Why Is Bernie Sanders Doing This Well?

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From Manifesto Joe at Texas Blues:

At 74 going on 75, he’s too old to run for president. He’s a rumpled old senator from a small state, and the only avowed socialist in the Congress since Ron Dellums retired. He’s an unremarkable speaker with a heavy New York accent. And he’s unlikely to win the Democratic nomination for president even if he does well in forthcoming primaries, because the party machinery (soft delegates) has pretty much decided that Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee.

So why is Bernie Sanders doing this well? It’s simple.

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The Greedy Needy or the Needy Greedy?

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From Dave Dubya at Freedom Rants:

We’re seeing a lot of Thomas Sowell’s “Whine of the Wealthy” thrown in our faces, “I have never understood why it is “greed” to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.”

Who has made these claims? No one was quoted or cited supporting these assertions. It’s a straw man, of course, a favorite fantasy adversary of the far Right. That fact doesn’t matter, does it? It is framed to appeal to emotion, rather than reason. Liberals want to take your hard-earned money and give it to the lazy undeserving poor.

Maybe Sowell and his parrots should first try to understand why they make such a statement.

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Our Reluctant Hero

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From Green Eagle:

Can there be anything more touching than Paul Ryan’s selfless declaration that he is not running for President? Unless it is the utterly uncritical acceptance of his claim by the entirety of the mainstream press, despite the fact that he played this exact same Brer Rabbit game on them less than a year ago…

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Trump Correctly Predicts a “Major Recession”–His Own

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From Jon Perr at Perrspectives:

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump mystified economists with his prediction this week that the United States faces a “major recession.” Their confusion is well-founded. After all, with unemployment at 5.0 percent and the job-seekers returning to the work force, the U.S. just turned in its best two-year performance since the booming 1990’s.

That said, there is one scenario in which the United States will surely experience a cataclysmic economic disaster of biblical proportions.

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Job Killer

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Raymond: We frequently link to Green Eagle, partly because of the insights, partly because of the writing skills, partly because Green Eagle is so good it makes Burr jealous.

From Green Eagle:

“Job Killer.” How many times have we heard the Republicans throw around that term, whenever the Democrats try to accomplish anything, and invariably without a shred of fact to back up their claims. No Democratic initiative has come in for more of this counterfactual name-calling than Obamacare. So, five years on, it is helpful, I think, to look at the reality, as shown by this chart, from an article at Forbes’ website, hardly a progressive bastion:

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Ray Lewis – Real and Wrong About Black Lives Matter

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From The Intersection of Madness and Reality:

Ray Lewis does it again.

Mr. Outspoken-Even-When-Wrong aka Ray Lewis, has found a way to find himself within the newspapers and the internet. Just recently, Ray Lewis posted a video that questioned the goals and validity of the Black Lives Matter movement. To his chagrin, he felt that the movement should be focused on “black on black crime”. Here are some of those wonderful words of wisdom:

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D-Minus for Overrated Music Critic Robert Christgau

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From Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers:

To me, the best music critics have always been the ones who simply stick to writing about the music and not calling attention to themselves. For example, off the top of my head, I don’t think I can name a single critic for my favorite music magazine, Britain’s excellent The Wire. But the reviews in that publication are some of the best around. They’re informative, in-depth, well-researched, and they give you a good sense of the music.

By contrast, the reviews of Robert Christgau, the self-appointed “Dean of Music Critics” offer none of these qualities.

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Airports Buckle Their Wings When Arabs Arrive

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From Jordan Cooper at The Moderate Voice:

What’s that in your turban? What’s that in your burka? What’s that in the bottom of your sandals? Well, we have to check Egyptian-American Today show host Hoda Kotb who hid film in her shoes when doing journalism in another country, so an explosive device could fit in your shoes (laughs). It is jocular but this happens too regularly to Muslims and Arabs at an airport.

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Bogus Genetic Conclusions from Stories of Twins

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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who are deeply suspicious of twin studies, and those who welcome their confirmation that that their identity is fixed and heritable. I’m in the first group. I always have been. Maybe it’s something in my genes.

I first encountered the popular accounts of the Minnesota twin studies when I was a teenager, seeing the scientist and some of the twins doing the rounds of the afternoon talk shows — I think I saw them on the Mike Douglas Show (I’ve dated myself now). I remember them going on and on about the amazing similarities between the twins who had been raised apart. They both married women with the same name! They drank the same brand of beer!

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The Myth That Bernie Sanders Can’t Break Up Big Banks

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From Mike Conczal at :

Bernie Sanders gave some fairly normal answers on financial reform to the New York Daily News editorial board. Someone sent it to me, and as I read it I thought, “Yes, these are answers I’d expect for how Sanders approaches financial reform.”

You wouldn’t know that from the coverage of it, which has argued that the answers were an embarrassing failure.

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