Sunday, June 4, 2017

Happy Birthday, Daddy

I've missed you for most of my life, but I do remember this is one of your favorite pieces of music.




Friday, May 12, 2017

What Music Impacted You? Part 4

Backing up a bit, high school brought Rafferty's "Baker Street" and it also brought Bob Seger's "Main Street."  Most other music I heard on the radio never really stuck with me--it was random Doobie Brothers, Little River Band, Eagles (if it wasn't Gloria Gaynor or the Village People or more disco).



I do remember my first taste of Bruce Springsteen, though. This skinny guitarist could tell stories.



Later on, Bruuuuuuce! was not so skinny.

David Bowie was always skinny, along with challenging gender stereotypes, and in '77 or thereabouts, he challenged the necessity of humans having legs.

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Music Impacted You? Part Three

As I matured and moved into college away from high school, a white boy criticized me for not knowing The Beatles.

To this day, my favorite song by the Fab Four is "Revolution," and I still teach it as protest poem.

John Lennon was shot dead during my freshman year in college.




What Music Impacted You? Part Two

Moving on from Part One, I went into high school. This was 1977, deep into the disco era with the Bee Gees, Village People, Donna Summer, et al.

Yet, there were people and songs who floated to the top despite my basic teenager oblivion. (Rod Stewart never did anything better than "Maggie May" in my opinion.... and I think that still holds.)

There was a song from "Saturday Night Fever" that I liked, though, and that was Yvonne Elliman's cut.

YVONNE ELLIMAN: "If I Can't Have You":




But I hated most disco. At this point, I was beginning to appreciate women in rock. So I backed up a little bit and pointed myself directly at Heart. "Barracuda" is the one everybody marvels over, but I always loved Nancy Wilson's guitar prelude to the song below. That's about the time I started wanting to learn guitar myself.

HEART: "Crazy on You":



Another song that "got me" as the year rolled into 1978ish or so was Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street." And we thought the 1970s sucked. (And by the way, alcoholism sucks, too. RIP, man.)

GERRY RAFFERTY: "Baker Street":



Winding out my high school years, there was a band that caught me with "Dark Side of the Moon." I went on to love EVERYTHING they did. To this day, my favorite song of all is "Wish You Were Here," but that one was later. The one song that took over my last year in high school was this particular cut (of course), although tracks like "Comfortably Numb" are better.

Hey, we were kids. And, who knew that I'd one day be a teacher?




What Music Impacted You? Part One

I'm in the middle of a move up to the mountains, as many on Facebook know, and this move involves A LOT of downsizing. I've been donating clothing, dishes, the usual stuff, but parting with books has been hard. It's also hard to part with CDs, old tapes, old videos.

It's pretty interesting to chart the course of one's musical life. (I could do the same with books, but I think fewer people would relate.) I mean, music is the soundtrack to your life, right?

So I thought it would be a hoot to pick music and artists who have helped to lift me up, or empathize with me, or give voice to something I couldn't name, or make me think in a new way.

We will begin with my first venture outside of campfire and Christmas songs into the world of rock music (or pop, I suppose). What can I say, was I ten?!

THREE DOG NIGHT: "Joy to the World":




I also got briefly into the Osmond Brothers, but I think we can skip them. My next big love was Elton John. I was in sixth grade, so he hooked me with "Bennie and the Jets." Of course, since then, I have come to love other songs of his much more, such as "Rocket Man" and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," among others, but it was "Bennie" that turned my head, so....

ELTON JOHN: "Bennie and the Jets":



And then I was listening to the radio (you know, those little AM transistors you held to your head to listen to at night under the covers? The station I grew up with as a teeny bopper was WLEE Richmond, Virginia.)  One evening I heard a song that hit my 13ish year-old brain so hard I couldn't shake it out of my head. It was one of the most beautiful things I'd ever heard. Turns out it predated Elton, and the guy had a bigger hit in "American Pie," which I'd heard before, but this one turned me inside out.

DON MCLEAN: "Vincent":




Next thing I knew? I was in sixth grade. Everybody else is listening to the Jackson Five, or that crappy "Seasons in the Sun" song, and I'm not caught by much. Then came ABBA. They were so unusual, their voices so high, lyrics so catchy. And their pop hooks (not that I would've known then to call them that) were simply addictive. I could NOT not sing along. Meanwhile, my brother was listening to KISS and loud guitars (early metal, I guess?) and I couldn't relate. If forced to choose then, I'd have picked my Dad's John Denver records. I could at least make out the words.

I sort of liked the Eagles then, too, for that reason.

