Bernie Sanders wins the Interwebs! Four reasons Bernie can become our President.

Bernie Sanders calls us to account.
Bernie Sanders calls us to account.

The New York Times frets that Hillary’s campaign suffers from “a lack of enthusiasm.” Well yeah, duh! People keep saying that Hillary is “the one,” yet the public keeps demonstrating how reluctant they are to support a chameleon candidate whose views shift according to polls. This enthusiasm gap is handily demonstrated in a major social media platform. I am not a political naif. I started my education in 1969 as a political science major. During these years I shifted my alliances from the right of the Republican Party to the left of the Democratic Party based on the tractor-trailer truckloads of evidence that counters the GOP worldview I was raised on. So here are the four reasons of the day!

First, Bernie is totally electable. He has a statistically significant lead among Facebook followers.

I was just mucking around on the Internet, reading my email, when I found myself at Bernie Sanders’s Facebook page. I was pleased, as a Bernie supporter, to see that he had nearly 2,000,000 that’s TWO MILLION followers. 

by Olivia LaRosa, November 22, 2015

Then I thought I should go see how many followers the other Democratic candidates had. Hillary Clinton has FEWER Facebook followers than Bernie Sanders. That’s right. She has been in politics for 40 years, has nearly limitless money, a lock on the corporate media, and she still has fewer followers than Bernie.

Bernie Sanders for President 1,984,719

Hillary Clinton 1,811,982

So, you are thinking that 170,000 likes aren’t all much of a spread in a nation with 330,000,000 people, and you are right.

OK, let’s go on…

Let’s step back a bit and look at both candidates’ related sites to see how those numbers look:

Senator Bernie Sanders  2,473,389 members

Hillary in 2016 201,257

Hillary Clinton 2016 2,932 members — no, I did not forget to type any numbers here

Let’s figure this:                                     2,473,389

–    201,257

                                                               –        2,932

Bernie’s lead:                                         2,269,200

Going on, we see another

Bernie Sanders for President                     92,393

Unofficial Bernie Sanders for President 115,447

adds up to another 184,706 for Bernie*

Most people in the US have not been offered the opportunity to learn more about Bernie’s ideals and plans. His lead can only grow.

*math approximate. I did not count all the Bernie and Hillary FB pages, only the most prominent

2. Bernie will be able to work with Congress because he will carry Democrats into offices across the nation. 

Many people lament the gridlock in Washington and most of our state capitols. They cannot see how the President can make a difference.

My theory is that the ENTIRE US House of Representatives and a full 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election. If Bernie’s following continues to grow at these astonishing rates, he will have long electoral coattails. In other words, people who vote for Bernie are not likely to put up with posturing triangulators and fear mongers in other offices. The Republicans and a good many DINOs will be tossed out of office.

Even if they aren’t tossed out, Bernie knows how to work across the aisle without compromising his principles.


3. Bernie’s brand of social democracy builds strong families and strong countries. 

Forget Denmark! Germany’s is a nation of more than 80,000,000. Their social democracy features a form of universal health care. Labor unions share the seats on corporate boards 50/50 with company management. This country is the economic engine of Europe.

Germany’s per capita wealth among the highest in the world, say those crazy loony libs at the CIA.

The benefits that Germans receive, such as health care, at least a month of vacation time, shorter work days and scads of other perks more than make up for the $10K difference in annual income between the USA and Germany per capita. It also allows German families family time to build those family values. Pensions are generous.

Colleges in Germany are FREE for people from all over the world.  Germans enjoy superior elementary education and well-maintained infrastructure. Germans are allergic to waging wars. The cost has been too high. Let’s get our peace dividend and let someone else police the world.



4. Bernie’s Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) Proposal can solve forever our broken taxation system. 

I think that taxes are the price I pay for civilization. Our corporations and our billionaires do not agree. They pay an army of accountants and lawyers to rig the system in their favor.

A Financial Transaction Tax on Wall Street trades would fund free public college for anyone who works hard and gets good grades.

Only the mouthpieces of billionaires like Forbes and Bloomberg see a problem with it. If we take a tiny amount off the top, like .005%, then they cannot hide it in tax “havens.” People who earn great benefits from American workers and consumers should pay it forward, not squirrel it away. If you don’t have it, you can’t hide it!

We could get rid of volumes of tax law that are littered with loopholes. All of those lawyers and accountants could be helping people instead of trying to figure out how to steal “honestly” and cheat our country.

In conclusion, it seems to me that the only obstacles standing in the way of a Sanders Presidency are those without a vision of a peaceful future. You cannot wage war to gain peace. Everybody knows THAT!

