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KKK/Neo-Nazi/Trump rally in Chicago shut down by true American patriots

A demonstrator is removed by Chicago police during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, March 11, 2016. Trump canceled one of his signature rallies on Friday, calling off the event in Chicago due to safety concerns after protesters packed into the arena where it was to take place. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Analysis: Chicago chaos tests Trump promises of unity

Associated Press photos

In the top news photo, police remove a protester (the black guy in what appears to be a dark-green hoodie, I’m guessing) from the audience gathered yesterday for a rally for Der Fuehrer Donald Trump on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago, where the KKK rally was called off by the Trump campaign because of the anti-fascist protesters who had thronged to it. In the bottom news photo, an anti-fascist protester holds up a sign reading “Derail Trump!” (I quite concur) on the university campus while police officers keep the peace after the KKK rally was canceled.

The fascists who support Donald Trump, and Der Fuehrer Donald himself, claim that their First Amendment rights were violated when anti-fascist protesters shut down one of their KKK rallies in Chicago yesterday.

Oh, boo fucking hoo!

The First Amendment is indeed important — especially when it’s the stronger who are trying to oppress the weaker by suppressing their freedom of expression — but had the good people in Germany manned (and womaned!) up and shut down Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party early on, then millions of innocent people wouldn’t have been persecuted, tortured and mass-murdered as a result of the Germans’ inaction.

American fascists don’t get to hide behind the First Amendment while they try to reinstate Nazi Germany here in the United States of America.

The prevention of the quite predictable grave harm that these far-right, nationalistic, jingoistic, xenophobic, white supremacist, misogynist, homophobic, theocratic, ironically treasonous pieces of shit who support Donald Trump (and other fascists within the Repugnican Tea Party) would cause to millions of people, should they successfully grab power, is far, far more important than are the First Amendment rights of these evil pieces of shit.

The welfare of the many outweighs the welfare of the few, especially the few who are trying to jeopardize the welfare of the many.

Of course, Der Fuehrer Donald himself, never one to take any responsibility for anything himself, being a fucking sociopath and one of the most evil “human beings” walking the planet — a billionaire, perhaps, but a human-sized walking, blathering piece of shit nonetheless — has blamed yesterday’s fracas in Chicago on — wait for it — Bernie Sanders.

Reuters reports:

… Trump, who has rallies in Ohio and Missouri [today] canceled [his] Chicago event [yesterday] after it turned chaotic, with scuffles breaking out between protesters and backers of the real estate magnate.

The clashes follow a slew of recent incidents of violence at Trump rallies, in which protesters and journalists have been punched, tackled and hustled out of venues, raising concerns about degrading security leading into the November 8 election.

“All of a sudden a planned attack just came out of nowhere,” Trump said at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, [this] morning, calling the protest leaders “professional people.”

He said his own fans “were taunted, they were harassed by these other people, these other people by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend.”

“Now really Bernie should tell his people … he should really get up and say to his people, ‘Stop, stop,'” he said.

A spokesman for Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. …

Let’s see. How about the stupid, old, racist, fascist white man — a Trump supporter, of course — who quite offensively rather than anything like self-defensively punched a young black man (a protester) in the face at a Trump/KKK rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, this past week?

None of Trump’s Brownshirts was punched in the face in Chicago yesterday, to my knowledge; to my knowledge there weren’t even any arrests.

The stupid old pro-Trump white man who punched the young black man in the face this past week, however, has been arrested (probably only because his crime was captured on video).

When is Der Fuehrer Trump going to get up and say to his (goose-stepping) people, “Stop, stop”?

And of course the probably-too-pacifistic Bernie Sanders did not organize any sort of anti-Trump protest in Chicago yesterday (although I would be fine with it if he had). Bernie Sanders is just one of millions and millions of Americans who share his values and beliefs, and non-fascist Americans are free to act as they — we — will. We don’t have to wait and we won’t wait until we get the pretty-please permission of Bernie Sanders or anyone else to fight the real and present danger of domestic fascism, and yesterday we proved that.

Trump knows all of this, of course; it was just an opportunity for the neo-Nazi leader to blame Bernie Sanders — to blame someone, anyone else — for the fact that his fascist, neo-Nazi campaign for the White House stirs up violence, and it was an opportunity for grand propagandist (as well as Grand Wizard) Trump to brand Bernie Sanders a “communist.”

(Nothing like reaching back to the 1950s and before for some scare tactics! It’s as woefully outdated as it is wholly inaccurate, but our audience is comprised of nothing but abject, retrograde morons who are easily lied to and who are moved easily by fear and scare tactics, so no matter!)

Actually, now we Bernie Sanders supporters are, I believe, more likely than we were before yesterday to disrupt Trump’s KKK rallies, now that he has taken to attacking Bernie Sanders in trying to blame Sanders for the violence for which he is solely responsible, and now that he is employing Red-Scare-era slurs against Sanders.

For the record, I don’t see Billary Clinton’s supporters as being anything remotely resembling effective in fighting the likes of Der Fuehrer Trump and his jackbooted lemmings, since the Billarybots accept an awful lot of evil in a leader, as long as he or she just says nice things, as evidenced by their support of Billary, whose entire political career has been comprised of panderingly saying one nice thing but doing another, evil thing.

Not that we supporters of Bernie Sanders need the worthless, brainless, spineless, ineffectual followers of Billary Clinton in the fight against fascism here at home; indeed, we Berners have outnumbered Trump’s Brownshirts for a long time now.

In any event, preventing the rise of a new Nazi Germany here in the United States of America under Der Fuehrer Donald is something to be proud of. (If you are heterosexual, it would be something to proudly tell your grandchildren.)

The shame would be in just allowing yet another fascist demagogue to rise again and to, with his henchfascists, persecute and murder millions of people. Let the eternal shame of the German people in their colossal dereliction of duty to derail Adolf Hitler and his henchmen, their eternal shame for their unconscionable failure to nip that one in the bud, be our guide now.

Preventing that level of evil is worth dying for, and we, the good Americans, the real Americans, must stand up to Der Fuehrer Trump and his Brownshirts and say, loudly: Over our dead bodies!

And if we need to employ violence against the neo-Nazis, then so be it. They need to know that we, the true patriotic Americans, will not take that off of the table, that we can speak their language too, only even better than they can, and that if they want a rematch of the Civil War, we are ready to hand their own sorry asses to them again.

