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Sad but necessary meme: Bernie FOREVER But Hillary in November

Throw out all the rhetoric, the dirty politics, the finger-pointing, and the smug superiority. It all comes down to a simple fact: Senator Sanders is not likely to get the nomination without superdelegate defections, and the party standard bearers are anchored to the status quo.

We are approaching time to get in line. But it doesn't have to be with resignation. Here's the sign I'm making for my wagon's rear window:

Bernie Forever but Hillary in November

(4 Supreme Court Judge Nominations, Global Warming)

History Draft Age in USA

I thought this was interesting. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the website.

https://www.teachervision.com/us-history/resource/5669.html

So the draft age under Lincoln was 20. (The Confederacy was 18 in 1862 then 17 later).

The Spanish-American War draft age was 18.

World War I draft age was 21.

World War II 1940 draft age was 21, and lowered to 18 in 1942.

1948 draft age was 19 (It's unclear if Truman actually drafted men before the Korean War I'll look that up later.)

Korean War and ever since draft age 18.

Say What?!? Did I hear that correctly?

Did you catch Thom tell a caller today - who wanted to discuss Hillary's *real* record : "This is a conversation we should have *after* the primaries."? After - the - primaries? Really? What's wrong with this picture?

#BernieOrBust 2016

Say What?!? Did I hear that correctly?

Did you catch Thom tell a caller today - who wanted to discuss Hillary's *real* record : "This is a conversation we should have *after* the primaries."? After - the - primaries? Really? What's wrong with this picture?

#BernieOrBust 2016

The first happiness genes have been located

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam scientists have found a genetic overlap between happiness and depression

Giant cable merger cleared by regulators

Giant cable merger cleared by regulators

http://money.cnn.com/2016/04/25/media/charter-communications-time-warner...

Antitrust regulators on Monday cleared a mega-merger that will create the country's second-largest cable company.

The Department of Justice and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission approved Charter Communications (CHTR)' $78 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and its $10.4 billion purchase of Bright House Networks...

Bernie Sending Out VP signals

I just saw remarks from Bernie to the effect that he is prepared to take the fight all the way to California and not the Convention and that he wants to see a VP who will carry the progressive mantle. That is clearly sending a signal to the Clinton camp that he is interested in the #2 slot. If so, get prepared to attend a lot of foreign dignitary funerals Bernie. ; )

A closer look at the Progressive Voters Platform's first plank: Optimizing Democracy

The Progressive Voters Platform represents a vision inspired by the Bernie Revolution, and extrapolated to a decade-long path. It takes all of our best ideas for making America what we've always dreamed it could be and organizing them under four broad planks, all interdependent on each other. And within each plank of the platform there will be mission statements to further frame the process of maximizing our future.

Here are the first two mission statements, encompassing the goals of the first plank:

Optimizing Democracy

'Possible' Clinton Could Be Better Than GOP Pick, Koch Says

'Possible' Clinton Could Be Better Than GOP Pick, Koch Says

http://abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/hillary-clinton-president-gop-pick-charle...

It's a nightmare scenario for Republicans, but conservative billionaire Charles Koch says "it's possible" Hillary Clinton could make a better president than the remaining candidates in the GOP primary...

DEA Greenlights Marijuana Study

DEA Greenlights Marijuana Study
Researchers intend on examining four strains of pot with varying ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), the high-inducing cannabinoids found in the plant, against a group of 76 American military veterans who are PTSD “treatment-resistent.”

‘Gold Standard’ Studies Show That Inhaled Marijuana Is Medically Safe And Effective

Extraordinary Rendition & Accessory Before The Fact

I have no legal training except for a Law and Justice class in high school, so I'd love to hear from someone with legal expertise.


Extraordinary rendition
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_rendition

Extraordinary rendition, also called irregular rendition, is the government-sponsored abduction and extrajudicial transfer of a person from one country to another...

President Bill Clinton authorized extraordinary rendition to nations known to practice torture, called torture by proxy.

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Accessory Before The Fact

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How Can the GOP Run American Government If They Hate It?

The coal country state of West Virginia is in the middle of a special legislative session to deal with a $270 million budget shortfall, and it's setting the stage for Republicans to completely gut the state's government.

It's the same playbook we've seen the right-wing carry out in Wisconsin, in Kansas, in Michigan, and in Ohio.

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