Romney administration, will women lose what they have gained?

I’m not even talking about making further advances. I’m talking about being able to keep what we already have; the economic, social and personal gains. I fear a Romney administration will chip away at those until we are back in 1912 with our feet bound and our ability to walk proud once again crippled.

 

cross-posted at dagblog.com

In Cleveland Public Transportation is for Black People

Cleveland Trolly 1947 – flickr

Cleveland’s public transportation began like nearly all of the urban areas in this country. First with horse drawn cars and then a few cable cars and then electrified with electric trolly cars. Cleveland had electric trolleys up until the 1940s when they began to replace them with electric buses – so called trackless trolleys. Cleveland had trackless trolleys up until the last line was converted to diesel buses in 1962. The Lorain Av. Line on the west side of town. Contrary to popular belief, the city’s decision to got the diesel bus route was because of the the new heavy rail system that was to be expanded to the airport. The first in the country to do so. It was feared that the city could not provide enough electric power for both the electric buses and the heavy rail. Continue reading “In Cleveland Public Transportation is for Black People”

CONSPIRACIES

Morte di Giulio Cesare (“Death of Julius Caesar”). By Vincenzo Camuccini, 1798

CONSPIRACY TO KILL OBAMA

Members of our military attempted to assassinate the President of the United States!

http://www.govexec.com/defense/2012/08/prosecutors-us-soldiers-plotted-kill-president-obama/57678/

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/08/prosecutors-us-soldiers-plotted-kill-president-obama/56238/

       QUIP: Seven_Days_in_May?

LIMBAUGH CONSPIRACIES

Meteorologists conspired to impel Isaac to attack the Florida Peninsula!

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2012/08/anatomy-rush-limbaughs-hurricane-isaac-non-conspiracy-conspiracy/56260/

QUIP: And then the weathermen attempted to underline the Katrina Crisis!

Rich people are just poor people with money.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2012/08/29/rush-limbaugh-rich-people-are-just-poor-people/189638

QUIP: yeah naked peoples are that same as clothed people except they have no clothes!

Conspiracy by MSNBC

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/30/rush-limbaugh-msnbc-sick-depraved-place_n_1844261.html?utm_hp_ref=media

QUIP: Does Rusho ever examine Mediamatters? Or does Rusho ever listen to his own broadcasts?

International corporations (is that not most of the corps?)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/

       QUIP: Does the word international have any implications here?

BILL BURR (2008)

Bill Burr predicting that Obama will win the election in 08. That way all the pigs can blame the end of America on a Black Guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiPkxIdNXRQ&feature=related

 

       QUIP: The GOP has taken this mantra to it’s ultimate conclusion in the 2012 Convention!

GOP: Factcheckers are conspiring to prove our messages are false.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revolt-of-the-rich/

       QUIP: (It will be the fatcheckers who screw Chris Christie’s chances in 2016!)

CONSPIRACIES IN GENERAL

We did not land on the moon.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/07/photogalleries/apollo-moon-landing-hoax-pictures/

Jesse James was a good guy fighting the good fight conspiracy.

Jesse James was a goddamnable Confederate Terrorist!

The Fluoride Conspiracy

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=14949

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBfjU3_XOaA

The Daylight Saving Time Conspiracy

http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsavings/a/dst.htm

http://www.standardtime.com/

The Light Bulb Conspiracy.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/02/10/422981/rep-steve-king-at-cpac-nancys-stasi-made-me-use-energy-efficient-light-bulbs/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/08/michele-bachmann-light-bulbs-agenda-21

The Gold Standard Conspiracy

http://trueconspiracyblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/honest-truth-about-gold-standard.html

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-02-01/going-back-to-the-gold-standard/

The Hooker Conspiracy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Woman

(If you are a good prostitute you will meet the man of your dreams and he will have money!)

The Corn Syrup Conspiracy.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060629114622AA6TmCZ

UFO’s ON THE MOON

http://ufos.about.com/od/nasaufos/p/moonufos1.htm

http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicphotos.html

http://www.educatinghumanity.com/2012/08/Neil-Armstrong-Dead-Did-He-See-UFOs-Moon.html

COMMENT

This is the one conspiracy I really get into.

I mean over the last week or so I have read twenty links regarding the theory that there are UFO’s on the moon and especially on the dark side of the moon.

I am fascinated by this theory because of all the auditory recordings indicating great structures on the moon and in the skies over the moon at the time of our landings.

And this nutsiness is underlined by the fact that many astronauts in space and simply in our Earth’s atmosphere have reported these UFO’s.

In the current time of drones and aircraft that we shall never be introduced to in the next decade; something is out there.

That is all I have this week.

Except:

DOES MASTURBATION CAUSE BLINDNESS?

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/does-masturbation-cause-blindness/

I am not that sure of this conspiracy but the keyboard and the screen are getting harder and harder to perceive as I move on in years.