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Media's Premature Coronation Is Bad News For Hillary

It wasn’t a political night. I was watching hockey. My beloved Pittsburgh Penguins were ahead 2-0 and on their way to taking a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. And then, during a major sporting event, I heard a beep and saw a scroll at the bottom of the screen for BREAKING NEWS!

Are People Being Distracted From a Larger Issue?

Hillary has always been the presumptive nominee, that was the whole point of lining up all the superdelgates in advance of any primary in the first place - to clear the field and scare/warn off any upstart who might think they had some chance to run in an open election like we were a Democracy or something. It was/is Hillary's turn, most qualified person to ever run in the history of the world, a "historic" ceiling breaking nomination, yada, yada yada.

Last Night

Here is what I observed:

While watching MSNBC, Chris Hayes announced that NBC and AP had declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee.
The reason for the call was that 10 super delegates were identified by AP as having changed their minds from undecided to Hillary.

We Said It Was a Corrupt Oligarchy. UPDATE: I Just Figured It Out! A Bit More Update: FBI Connection?

Therefore, it's no surprise when it behaves like one.
Bernie said there was corruption. Well, we found it.
The only surprise here is that they were this ham-handed and blatant, seriously jumping the gun when there was no need to, using a method which could create a lot more blowback than other, subtler methods.

Breaking: The Associated Press Declare Hillary Clinton President

We believe that it is unnecessary to prolong the 2016 campaign further, poll after poll indicates that Hillary Clinton would win the general election, therefore:

To avoid further expense and voter angst over the tone being used, we declare Hillary Clinton to be the 45th President of these United States.


Bernie News Roundup: 'In San Francisco Sanders Urges Supporters To GOTV' & 'Bernie's Boost To Democrats'

Sanders Rallies In San Francisco

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held one of the last rallies of his California primary campaign in the Bay Area on Monday, where he defied the Associated Press projection of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee regardless of Tuesday’s result.

Voting for President in a rigged oligarchy? Who needs it?

I have been voting in Presidential elections and most state and local elections since 1992.

I consider it my civic duty as an American Citizen, and in my day job as a middle-school U.S. History teacher I encourage my students every year to go vote when they reach voting age.

It's all I can do to discipline myself not to leave Dem party tonight

My plan is to remain in Dem party if Bernie is nominee (I still have hope!). But if he isn't this lifetime Democrat will leave the party.

I've been waiting for the convention to see what happens but tonight after this bullshit fake coronation from the MSM it's all I can do to keep from changing my party id online right this minute.

Okay, I've calmed down a bit (Thanks for listening to this rant!)

Email and Cybersecurity for Dummies: a Primer to help w/OIG report about Hillary's Private Server

Hello friends, FYI I've put my blood sweat and tears into this diary ... it occurred to me that non-technical people would not intuitively understand the enormous risks to national security that Hillary took by using a personal email account hosted on a private server. I'm part technologist and part teacher - so I tried to create something that non-techies could be able to read.

Look past pink and blue

 photo bathroomAlisha_zps36bzzbbh.jpgThe title of this diary is also the title of a new campaign in New York City informing NYC's residents and visitors that they may use the restroom consistent with their identity.

With people comparing us to dogs,and saying we need to use whatever bushes and trees we can find for privacy, the campaign is very welcome.

The new campaign, which officials debuted Monday, includes real life transgender New Yorkers and tells people to "look past pink and blue" and to "use the restroom consistent with who you are."

The Birth of a Movement, the End of Democracy

Part I: Boy, I Hope This Doesn't Suck

I made a comment last weekend that Joe, gulfgal, and JtC asked me to turn into an essay. The gist of the comment is that arguing about whether we should be focused on electoral politics or not misses the point of where we are, politically, right now. It's been a hell of a slog trying to make it into an essay, because I'm trying to sum up where I think we are politically without writing a 6-book series and boring you all to tears! So, I hope this doesn't suck--and I beg your indulgence.

