The End of Bernie’s Revolution

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Bernie Sanders: I’ve talked a lot about him on this blog. The Feel The Bern “revolution” has been raging for more than a year now. But, with the Democratic Convention in Philidelphia, that revolution’s leader has caved. And I don’t mean that in a light way. He completely caved, then he fell in line like a good little boy.

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A Comparison Of The Presidential Candidates Messages Following The Pulse Shooting

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A lot of being said these past few days since the Pulse Shooting occurred, and specifically, this post will look at what the top 3 Presidential candidates are saying, by looking at Facebook posts (official statements).

Gary Johnson (L):

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Donald Trump ®:

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For more fear mongering, see his Twitter feed: [Link]

Hillary Clinton (D):

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For more fear mongering, see her Twitter feed: [Link]

TL;DR THERE IS ONLY ONE PERSON WHO CARES ABOUT NOT JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, ACTUALLY GRIEVING ABOUT THE SITUATION, AND ISN’T USING THE SHOOTING FOR HIS/HER AGENDA. THAT MAN IS GARY JOHNSON.

Also, there isn’t any fear mongering in his Twitter feed. Literally, you can look. He’s not calling for a ban on Muslim immigration (like Trump) or calling for a heavier restrictions on guns (like Clinton). He’s being this called a decent human being.

Women In The Draft: Coming Soon

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Are you ready to feel the equality yet? It’s coming…

The National Defense Authorization Act for FY2017 passed the Senate 85-13-2. The bill passed by both a vast majority with Republican and Democrat support, along with one Independent.

Some of the notable no’s:

  • Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Mike Lee (R-UT)
  • Ted Cruz (R-TX)
  • Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
  • Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Harry Reid (D-NV)

Who missed the vote, with some very crucial things like changes to Indefinite Detention and the Draft?

  • Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

The next time someone tells you that Democrats stand with women, question it. Since the vast majority have signed on to having them drafted into war and killed on a battlefield, that high horse no longer should exist.

And the next time someone tells you that Bernie cares, tell them he skipped out and didn’t care at all. If he did, he would have been there, and fought.

Dear Berniebros: It’s Over

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I was casually going about my day, when a post came across my dashboard. It was by a Tumblr user names “notanotherberniesandersblog”, and it had some out of date and quite odd logic to it. So I took the liberty of responding to it, and in the process, crushing all their hope.

The original post:


URGENT; PLEASE SPREAD THIS WIDELY! According to the Associated Press, Hillary Clinton has already accumulated enough delegates to win and become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president. Please ignore this announcement, it is not true at all. They’re including unpledged superdelegates in the delegate count to misinform potential voters. The primaries are far from over. Neither of the candidates will reach the 2,383 pledged delegate threshold needed to win the Democratic Party nomination. There will be a contested convention.

The Real Math

(As of June, 4th, 2016)
Total Number of Delegates Available = 4763

CURRENT Score
Hillary Clinton = 1769
Bernie Sanders = 1501

Total Number of Delegates Required to Clinch the Nomination = 2383
Total Number of Delegates Remaining = 1493
Total Number of Delegates Who Vote on June 4th Through June 14th, 2016 = 930

No Candidate Can Clinch the Nomination Before June 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton Would Need 614 out of 930
Bernie Sanders Would Need 882 out of 930

Total Number of Delegates Who Vote on July 25th, 2016 = 719
(Democratic National Convention)

The Nomination Will Be Decided on July 25th, 2016.

Please spread the word, this must go viral! California voters deserve better!

Tl;dr: Ignore it! Keep phone banking and donating and volunteering and canvassing!

(Credit to Jacob B. for writing this)


Now, I found this a little strange, due to the numbers still being off, and how they treat Superdelegates. So, here is my response.

Let’s look at reality, instead of this “real math” (as of June 9th):

Total Number of Delegates: 4,770

Number of Pledged Delegates (by candidate):

Clinton: 2,202

Sanders: 1,829

Number of Unpledged Delegates (superdelegates by candidate):

Clinton: 541

Sanders: 47

Total Delegate Count (by candidate):

Clinton: 2,743

Sanders: 1,876

Which one is closer to the nomination? Hint hint, not Sanders. With superdelegates, Clinton already has the nomination. Without them, she’s VASTLY closer than Bernie is. If you choose Bernie at convention, don’t even try to talk about how “the people have spoken” and crap like that.

