Richard Calderhead The Fighting Liberal
2016: Now What? Itsez has been saying for MONTHS that the TPP is a Disaster!
TRUMP MUST LOSE! And HILLARY can DO IT!
HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA....SUCKS!
Friday, August 19. The Latest display of Corporate Greed is the retreat from Obamacare by some major Insurance Companies.
Mitt Romney said it very clearly: "47% of Americans are...Moochers!"
Those words will haunt him clear to his Grave. Mitt simply DISMISSED
And...Oh, boy....if you think only the "1%" Feel that way...you are SADLY MISTAKEN! We recently lost the Thom Hartmann Radio Show here where I live......(the old owners of the station simply threw in the Towel)....so the
Why bring this up? Because what's left...on the air...for The People to hear....
THAT means that the Only opinion on Radio is....Hard Right. (Maybe you are lucky where YOU live...but here in California...that can be a Bitter Reality.)
So...where does that leave MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of Americans...who Break a Leg or have an Attack of some kind? Up The Creek!
Oh, sure...you can hobble into an Emergency Room somewhere...but THAT
Back in NYC....the Emergency Room was...Standing Room Only...and you could wait FOREVER to get help!
Bernie talked about this sort of Inequality in America...but it wasn't enough to take him Over The Top (not with the Rigged Democratic Party stacked against him the way it Was....and Is.)
It doesn't take much at all to rack up that sort of
So...Romney is only CLOSE....with his 47% Putdown.
Now we are suddenly getting a WILD GUSH of New Trump "Promises"...as he starts to Go Teleprompter....and make New Appeals to....Black Americans, for example. He's skipping over his earlier Promise to SLASH TAXES on the Upper 1%....(because that simply doesn't Fly with Most Americans)....but he's suddenly into Promising Tax Cuts for ALL Americans...and....JOBS FOR ALL!
Uh....wait a minute. Trump will CONTINUE the RepUglyCon Attack on ANYTHING resembling Single Payer Medical Solutions! (Trust Me.)
So? So the HORRIBLE DILEMNA FOR POOR PEOPLE IN AMERICA... Continues.
Poor People will Get Sick. And....they will DIE. EARLY. Soon. Way Early.
When I was a Teen Ager....visiting the Family Doctor simply did NOT mean that you had to Go Into Hock to get Help!
WHAT THE HELL EVER HAPPENED TO HEALTHCARE IN AMERICA?????
Think About It.
Itsez Who? As far as I know...I am the only Living American who was an
SCOTLAND GOES GREEN!!!!!!!!
Friday, August 12. Sometimes...watching FoxNotNews, etc., I come away
The Story about how Scotland NO LONGER NEEDS TO DRILL FOR NORTH SEA OIL...was just such a Stunner!
You see...Scotland has the usual Sea Winds, common to Island Nations.
I had no idea that Scotland had come so far with Wind Power.
Some years ago...we got America's first Big Wind Farm...and it is working fine.
There has been talk of Wind Power off the Massachusetts Coast...for Years... but the Rich Folk so far will have None of It. ("It would spoil out view!!!")
And...another in the Inevitable Transformation of Planet Earth into a Sustainable mode of Living.
Which brings us back to Election 2016. With The Donald
Bernie Sanders is responsible for having Hillary move way further toward the Progressive Agenda...than if he had never run for President.
As we speak....it looks more and more as if Hillary will be the President.
Our Job after the Election....is to SEE TO IT THAT HILLARY DOES NOT WAVER! The Very Planet We Live on is at stake!!!!!!!!
Back East....the Coal Miners are facing HUGE LAYOFFS...if the Green Movement continues to press for CLOSING DIRTY COAL MINES.
THIS is the time for America to stand with the Coal Miners...and help to create new Industries to produce the equipment we need to AVOID COAL AND GAS!
It would not be Free...but it would absolutely PAY FOR ITSELF in future Gren Energy...and help ELIMINATE Pollutants!
Years ago...I was invested in a company that was Promising..."Green Coal".
OK...today....Score One for Scotland.
And...continue to urge Hillary to....Move Toward Progress!
BERNIE SAYS: "VOTE FOR HILLARY!"