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Rightwing Media Report: NJ says-Trump Preaching to Shrinking White Electorate Creates Problems for GOP

The National Journal (NJ) is a right-wing publication in the old style, evoking a time when gentlemen with those not-sexy-at-all muttonchop whiskers respected and followed the rules of debate and eschewed logical errors. Back when I used to be a Republican we considered it one of the gold standards of journalism.

BY Olivia LaRosa, October 20, 2015

Fascinated by the social sciences and economics from age 16 forward, I started college in 1969 seeking a music and political science BA. I got married and quit college after one quarter.  Apparently some people thought I was overly impressed with myself for going to college. Being a shy and modest person, I thought I was doing the grownup thing by gettting into “real life.” That’s what they called it. None of my family had a college education. My mother missed the end of high school during her migration from Michigan to California.

This rightward lurch—behind an almost certainly hopeless cause of constitutional change—captures the core GOP dilemma now unfolding in the party’s nomination contest.  ”

I finally got that political science degree in 2001, and a law degree in 2004. The education I got about grassroots partisan politics was worth as much as my degree. I found out that the Republicans and the right in general have no ethics or standards in their continual grasping for power for the billionaires. I found this out by direct observation of dozens of incidents over my time back in college. I was purely shocked.

The Republican Party has got to go.

I wrote about those experiences for Counterpunch in 2005, How College Republicans and Federalist Socities Operate on Campus. 

That same year, I wrote an article about my quarterly commutes from Santa Barbara and San Francisco to the LA Metropolian area. I had one sticker on my car from 2001 forward. It was a peace sign.

Peace Symbol White with Black Lines
Peace Symbol White with Black Lines

Driving While Peaceful is my story about what can happen to a woman in a modest Toypta Corolla who is keeping up with the traffic on the 5 and being courteous to all who wish to pass. I had moments of pure terror when some mammoth SUV or truck rode my bumper for a mile or two. This is another example of the complete lack of public morals in that sector of the population.

By a lack of public morals, I mean that they seek employment with the government in order to enrich their cronies and conspirators. An officeholder with public morality seeks to preserve the good that has accumulated and protect our public assets and infrastructure. A public employee with public morality does not see taxpayer dollars as an excuse to appropriate it to dad through a no-bid contract (Sen. J. Ernst, Iowa.)

These are your people who think that the end justifies the means. Well, Rightwingers, we American people do not want your means or your ends. We are sorry you can’t get along with others. That does not create in us an obligation to mimic your behavior. (Gov. Chris Christie, N.J.)

So, I digressed. So, I am always switched on to politics and economics, as a lifelong habit. So anyway, I set up news alerts for the College Republicans and The Federalist Society. Most of their metier consists snarky hit-pieces that are shared across their (What? We don’t have a network!) network.

So here’s what the smart Republicans are saying:

Trump Preaching to Shrinking White Electorate Creates Problems for GOP

His anti-immigrant rhetoric and visceral stance on citizenship rights are forcing Republicans into opposing corners.

Donald Trump addressing the Trumpettes. Credit-National Journal

In a flashback to 1996, here’s Bob Dole on the Citizenship Provision of the 14th Amendment,  that en­sured cit­izen­ship for all U.S.-born chil­dren, re­gard­less of their par­ents’ im­mig­ra­tion status.

”For gen­er­a­tions, white chil­dren of white im­mig­rants, re­gard­less of their status, en­joyed cit­izen­ship,” one re­port­er said to him, ac­cord­ing to The New York Times. ”Now that the new im­mig­rants are black and brown, would you sup­port a con­sti­tu­tion­al amend­ment deny­ing them cit­izen­ship?” Dole’s reply was un­equi­voc­al: “No.”

This author is also saying that the meat of Trump’s support is among Republicans without a college education. Talk about Karma! In 1970 Lewis F. Powell, future Supreme Court Justice authored the plan the right has followed to force our public schools into abject poverty. The very people the Right did not want to educate are doing them in with their ignorance and hate of change imparted to them in our disgraceful elementary and high schools.

Here’s another tidbit:

The Re­pub­lic­an elect­or­al co­ali­tion now re­lies on pre­pon­der­ant ma­jor­it­ies from the groups most un­settled by demo­graph­ic and cul­tur­al change: older, non-col­lege and rur­al whites. There are no longer enough of those voters to guar­an­tee Re­pub­lic­ans a na­tion­al ma­jor­ity: that’s why Demo­crats have won the pop­u­lar vote in five of the past six pres­id­en­tial elec­tions.

Conclusion: the Republican Party has got to go. We can no longer afford to babysit these rightwingers who have no interest in governing, or show outright hostility to government. Take them out of the sandbox and let’s get cracking building a USA that lives up to the hype.

