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Non-descript politically active male seeks like-minded for purposes of restoring democracy.

Tianjin chemical warehouse explosions are now known to have killed at least 50 people, injure hundreds. 17 firefighters lost their lives, 36 of their colleagues are still missing.

Damn. At one point the video is almost completely white, and you almost feel the “thump”.

Remember this the next time some rich Republican asshole “representative” wants to do their even richer master’s bidding and do away with OSHA.

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Summer teevee sucks, so here’s something for you to do tonight (Monday), Tuesday night, and Wednesday night.

If you spot clear skies any evening this week, don’t miss your chance to witness a stunning close encounter of the two brightest star-like objects in the sky.

Venus and Jupiter—both dazzling star-like objects—will appear to huddle close together in the sunset skies this week. This will be the planets’ nearest approach in over a decade.

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While limited in their scientific interest, historically Venus and Jupiter conjunctions may be a possible answer to the Star of Bethlehem legend. In the years 2 and 3 B.C. there was a similar series of three stunningly close pairings between the planets that would have caught the eye of ancient astronomers.

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I just made a post on Kos in reply to a front pager who’s really pretty good. I’ll reproduce it here, in its entirety, for those who don’t want to click on a Kos link (Uni).

I’m going to vote for Bernie (0+ / 0-)

I live in DE. My vote doesn’t matter, because I live in DE and we’re the second “blueist” “state” after DC. My vote is diluted compared to some “red” nightmare like WY, SD, or UT.

If that’s not blunt enough, my vote doesn’t count as much as a vote in a state like SD, where I grew up and a source of eternal shame, for me.

So, I don’t expect Bernie to be the nominee. I’d go further, and add that I’d expect Bernie to be the same disaster that Barry Goldwater was for conservatives, but I don’t have to, because he won’t be the nominee. Money will take over, and Clinton will win the Democratic primary.

And I will vote for her in the general election.

Because Republicans have gone batshit crazy.

But I have to be honest. I’m tired of voting against, instead of voting for.

Hillary is as pro-corp as it gets. And I’m for “we the people”. The huddled masses. The poor and middle class.

I think, like most politicians, Hillary is looking out for the people who will help her get elected. The wealthy, and the corporations (thanks to Citizens United).

Paint her as the best option. Don’t paint her as being responsible in looking out for my best interests. Bernie is that guy.

Am I nuts?

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If the election were to be held last May 12, 2015, Penn Jillette, a big ol’ Libertarian, would have voted for Bernie Sanders.

You should probably read the whole thing yourself, because he also says, “I won’t vote for the ‘lesser of two evils’ so as not to ‘waste my vote’.’Someone needs to really deserve my vote to get it’.”

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But not tonight.

There is a campaign to block congress from access to web sites until the Patriot Act is gone. NSFW warning, nude photos of anti-Patriot Act activists at the site.

I have my doubts that many members of congress access this website, but why not?

I’m putting this info on other web sites that get more traffic, too.

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PSA

The “Patriot” Act (enabling NSA reading on your emails) up for RENEWAL on June 1. Call your representatives in DC, and tell them what you think.

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Ted Cruz Announces Presidential Campaign at School Founded by Guy Who Blamed Gay People for 9/11

Notes: Audience was required to attend.
Some wore Rand Paul T-Shirts.
Cruz went to Princeton and Harvard Law.
He pandered for cell-phone numbers during his announcement.
He repeated the lie that “our laws come from God, not from man.” Hint, most of the founding fathers were diests. They were men. Most believed in deisim, which is not Christianity.

Stolen content:

This is the same guy, by the way, who once said:
“I think anyone in politics you’ve got a special obligation to avoid being a Pharisee, to avoid ostentatiously wrapping yourself in your faith,” Cruz said. “Because I think in politics, it’s too easy for that to become a crutch, for that to be politically useful.” The Pharisees were a Jewish sect known for strict observance of law.

Not only has Cruz wrapped himself in faith, he’s practically a mummy.

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I will vote for the Democratic POTUS candidate in the general election. Period.

Hillary may, or may not, be a “sure thing” if SHE runs, but Bernie would better represent me.

Make no mistake, I can’t understand why ANYONE would vote for a GOP POTUS.

But, I’m as tired as any of you of “third way” Clinton/Bush politics.

It’s time for a REAL change, and I think Bernie could win it all. I mean, just for example, who’s happy with making 30% less than we made a few decades ago, or NOT taxing the rich to pay for social security? THESE ARE WINNING ISSUES. Let’s advance them.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-identified socialist from Vermont, has met plenty of angry people in recent years.

“Some of them are in the Occupy Wall Street movement and consider themselves progressives,” Sanders said Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank. “Some are in the Tea Party movement and consider themselves conservatives.”

Whatever their political bent, he said, “They have every right in the world to be angry.”

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Super Bowl Sunday is the highest of Holy Days for sports fans and NFL fans alike. But what about those outliers? What if your team isn’t playing, or you only care about college sports — or worse you’ve been invited to a Super Bowl Party but know nothing about who to root for or why?

Never fear, if you can’t get rah-rah excited about the Patriots vs. Seahawks showdown, you can definitely get excited about this year’s smorgasbord of political nuggets and subplots. If you can’t tap into that team spirit, here’s a list of 10 political reasons you might want to root for or against either team.

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Yeah, I know. Politicians lie. But how voters overlook the hypocrisy of Republicans continues to astound me.

Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa who delivered the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night, called in her address for cuts in government spending and described how her views grew out of her own “simple” upbringing, one in which her family diligently watched ever scarce penny, to the point where she owned only one pair of shoes.

But an investigation of public records by the Washington D.C.-based District Sentinel online news site showed that between 1995 and 2009, Ernst’s family received nearly a half-million dollars in government handouts, payments targeted toward subsidizing farms with taxpayer funds.

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