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10 reasons why #DemExit is serious: Getting rid of Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not enough

Shortly after Bernie Sanders publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton a new hashtag trended on Twitter: #DemExit. The hashtag offered Sanders supporters a chance to vent their frustrations with the Democratic Party and with the sense that their candidate had been pressured into an endorsement. Rather than reach out to these disaffected voters, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ignored them. Understood within the larger narrative that Sanders supporters were just whining brats who refused to concede and move on, #DemExit was dismissed as just more sour milk.

But now that the latest leak of DNC emails proves that Sanders supporters have a legitimate right to feel cheated, #DemExit increasingly seems like an appropriate response to a rigged system.

The new leak shows that the DNC never took the Sanders campaign seriously, even when he was winning state after state. Rather than recognize that Sanders was attracting new voters to the party, members of the DNC chose to mock them and close ranks around Clinton.

Here are 10 reasons why the #DemExit movement has a valid reason to want nothing to do with the DNC. Having DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resign is not enough for #DemExit supporters because their concerns run throughout the ranks of the DNC. Until party leaders take these concerns seriously they will have to spend their convention watching potential voters jump ship.

1. Superdelegates


Excellent commentary at link. Warning - there's also a picture of DWS at the link. I did not want to post it here with no warning. See how much I care about you?

I'm hooked on this store

Playing around on their site...this is Camille Pissarro's Gathering Herbs, first in a simple charcoal gray wood frame:

And here is the same print in a more elaborate frame (which I LOVE):

I really like that second one. The first is a super-duper bargain at around $35 and the second is more expensive but still a really good bargain at $115. These are frames for an 18X24 inch print.

I can't now, but I think after Xmas I'm going to go a little crazy there...

George Stephanopoulos awkwardly corrects Donald Trump when he says Putin 'is not going into Ukraine'

... "He's not going into Ukraine, just so you understand. He's not going to go to Ukraine," Trump said.

"Well, he's already there, isn't he?" Stephanopoulos replied.

Trump responded by simultaneously criticizing the US's decision not to intervene to stop the annexation of Crimea, a former Ukrainian territory seized by Russia in 2014, and noting that many citizens of Crimea were allegedly supportive of Russia's decision to invade.

"Well, he's there in a certain way, but I'm not there. You have Obama there," Trump said. "And frankly that part of the world is mess, under Obama. With all the strength that you're talking about, and with all the power of NATO, and all of this, in the mean time, takes Crimea."

He added: "You know the people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were, and you have to look at that also."


Van Gogh on Dark Water

This is fascinating! An ancient Turkish art

Caption this!

I want to make room in my closet....

so I need a dresser. I was looking at Furniture for America's Balen chest, a Louis Phillipe style:

I love the cherry finish on the above dresser. I would replace the pewter colored drawer pulls with rubbed bronze, which would match the bed better. It's a very classic design, a very safe choice.

But then I saw this, read some reviews and am drawn to it. I like the grain of the wood and the extremely clean lines. I would replace the knobs with painted ceramic knobs that match the decor of the room.

Decisions, decisions. I'll probably change my mind a few times, but right now, the second is in the lead.

ETA - Doh! I said Queen Ann style when it is clearly Louis Phillipe. In my defense, I have been looking at Queen Anne chairs...

For those that are so enamoured of Putin,

I have a link for you:

Seriously. If you're so in love with him, take off. Flights are only a few hundred dollars. Take Trump with you, please.

I don't have to ask why you hate America, because I don't care. Go. Just go...

Election Justice USA Study Finds that Without Election Fraud Sanders Would Have Won by Landslide


Finally, we gave a date-by-date, state-by-state overview of each of these fraud or suppression types at work throughout the course of the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. Based on this work, Election Justice USA has established an upper estimate of 184 pledged delegates lost by Senator Bernie Sanders as a consequence of specific irregularities and instances of fraud. Adding these delegates to Senator Sanders’ pledged delegate total and subtracting the same number from Hillary Clinton’s total would more than erase the 359 pledged delegate gap between the two candidates. EJUSA established the upper estimate through exit polling data, statistical analysis by precinct size, and attention to the details of Democratic proportional awarding of national delegates. Even small changes in vote shares in critical states like Massachusetts and New York could have substantially changed the media narrative surrounding the primaries in ways that would likely have had far reaching consequences for Senator Sanders’ campaign.


We conclude by calling for decertification of the 2016 Democratic primary results in every state in which we have established a reasonable doubt as to the accuracy of the vote tally.


No words.

Ray Charles - Hit the Road, Jack

After Hillary Clinton's takedown of Donald Trump, will any Republicans be with her?

With a superbly written, adequately delivered acceptance speech Thursday night, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton closed out a nearly flawless party convention in Philadelphia by pitilessly attacking her Republican rival and laying out a liberal agenda for her administration.

The political rock around Clinton's neck is that dauntingly high percentages of the voting public neither like nor trust her. The trust deficit is impossible to make up in a single speech and may never close during the campaign, but with her emphasis on her longtime commitment to children's issues and her pleasant if ritualistic invocation of her role as a wife, mother and now grandmother, she came off as likable enough, as they say.

The political helium balloon lifting Clinton up is that she's running against a vulgar, splenetic megalomaniac in Republican business tycoon Donald Trump. And the best, most memorable passages of her speech were those that laid out what is sure to be her major theme this fall — that, whatever you may think of her, her opponent is unthinkably worse.

And this bit was amusing:

Hers was a continuation of the uplift so masterfully delivered Wednesday night by President Barack Obama in a speech that prompted conservative National Review editor Rich Lowry to complain on Twitter: "American exceptionalism and greatness, shining city on hill, founding documents, etc. They're trying to take all our stuff."

Chicago Magazine associate editor Whet Moser tweeted back: "Sorry, it looked like you were done with it."


I think I like this writer, Eric Zorn. I'll keep an eye out for his columns now.
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