P.S. You’ve probably seen this already, but in case not:

P.P.S. Apparently many counter-Trump protesters were shouting “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!” in the university arena in Chicago yesterday, and at least one protester had a Bernie campaign sign:

The Latest: Cruz says Trump bears some responsibility

Associated Press photo

Two things on this:

One, it’s nothing to disavow; to the contrary, it’s something to be proud of. (Unsurprisingly and tellingly, I’ve yet to see any report that any of the anti-fascist protesters were shouting, “Hillary! Hillary!” or displayed one of her campaign signs.)

Two, even if it were something to disavow, which it is not, neither Bernie Sanders nor his campaign has control over its supporters, who number in the millions.

And nor should a candidate or his or her campaign have any such control. Campaigns for elected office exist for the people; the people do not exist for campaigns for elected office. (This is, of course, the opposite philosophy of the jackbooted, goose-stepping Trumpians, who obediently give Der Fuehrer Trump their familiar one-armed pledge of allegiance.)

Finally, I just stumbled across this news photo from the fracas in Chicago yesterday and I love it. It’s one of the most iconic news photos that I’ve seen in ages:

Trump protesters cheer after GOP front-runner cancels rally

Associated Press photo

Seriously. Kudos to this young man for standing up like he did (and kudos to all of the many others, too, of course), and the photographer deserves a photojournalism award.

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Live-blogging the eighth Dem debate

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, line the streets outside Miami-Dade College before the Univision, Washington Post Democratic presidential debate,  Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in Miami. Democratic presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt,  will debate days before the Florida primary on March 15. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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Supporters of Bernie Sanders rally for him in Miami, Florida, before tonight’s Democratic Party presidential debate, held just three days after the last one. On Tuesday, Florida votes in the Democratic Party primary contest, as do Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio. I anticipate that Bernie will win at least three of those states: Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio, most likely, with Florida and Illinois being considerably tougher for him to win.

5:52 p.m. (all times Pacific): Here we go again. I’m not thrilled to be live-blogging another Democratic Party presidential debate so soon after the last one, but this is an important debate. After unexpectedly having lost Michigan last night, giving Bernie Sanders a big jolt of momentum, I expect Billary Clinton to be a mega-harpy tonight. The debate is set to begin in eight minutes.

6:02 p.m.: The intro is being conducted in Spanish and in back of the debate stage is prominently displayed “El Debate Democratica.” (The Spanish-language Univision is a co-sponsor of the debate.) I love it. The wingnuts must be going nuts. You’d never see this at a Repugnican Tea Party debate.

6:03 p.m.: A young Latino man is singing the national anthem — in English. I mean, we can go only so far with bilingualism, no? Oh, he just crossed himself, Catholick-style. I could have done without that. But I am fine if the United States becomes a fully bilingual nation. (I have been brushing up on my Spanish for some time now, in fact.)

6:08 p.m.: The debate is being conducted in Spanish, with English translation. Cool.

6:09 p.m.: Opening statements. Billary is talking about “knocking down barriers” and having “a positive agenda,” including “comprehensive immigration reform, with a path to citizenship,” a phrase that we’ll hear all night.

Bernie speaks now. We need to overturn Citizens United and we need “comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.” Climate change, too.

6:11 p.m.: Billary reminds us that she won more votes altogether yesterday than Bernie did, even though he won Michigan in this “marathon.” She says she is a “progressive who gets things done.”

6:13 p.m.: Bernie reminds us “we have come [his campaign has come] a long way in 10 months,” even though he still lags in the delegate count. He reminds us that thus far he has won nine states. Bernie states that he is the strongest candidate to take on Donald Trump. (The polling bears this assertion out.)

6:14 p.m.: Jorge Ramos devastatingly asks Billary about how she directed her supervisees not to use personal e-mail at the Department of State but that she did, and asked her if she’d drop out of the race if she is indicted for illegal e-mail/state-secret practices.

Billary, being of low character, says that others have done what she did (that is, past secretaries of state used personal e-mail). Because that makes it A-OK! She now blathers about e-mails being “retroactively” deemed classified.

She claims she isn’t worried about it and that no one else should be. (I wholly disagree.)

Ramos pressed the question as to whether or not she would drop out if indicted. Billary called the question silly and stated she refused to answer it.

6:17 p.m.: Billary is asked if Donald Trump is “racist.”

Billary hedged. She blasted Trump but apparently won’t call him “racist.” She has called his words and actions “un-American.”

6:19 p.m.: Bernie says that Trump never will be elected because he has insulted so many groups of Americans.

Bernie reminds us that he is the child of immigrants yet no one has asked him for his birth certificate (as Trump demanded Barack Obama’s) — because he is white. This is pretty much calling Trump racist indirectly. (Trump is a racist, obviously.)

6:21 p.m.: Billary is asked if she has been “Hispandering” — pandering to the Latino community. “I am staunchly in favor of comprehensive immigration reform,” she says. What, exactly, is “comprehensive immigration reform”? No one ever says… They just parrot, “comprehensive immigration reform.”

6:23 p.m.: Bernie is having some microphone problems… Bernie is defending a statement he made some time ago about some immigrant workers taking jobs from Americans.

Bernie reminds us that he opposed a 2007 bill that LULAC opposed because it amounted to slavery-level work.

Billary says that bill did not amount to slavery-level work and that if it had passed we’d be better off now. Yes, she is Hispandering, and just as she lied about Bernie’s support of the automobile manufacturing industry bailout in the last debate (she lied that he was in opposition to helping the industry), she’s probably lying about that, too. (How do you know when she is lying? When her lips are moving.)

6:27 p.m.: Billary just actually said that Bernie Sanders supported the “Minutemen” who “guarded” the southern border some years ago. I’m confident that that’s yet another fucking lie from a desperate, Hispandering Billary.

6:29 p.m.: We’re on break now. Billary Clinton will fucking say anything when she’s up against the wall. She is a shameless fucking liar.

And yes, should she become the Democratic Party presidential nominee and then be indicted, it would be a fucking problem; Melania Trump could start consulting with interior decorators on her re-do of the White House immediately after such an indictment.

It’s politically expedient for scandal magnet Billary to lie about the chances of her being indicted and what such an indictment would mean, and it is indicative of her craven character that she has no problem whatsofuckingever leading her lemmings right over a fucking cliff.

Bernie Sanders’ facial expression of complete incredulity after yet another one of Billary’s slanderous lies about him during a debate is priceless, by the way.

6:38 p.m.: Billary returns to that 2007 vote and repeats that she wants “comprehensive immigration reform,” which I’m going to call CIR from now on.

Bernie insists that the 2007 bill’s guest-worker program provision was so flawed that he could not support it. Billary, if I heard her correctly, claims that the United Farm Workers supported the bill, and she just again said that Bernie supported the “Minutemen” vigilantes, which is total bullshit.

