The Bernie Entitlement Disease

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There’s a disorder sweeping across the nation within the past few months–Bernie entitlement. Its symptoms are “I support Bernie; therefore you owe me, and if you don’t let me get my way, I’ll make you and the entire country pay.” The problem went viral after Bernie Sanders dropped his campaign and endorsed Hillary Clinton. Not all Bernie supporters suffer from this syndrome, but the media loves to concentrate on those who have this illness. Talking to Bernie supporters who plan to vote for Hillary Clinton isn’t nearly as much fun for journalists as listening to those who oppose Hillary.

Evidence of this infirmity appeared at the recent Democratic convention. Far beyond the shouting and heckling during every speech, including the one given by First Lady Michelle Obama, was a fart-in created by Bernie supporters eating lots of bean. the decision to eat lots of beans so that Bernie supporters would fart. Not all Bernie…

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We Can No Longer Be Silent: How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Women of Color | National Organization for Women

The sexual abuse to prison pipeline, and its disproportionate effects on women of color and low-income women, is yet another demonstration of the relationships

Source: We Can No Longer Be Silent: How Intimate Partner Violence Affects Women of Color | National Organization for Women

Republicans’ ‘Feelings’ Avoid Facts

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Republicans don’t believe in facts; they operate on feelings. Knowledge about their philosophy was reinforced at the recent GOP convention when speaker after speaker gave their opinions, contrary to any facts. Afterwards, Newt Gingrich cemented the GOP emphasis of feelings over facts when he tried to prove that crime, at its lowest rate since the 1970s, had vastly increased because people “feel” that way. Here are some recent “feelings” from the GOP:

The North Carolina GOP “felt”—and wrote—that “[Tim] Kaine wears a Honduras flag pin on his jacket but no American flag. Shameful.”  The pin, a single blue star on a white background with red stripes, is a symbol for “Blue Star Families,” those with loved ones deployed out of the U.S. Kaine’s son, Nathaniel, is a Marine lieutenant. For the uninitiated, the Honduran flag, adopted in 1866, is two light blue bars with a center white bar containing…

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Trump is no Reagan. No Kennedy. No Clinton. No Obama. He’s not even a Bush.

“Margaret and Helrn” at their best.

Margaret and Helen

helen-mug1FROM HELEN:

Margaret, I watched that jackass in Cleveland and lost my voice. I saw a Presidential nominee paint a picture of an America I don’t know and have never known. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched his wife lie to a reporter saying that she had written every word of her speech. When she hadn’t, I watched the media say it wasn’t her fault. I tried to respond but couldn’t find the words. I listened to children who have known only life’s riches praise a father who had made his riches by cheating others. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched an audience shout down a Senator when he told them to vote their conscience. I tried to respond but I couldn’t find the words. I watched amazed as Trump got more popular rather than less and truly…

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#DNCinPHL:Day 5 2nd attempt

Civil Rights Advocacy

Something just happened to my draft blog. I just los everything from 10 am until 6:30 pm. I’ll post the picture I took later but all of the text is gone!

This morning, my credentials were once again unavailable. Mitch Kates, PA’s Political Director of the Pa Democratic Party, once again scrambled and found a delegate pass for me by 12:30 today; I picked then up and headed to the Wells Fargo Center at 2 pm.

On the Convention Floor

So first,I just got a selfie with Madeline Albright!

Picture of Madeline Albright and Joanne Tosti-Vasey Madeline Albright and me!

These are not all of the speakers, just highlights of the ones that started speaking after 6:30 pm. To make sure I don’t lose this again, I’m publishing this as I add new content. So please keep coming back. Thanks.

