Just Because You Voted

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Just because your state has already held their primary/caucus, doesn’t mean there is nothing more you can do to support your candidate.  There is so much more to do.

For instance, you can continue to phone bank, encouraging other voters to get out and vote for your candidate during the future primaries/caucuses.  It’s not over until June 14th!  So keep calling people!

You can also participate in your state conventions.  For example, the Texas State Democratic Convention is being held June 16th through the 18th in San Antonio, Texas.  Be sure to check for your state’s convention and attend it, if possible.  If you cannot attend yourself, encourage others to attend.

And, last, but not least, there is always the National Convention that you can attend and encourage others to attend.  The Democratic National Convention is being held in Philadelphia this year from July 25th through the 29th.

So, don’t just sit back and do nothing.  There is so much more you can do to get your candidate into the General Election.

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It’s All About Experience

It has been said that Hillary Clinton has more experience than Bernie Sanders in the political arena.  But is that really true?

Let’s compare:

Bernie Sanders began his official political career in 1981 when he ran for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.  He won that election by a mere 10 votes and was re-elected three times for that position, totaling 8 years.

In 1991, Sanders was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and served for a total of 16 years when he was elected as Senator of Vermont.  He served as Senator from 2007 until now (a total of 9 years to date).

This brings Sanders political career to a total of 32+ years.  This does not include his many years of political activism.

Bernie Experience

Now, let’s look at Hillary’s time in political office.

Hillary was elected as Senator of New York in 2001 and held that office until 2009 for a total of eight years.  She was then nominated as Secretary of State by President Barrack Obama in 2009 and served in that capacity until 2013.  This brings her total of experience in political office to a total of 12 years.

Even if we were to include her time as First Lady of Arkansas and First Lady of the United States, it would still only bring her total to 32 years.  Therefore, it is foolish to claim that Clinton has more experience that Sanders.

This is only taking into account the number of years held in office.  It does not include the things they have done while in office or out of office, for that matter.

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How SuperDelegates Work

SuperDelegates are public officials who are allowed to endorse whichever candidate they want for the Democratic Party. They are not obligated to vote based on their constituents.

For instance, they can vote for the individual they think dresses better, or they can vote for their best friend who is running, or (and more likely) they can vote for the person who promised them “a small loan of one million dollars”.

However, such votes have consequences. For instance, in Washington the overwhelming majority of voters voted for Bernie Sanders. Should Washington’s 17 SuperDelegates choose to continue to endorse Hillary Clinton, they may find themselves out of a job come reelection time. 

 

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Bernie Sanders Saturday – October 4, 2015

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What’s new with Bernie?  Well, let’s take a look:

He raised $24 million in online donations with 650,000 contributors!  This is amazing from somebody who isn’t using Super Packs.  Check out the article from The New York Times here.

Health Care

Why is Bernie’s campaign surging?  “He’s telling the truth,” says Robert Reich in the article posted on RawStory.com’s website.  Check out the article here.

Meet Bernie here.

Subscribe to Bernie’s YouTube channel here.

Follow Bernie on Facebook here.

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Fandom Friday – Doctor Who

On October 2, 1849, the First Doctor met Edgar Allen Poe in “The True and Indisputable Facts in the Matter of the Ram’s Skull” short story.


On October 2, 1854, the Seventh Doctor had tea with Csar Nicholas I in “The Angel of Scutari” audio story.


On October 2, 1932, actor, Gabriel Woolf was born.  Gabriel played Sutekh in “Pyramids of Mars“.


On October 2, 1941, actor, Sam Dastor was born.  Sam played Professor Narayan in the Big Finish Doctor Who audio story The Emerald Tiger.


On October 2, 1950, actor, Ian McNiece was born. Ian he voiced Zeus in Immortal Beloved and Reginald Harcourt in The Renaissance Man. He played Winston Churchill in the Doctor Who television stories The Beast BelowVictory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens and The Wedding of River Song.


On October 2, 1954, actress, Belinda Mayne was born.  Belinda played Delta in the Doctor Who serial Delta and the Bannermen.


On October 2, 1958, actor, Daniel Peacock was born.  Daniel played Nord in the Doctor Who story The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.


On October 2, 1965, “The Exploding Planet” was first broadcast on BBC1.


On October 2, 1965, Part one of the TV Comic story The Ordeals of Demeter was first published.


On October 2, 1976, Part one of The Hand of Fear was first broadcast on BBC1.


On October 2, 1976, Part three of the TV Comic story The Mutant Strain was first published.


On October 2, 1995, Paradise Towers and Survival were released on VHS.


On October 2, 1997, Deadfall was first published by Virgin Books.


On October 2, 2000, The Turing Test was first published by BBC Books.