Bernie calls Billary’s claim that he supported the “Minutemen” to be a “horrific” lie, and he points out that what she does is takes a small portion of legislation and then lies about his support of or opposition to something. He points out, quite correctly, that this has been her M.O.

Yup. She’s a major pathological liar. She isn’t mistaken; she knows that she is lying. She knows that most Americans aren’t aware of the complexity and the nuances of legislation and that there are many reasons why a legislator may vote for or against a piece of legislation — so she believes that she can get away with lying about Bernie Sanders’ motivations. She’s shameless, a sociopath.

6:48 p.m.: A woman from Guatemala in the audience asks a question in Spanish about the fact that her family is divided; her children have not seen their father in some time, she stated. Bernie promises the woman that as president “I will do everything that I can to unite your family.”

Billary is asked what her plan is to reunite families. “I will do everything that I can to prevent other families from facing what you are facing and I will do everything that I can to bring families back together,” Billary says.

Those were pretty generic, non-specific answers, but everyone seems satisfied with them.

6:52 p.m.: Billary is asked if there is anything she has done herself to foster mistrust among the American electorate, if it isn’t all the fault of the Repugnicans.

You know, Billary’s gargantuan lies in these debates, such as that Bernie opposed helping the automobile manufacturing industry and that he actually supported the “Minutemen” alone are reason to prevent her from ever sitting behind the big desk in the Oval Office, but we have years of her corruption and sleaze before that.

Yes, the Repugnican Tea Party traitors have attacked her over the years, but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t a sleazy piece of slime.

6:55 p.m.: Bernie is asked why he is demanding that Billary release the transcripts of her paid speeches for the Wall Street weasels. He is asked if he believes she says one thing in public and another thing behind closed doors. If she released the transcripts we would know that, he says.

Wow. He reminds us that all politicians who receive big bucks from special interests claim that those special interests receive nothing in return.

Billary reminds us that Barack Obama took a lot of money from Wall Street also. This is Billary’s character: He/she/they did it, so there is no problem that I did it, too!

Another yuuuuge lie: Billary just stated that the Koch brothers support Bernie Sanders.

Wow. Two colossal bold-faced lies in the same debate: The Koch brothers love Bernie Sanders! Bernie Sanders supported the “Minutemen”!

Billary Clinton is dead to me. Seriously. Dead. No, worse than dead.

7:02 p.m.: Oh, shit. Jorge Ramos just asked Billary if she lied to a survivor of the Benghazi attack as to what was behind the attack. If I understand her correctly, she said that she gave the info/intelligence as it was available to her. But then she quickly went into how she was attacked unfairly by the Repugnicans over Benghazi, and reminds us that our installations in other nations often are dangerous places.

She has, in short, dodged the question and blamed others (and blamed “the fog of war”), as she always does.

Bernie says he won’t comment on Benghazi, but indicates that as secretary of state, Billary’s regime change in Libya has been disastrous, and reminds us that she is cozy with war criminal Henry Kissinger.

7:08 p.m.: On break now.

Anyway, so apparently the Koch brothers used Bernie’s position on the Export-Import Bank (he opposes it because it’s corporate welfare, he says) in one of their ads. This is a common tactic of political propaganda: try to use a political opponents’ own words to support your own position.

Billary Clinton knows fully well that the Koch brothers don’t support Bernie Sanders, that of course they don’t want a democratic socialist as president of the United States of America.

Yet she claims nonetheless that they love Bernie. She has, tonight, disqualified herself for the office of president.

7:12 p.m.: Back now. Bernie is asked how he is different as a “career politician” (he has been in Congress since the 1990s, first in the U.S. House of Representatives and then in the U.S. Senate) from Billary being an “establishment politician.” He says that you have to look at the career, that you have to look at his record. He reminds us how much money Billary has taken during her political career from corporate fat cats, while he has eschewed such money.

7:15 p.m.: Billary is blathering about jobs and climate change, including “clean-energy jobs.” She’s now blathering about small businesses, one of Marco Rubio’s talking points. (Capitalism stopped being about small businesses decades ago. Nostalgic talk of “small businesses,” “Mom ‘n’ Pops,” is just propagandist cover for the obscene abuses of the corporations and for the uncontrolled monster that capitalism has become.)

Billary, pressed on the issue of what she would do for Latino families, talks about CIR, jobs, education, health care, etc.

Bernie talks about over-incarceration and raising the minimum wage to $15 (I presume that Billary still supports only $12) and making health care a right. He talks about improving our infrastructure, which would create millions of jobs.

Bernie states that higher education also should be viewed as a right. He states that every student who studies hard and does well should be able to have access higher education.

Billary talks about “refinancing” student debt. She says “refinancing”; I say, “Band-Aid for her Wall-Street-weasel campaign contributors.” She talks about eventually eliminating student loan debt in the indefinite future, thereby protecting and promoting the status quo.

Bernie accuses Billary of having adopted his ideas. This is accurate.

Bernie says a tax on Wall Street speculation will pay for higher education.

Billary essentially says that Bernie promises things that we can’t pay for. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” she proclaims, and raises the ghastly specter of an expanded federal government — like a Repugnican Tea Party politician would.

Bernie reminds us that what he has proposed that we do here in the United States other developed nations already have been doing. Billary only prescribes more Band-Aids, such as by “building on” the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).

Bernie reminds us that although Billary says that because of Obamacare 90 percent of Americans now have health insurance, many Americans can’t afford the co-pays and pharmaceuticals, so it doesn’t help them much that they have insurance, on paper. Yup. There is nothing in “Obamacare” that the health-care-insurance industry’s lobbyists didn’t want in it.

7:27 p.m.: Climate change and rising oceans now.

Bernie says that most politicians in D.C. “don’t have the guts” to stand up to the fossil fuels industry. Yup.

Bernie again calls for a “political revolution.” When enough Americans rise up, the fossil fuels industry no longer will put its profiteering above the health of the planet, he says. That’s true, although he could elaborate: when the voters reject politicians that sell us out, when they vote them out of office, they’ll stop selling us out.

We Americans don’t like this kind of talk (of “revolutions”) because we’re pretty lazy. Pressuring politicians to do the right thing is, indeed, long, hard work. Educating ourselves on what’s going on and then reacting accordingly takes a lot of time and energy (and often, money).

Bernie talks about ending fracking, instituting carbon taxes and developing sustainable energy. Bernie’s call for an end to fracking, which Billary does not support, earned him thunderous applause.

7:34 p.m.: Billary states that in his campaign Bernie has been critical of the administrations of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama but not critical enough of George W. Bush. This is cute pandering to Democratic Party hacks.