Friday, August 5. Editorial, L.A. Times: "Vote For Hillary!"
We Dems have NO CHOICE at this point....Trump? Absurd. NOT Voting? Idiotic.
So....do what you have to do, Dems.
This November....be sure YOU Vote...for Hillary. Bring along your ENTIRE FAMILY. And? And then....find a way to encourage AT LEAST ONE OTHER PERSON...to Vote Democratic.
Itsez will have MUCH MORE to say on THAT Topic...in the months ahead.
Itsez is a regular Thom Hartmann Listener...and many of us in Palm Springs, CA were dismayed to learn that August 12 will be Thom's LAST DAY ON THE AIR in our city! (The Owners are giving up the Station.)
That means Itsez needs to link up with Thom's Podcast to hear the latest Info.
When Hillary Wins, of course...OUR JOB HAS JUST BEGUN!
Last but not Least...Itsez will launch a NEW FEATURE: "What is happening at the Clinton Foundation....
This will be an absolutely FANATICAL Investigatory Feature....because even the SLIGHTEST SUGGESTION OF FISCAL IMPROPRIETY on the part of Hill or Bill, will send the GOPsters into a Frenzy!!!!!!!!
Meanwhile....I will PERSONALLY undertake a New Project....doing a Bernie Sculpture...capturing Our Hero for History. Bernie NEVER SAID A WORD that made me have ANY SECOND THOUHTS ABOUT HIS BEING THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE PRESIDENCY.
BUT...the DNC and (some Democratic PowersThatBe wanted it...Otherwise.
Itsez Who? As far as I know...I am the only Living American who was an
ILLARY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!
July 29. If you watched Hillary accept the Nomination...you just saw
While we watched Hillary calmly demonstrate TOTAL CONFIDENCE....
She's been doing that for a LONG TIME.
Bernie rattled her Cage....that's for sure.
But Thursday was....Hillary Time. And she came through marvelously.
I will Vote for Hillary....relishing the chance to take down Trump!
Now for the....Hard Part: What Can/Will....Hillary ACTUALLY DO?
We need to Win the Senate.
JOB ONE FOR HILLARY will be to get the Next Supreme Court Justice firmly in place....and then a couple more in the months following.
TO THINK OF ANOTHER SCALIA OR THOMAS IS BARF-TIME.
THEN....time to OVERTURN CITIZENS UNITED. We need to END THAT SCOURGE OF AMERICA'S DEMOCRACY!!!!!
All of this is TOTALLY DOABLE....once Hillary is President...and with a Democratic Senate to work with.
Meanwhile...some Bernie Supporters are DRAGGING THEIR FEET!
Come On, People: Bernie did a MARVELOUS JOB......but it was too heavy a Lift. (The New York Times IGNORED Bernie until it was Way Late. Yuck!)
More on all this as we hear from Voters in the next few days.
ABSOLUTE CHAOS! NOW WHAT???
July 22. Did you watch the....RepUglyCon Convention?
He is striking a Populist Chord with White Working Class Americans.
He promises to...."Fix" Obamacare. Uh...Huh? Obamacare amy not be Perfect, but it sure helped Millions of American Families. Fix WHAT....Donald?
And that's not all. With the inexorable (and seemingly unstoppable) Rise of Isis, plus the Cop Shootings and all the rest....the Urgent Mood in America is: "Do Something!"
He makes it simple: "I will Defeat ISIS!"
Meanwhile...Reaganomics has shattered the American Dream...for all but the Lucky Upper Percentiles. And...it ain't goin' away anytime soon. UNLESS....someone on a White Horse comes along and makes it happen.
But...what makes White America think Trump would...Make It Happen?
Meanwhile...we await Hillary on center Stage next Week.
Hillary killed Bernie in New York...and in California.
California is a Different Matter...but Same Result: She blew by Bernie despite the many Fabulous Rallies he staged. I was at one...I saw the way Bernie had the entire Crowd in the Palm of His Hand!!!!
Yet....Hillary Won going away.
Now Hillary will move to Center Stage and....Accept the Nomination.
Right now today....WHAT ARE THE POLLS TELLING US?
Hillary has been leading....BUT TRUMP HAS REALLY BEEN ON A ROLL...