Second of all, let’s just look at the delegates who’ve yet to either vote or decide. This would include Washington DC and some superdelegates still. The total number left to pick up? Just over 150. Please spare me the “well the superdelegates don’t really matter!” crap. You know that’s a lie. There’s a reason they’re there.

Bernie is finished. He is done. There will not be any saving him at convention. You will be wasting your time. You will be wasting your money. You will be wasting so many valuable resources because you will be deluding yourselves that he can somehow magically win. It’s time to admit defeat.

Discussing Healthcare and Rights

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I used this meme back last year in a post on whether people have a right to healthcare or not. Of course, I argued that people did not, as it does not naturally exist, and is the produc of other people’s labor. Still, many think they’re entitled to it, and for free as well. Recently, I responded to a few comments on this, and I will go ahead and post those below.

The first set are the criticisms that the Rand Paul argument received:

#1 – officermilky

Call me naive, but wouldn’t he be paid through taxes? He wouldn’t be working for free. The argument to that, of course, would be “robbing peter to pay paul” but healthcare would be taxes that, you know, a society would all agree to go in on because they democratically believe it’s the right thing to do?

I’m not even saying that’s a perfect solution to everything, but the Rand caption seems faulty.

#2 – ramblingferret

Yes just like in Canada and Europe we round up doctors and force them to work against there will. Like my poor shrink who works 8-5 with Wednesdays off.

#3 – sweertomato

And now, here is how I responded to each one of them:

@officermilky He would be paid under a market wage that he would have regularly earned, due to government price setting (both on goods and wages). Your main mistake is that you will not have all of society agreeing to this universal healthcare plan. You would only need 50% +1 to make this happen, and that doesn’t sound in any way like it “society would all agree to go in” with this, as you say. THAT WOULD BE THE CASE.

@ramblingferret You mention Canada’s system, and I’d be a bit careful with that. They tried to first off ban private insurance, which was ruled unconstitutional. Canadian healthcare wait times are far longer than American wait times.

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In addition to this, Canada’s system is lagging in adopting to new technology and practices to improve the quality and speed of care. And I’d be even more careful to use Canada’s system, since it’s projected to eat up 97% of government revenues over time. If that’s something America should copy, I’d be skeptical. And if you still don’t believe I should be skeptical, I would ask the 40,000+ Canadians who sought medical treatment outside Canada due to these problems, and more.

@sweer-tomato You mention that it would be free. About that…

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And if that is the route you wish to take (in saying that universal healthcare is free), then this also applies:

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Weird how neither me nor Rand actually said the “ and saying oh “Survival of the fittest” if you get seriously ill / injured you deserve to die is the most barbaric and jackass thing you can say.” I honestly wonder where this even comes from, but I don’t think I care.

Now, under the current ACA, quality of care has gone down, and prices have gone up (especially when you’re not subsidised, like regular people with their own healthcare or through their business). Under the universal system, the costs become simply unseen by the everyday taxpayer, but is still felt on April 15, and don’t think for a second this is going to be in any way cheap, especially for people who are poor or have pre-existing conditions. Not when the plan require a bunch of crap that a) shouldnt be part of health insurance, and b) is mandated by government fiat.

And let’s chat about government mandated bull. I’ve yet to hear someone explain logically how the government can require health insurers to cover something, and the health insurers won’t raise their prices. The health insurers know they can simply jack up their prices all they want, because it’s now mandated that “x” service be covered. You wanna know why healthcare costs keep going up? It ain’t corporate greed that is the main problem. I’ll tell you that.

And let’s talk about 2016. If you’d like to see more poor people, go ahead, enact your universal healhcare system. Bernie’s plan sure ain’t cheap, since you’d have to come up with $3.2 trillion in new tax revenue per year (equalling $32 trillion in total, more than his original projections were) over the next decade to pay for just the healthcare costs. Since the Sander’s plan already boasts of tax hikes on the wealthy (aka the one’s who currently pay the majority of taxes), where is the rest of the money coming from? Hint hint, he will HAVE look lower. But don’t worry, you might be audited by the IRS after not paying taxes because you can’t afford them, but you’ll have healthcare still… that is, as long as they haven’t cut you off.