Bernie reminds us that in Congress he worked with both Bill Clinton and Obama to make positive achievements, and reminds us that in 2002 he opposed George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, which Billary voted for when she was a U.S. senator (hey, she brought up Gee Dubya), and he reminds us that that our socioeconomic problems of today began in the 1990s under the leadership of Bill Clinton, such as the deregulation of Wall Street, NAFTA and welfare “reform.”

7:38 p.m.: On break now. Univision is doing a good job with this debate. They’ve asked some questions that English-language American “news” media never would ask.

Clearly Billary is unused to being asked about certain topics, and neither are the Billarybots, who in the debate audience loudly groan when Queen Billary is asked a question that Her Highness shouldn’t, in their view (and in her view), have to deign to answer (or even be asked).

7:40 p.m.: The topic now is Cuba. Billary is talking about Cubans’ human rights and democracy for them, but of course what she really wants for Cuba is for it to be opened up to her corporate sponsors for their obscene profiteering (this is called “democracy”). Don’t even get me started on the topic of Cuba.

Bernie calls for normalized political relations with Cuba and an end to the Cuban embargo. He calls for democracy for Cuba.

Bernie is asked the difference between his brand of socialism and that in Cuba and elsewhere in Latin America. (Duh. The answer to that question is in the label that he has used for himself for years: “democratic socialist.” You do nothing that the people haven’t voted for.)

Bernie talks about the evils of the “Monroe Doctrine” and the United States’ long history of overthrowing democratically elected administrations in Latin America and otherwise meddling in Latin America.

Bernie again states that Cuba needs to be democratized, but that Cuba has done good things, such as ensure health care for its people.

I agree. And while Cuba needs democracy, the last thing that it needs is American-style capitalism. (No, they are not one and the same.)

Billary is now spouting common right-wing lies about Cuba, and lying that Bernie supports these supposed evils, rather obviously trying to pander to the anti-Castro set in Miami and elsewhere in Florida and yet again slander Bernie at the same time.

You know, we already have Marco Rubio making Billary’s right-wing, pro-plutocratic, pro-corporate, pro-capitalist talking points. Perhaps he can be Billary’s running mate if she, despite how repulsive she is, actually wins this thing.

7:55 p.m.: On break now. You know, Billary’s Big Lie in the last debate, that Bernie opposed helping the automobile manufacturing industry, didn’t win Michigan for her. I’m wondering if her many lies tonight will harm her in Florida’s primary election next week. I sure hope so.

7:56 p.m.: Billary’s closing statement. More “breaking barriers” bullshit. (How about just stopping her lying? Or at least telling much more believable lies? I mean, no one believes that the Koch brothers support Bernie Sanders.) A weak, anodyne closing statement.

Bernie’s closing statement, about income inequality (surprise, surprise!) was more rousing.

So the debate is over.

This debate wasn’t a whole lot different than the last one, except that Billary told more lies and even bigger lies this time, indicative of her political desperation post-Michigan.

I mean, polls had had her winning Michigan yesterday by double digits, right up to election day — Real Clear Politics’ average of the Michigan polls right up to election day had Billary leading Bernie by a bit more than 20 percent — yet she lost Michigan.

If this — the polling not being able to capture the actual voters’ actual sentiment — isn’t a fluke but is a trend, then Billary might be toast.

Here are Real Clear Politics’ polling averages for states that vote on Tuesday (averages of polls taken this month and some polls taken last month and in January):

  • Florida: Billary leading by 31.5 percent
  • Ohio: Billary leading by 20.0 percent
  • Illinois: Billary leading by 30.5 percent
  • North Carolina: Billary leading by 20.2 percent

(Missouri votes also on Tuesday, but on RCP I see only one poll of Missouri, taken way back in August, so I don’t see that as anything like reliable.)

Since she had been polling around 20 percent ahead of Bernie when he beat her in Michigan yesterday, it seems to me that Bernie could win Ohio and North Carolina, although of the two I expect him to win Ohio more than I do North Carolina, since Ohio is a neighbor to Michigan (in the “Rust Belt”) and since North Carolina is part of the South, where Billary has done very well. (But, again, I can see him winning both states. North Carolina isn’t as backasswards as are the states in the Deep South.)

Florida and Illinois would be harder for Bernie to win, since Florida is in the South and since Illinois is ObamaLand and since RCP’s polling averages have Billary’s lead in those two states at around 30 percent.

It’s hard for me to say about Missouri. It neighbors Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, all of which Bernie won, but it also neighbors Arkansas and Tennessee, which Billary won, and it neighbors Iowa, which was a tie. If I had to put money on it, though, I’d bet that Bernie wins Missouri. Just a gut feeling.

It will/would be wonderful if Bernie takes Florida on Tuesday, but I’m thinking that most likely he’ll take Ohio and — I’ll go out on a limb here — that most likely he will take at least two of the other three states (North Carolina and Missouri, most likely, but maybe one of them and even Illinois, too).

So I predict that on Tuesday Bernie will win at least three of the five states. If he won four of them that would be a huge blow against Billary, and should he actually win all five — pretty unlikely, I think, but in this topsy-turvy race in which the establishment very apparently is going down, not impossible — I don’t know that she could/would recover from that. Seriously.

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Live-blogging the eighth Democratic presidential debate tonight

Tonight’s Democratic Party presidential debate in Miami, Florida, is the eighth of 10 scheduled Dem debates (recall that six originally had been scheduled, but then four more were added), and it takes place just a few days after the seventh debate, in Flint, Michigan, which I think we safely can say Bernie Sanders won, since he won Michigan yesterday.

(Bernie won Michigan by 1.5 percent, but hey, it was a win; again, Billary “won” Iowa by only 0.3 percent and won Massachussetts by 1.4 percent.)

While I just live-blogged a Dem debate and am not too excited about live-blogging another one so soon afterward, tonight’s debate is an important one. Hey, Bernie debated in Michigan and then won Michigan; if he wins Florida on Tuesday, which would indicate that he’d also win Ohio (and perhaps also Illinois and/or Missouri) on Tuesday, I don’t know that Billary could recover from that.

And yes, were Bernie to continue win the big states, such as Ohio, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, California and New York, I don’t see the “super-delegates” continuing to support Billary against the popular tide (especially against how their own states voted).

So: I will live-blog tonight’s debate, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. The debate is being sponsored by Univision and the Washington Post, and one of its moderators is Univision’s Jorge Ramos, whom I like and respect greatly.

Information on how to watch the debate is here; I probably will watch it via CNN’s online streaming.

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Did Bernie take Michigan today? (Update: YES, HE DID!)

