Tuesday, March 01, 2016


It's Super Tuesday, which means
Town Meeting Day and Primary Day in Vermont!

by Maren Tirabassi
March 1, 2016

Luke 15: 12 a- 13 The younger of them said to his father, 
“Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me." 
So he divided his property between them. 
A few days later the younger son gathered all he had 
and travelled to a distant country, 
and there he squandered his property in dissolute living.

This is prodigal, too –
money spent on Pentagon budgets
instead of returning veterans,
the tax shelters for corporations
so they need not support
education budgets,

lobbyist payoffs for those who vote
to keep guns accessible
to the ones so ill they will shoot
the next grade school class,
movie theatre, place of worship,

the profligate use
of oil and coal and natural gas –
destroying the air and earth and oceans,
of children still unborn,
not to speak of God's creatures
extinct forever.

Before we congratulate ourselves
for the warm feelings
of generosity
to those who squander the future
in living so dissolute,
wantonly entitled,
careless of the wellbeing
of the young and the old ...

We invite and reward prodigals
all the time
with robes of protection
from consequences,
rings of power, rich feasts.

Remember this before you criticize
the one who named it,
who did not want to join the party.


  1. We have the power!

    I see that Bernie has raised about 43 megabucks during February.

    I also see that I managed to erase the post I had composed about changes in communications technology corresponding to political realignments. There are numerous correspondences from the rise of newspapers and the Whig Party in the 1830's to the Internet and smart phones today. The latter is a qualitative change because it couples broadcast with interactivity. We may well be seeing a major party demise unequaled since the disintegration of the Whig Party in the late 1850's; I continue to hope the Democratic Party will be "merely" restored to something like a new New Deal party. If it didn't happen with Howard, and it does't happen with Bernie, then maybe it will happen with Elizabeth Warren. Next year in Jerusalem, as it were (and apologies for appropriating the religious for political analogy).


  2. From usuncut.com:
    To hear the pundits tell it, Bernie Sanders’ campaign is on its last leg. But if Bernie’s February fundraising totals are an indicator, the political revolution Sanders is calling for has begun.
    As of this writing, Bernie Sanders is on target to raise over $42 million for the month of February. This morning, the Vermont senator originally set a goal of $40 million by 11:59 PM Pacific Time after announcing that his campaign had already raked in $36 million between February 1 and February 28. The campaign reached the $40 million goal shortly after 8 PM Eastern Time. According to the Sanders campaign, nearly $42 million has been raised by 1.4 million individual contributions, meaning the average contribution was approximately $30.
    This equates to over $6 million raised in one day on the heels of Sanders’ crushing defeat in South Carolina. The one-day total is nearly as much as Sanders raised in the aftermath of his decisive win in the New Hampshire primary in early February, when the Sanders campaign raised $6.4 million in one day. While the Hillary Clinton campaign hasn’t yet disclosed its February fundraising total, it’s likely Sanders will have outraised the former Secretary of State for the second consecutive month. In January, Sanders raised nearly $5 million more than the Democratic front-runner, largely from a wave of small donations.
    A recent Los Angeles Times article showed that some within the Democratic party were doubtful of Hillary Clinton’s fundraising viability if the nominating contest lasted late into the Summer, as the former First Lady and New York senator is already on the verge of tapping out her fundraising base. Many of her donors have already given the maximum $2700 donation one can give throughout the course of an election year.
    “The pond is getting fished out. Everyone is sending invitations to the same group of people. And those people have already given as much as they are allowed to give,” an unnamed Clinton bundler from Los Angeles told the Times.
    Democratic voters in 12 states will vote tomorrow on Super Tuesday, where a large portion of delegates are up for grabs


  3. Let's hope Bernie is First today!

    Off to Town Meeting and the polls...

  4. This is the first I have heard of it. Will take down a large bottle on a high shelf at work, and park in a different place than usual. Warning others.


  5. Hilary swept the South, as expected. Not as close as we'd hoped. Bernie took Oklahoma, but that's not really Southern. And of course took Vermont by a huge margin. At the moment Hilary is leading in Massachusetts, but votes are coming in slowly and it's too close to call. And results from Minnesota and Colorado are fragmentary.

  6. As of 8 PM Pacific Time:

    Alabama 63% reporting, HRC 79%, Bernie 18%
    Arkansas 42, 68, 28
    Colorado 18, 41, 57
    Georgia 86, 71, 28
    Massachusetts 79, 51, 48
    Minnesota 15, 40, 59
    Oklahoma 99, 41, 52
    Tennessee 88, 66, 32
    Texas 30, 67, 31
    Vermont 79, 86, 13
    Virginia 99, 64, 35

    Not bad. Likely a hard slog all the way to the convention. Can HRC's donors keep up the pace?


  7. My very bad--got HRC and Bernie reversed in Vermont. Bernie 86, HRC 13.


    1. I did kind of wonder about that result. *grin*

  8. Another thought--can HRC win outside the Confederacy, where Trump is likely to be very strong in the general election?


  9. They've called both Minnesota and Colorado for Bernie. Hilary's margin in Massachusetts is eroding as late votes come in. Looks like another virtual tie.

    1. Thanks, Bill, for that glimmer of good news. I've been pretty bummed all night...especially since they called Massachusetts for Trump pretty early. Sis and I both thought even our Republicans were smarter than that! At least Hillary didn't take Mass. by a landslide.

      But to get back to Alan's point, does it really matter if her donors dry up? Where does the delegate count stand?

    2. I could matter if here donors dry up. There's a lot of delegates at stake in California, for example. If she doesn't have the money to compete effectively there, it could make a difference.

      Although there are other big primaries coming up relatively soon. Illinois and Florida both vote on the 15th.

  10. HALLO!!! I worked at the polls and didn't get home until 10pm because after all the voting, counting, packing up and cleaning, I kindly stayed and helped our Town Clerk schlep the stuff from the High School (polling location) back over to the Town Hall. After all, her day began at 5am and she was so busy all day that ten minutes after the polls closed she gasped: "I forgot to vote!" That poor woman!! She ought to have been given a special dispensation, but she stuck to the rules.

    Bernie did even better than expected. Awesome!

    In my little town:
    SANDERS 1223
    CLINTON 205
    KASICH 193
    TRUMP 166
    RUBIO 139
    CRUZ 66

  11. Have you noticed that the States that go for Bernie tend not to go for Trump? Interesting, no?

    1. Can't say as I have. Will have to investigate at politico.com


  12. 9:30 PM PST update.

    Alabama 90% reporting, HRC 79%, Bernie 18%
    Arkansas 80, 67, 28
    Colorado 68, 41, 58
    Georgia 98, 71, 28
    Massachusetts 94, 50, 48
    Minnesota 71, 40, 60
    Oklahoma 100, 42, 52
    Tennessee 99, 66, 32
    Texas 76, 66, 33
    Vermont 92, 13, 86
    Virginia 99, 64, 35


    1. Thanks, Alan.

      Still not happy with Massachusetts. On the whole though, not bad for someone who didn't stand a chance.