One truly Ghastly Moment in the Trump Triumph was some DieHard GOPster... referring to..."Our Beloved Scalia!"
Antonin Scalia was THE ABSOLUTE WORST Supreme Court Justice I can remember in my entire LIFETIME! (Clarence Thomas is nothing but a Hard Right Cipher.)
And...THE SINGLE WORST THING ABOUT A TRUMP WIN IN
Now THAT should wake up some Voters!!!!
Trump: Mike Pense???????
Friday, July 15. Once again, I must thank Thom Hartmann for his Radio Show.
Pense....Gov. of Indiana....came forth recently when Trump was hinting he MIGHT choose Pense as his Running Mate.
I thought: "Whoa! What is THIS all about?"
So...I did a little flipping around...and really didn't find much...one way or antoehr.
Then... I heard Thom! Pense is a TOTAL FRAUD....and a Nasty RepUglyCon.
Pence is from a Wealthy TOBACCO Family. They fought the Government
Tobacco KILLS PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But all those guys from the Tobacco Companies ABSOLUTELY DENIED THAT TOBACCO WAS DANGEROUS....in Senate Hearings!!!!!!!!
(Note: I have NEVER IN MY ENTIRE LIFE SMOKED A CIGARETTE!
But there's more. Pence was right down there in Florida during the Year 2000 Vote Recount...in the Brooks Brothers Suit Crowd that prevented a careful ballot count and GAVE THE PRESIDENCY TO GEORGE W. BUSH!!!!!!!!
I could go on; you get the Point. Pence has NO BUSINESS being
Way back in 2001...Osama bin Laden was really MAD AT AMERICA...mainly because we had an Air Base in Saudi (Sacred) Arabia....and some of our Christian Soldiers and their Wives were BREAKING SHARIA LAW!!!
So he was doing everything he could to SMASH America.
Immediately after the Attack...the head of Afghanistan offered to ARREST
Instead....Bush/Cheney/Condi...etc., decided to HIT AFGHANISTAN HARD!
AND....Bush FAILED to actually CATCH bin Lden....
But back to Pense. I am BITTERLY UPSET that Bernie
We now know that the DNC is FULLY IN THE POCKETS OF THE BANKSTERS, even if some Mini-Moves in that direction are being floated.
As we speak...we are becoming QUITE POSSIBLE that Trump/Pense might actually TAKE THE ELECTION!!!!
In which case I'll..........(I'll save THAT statement for another Day.)
Right now....America needs to WAKE UP....Elect Hillary...and then...led by people like ME....Hold Her Feet To The Fire! I mean it.
I am going to record EVERY MOVE SHE MAKES....every sentence she utters.
One thing is for CERTAIN: Mike Pense is a HORRIBLE CHOICE FOR VEEP!
Itsez Who? As far as I know...I am the only Living American who was an
GO DEMS!!!!! !
July 8. Hillary will be the Nominee. It is virtually done. Bernie has been BOOED!!!....by Fellow Democrats...for delaying his Endorsement.
Make no mistake about this:
NOW...we need to be behind Bernie at the Convention...to fight for the
Yeah...Income Inequality....Free College Education.... (more)...and all the rest.
ESPECIALLY TPP! To Digress slightly....one of the enduring MYSTERIES of Barack Obama is his TOTAL ENDORSEMENT of TPP...and his Hocus-Pocus "Fast-Tracking" of those Secret "Negotiations!!!!!!!!!!"
(I'll contact Thom Hartmann to get his read on what THAT was all about???)
With a Strong Progressive Plank to Run On....our BIG JOB is to absolutely CRUSH DONALD TRUMP!
The very THOUGHT of that Blustering, Blabbering LIAR....is enuf to send me out of the Country on an EXTENDED VACATION.....forever!
So...starting RIGHT NOW....our Job is to watch carefully EVERY MOVE
And....SCREAM OUT LOUD IF THE PLANK BEGINS TO TILT RIGHT!
Itsez will keep Careful Notes on who is On Board For Change...and which DIMocrats listened to their Big Money Supporters and DENIED CHANGE!
America is at a Dire Crossroads Right Now! The Top 1% (as Bernie keeps reminding us)....is running off with ALL THE MONEY!