Wow. With 58.1 percent of precincts reporting, Politico right now (at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time) reports that thus far Bernie Sanders is beating Billary Clinton in Michigan’s presidential primary election, 50.6 percent to 47.6 percent.

Billary handily won Mississippi today, of course — again, she’s the Queen of the South — and if Bernie ends up winning Michigan (as I type this sentence, Michigan hasn’t been called yet), today’s results will be in line with the trend that we’ve seen thus far: Bernie winning the Northern, actually Democratic states, and Billary winning the backasswards, mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging Southern states — you know, the states where Barack Obama is loathed the most and Donald Trump is loved the most.

This is what the map of the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary race (from Wikipedia) looks like right now:

File:Democratic Party presidential primaries results, 2016.svg

Again, the green states are the states that Bernie has won and the gold states are Billary’s victories.

As I type this sentence Michigan remains shaded in gray, but hopefully the graphic will be updated soon to show it in green.

A victory in Michigan will, I believe, give Bernie momentum going into Illinois, Missouri and Ohio a week from today. Florida also weighs in a week from today, but I expect it to go to Billary, with the rest of the backasswards South. However, should Bernie actually manage to win Florida, then yeah

Update (7:40 p.m. Pacific Time): With 67 percent reporting, per Politico, Bernie maintains a lead of 3.1 percent. If he ends up winning Michigan by around 3 percent, sure, it won’t be a huge win, but it still will be a win. Recall that Billary “won” Iowa by a whopping 0.3 percent and Massachusetts by 1.4 percent, so if we’re going to say that Billary won those states, then we’re going to say that Bernie won Michigan if he beats Billary there by at least that much.

That said, the pro-Billary corporately owned and controlled mass “news” media will widely report, repeatedly, I’m sure, how close Michigan was.

Update (7:55 p.m.): With 72.2 percent reporting, Bernie’s lead is 3.9 percent. My best guess is that he’s going to end up with at least a 3-percent win.

Wow.

Again, this is the guy who long has been “unelectable.” When he hasn’t been slammed, he has been widely ignored, yet thus far he has won nine states, including his presumptive win of Michigan today, to Billary’s 12 (which includes her win today in Mississippi, that bastion of Democratic Party/progressive values and beliefs). And again, Billary “won” Iowa by 0.3 percent, making it pretty much a tie, and she won Massachusetts by only 1.4 percent.

Billary long has been the corporately owned and controlled establishment’s preferred candidate, to be sure, but it’s interesting what can happen once we, the people, actually start to caucus and vote — the way that we want to, not the way that we’re told we “should.” Democracy sometimes can be very disappointing to the powers that be. This is true for both the establishment Democratic and the Repugnican Tea parties this presidential election cycle.

Update (8:10 p.m.): With 80.7 percent reporting, Politico reports that Bernie is up by 2.6 percent. Again, a win for Bernie in Michigan (which I hope he can keep around 3 percent at the least) should be great for his momentum.

Take a look at the results from this Democratic Party presidential primary season thus far and you’ll see that most of the states that Bernie won he won by double digits and that the same goes for most of the states that Billary won.

This indicates to me a bit of a civil war within the Democratic Party. I mean, all of these double-digit differences in most of the states that have voted and caucused thus far are, I think, revealing.

And in this civil war, again, Bernie Sanders very obviously represents the North and its values and beliefs. And again, Billary is the Queen of the South — something of which to be very proud.

Update (8:30 p.m.): Fuck. I’d wanted to be able to go to bed early tonight, but right now Politico reports Bernie at 49.9 percent to Billary’s 48.1 percent, a difference of only 1.8 percent.

Update (8:35 p.m.): Whew. Bernie is back at 50.4 percent to Billary’s 47.6 percent, with 89 percent reporting. I’m kind of attached to Bernie beating Billary in Michigan by at least 2.5 to 3 percent.

Update (8:37 p.m.): They have called Michigan for Bernie. This is great.

Update (8:45 pm.): The maintainers of Wikipedia are fast. Michigan is now showing in green on the map. With 91.6 percent of Michigan’s precincts reporting, we’re standing at Bernie with 50.1 percent to Billary with 48.0 percent right now. Again, I hope that the final tally is closer to a difference of 3 percent.

Update (8:55 p.m.): This is my final update for tonight. It’s enough for now that Bernie Sanders won Michigan!

Of the states that have caucused and voted in the Democratic Party presidential primary season thus far, Michigan has offered the highest number of pledged delegates, after Texas.

It’s true that Bernie and Billary are fairly evenly splitting Michigan’s pledged delegates, but, again, winning Michigan today — having those bragging rights — should give Bernie a significant boost going into Illinois, Missouri and Ohio next week. (I’m confident that he’ll win Ohio and probably Illinois; I’m not as confident about Missouri. I’m most confident about Ohio.)

As I prep for bed, right now Politico reports that with 92.6 percent reporting, we’re at 50.1 percent for Bernie to 48.0 percent for Billary.

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Live-blogging the seventh Dem debate

Sanders: Clinton's 'Friends' Destroyed Economy

Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won three (Kansas, Nebraska and Maine) of the four primary states that were contested this weekend, and I’d say that he won the often-contentious seventh Democratic presidential debate tonight, too, but of course the Billarybots would disagree. I support Sanders going for as long as he possibly can; as long as he still can win, he needs to stay in it to win. We shouldn’t settle for Repugnican Lite Billary Clinton if we don’t have to — and we don’t have to.

4:55 p.m. (all times Pacific): I’ve seen two start times given for tonight’s Democratic Party presidential debate: 5 p.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. Eastern. I’m not sure if the debate truly will start at 5 p.m. or whether it will be CNN’s talking heads blathering at 5 p.m., with the actual debate starting an hour later. We’ll see.

Again: This time I don’t plan to try to stenographically capture all of the debate, but plan to capture only what is new and/or especially interesting and/or noteworthy. This might be the most contentious Dem debate yet.

Thus far Billary Clinton has won/”won” 11 states — all but one of them in the South — to Bernie Sanders’ seven.

5:03 p.m.: The debate indeed has begun. Both Bernie and Billary have called upon Repugnican Tea Party Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to resign because of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. Billary added that if he doesn’t resign he should be recalled, and as I type this sentence she is stealing Bernie’s talking points on fixing our crumbling infrastructure.

5:11 p.m.: I can’t say that the debate thus far has shed new light on the Flint water crisis. I sympathize with the residents of Flint, who still can’t safely drink their tap water, and it’s true that if the residents of Flint predominantly were white things probably would be different, but to organize this debate around Flint’s water crisis strikes me as a little odd and politically opportunistic (on that note, Billary informed us that it was her idea…).