On October 2, 2002, recording for “Bang-Bang-A-Boom!” audio story took place at The Moat Studios.


On October 2, 2006, The graphic novel The Glorious Dead was first published by Panini Books.


On October 2, 2008, Part one of the Doctor Who Adventures comic story Washed Away! was first published.


On October 2, 2013, Prisoners of Time 9 was first published by IDW Publishing.


On October 2, 2013 – Doctor Who DVD Files was first published by GE Fabbri Ltd


So, that’s it for what’s happened in Doctor Who on October 2nd throughout the years. Don’t forget to check out the new episode of Doctor Who that airs tomorrow (October 3rd) and let me know what you think of it!

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When I Was Younger

When I was younger, my parents would take me on vacation to Florida over Christmas break. My mother would sit on the balcony with a wine glass in her hand while my dad and I would go bird watching at the beach. I used to love going to Florida until I realized that other kids didn’t do this on Christmas break. For them, it was all about spending time with their families, gathered around a tree, opening presents and eating lots of food.

One day I asked my mother why we didn’t do those things. When I did, this sad look came over her face. She walked over to the fireplace and laid one hand gently on the clock that sat on the mantle. It was an antique, she had told me, given to her by her mother, who was given it by her mother, and so on for generations. It didn’t work, and I often wondered why we never got it fixed.

“Christmas makes me sad, Ginny,” my mother replied. “My parents died in an automobile accident right before you were born on Christmas day.” Her eyes were so full of sorrow and unshed tears. “Going to Florida makes me forget about that. It makes me happy to see you running around on the beach with your father.”

“It’s okay, Mom,” I told her, as I wrapped my arms around her. “I understand.”

Now, I am grown with a family of my own. Every Christmas vacation we pack everyone in the car and drive down to Florida. I sit on the balcony with a wine glass in my hand while my husband goes bird watching at the beach, just like when I was younger.

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Mama’s Losin’ It

Received Honorable Mention in the Daily Flash Fiction Challenge

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My Little Earthquakes

So, the other day, my daughter and I were in the car going to a doctor’s appointment two hours away.  Usually I allow her to pick the music, but this time I was in the mood to listen to a little Tori Amos.  My daughter likes Tori as well, so she put on the “Little Earthquakes” cd.

It got me thinking that pretty much every single song on this album I could some how relate to in my life.  So, here it is: My Little Earthquakes.


Crucify

Nothing I do is good enough for you

Growing up with a low self-esteem is really difficult when all you want to do in life is to please everyone.


Girl

And in the mist there she rides and castles are burning in my heart and as I twist I hold tight

I had a best friend in high school who I haven’t seen or heard from since and this song has always reminded me of her.


Silent All These Years

So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts what’s so amazing about really deep thoughts

For all the guys that decided someone else was more important to them than I was.


Precious Things

No one dared no one cared to tell me where the pretty girls are those demigods with their nine-inch nails and little fascist panties

I was bullied pretty ruthlessly in elementary school until I finally stood up for myself.


Winter

When you gonna make up your mind when you gonna love you as much as I do when you gonna make up your mind cause things are gonna change so fast

This song has always reminded me of my relationship with my father and how much I love him.


Happy Phantom

Or will I see you dear and wish I could come back you found a girl that you could truly love again will you still call for me when she falls asleep or do we soon forget the things we cannot see

I really just love this song!  It’s so upbeat, but with a really serious meaning.


China

Sometimes I think you want me to touch you. How can I when you build the great wall around you

Sometimes you can be so alone even when someone is sitting right next to you.


Leather

I could just pretend that you love me the night would lose all sense of fear

Hanging on to a relationship for fear of being alone is a bad thing.  Everyone must learn to live with themselves and love themselves so that they are never in a position of staying with someone for the wrong reasons.


Mother

He’s gonna change my name maybe you’ll leave the light on

Perhaps I’m weird, but this is the song I walked down the aisle to when I got married.


Tear In Your Hand

I think it’s that girl and I think they’re pieces of me you’ve never seen maybe she’s just pieces of me you’ve never seen well”

We were sitting in my car when he told me that he didn’t love me anymore.  It was raining outside and all I could think about was this song and how it so appropriately fit how I was feeling at that moment in time.


Me And A Gun

But I haven’t seen Barbados so I must get out of this

We all either know someone or are someone who has been the victim of a sexual assault.  It is important to speak up.  It is important to make this abuse stop.  Please support RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).


Little Earthquakes

Give me life Give me pain Give me myself again

I’ve been through a lot in my life and somehow I have made it through it all.  We are all capable of surviving all the Little Earthquakes that enter our lives on a daily basis.  It only serves to make us stronger.

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