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Bloviating Buchanan Rises Again: or is it could it be DANA CARVEY’S GRUMPY OLD MAN?

Braden dodges questions then wonders why people don’t believe politicians.

But Buchanan was more prepared to talk about the Iran deal and why he is opposed.

Having taken a symbolic vote against the Iran deal on Friday, Buchanan explained to residents why he was against it, referring to a meeting he had with the prime minister of Israel and the minister of defense of Saudia Arabia.

“Both of them said, ‘This is a horrible deal,’ in fact the prime minister of Israel said historically this is one of the worst deals you could possibly ever do,” Buchanan said. “You don’t always necessarily get what you want, but to cut a deal with someone you don’t trust … if you can’t trust the person on the other side, if you can’t trust Iran, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”

Look me straight in the eye and tell me you don’t want me. Then I will know what to do. 

Only one or two of these sentences have a subject and an object, or a subject and object whether or not they agree.

Help me out here. So Buchanan took a meeting with Binky and Barky and all of um said not to trust the udda guy so it was a bad deal, see? Which really meant they hadn’t gotten their vigorish, know what I mean? They didn’t get their beak wet.

This is why we need a civil service. People who are paid a living wage tend to be more stable and better members of a community. When too many people start moving around, the entire neighborhood is disrupted. Someone figure that out for me, please. The tipping point, as it were.

I think we are at another tipping point. The parodies and caricatures of the right and left are mere puppet theatre.

Our children should be able to reach higher than we. We regard it as our charge. If our child chooses another path to joy, we want to be there too.

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The scary empleomaniacs in our midst: Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Scott Walker (eww!) and the lessers, Rand Paul, etc.

Olivia LaRosa, August 29, 2014

“A strong effort should be made to extirpate the empleomania, the eternal place-hunting, which is the bane of Spain.” — The Times (London), 3 Aug. 1854

this word tends to be used for people who really, really, really want to be elected. Empleomania is borrowed directly from a Spanish word, which is a combination of empleo (employment or public office) and –mania. More at *1)

  1. Definition:

: a mania for holding public office

About the Word: One might very well make the argument that any person who chooses to subject themselves to the myriad indignities of fund-raising, going door to door to meet constituents, and offering their name for an elected office suffers from a form of empleomania. However, this word tends to be used for people who really, really, really want to be elected. Empleomania is borrowed directly from a Spanish word, which is a combination of empleo (employment or public office) and –mania.

I have often mulled how many people were elected Student Body President in high school who have gone on to totally disrupt our barely functional political system.

Far too often, these high school student body officers grew proud in their elected position and far too fond of having a title. This is what we call running for political office in order to BE SOMEONE.

The alternative to those who are seeking to BE SOMEONE is those who run because they seek to DO SOMETHING to better our human existence.

I think that several of our Presidential candidates are empleomaniacs.

Jeb Bush (oblivious)

Ben Carson (lost in the woods)

Chris Christie (evil incarnate)

Hillary Clinton (why?)

Ted Cruz (ewwww! code blue!)

Carly Fiorina (hisssssssssssss!)

John Kasich (phony baloney compassionate conservative bankster)

Barack Obama (the co-optator)

Martin O’Malley (not quite the thing)

Rand Paul (is the toupee real or fake?)

Donald Trump (there’ll be hell toupee! He’s no loser!)

Scott Walker (ewww!)

NOT empleomaniacs

Bernie Sanders

Harry Truman

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Past empleomaniacs

Richard Nixon*

Ronald Reagan

John F. Kennedy*

Franklin Delano Roosevelt*

*Those whose political viewpoints changed and they became DO SOMETHINGS because of new information.

NSFW: take a look at the Libertarian Republic website. Easy to figure out why it exists, eh? The guys who couldn’t make it through political science and civics courses found a way to take it easy. The women do all the work.

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Almost-not-fake brain tissue helps understand this most mysterious organ

By Olivia LaRosa

We know more about space than we know about our own bodies. What happens within our skin is the biggest mystery of all. Everyone is different, and that means that some groups of people are less resistant to that particular disease than others.

The mere fact that we can identify these tendencies earlier all the time is a miracle. It enables we injured and disabled people to seek out and share meaningful support during the hard times. In the good times, we can celebrate!

The more we know about the brain the more amazing we find its properties.

During my lifetime scientists have discovered DNA and decoded the human genome. The results of this work stagger the imagination. So many stories to examine against new evidence and critical analysis…where do we start? What are our criteria?

Here’s the fascinating story.