5:13 p.m.: Bernie says that those in Flint are paying three times for poisoned water than what he is paying for clean water in Vermont. Bernie calls for the Centers for Disease Control to examine every child in Flint for lead poisoning, and he states that he has a plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure (including its water pipelines) that also will create many jobs.

5:16 p.m.: Anderson Cooper just stated that Billary’s call for Snyder to resign is brand-new. Well, yeah, that’s what she has been doing: copying Bernie.

When asked, Billary stated that she supports the firing of Environmental Protection Agency officials who properly failed to protect Flint, however high up in the EPA hierarchy that failure went.

Bernie states that as president he would fire any governmental official who knew about the Flint problem but did nothing about it.

5:20 p.m.: Billary now commits to removing all lead from our environment. How possible and/or practical that is, I don’t know… My understanding is that not all lead that exists is imminently dangerous to human health. All dangerous lead should be removed, of course.

5:22 p.m.: A Flint resident now asks Billary if she’s using the Flint crisis to score political points. Billary is blathering that she’s always been an activist. Riiight…

Bernie says that he has been paying attention to Flint, but that he’s been quieter and less showy about it, and he reminds us that the media attention to Flint is temporary, but that his record demonstrates that he has taken on powerful interests and helped the weak.

5:27 p.m.: A Flint resident asks Billary what she’ll do to stem job loss in Flint and elsewhere. Billary rattles off infrastructure-improvement jobs, ensuring that more women and racial minorities can get small businesses, and punishing companies that export jobs elsewhere.

Bernie reminds us that Billary has supported NAFTA and the TPP and other bad trade deals, so that she comes awfully late to the game on the topic of trade-deal-related job loss. Billary does not look pleased and has changed the topic to the auto-industry bailout. She says Bernie voted against it.

5:31 p.m.: Fireworks. Bernie says he refused to bail out Wall Street. 

5:33 p.m.: Billary is back on the auto-industry bailout, which she says she supported but Bernie voted against. I’m assuming that he did vote against it, but it did pass nonetheless, and of course Billary is pandering on this point, given her audience in Flint, Michigan, and Michigan being the next big primary state to vote, on Tuesday.

The point of capitalism is to sink or swim — bailouts of corporations don’t meet that criteria, and while corporations get bailed out, human beings sure don’t.

But again, Billary the Panderer in Chief is speaking in Flint, Michigan, whose economy the fraudsters of the auto industry helped to destroy, which is why she is pushing this point — never mind the larger point that we, the taxpayers, should not bail out corporations.

5:42 p.m.: Billary essentially states that she doesn’t want to talk about the 1990s except when to do so is favorable to her. Wow.

Her voice sounds tired and strained, whereas Bernie sounds like his usual self. I’d say that he is winning this debate, but I am not objective, of course.

5:46 p.m.: Anderson Cooper points out that Bernie Sanders is correct that the Import-Export Bank (Export-Import?) Bank, Billary’s darling, helps out big corporations, such as Boeing and Caterpillar, much more than it helps out the Mom-and-Pop businesses.

This is in line with Billary’s entire political career: claiming to care endlessly about the little guy while actually rolling around in bed with the Big Guys.

5:50 p.m.: We’re on break now. Overall, I’d say that Bernie is fairly owning Billary, who, in her hoarse voice, essentially is telling us that there is almost no corporation that she hasn’t wuved.

5:54 p.m.: The topic now is crime and mass shootings. Billary, who has just claimed to care about a female minor who recently was shot in gun violence, is now about to remind us that Bernie Sanders voted against the Brady Bill.

Oh, and just now Billary is reminding us that Bernie was for giving gun manufacturers legal immunity, demonstrating that she’ll use even a girl’s shooting tragedy for her own political gain.

(On the immunity issue, should a car manufacturer be held accountable if someone uses a car that it manufactured to run someone down? Bernie has good rationales for his votes.)

6:01 p.m.: Bernie just explained his stance on gun-manufacturer immunity. His reasoning is solid: If a product is legal, its manufacturer can’t be held liable for its misuse.

6:04 p.m.: Billary thinks that yelling is equal to being rational and being correct in your argumentation. 

Sympathy for the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre (and other gun massacres) does not actually mean that you should hold gun manufacturers responsible for how their legally manufactured products are misused.

If you want to ban guns, ban guns, if you can do so constitutionally.

6:07 p.m.: Don Lemon devastatingly (?) asks Billary why black people should trust her now to get it right this time when her husband’s 1994 crime bill resulted in the mass incarceration of black Americans.

6:09 p.m.: Bernie reminds us that bills are complex, that they contain good and bad provisions. He states that he voted for the 1994 crime bill for its good provisions.

6:11 p.m.: Bernie is rattling off his civil-rights bona fides at the request of a black man who apparently essentially states that Bernie is just another old white man. (Bernie would be our first [at least ethnically] Jewish American president, so I think that he knows something of being a minority…)

As I have written, given our nation’s increasing diversity, it perhaps is unfortunate that Bernie looks like just another old white man, but the fact of the matter is that I always go for the most progressive candidate, regardless of his or her demographics (age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, etc.).

The Democratic Party has gotten too involved in identity politics, to its detriment. Diversity is important, but me-first identity politics is toxic and destructive.

And about one third of Americans still are white males. We can’t shit and piss on one third of Americans. That we do so is one of the reasons that Donald Trump is doing as well as he is.

6:18 p.m.: Bernie is asked how he would improve race relations in the United States — more specifically, he is asked how he would do a better job in tackling racial issues than Barack Obama has been.

Bernie says he would build on what Obama has started, and would do such things as reform the criminal justice system, such as by ending minimum sentencing, treating drug abuse as a health issue rather than a criminal issue, and ensuring that the incarcerated receive education and other support so that they can be successful upon release.

6:21 p.m.: Billary is asked about her controversial 1996 use of the term “super-predator.” She states that it was a poor use of words and that she wouldn’t use the term again. She then digressed into how much she cares about the children.

6:23 p.m.: Billary now reminds us that the economy did well in the 1990s, even though it’s only OK to link her to her husband’s presidency when it’s good for her.

6:24 p.m.: On that note, Bernie reminds us that the 1990s brought us NAFTA and the deregulation of Wall Street, which came back to harm us later.

We’re on break now. The discussion of race reminds me of this cartoon by Ted Rall:

When Obama was elected, pundits said having the first-ever African-American president would change everything, especially for blacks. As it turns out, however, by most measures the lives of American blacks remained the same or got worse during his two terms. Now women are being told that the election of Hillary Clinton as the first woman president would lead to meaningful changes for women.

