Friday, March 25, 2016

Goodbye Dear Garry  (Sign the Petition)  Arizona Vote Stealing Makes U.S. Political Corruption Evident to World  (A Drama Including Don Corleone, Scarface, Norma Desmond and Wicked Witch of the West)  Only Way Out? Elect Bernie Sanders!  (Who's To Blame for Donald Trump?)  Does Pentagon Supersede State Dept. These Days? (Prince Under Investigation)

I'm so sad. This is heartbreaking.

I always felt I received my first lessons in sophisticated, low-key, madcap comedy from "The Larry Sanders Show."

Goodbye, Garry. Dear Garry.

You were far too young and fey to go so soon.

Are all the brilliant people leaving now?

What happened in Arizona wasn’t an accident: When states make voting impossible, it’s for a very clear reason

Sign this petition to bring fair elections to the U.S.


Voters Accuse Arizona of Election Fraud As Phoenix Mayor Requests Federal Investigation

Polling places were cut by 70%, leading #AZElectionFraud to trend on Twitter & a petition to get 100,000 signatures

The phrase #AZElectionFraud trended on Twitter on Thursday as thousands of users across social media accused Arizona of sabotaging the March 22 primary election.
Thousands of Arizonan voters were stuck in long lines for hours on Tuesday night after county officials decreased the number of polling locations in Maricopa County — the most populous area in the state, with more than half of the population — by more than two-thirds, from 200 four years ago to just 60.

Hillary Clinton won the contested Democratic primary in Arizona with roughly 58 percent of votes to Bernie Sanders’ 40 percent. Sen. Sanders won the other two primaries in Idaho and Utah the same night in enormous landslides, with approximately 80 percent of votes.

A petition calling on the Obama administration to “investigate the voter fraud and voter suppression” received more than 100,000 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

In response to the widespread outrage, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called the conditions “unacceptable.”

. . . there was just one polling location for every 108,000 residents.

“Thousands of citizens waited in line for three, four, and even five hours to vote,” Stanton wrote. “Many more simply could not afford to wait that long, and went home.”

What Happened Tuesday in Arizona Should Be Considered a National Disgrace

By Bernie Sanders
Reader Supported News
24 March 16
got an email last night from a woman who waited five hours to vote in Arizona. Five hours.

We don't know how many thousands of people didn't get to cast their ballots yesterday in Arizona because they couldn't afford to wait that long. Scenes on cable news last night showed hundreds of people in line at 11:30pm in Phoenix – more than four hours after polls closed. Voting should not be this difficult.

One reason it is so hard to vote in Arizona is because the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. There were 70 percent fewer polling places this year than in 2012 in Phoenix's county. They wouldn't have been allowed to cut those polling places if the Voting Rights Act was still in tact.

These cuts meant that, in a county with more than 4 million residents, there were just 60 polling places. This is unacceptable, but it's also not an isolated incident.

We need to make it easier to vote, not more difficult. One way we can do that is by reaffirming our support for the Voting Rights Act, which, when I am president, I will fight to reinstate.

We cannot continue to see democracy undermined in the United States of America. Enough is enough.

Make no mistake:  the billionaire class does not want Americans to vote. Billions of dollars are being funneled into our elections in a form of legalized bribery, even as American voters — especially minority voters — are being discouraged from voting. It is no wonder that government no longer works for ordinary Americans.

Above all, we need to remember the price that was paid for the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act was one of the great victories of the civil rights movement. Now, as then, change comes when the people demand it — in the voting booth, and on the streets in peaceful demonstrations. We must remind ourselves of what’s been achieved in the past, and resolve to do equally great things in the future. Democracy is not a spectator sport.

It is my sincere hope that the states that vote in the coming weeks and months do better than what we saw yesterday in Arizona. Too much is at stake for our future.

No one said a political revolution would be easy. The billionaire class doesn't want to see our movement win, and so we must do everything we can to show them that we have the power.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has an honesty and trustworthiness problem. Exit polls continue to show voters see her as dishonest. Even voters who vote for her think she is less honest and trustworthy than Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic primary race.

I never cared much for Camille Paglia's take on sexual politics, but she seems to be right on the money as to the Republican Party crackup:

So the GOP is stuck with Trump, and through every fault of their own. Are we really hurtling toward a Trump-Hillary slugfest? If Bernie Sanders had gotten a hundredth of the press coverage lavished on Hillary over the past three years, he would have had an excellent chance of overtaking her.

But thanks to the outrageous press blackout (Clinton Incorporated’s vast vulture-wing conspiracy), Sanders remains too unknown to too much of the electorate, particularly in the South. The now widespread claims that Sanders voters will automatically vote for Hillary in the general election aren’t true in my case:  I will never cast my vote for a corrupt and incompetent candidate whose every policy is poll-tested in advance. If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I will write in Sanders or vote for Jill Stein of the Green Party, as I did in 2012 as a protest against Obama’s unethical use of drones and the racially divisive tone of his administration.
Voters have a tremendous opportunity this year to smash the tyrannical, money-mad machinery of both parties. A vote for Bernie Sanders is a vote for the future, while a vote for Hillary Clinton is a reward to the Democratic National Committee for its shameless manipulation and racketeering. A primary vote for Donald Trump is a rebuke to the arrogantly insular GOP establishment, which if he wins the nomination will lose its power and influence overnight.
But a Trump-Hillary death match will be a national nightmare, a race to the bottom for both parties, as Democratic and Republican operatives compete to dig up the most lurid and salacious dirt on both flawed candidates. We’ll be sadistically trapped in an endless film noir, with Trump as Citizen Kane, Don Corleone and Scarface and Hillary as Norma Desmond, Mommie Dearest and the Wicked Witch of the West.
However, there is one way out to ensure a rational, future-oriented, issues-centered presidential campaign: Democrats, vote for Bernie Sanders!

Pentagon Muscles Out State Dept. on Foreign Aid

The State Department and the Pentagon are feuding over who should control decisions on supplying military aid to foreign nations.

Washington's newest arms race pits the State Department against the Pentagon, which are feuding over who should make the decisions on supplying military aid to foreign nations.

And to the consternation of the diplomats, the generals are on a winning streak.

The Pentagon is steering a growing pot of money, equipment and training to help countries fight terrorism, stem the drug trade and deter a rising China and resurgent Russia. Congress is poised to further expand the military's ability to ship arms overseas — causing the State Department and its supporters on Capitol Hill to warn that some of the aid may contradict broader U.S. interests, such as promoting human rights.
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Still looking for someone to blame for Donald Trump? Look no further than the right-wing media bubble.
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A Republican Meltdown Won't Make the Democrats Better

Blackwater's Founder Erik Prince Is Under Federal Investigation

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