It’s 2016: let people actually keep their money for a change and get the damn government out of healthcare, so people can afford it and not go broke should something bad happen.


All in all, I haven’t done a good rebuttal like this in a while, and I probably could have done tons better, but this still came out good, and still hasn’t been rebutted by any of these three posters. I’m not expecting it to, but hey, we shall see.

Socialism Killed Venezuela

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If there is one news story that’s not going to be mentioned on the mainstream news media  broadcasts, it will most likely be the continuing fall of Venezuela. For those of you who have not heard, Venezuela is currently descending into chaos, and is approaching an almost anarchic failed-state status, where it’s government is of no really power, and there is no order and balance. How do we see that Venezuela is falling? Here is a list of things that are happening as of now:

  • Food has become incredibly scarce to the point that supermarket shelves are completely bare. As a result, people have resulted to looting to get even basic necessities
  • For some who are really desperate, they’ve taken to killing stray animals, just to get some sort of food
  • Venezuela is experiencing very bad hyperinflation, making their currency more worthless by the day. This means that even if people have money, it’s losing value as the day goes on.
  • They’ve ran out of money to even print new money.
  • They’ve been selling their central bank’s gold reserves to willing buyers (under the table, of course)
  • The country’s morgues are overfilled with bodies
  • President Maduro has ordered that there be a three day weekend, due to the lack of electricity availability (which he blames on El Nino)
  • In reality, the hydroelectric dam that supply’s 2/3’s the power to the country doesn’t have the water capacity to operate
  • Venezuela has a murder rate of 3 per hour, or 76 per day, making it one of the highest in the world
  • Venezuelan hospitals have essentially ran out of medicine, intravenous fluids, and food.
  • Hospitals are also effected by the power shutdowns, causing respirators and other machinery to go off. As a result, infants in the maternity ward have to have air pumped into their lungs manually. The infant mortality rate has gone up drastically.
  • This is all basically what Maduro wants, so that he many maintain power
  • For a much better list, I recommend you go here.

Now, what do you think will happen next? I’m putting my money on martial law, and I think I may be (unfortunately) winning that bet.

Many regions and cities in Venezuela have recently been militarized, such as Caracas, and Guarenas. The militarization one you may expect from some third world despot: tanks, military in riot gear, and no emotion or holding back on protesters. This has been the case now for many days now, and meanwhile Maduro pleads his ignorance:

Meanwhile, Maduro pled ignorance: during a press conference, President Maduro mocked the international media for questioning cities under military control. “What militarization?” He asked. “Show me.”

And what better way is there to sneak more militarization and grab a few opponents than to hold some military exercises!

Venezuela is preparing for the biggest military exercises in its history this Saturday after the South American country’s government said it’s on high alert as the opposition pushes for a recall referendum on President Nicolas Maduro.

“Venezuela is threatened,” Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on state television Thursday. “This is the first time we are carrying out an exercise of this nature in the country. In terms of national reach, it’s going to be in every strategic region.”

On one hand, Venezuela has reached the end-of-the-line. On the other, it may just completely descend from the workers socialist paradise into the socialists hell. I’m sympathetic to the former, but more inclined to believe the latter. There is no good outcome for Venezuelans looking to restore their country from the failure that is socialism. Even with Maduro’s major blow back in December elections, where his party lost big, and the opposition won the congress, he has stacked the supreme court, halted any new members from the Congress, and made sure that his people (who would be loyal to HIM) were in cabinet positions. In example, the military.

History has recorded many times when socialist nations have died, but it never just ends in a quick death, and then there’s a reformation. It’s drawn out by a government attempting to hold power. This government has controlled many aspects of Venezuelan’s lives, and now, it’s losing all that power, and it will not go quietly. I may not be able to tell you what will happen, but I can say that it will not go quietly.

My Thoughts On Bernie Sanders: Making the Wealthy, Wall Street, and Making Large Corporations Pay Their Fair Share

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I’m talking about Bernie Sanders again today, and in this post, I’ll be going over his “Making the Wealthy, Wall Street, and Large Corporations Pay Their Fair Share” section on his website. This is a really long section, but it looks like I’ve already covered portions of the stuff he mentions in this, so if that’s the case, I’ll link back to my commentary about them already done.

With that done, let’s dive in.

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