6:31 p.m.: The subject now is our public schools. Bernie says he would make the rich pay their fair share of taxes with which we would improve our crumbling public schools.

Billary essentially says the same, but with better detail. She talks about a 1990s program that helped financially strapped communities improve their public schools. Again, we can talk about the 1990s when it’s good for Billary.

6:35 p.m.: Billary is asked if teachers’ unions protect poorly performing teachers. Billary says that we scapegoat our public school teachers because we don’t adequately fund our public schools. I agree. (There are bad teachers, of course, but the larger problem is that we don’t support our public-school children nearly enough.)

6:38 p.m.: Don Lemon says that Billary’s infrastructure-improvement plan is only a quarter of Bernie’s. Billary says her plan is adequate and would create millions of jobs.

Bernie is asked by Don if his plan is too expensive to get passed in D.C. Bernie reminds us that the American Society of Civil Engineers says that we must spend at least a trillion dollars to bring our infrastructure up to snuff.

6:41 p.m.: Billary, asked about fracking, won’t oppose it altogether, but says she only supports the regulation of it.

Bernie is to the point: He says that he does not support fracking at all.

Funny how this one topic, fracking, shows what’s probably the biggest difference between Billary and Bernie: She’ll support shit that the corporations want her to support — and he just won’t. Billary will sell us out; Bernie won’t.

Bernie received thunderous applause for his strong opposition to fracking.

6:47 p.m.: Billary once again reminds us that both she and Bernie are better than are the Repugnicans and that the Democratic presidential debates are nothing like the Repugnican presidential debates.

This is more Clintonian triangulation, and it’s the same old argument that at least the Clintonistas aren’t as evil and/or crazy as are the Repugnicans. 

There are degrees of evil, and Billary Clinton and her bots are just too damned evil for me. They’re too willing to accept too much harm to others, which is what they do when they support the status quo, which is what they do when they say that we need a President Billary Clinton like we need a third or fourth term of the Obama administration: more of the same, because it’s just naive and/or crazy to expect anything better than the pro-corporate, pro-plutocratic incrementalism that we’ve seen from the Democratic Party since Bill Clinton in the 1990s.  

6:56 p.m.: Bernie reminds us that the match-up polls show both him and Billary beating Donald Trump, but that they show him beating Trump by a larger margin. This is true — Bernie does better against all of the Repugnican Tea Party presidential contenders in the match-up polls than does Billary, who loses to most of them while Bernie beats all of them — so Billary just doesn’t respond.

6:58 p.m.: An apparent theofascist who looks way too much like Sarah Palin just asked Bernie whether or not “God” is “relevant.” It’s a bullshit religious-test question.

6:59 p.m.: Anderson Cooper just essentially asked Bernie Sanders if he’s ashamed to be Jewish (as evidenced by the fact that Bernie doesn’t blather about religion). Bernie says that he is “very proud” of being Jewish and that it’s an “essential” part of his human being. He reminds us that he had forebears killed in the Holocaust.

7:01 p.m.: The same Sarah-Palin-like crazy religious lady (I highly doubt that she’s ever cast a vote for a Democrat in her too-long life) just asked Billary to whom and for what she prays. Is this 2016? What the fucking fuck?

We truly don’t need another Inquisition.

7:03 p.m.: Closing statements now.

Bernie reminds us that “we are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world” but that you wouldn’t know that, because the wealth has gone to the top 1 percent. We need to reclaim the government that men and women fought and died for, he stated.

Billary talks about barriers to success, such as systemic racism and student-loan debt, that as president she would tackle. “America’s best days can be and are ahead of us,” she ends tritely.

This debate wasn’t as deadly (deadly repetitive or deadly boring) as I’d thought that it would be. They didn’t go too far with the Flint thing. I mean, don’t get me wrong; Flint is a city long done wrong by the 1 percent, but our nation is full of Flints, and these Flints shouldn’t be used for personal political gain.

Optically, I believe that Bernie won the debate, as well as substantively, but once again, who won the debate will depend upon whom you supported or to whom you were leaning before the debate began.

The debates, I believe, have exposed Billary as beholden to her corporate sugar daddies, but the Clintonistas have spun this as a necessary evil in today’s politics.

I call bullshit on that. Bernie Sanders just won the Maine caucuses today, bringing him to eight states won (and two states within 1.5 percent of Billary), proving that you don’t have to be a corporate whore to be successful in politics.

I suspect that what will be talked about the most tomorrow, unfortunately, is the Crazy Sarah-Palin-Like Lady who asked Bernie about “God.”

Again, I doubt that she’s ever cast a vote from a Democrat in her life — I suspect that she is a Repugnican Tea Party operative (or, come to think of it, perhaps a Billary operative) — but in the general election Bernie Sanders would face this bullshit, un-American religious test, so I suppose that he might as well begin to face it now.

As I have written, I don’t much care whether Bernie Sanders believes in a “God” or not, as long as he doesn’t try to shove any such belief down others’ throats. He doesn’t try to shove any religious beliefs down anyone else’s throat, which is why I can support him.

When Billary states that she prays, as she did tonight, I find it insincere, just more pandering (most Americans, after all, call themselves “Christians”). I mean, Billary commits evil for monetary return, but she prays? This makes her “Godly”?

Jesus himself said, “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.

“But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”

Jesus himself said not to brag about your praying, but to keep it private.

If the “Christians” ever actually practiced what Jesus preached, they’d be much more tolerable.

It’s funny that the most Christian candidate for president is the Jewish Bernie Sanders.

P.S. I sure hope that the Dems don’t stupidly get spooked on the “God” issue. The Jesus freaks are going to vote for the Repugnican Tea Party presidential candidate anyway, whoever it is.

And again: This is the year 2016.

Pandering to the “Christo”fascist right is not the way forward for the Democratic Party.

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Still Bernie or bust for me (also: Live-blogging the 7th Dem debate tomorrow)

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is hugged as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally in Warren, Michigan

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a progressive U.S. senator for Vermont, is hugged before a rally today in Warren, Michigan. Today Bernie handily won the caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska, while Billary Clinton picked up yet another state of mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging denizens in the South (Louisiana). Tomorrow night Bernie debates Billary Clinton in Flint, Michigan. Michigan holds its primary election on Tuesday; if Bernie takes the state, gone (at least until Billary’s next win) should be the bullshit talk of Billary’s “inevitability.”

Today Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Party presidential caucuses in Kansas and Nebraska, and Billary Clinton, in keeping with her popularity in the South, won the backasswards red state of Louisiana.