Hellraisers Journal: The Whereabouts & Doings of Mother Jones, Socialist Party Organizer, for May 1906

You ought to be out raising hell.
This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Wednesday June 6, 1906
Mother Jones Tours Illinois for Socialist Party of America

Mother Jones by Bertha Howell (Mrs Mailly), ab 1902.png

Today Hellraisers pauses to catch up with Mother Jones and to document her whereabouts and doings for the month of May 1906. We find Mother, at the end of May, on tour as a National Organizer for the Socialist Party of America. The photograph at right was taken by Bertha Howell, who is now married to William Mailly, former National Secretary of Socialist Party.

Our Democracy Spring Is Far From Over, It's Just Getting Started

Stepping outside my door today, I stopped, struck by the beauty of the blossoms on one the bush that lines our walkway. I don't even know its name, or the name of its blossoms. Most of the year it never blooms, standing there with its stiff, lanceolate shaped leaves hanging down, often curled in around the edges, looking a bit sad and forlorn. But when it does bloom, it's magnificent. So I took this photograph with my phone:

A C99% Bernie News Roundup

Hello friends! I am so glad to see you are back up and running! I woke up extra early this morning to try and make a crosspostable BNR to share with you all who (rightfully) do not go over yonder! I truly am sorry I could not do more sooner, (dk5 is a big kospiracy..... middle of primaries 'upgrade' that makes things worse?). I certainly plan on posting original content here at c99% in the future, as well as doing some crossposting Anyways... lets hope this works... and if it does not..

Alan Grayson Must Think He Posted By Mistake On RedState

He dared challenge the Democratic Party elite on you know where, now I am no fan of Grayson, but beyond his bombastic style I read what he has to say and that in this case he points out the blindingly bloody obvious [with a little garnish]. So what did he actually have to say:-

An account of the Kentucky State Convention

Found this on Facebook last night:

Yesterday's Kentucky Democratic Party State and Congressional Convention in Louisville was not Nevada by any means. While I did get elected as a pledged KY Bernie Delegate, some underhanded "fancy footwork" went on during the day. Here's the scoop:

Kshama Sawant: Why I'm Petitioning Bernie to Run Independent

Dear Bernie,
You are fighting to win, and we support you. If billionaire interests block you from winning the Democratic nomination we urge you to continue the political revolution by running independently of the Democratic Party rather than endorse Hillary Clinton.

Ok. I am so upset about Puerta Rico I can't sleep.

The Democrats are now run by sociopaths. They don't believe in fair elections or the right to vote, and neither does Hillary. Hillary is a poisonous, power hungry ogre. I won't vote for her ever, ever ever. I won't vote for anyone that supports her. She is violating the civil right of thousands of Americans. As usual they are smearing Sanders accusing him of their crimes.

Hellraisers Journal: "Scarlet Empire" by Covington Hall & "Rising Tide of Revolution" by Jack London

You ought to be out raising hell.
This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones

Tuesday June 5, 1906
Covington Hall and Jack London Respond to the Empire's Call for Blood

Covington Hall, Poem, Scarlet Empire, detail, AtR, June 2, 1906.png

Rachel Discusses No Hootin' or Hollerin' Order for State Dem Conventions

I've stopped watching her religiously, so I had missed this discussion by her:

I live for auditory and visual distractions from the floor! -Rachel Maddow

Me, too, Rachel, me too: I also very much want the right to hoot and holler.

Pagliano's About To Take the 5th Again?!

Hey guys! Thanks for the love on this piece - but I gotta tell you that while this is mildly interesting since this guy has been in the news the last coupla months or so and we're waiting with baited breath to see what he's going to say at some undetermined point in the future and all.

MSF Kunduz Bombing The Event That Washed Away Any Delusion

For those who may have forgotten

NEW YORK, APRIL 29, 2016 -- The United States military today released its investigative report on the attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan on 3 October 2015. The attack killed 42 people, including 14 MSF staff members, and wounded dozens more.