All Progressives and ANY THINKING AMERICAN....absolutely MUST take
Note the HUGE Millennial Vote for Bernie; THOSE ARE TOMORROW'S LEADERS...and THEY clearly saw the Truth in what Bernie had to say.
(On that subject...I need to find out....finally....what tilted California away from Bernie and into Hillary's Camp???? I am still....Mystified. I was at the Vista Rally... and I can tell you that the ENTIRE STADIUM was TOTALLY FOR BERNIE!!! So....WHAT HAPPENED?)
Stay Tuned. Now it REALLY GETS INTERESTING!!!!
America In Crisis Mode!
June 31. Donald Trump may still Implode....Who Knows. But right now...
Which simply means that Hillary will win the Election.
Sorry...by that simply makes my Skin Crawl!
The very IDEA of Bill once again occupying the White House is simply
But...here we are...only months away from Hillary being Inaugurated.
After voting for Ike in 1956...because he felt like the Right Man for the Job...(and I have never regretted that decision)....I have voted Straight Democrat.
Next will be some perfectly marvelous speeches....
Number One of course...will be to replace Scalia ASAP.
So...a real and IMPORTANT WIN for DEMS.
But...then we get into ALL THOSE OTHER MAJOR ISSUES.
And....do you really expect our First Woman President to actually stand up to the Banksters and Big Business Shysters....and actually DO SOMETHING about Income Inequality and Healthcare for All Americans?
You've gotta be kidding. Oh, there will be little xxxx....Window Dressing, believe me! The woman who has accepted $$$Millions from the Oligarchs is hardiy going to Lift a finger to actually CHANGE ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!
So....the UberRich will continue to absolutely RAPE America!
Bernie has called on his Loyal Supporters to FIGHT FOR CHANGE.
Like "we" are going to Run For Mayor or Governor or the House....and HOPE to Beat The Machine!!!! Not likely.
Itsez is considering developing a Hillary ScoreCard:
THEN....applaud those Democrats who Vote Properly on Issues.
BERNIE...Hangin' In There!
June 17. Bernie Fought the Good Fight. And went down in Flames.
But when the State of California went for Hill...that was that!
Again...more on this Year's Hill Win...a bit later.
Now Bernie is..."Negotiating" with Hillary about the actual Issues to be
Why? Because Hillary is the absolute Handmaiden of Big Bucks...
So...her first Priority is to...slide past Income Inequality.
TPP? She'll be Made To See...that Big Biz WANTS Global Trade...to continue UNABATTED? Jobs? You Moochers outta be happy to have ANY Job!
Break Up the Big Banksters????? Now you MUST be Kidding!!!!
Cut the Cost of College? Ronnie said it: "Why should I pay for your CURIOSITY?" Plenty of Rich People still feel exactly that way.
I have No Choice: I MUST vote for....Hillary.
I will begin on Day One (as she Beams from the Inauguration Stage...and bathes in the Glory of having..."Broken The Glass Ceiling!"
Here we are in the Sorrowful Aftermath of Orlando. Do you really expect Hillary to actually DO ANYTHING about Assault Weapons? Hmmmm?
I admit this is....Early...in "Negotiations" between Hillary and Bernie.
4 Days To Go!
June. 3. Nail Biting Time! Trump is getting A GAZILLION HOURS of Prime Time. Most often...while saying the mot Absurd or Outrageous or....simply Idiotic Drivel.
Meanwhile...the most MIStrusted Woman in Politics....Hillery Herself...is hanging on to a LEAD...but this Lead being strongly challenged by Bernie 24/7.
AND...California...our HUGE Blue State...hangs in the Balance!
Meanwhile Barack Obama continues to be his....Enigmatic Self.
But for Middle Class America...there really AIN'T MUCH GOOD NEWS!
Obama can claim with a straight Face...that "today...
On another front....never for a moment forget that Barack Obama has led the Charge for TPP! Now...we are gradually finding out how GHASTLY TPP is going to be....if it becomes the Law! NOW tell me where Obama's Head Is????