Thus far the map of the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primary race (this one from Wikipedia) looks like this, with Bernie’s wins in green and Billary’s in gold:

Note that Iowa was a tie, with Billary “beating” Bernie by a whopping 0.3 percent. Also close was Massachusetts, which Billary won by 1.4 percent. (It apparently helped her to at least to some degree that Bill Clinton apparently was electioneering for Billary at polling places in Massachusetts on “Super Tuesday.” [His mere presence at a polling place, even if he didn’t speak a word, was electioneering, in my book, given how well he is known as a former president and since his wife appeared on the ballot at the polling places that he visited (only to “thank the poll workers,” he claimed). Of course, the Clintons are royalty, and members of royalty are above the law.])

Nevada wasn’t a blowout win for Billary, either; she won that state’s caucuses by 5.3 percent.

Billary’s wins in the Southern states have been in the double digits, which speaks volumes to me. The South is another fucking country, as far as I’m concerned.

Bernie’s double-digit wins in states like Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Vermont (and his almost-wins in Iowa and Massachusetts) indicate to me that he represents the real Americayou know, the portion of the United States that didn’t practice slavery and wasn’t part of the Confederacy.

Queen Billary says that she’s the real Democrat in the race, yet why is her power base in the South — which is not exactly a bastion of the values and beliefs of the modern Democratic Party?

At any rate, although Billary once again stupidly was declared “inevitable” after “Super Tuesday” this past week (she won seven states [all of them, except for Massachusetts, in the South] to Bernie’s four), this remains a race.

(As many have noted, if a clear majority of the voters and caucus-goers pick Bernie over Billary, the so-called “super-delegates” will be pressured not to subvert democracy, but to go with the popular will and to therefore go with Bernie — if the Democratic Party is to survive.*)

Next up is Maine, which caucuses tomorrow, and then on Tuesday, Michigan and Mississippi hold their primary elections.

I expect Bernie to win Maine, and of course Billary will take the backasswards red state of Mississippi. I’m hoping that Bernie takes Michigan; that would be a real coup for him.

In any event, tomorrow night is the seventh Democratic Party presidential debate. It will be held in Flint, Michigan, and is to be carried by CNN at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.

I plan to live-blog it, but I might do it differently this time; truth be told, after having live-blogged the first six Democratic debates, I can tell you that these debates get repetitive. Tomorrow night I might decide to live-blog only new material and the more interesting exchanges, and let the repetitive crap go.

Finally, if you are a regular reader of mine you will know this already, but I’ll say it again: For me it’s still Bernie or bust.

I will not support Billary Clinton, Queen of the South, in any way. Not a penny and certainly not my vote, not in California’s primary election in June or in the general presidential election in November.

Billary Clinton does not represent the United States of America or the Democratic Party to me.

My world is a progressive one, and she is from another planet.

P.S. Speaking of other planets, as far as Donald Trump is concerned: I’m sorry that he has gotten this far. It’s a sad statement on the sorry state of sociopolitical affairs in the nation that he has.

Donald Trump does not represent all white male Americans. Let me say that. He represents some of them. (White males are around 31 percent of all Americans, and Trump has the support of about 36 percent of Repugnicans, men and women, and around 39 percent of Americans identify as Repugnican or leaning Repugnican, while around 43 percent of Americans identify as Democratic or leaning Democratic. So Trump has the support of around 36 percent of around 39 percent of Americans, including women, so let’s please not say that he’s representative of most white American men. He is not. He is representative of a loud and obnoxious minority of them who share perhaps three brain cells among themselves.)

Donald Trump to me is evil not so much in that he has all of these definite evil plans for the groups of people whom he definitely would persecute, like his forebears the Nazi Germans did, but in that because he has no moral compass and no apparent conscience, but is pure ego, he would go in whatever direction he would perceive to be politically beneficial to himself, regardless of its harm to many others. He sociopathically lacks all empathy, very apparently.

Sure, that also pretty much describes corporate-ass-licker Billary Clinton’s entire political career, but would another Nazi Germany arise under Billary Clinton? Probably not. Under Donald Trump? It certainly could.

That said, I still think that I prefer the overt fascism of Donald Trump to the “friendly” fascism of Billary Clinton; I still think that I’d rather deal with the obvious wolf than with the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

On that note, both the Democratic Party and the Repugnican Party establishments — the Coke Party and the Pepsi Party — need to go.

Yes, the thought that the establishment parties’ demise could be replaced by something akin to Germany’s Nazism (that is, nationalism, far-right-wing ideology/fascism, white supremacism, etc.) is a frightening thought, but there is an alternative to that: the progressive, inclusive, democratic socialism that real Democrat Bernie Sanders promotes.

*While I don’t share Salon.com writer Andrew O’Hehir’s assessment of Billary’s chances of emerging as the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee — I think that he overstates her chances (for one thing, she remains underwater in her favorability polling of all voters by double digits — while Bernie’s favorability polling of all voters still has him liked more than disliked by double digits) — I do agree with O’Hehir’s assessment that there is a civil war within the Democratic Party just as there is within the Repugnican Tea Party.

It’s just that the Democrats are “nicer” about it, and it hasn’t blown up (yet).

Whether Billary emerges as the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee or not, the fact remains that her center-right brand of Democrat is sorely out of date, is unsustainable and needs to go, and it will go; it’s only a question of for how much longer the Clintonistas can keep the Democrat-in-name-only game going.

If we Berners — progressives — can’t take back our party this year, we will take it back in the near future.

Billary Clinton is not in a good place politically, not in the long term.

Why?

Well, if Bernie beats her, it will be seen as a victory for progressives. (Of course, if Bernie beats her but then goes on to lose in November, he’ll be lumped in with the likes of George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis, which probably would be damaging for the progressive brand and seen as vindicating the Clintonistas’ brand of the Democratic Party, of course. [This wouldn’t last forever, but would last for some time, I surmise.])

But if Billary wins the nomination but then loses in November, it most definitely will be the final stake in the cold, stupid hearts of the Clintonistas. The members of the party will look for a new direction, and we progressives are quite ready to supply that direction.

But even if Billary wins both the party’s presidential nomination and the White House, she’ll have a very rough go of it.

She will be attacked relentlessly by the Repugnican Tea Party traitors, and if you look at who her supporters are now, it appears as though as president she’ll have the support of the Democrats in the South — Democrats who are fairly powerless within their own states.

The rest of us — us Northerners, mostly — aren’t at all thrilled about Billary Clinton now, so she probably can’t count on much political support from us should she actually become president.

And that’s her fault, not ours.

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