Monday, April 18, 2016

Take it from a Vermonter...

Bernie has gotten a LOT done in Washington!!!

The signing of the Veterans Administration bill...

What Bernie Sanders Got Done in Washington: A Legislative Inventory


  1. We have the power!

    World's first Pastafarian wedding takes place in New Zealand

    Bernie Sanders draws record crowd in Brooklyn [Click] "A bitter TV debate last Thursday coincided with signs that this race may be closer than anyone anticipated, and that neither Sanders nor Clinton, who later spoke on Staten Island, would dare leave anything to chance."

    There is no mention of the size of HRC's audience, but the photo looks like it might be 20-50 people. compared to 28,300 for Bernie.

  2. Some news notes.
    A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders nationally by just two points in the Democratic presidential race, 50% to 48%.
    That’s down from Clinton’s nine-point advantage a month ago, 53% to 44%.
    The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Clinton’s lead at just 1.4%.
    “Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is expected to announce this week that Alexander Hamilton’s face will remain on the front of the $10 bill and a woman will replace Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill,” a senior government source told CNN.

    I approve.

    Getting Ready For Cleveland! [Click] Guns, Shouting And Cops Mar US Virgin Islands GOP Meeting As Delegate Is Thrown To Ground In Scuffle

    1. I saw the headline about the Pastafarian wedding on the BBC. I guess the Flying Speghetti Monster has made it to the big time.

    2. Virgin Islands. Competing Republican delegate slates. Why am I reminded of 1952? (I'm probably the only one who remembers polling of the Virgin Islands delegation as the high point of the convention.)

    3. Well, you've sure got me there, Bill--I was in first grade.


  3. Thanks, Listener, for the link to the comprehensive list of Bernie's legislative accomplishments.

  4. We are home from the Boston Marathon where PhD*Son ran the whole race in just 3 hours and 26 seconds! His time last year was about a minute and a half better; but this year was hot and sunny and he got leg and stomach cramps for 7 miles between miles 14 and 21. Plus, his wife and eldest daughter (Eldest*Grand age 9) were at Mass General Hospital all day having Eldest*Grand checked out for possible appendicitis! In the end the docs decided it was a strained abdominal muscle aggravated by a stomach virus. (She does gymnastics and recently had a big meet.) So that was a stressful day on several levels for him and he did great anyway. Impressive!

    It was our first time at the Boston Marathon, and we got to spend time with my brother and sister-in-law, our niece, PhD*Son's other daughter (whom I really should name as) Smiley*Grand, age 6, who had a home made sign encouraging Daddy along, and patiently watched for him and put out her hand to have it touched by Daddy as he ran by us with a big smile on for her. :-) Plus Daughter and Baby*Grandson were there as well!! Yayyy!!!

    Wild and crazy and a long way to go to see your son for 3-4 seconds. But quite worthwhile! :-)

  5. Court appearances have simply gone nuts for both myself and my boss. Off to Oakland tomorrow dark and early, then San Diego again Wednesday. Three out of three for last week--two DUI alcohol guilty verdicts for the DA in Oakland, one DUI marijuana not guilty verdict for the public defender in San Diego. Not that it is my place to be an advocate one way or the other--I'm not. But satisfied customers a a good thing.

    On the way to work this morning I was hit from behind and knocked into the back of another car ahead of me (I and the one ahead were both stopped to let an intersection clear). No one hurt significantly, but there was some property damage (my car the worst, but insurance should cover everything). Fortunately all three vehicles were about the same size. But the collision was definitely more than a love tap. Now to get to work on a couple of opinions I have promised.


    1. Oh, Alan! I'm so glad you're all right!!!

    2. I concur with Cat! =Whew!= This has been the oddest day for things amiss! I do NOT like my friends being run into. I know you know to watch out for latent symptoms. You may wake up sore tomorrow. Or you might find it hard to sleep well at times for the coming month or so. That's been my experience in such circumstances. Hoping all good from here, Alan!

  6. Just learned that our two daughters-in-law who are sisters have a funeral to go to this week, as their beloved Uncle died totally unexpectedly. He was out boing with their Dad and became short of breath. So they stopped to rest, but it wasn't enough. He had a heart attack and died on the trail with their Dad. No hint of a heart issue prior! So I will have VT*Grand here from Wednesday to Saturday as it's school vacation week, so her Mom can go hang out with her Dad and both her parents can go to the services.