Now I have to admit that I am a steady visitor to one or another of our 99¢ Stores in this area. Hey...to stroll through the Endless Aisles...and see EVERYTHING priced at .99¢ is...Amazing!
Not EVERYTHING in there is Made In China. I wouldn't want to give up the Deals I find there....but....I also want American Jobs for Americans!
(I note with Fascination...that when Obama moves out of the White House...
Thom Hartmann is one of the Few Voices on Ameircan Media...who calls this for what it is: ANOTHER SCREWING OF THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS!
That makes Rachel Maddow PARTICULARLY Valuable...God Bless Her!
Which brings us to...Bernie!
The Youthful Crowds (including plenty of Oldsters like Myself)....are THRILLED by what Bernie has to say...and how he says it!
Now...suddenly...as we approach June 7...Bernie is showing up with in the LEAD in California! I thought this would happen....seeing his progress out here... listening to Thom Hartmann on the Radio...(for MONTHS)....and watching Young Voters respond to him!
OhBoyOhBoy....if Bernie continues on and WINS CA....Look Out DNC!
May 27. I went to the Bernie Rally in Vista, CA. Not Easy....we're talking
But...I knew all that going in. So...I prepared for a Hike when I got there.
There was a....Good Crowd. Totally On Board. Lotsa Young People.
And...Surprise! I learned about a VERY MARVELOUS Group who are
Bernie was...Solid. He got up on the Stage...and Talked. He made Sense!
He spoke for over an Hour....and kept the Crowd going the entire time.
By now, you surely must be aware of Bernie's Talking Points:
1. Income Inequality.
I had not known that Bernie has also taken up the Cause of
The Crowd was VERY Anti-Trump. Less so...Hillary. (I find myself getting blown off by perfectly normal people...when it comes to Ms. Clinton.)
The very IDEA that Hillary...with a Straight Face....is actually Touting Bill as the guy who will Rebuild America is simply MINDBOGGLING!!!!!!!! (Nafta, anyone?)
They totally reject the ABSURD Lie that
Now...I did not make this up. This is a Real Group of absolutely MARVELOUS Wealthy Americans who are Calling Out the Liars!!!!!
They say it all in less than 100 words:
"The Real Job Creators are the Poor and Middle Class: When Millions of hard working poor and middle class families earn more Money...they SPEND IT!
A (Local) Authentic Businessman does NOT NEED Illegal Tax Breaks...he needs More Customers!
So...the Real Enemies in America are: "Billionaires and Giant Multi-National Corporations...who are evading paying ANY Taxes right now in America!!!!
Uh...by the end of the Week...Trump was on the Megyn Kelly Show...and
But...TRUMP IS A LOOSE CANNON....who can do
To Close: VOTE BERNIE!!!!! America Hangs In The Balance!!!!!
May 19. Morning Joe! Huh? Tuesday night I got a phone call:
Uh, oh....I thought...recent experiences with Loss of Power from Time Warner have made me VERY Gun-Shy about THAT sort of thing!
I went to sleep...hoping NOT to wake up to some sort of Disaster.
But...when I got up...I did a check of everything...just to be sure.
I had picked up enuf "Adverse News" regarding that Program...I never bothered to watch it. And? And Guess What?
I was not prepared for what can only be described as a continuation of the Evening Programs...where Chris Mathews and the always Brilliant Rachel Maddow....help us keep our Sanity and our Minds Clear!
Of course the Headline was: "Bernie Romps in Oregon!"
Usually, at that hour I am cruising around Huff Post, Slate, etc., to get the News...
Boys and Girls...we are at a CRITICAL TURNING POINT in the Life of the Democratic Party in America. It has been TOTALLY HIJACKED AND CORRUPTED BY THE LIKES OF DEBBIE WASSERMAN SHULTZ (ugh!)
The DIMocrats...the "Centrist" Clinton-Style DIMs...
Bernie is our ONE CHANCE to bring us back in line
Hillery/Billery....(she is already making it PERFECTLY CLEAR
I am going to meet with Local Area Democrats....to Test The waters...yet again... to see if ANYONE in the DEMOCRATIC HEIRARCHY HERE....is on board with Bernie?????