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August 2, 2015 stream of ideas

From the Guardian UK, US Edition Friday, July 24, 2015

Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice

youtube: listen to vocal fry

In rebuttal:

Naomi Wolf misses the point about ‘vocal fry’. It’s just an excuse not to listen to women

And they are both right. I did not have a great speaking voice as a young woman. Nevertheless I kept seeking and accepting opportunities to lead organizations from my Brownie Girl Scout (5-7 years old) days forward, thinking that I could work in the background and not have to talk much.

As a child I played with how I sounded. There were speech “fads” that came and went up until I graduated from high school. Then I settled down to an ordinary voice.

In my 20s I began to listen to myself. I sounded nasal, with little intonation, and just talked too darn fast. I joined a speaking club but refused to tape and listen to my speech because I did not care to hear myself. It wasn’t that bad…I have always been a perfectionist. I had to cure myself of that.

Although I did not practice, per se, I consciously slowed myself down. That slowing allowed me to think about how I moved my mouth around each word. At the end of my three years in my Bank Speaking Club I served as President and received an award for the most humorous speech.

All this time I was unconsciously soaking up sounds from the tens of thousands of people I was to encounter in the next 40 years.

Then I had to get upper dentures, and thus learn to speak all over again. The dentures were in the way of my tongue. People were unable to understand me on the phone. I worked for two years to eliminate the lisp.

I met a man in 2013 through Craigslist. I placed a w for m date ad. Out of the hundred or so replies I received, he was first in line. We spoke on the phone before we met. His voice arrested me right away. It took me a moment to regain my composure enough to say, Hi. He noticed, he confessed just last month. He heard me gulp.

His experience was this: my voice was so devoid of accent that I could have been born in any country. He couldn’t tell anything about me other than that I was a sophisticated and articulate speaker. I could have come from anywhere.

I win 95% of my arguments now, without resorting to threats :)


Everyday health, July 27, 2015

5 Cold Soups for Hot Summer Days

I was hoping for a new gazpacho recipe and struck gold!


Exemption Requirements – 501(c)(3) Organizations

An update to IRS code 501(c)(3) means it’s easy and less expensive now to establish and maintain your own Tax Exempt Charitable Organization.

As long as your organization is formed and used for a tax exempt purpose, you can significantly increase your ability to benefit from your labor.

The application is now 4 pages. It used to be 22 pages.

The IRS Application Fee is $400 instead of $700.

One recent client received her 501(c)(3) approval within a month. It used to take 6 months.

Here’s the catch. Getting your application right the first time is very important.

Learn how at a weekly workshop in Park at TBD.



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Local Bernie 2016 supporters to hold “Organizing Kickoff” Wednesday July 29, 2015

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Local Bernie 2016 supporters to hold“Organizing Kickoff”Wednesday July 29, 2015

Event in Oakland, one of over 2,000 similar events happening simultaneously across the country

Bernie Sanders, Senator and Democratic Presidental Candidate
Bernie Sanders, Senator and Democratic Presidental Candidate

WHAT: Local supporters of Bernie 2016 will host an “Organizing Kickoff.” We will watch a live video message from Sen. Sanders and sign up to join teams that will organize locally and nationally throughout the 2016 campaign. The local gathering is one of more than 2,000 similar events happening nationwide, with more than 70,000 signed up to attend, making the kickoff the largest event of the 2016 election to date.

WHO: Some local supporters of Bernie Sanders. Members of Lake Neighbors, Cleveland Heights, Next Door Park and friends have been invited to attend this event on the rooftop garden at Park Blvd. and Cleveland, weather permitting.

WHEN: Wednesday July 29th, 2015, gathering at 7:00PM to watch the 7:30 Livestream Video.

 Need volunteers for setup, takedown, and escort through the building! I am disabled.

 If there is a demand, we will also show the Livestream at 4:30PM esp for Cleveland Heights.

 Limited Capacity! RSVP to Deborah Lagutaris

 WHERE: Rooftop garden at Cleveland St. & Park Blvd. weather permitting, otherwise in laundry room. Exact address upon RSVP.

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Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush

Polling on both sides shows voters are not happy with the status quo.

A just released CNN poll finds Sanders out-polling all of the GOP’s major candidates, though pretty much tied with Jeb Bush. Here’s how Sanders stacks up:

BUSH: 47%


TRUMP: 38%
If you limit the poll sample to just registered voters, Bush defeats Sanders by a single point.
Either way, this credible poll suggests that Sanders is not just some pie in the sky general election candidate. His more uphill battle may be the primary. But even there, he has some strengths. Polling out last week shows he’s the only candidate from either side who has a net favorability rating.

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Latest National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Beating Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush



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