The Women of the US Senate

Picture of the women members of the US Senate The women members of the US Senate

Barbara Mikulski – MD…

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Hillary Wins, Bill’s Photo on Front Pages

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Last night Hillary Clinton broke through a glass ceiling when she was nominated the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate–the first woman named by a major political party for a presidential candidate. The first crack in that ceiling, however, came 136 years ago when Victoria Woodhull ran for the presidency in 1872, almost 50 years before women could legally vote for the president. That didn’t happen until 1920 after the 19th Amendment was ratified. With a platform of women’s suffrage and equal rights for women, Woodhull ran for the Equal Rights Party. She was paired with Frederick Douglass, former escaped slave and abolitionist author and speaker, against GOP Ulysses S. Grant and Democrat Horace Greeley. Obviously she lost, and her party picked Belva Ann Lockwood for its candidate 12 years later. No woman appeared on the presidential ticket until Geraldine Ferro was the vice-presidential candidate in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008.


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Political differences won’t break bond between these twins

JULY 26, 2016 6:47 PM
For the CDT

Joanne Tosti-Vasey & Linda Tosti-Lane

Joanne Tosti-Vasey, of Bellefonte, left, and her twin sister Linda Tosti-Lane, of Washington state, pose for a portrait in front of the Doubletree Hilton hotel after the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Both sisters traveled to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. Tosti-Vasey, a Bernie Sanders delegate and brought her sister, a Hillary Clinton supporter who missed being a delegate as well by one vote. Antonella Crescimbeni – Special to the Centre Daily Times


Simply saying, “they look the same,” wouldn’t come anywhere
close to describing the mirroring mannerisms of identical twins Joanne Tosti-Vasey
and Linda Tosti-Lane.

Here in this city that has turned red, white and blue for the Democratic National
Convention, the sisters — one from Bellefonte and the other from Seattle,
Washington, walk the same, talk the same and display a rather reserved demeanor
in comparison to many of the other Democratic delegates and guests at the
Pennsylvania delegation breakfast at the DoubleTree hotel.

Really, it’s their dueling buttons that reveal the only noticeable difference between
the 62-year-old twins. Joanne’s button flashed “Bernie Sanders” written over a
rainbow-colored background, while Linda’s offered her support to Hillary Clinton.
“I support Bernie because I’m a single-payer health care advocate,” said Joanne, a
Bellefonte delegate for Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District.

Linda, who said she missed being named a Washington state delegate by one vote,
traveled across the country to attend the convention and joined her sister as a guest
at Tuesday’s Pennsylvania breakfast.

Linda said Joanne’s unwavering stance on health care was the only reason for their
differing presidential candidate preferences.

Joanne’s support for a single-payer system dates back 27 years to when she was
diagnosed with leukemia. Said to have less than a week to live, Joanne needed a
bone marrow transplant. Lucky for her, she had an identical twin whose marrow
was a perfect match. Paying for the procedure, however, proved to be the toughest
obstacle Joanne faced.

“My insurance company said they wouldn’t pay for the transplant because Linda
wasn’t on the insurance,” said Joanne. “Hers wouldn’t cover it because she wasn’t
the one who needed the surgery.”

The important thing: Linda was her donor and the transplant was successful.
Though they both developed their political identity gradually over the years, Joanne
and Linda are both members of the National Organization for Women — and they
pinpointed a cause that ignited their interest in politics.

Growing up in Virginia during the Civil Rights movement, the twins said it wasn’t
uncommon to see racial injustice. One day, a riot broke out at their high school in
response to news that a black student wasn’t allowed on the cheerleading team.
To peacefully put an end to the riot, Joanne and Linda joined some other students
and played Frisbee in the middle of the skirmish.

“If you want to make a change get involved with a party,” said Linda, who became
actively involved with the Democrats in 1980. “It doesn’t matter which one.”
Tuesday, even with the conversation veering into talk of leukemia and racial
injustices, Joanne and Linda remained light-hearted, each feeding off what the
other said. At times, the discussion turned into a playful competition.
Joanne wasted no time in trying to one-up her sister after Linda said she became
involved in politics in 1980.

“I was first!” Joanne said.

Linda fired back, pointing out that she’s the older twin.

But in typical younger-sibling fashion, Joanne got the last word in: “By 29
Matt Martell is a journalism student at Penn State.

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