(Remember...when I got here in 2008...this was 100% Hillary-Ville....Obama didn't have as much as a Bumper Sticker on view. I changed all that....and we want on to bring Obama a Rousing Win.)
Then...Sunday, May 22, I will attend the Bernie Rally near here (in CA....a 150 mile Drive is considered "Near Here")
I will be fascinated to see who actually TURNS UP...and what they have to say.
We need to HELP BERNIE ABSOLUTELY BLOW OUT HILLERY ...AGAIN!
Another Ghastly American Tragedy.
October 2. It has happened...again. Another Mass Shooting at an American School! This time at Umpqua College in Oregon
So...they will continue to use The Constitution as a shield to permit VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED GUN OWNERSHIP throughout the USA.
Result? Mass Murders...whenever some Screwball decides to SLAUGHTER
And? And...the American Voter continues to let these MONSTERS...Rule America! Obama's Speech...Heartfelt and Justified...is simply LOST in this American Age of Barbarity.
I will wait to hear about WHO THE KILLER ACTUALLY WAS.
So far...we hear that there was Minimal/No "Protection" for the Students.
Now...WHO ARE THE REAL KILLERS HERE?
THIS WILL NEVER END UNTIL...President Obama and Congress ACT!
Hey...my Dad was a kid in Alaska...at a time when you took your Rifle...went out in the Snow...and shot a Rabbit...or....you had Potatoes for Dinner!
I once picked up the .22...and waved it around......
So? Where do we go from here?
A word about Kim. She is....nothing less than Misquided.
Kim: Believe all you want. And...if your Faith conflicts with your PUBLIC DUTY... to Uphold the Law/Rules & Regulation of American Society...then...
And THEN what? On my recent visit to NYC...
Well...during my visit...I realized that there was virtually ZERO News on Bernie ...staring in the Venerable New York Times! HUH?
Today, Thom Hartmann groaned on-air, that, the day after the MONUMENTAL BERNIE TURNOUT...the NY Times failed to give it so much as an INCH of space in the Paper! Again...not to overdue it...but...HUH???????
Bernie Sanders. Yes!!!
May 29. I've been listening to Bernie every week...on the Thom Hartmann Show.
Thom hosts his "Brunch With Bernie" Segment...every Friday.
Hill and I go back a long, long way. I watched with Interest...then Amazement...then Shock...
But Hillary didn't help. And you know the rest.
Then...Bill (who I said should have resigned in Disgrace)...caused Al Gore to Lose. To none other than the Incomparable Moron W. (Who Caused 9-11 - because he IGNORED ALL THE WARNINGS...and then went on to give us Iraq...Shock & Awe...and created nothing less than...ISIS!!!
For ME...I simply cannot and WILL NOT vote for Hilly/Billy.
But first...we have to help Bernie Win the Primary. Then...I can vote for the first Real Progressive since...(????).
As I said...Bernie is on the Radio EVERY WEEK. He NEVER says anything Trivial or Off Message or....Self-Serving.
Bernie is always Krystal Klear: America is being rapidly taken over by the Millionaires and Billionaires...and they simply want to PRIVATIZE EVERYTHING!!!
They want to reduce YOU to Moocher Status...described by them as groveling for Government Handouts and Loafing your way through Life.
Bernie insists that The Rich...simply Pay Their Fair Share. Help Rebuild America. Bring Jobs back to America.
He insists that America should AT LAST BE THE EQUAL OF OTHER "ADVANCED" NATIONS...and provide Universal Healthcare.
Ditto Education. Student Debt? That is nothing less than an ABOMINATION! (Uh...why is that INCOMPARABLE IDIOT ARNE DUNCAN...YUCK!!! still holding his job at the top of the EduPyramid???????????)
Wars? Bernie voted AGAINST the Iraq War. You know that VERY FEW DEMOCRATS had the Gumption to do THAT! Certainly not Hill.
OK...now let's get REAL here. Does Bernie have ANY CHANCE to become President? YES...if everyday Americans WAKE UP...and make him their Choice Via Acclimation!
AMERICA: We NEED Bernie Sanders as PRESIDENT.
We may be FINISHED as a Great Nation...if we lose this Chance to Beat Back the GOPSters!
MUCH MORE ON BERNIE TO FOLLOW.