ABBA: "SOS":



So I was on the cusp of high school, freshman year, and one of my black friends introduced me to a song I will never forget. We'd probably just shared a joint. (No judging me!) If ABBA makes one dance (frankly, "Dancing Queen" is better for that, especially if you're feeling campy), this one you CANNOT sit still to. The bass destroys. I'd never heard anything like it then, and no one has topped it since in terms of sheer funk (although, later, Meshell Ndegeocello's bass would teach me much).  That is a white girl's description and it's the best I can do. But this song was brilliant and therefore will cap off this post.

Enjoy!

PARLIAMENT: "Flashlight":





Sunday, October 16, 2016

Donald Trump, National Embarrassment

Its, not frikkin it's. 
I haven't posted in some time. I was too busy living my life and getting over the fact that Bernie Sanders didn't get the nomination. Then the semester started and I was too busy teaching and grading papers. Nothing has moved me to write.

But, now I am moved. In fact, now I am positively inspired. I must speak.

Look, I'm not fond of Hillary Clinton, but I have to say that Donald Trump is awful. A menace. A bigot. A homophobe. A panderer. A sexist. A fascist. We might as well call him Hitler or Mussolini, Jr. Heaven knows, his rhetoric and false "patriotism" seem to come right out of their playbooks. Just change the group(s) he's scapegoating. Make Germany -- I mean, America--great again!

But, then again, I knew Trump was a joke of a person all along and would never win the Presidency because he is just that bad. He is so clueless that three quarters of what comes out of his mouth is a blatant lie. (Just consult the major non-partisan fact-checkers.) His own party is appalled by him. Meanwhile, not that long ago, the man was extolling his tolerance, touting universal health care, and his "New York values," meaning he was pro-choice and okay with gay folks and so forth, until suddenly he had a weird flip in viewpoint and started questioning Obama's place of birth.

It got him a ton of media attention. And heaven knows, that's what Trump needed to stay on the radar after "The Apprentice" got canceled. After all, his brand is worth nothing if nobody knows who the hell he is anymore.

All of this I was willing to take and roll my eyes at. We all know fakes. He's one.

But one thing I will not tolerate is a sexual predator. They infuriate me. Like oh so many women, I have been catcalled, pawed at, molested, raped. I will spare you the ugly details. Suffice it to say that during my teenage years, my best friend's father didn't know how to keep his hands to himself and one of my own brothers, who was in his twenties, couldn't keep his dick in his pants and chose to stick it in me despite my protests and trying to push him off.

I never said a word because there was no one to say a word to and be believed. It's always "he said/she said." And if you argue the case for yourself, you're still going to be dragged through the mud as a whore, or as consenting, or as lying, or as wanting attention, or as whatever it is your molester can claim to get himself off the hook and pin his attack on you.

So, to hear Donald J Trump boast about kissing women--"I can't stop myself"--and then "grabbing their pussy" and claiming he can get away with it because he's famous, and then to watch (at last count) twelve women come forth and say, "Yeah, actually, he's not lying because he did it to me" and THEN to hear people defend this man, and to hear him actually say, "Look, I wouldn't molest her; she's too ugly for me" as some kind of lame defense (which means he would molest someone who isn't too ugly for him) ... it's all too much for me.

Shut the fuck up about Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton is not running for President. And, we have no idea what Hillary knew or didn't know about Bill's alleged affairs/attacks until the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And THAT, my friends, was consensual.

Anyone equating the two things, like Mr Trump is trying to do, is just plain ignorant.

Then again, what can we expect from Donald Trump, who has never been a faithful husband in his entire life, who doesn't correct Howard Stern when he refers to Trump's own daughter in front of his face that she's a nice piece of ass, who insults his ex-wives as "no longer being 10's," and, considering his series of young trophy wives, appears to think women are just things to ogle over anyway?

Of COURSE any woman he finds attractive is just there for the taking, like low hanging ripe fruit, and it's his because he's... well..... famous. Never mind how awful looking he might be, if we must apply stereotypes. No, he deserves whatever woman he wants because he's a man and a very special one in his own mind, I suppose.

Or maybe he isn't that special. He is perhaps the most insecure man of all men. After all, he's the one who couldn't just laugh and let it go and had to assure us all during the GOP primary debates that his penis is "just fine." He's the one who feels the need to brag about his sexual exploits. And he's the one who apparently has to grab women against their wills.

This pig's ass for President of this nation?

No thanks.


Donald Trump, National Embarrassment

Its, not frikkin it's. 
I haven't posted in some time. I was too busy living my life and getting over the fact that Bernie Sanders didn't get the nomination. Then the semester started and I was too busy teaching and grading papers. Nothing has moved me to write.

But, now I am moved. In fact, now I am positively inspired. I must speak.

Look, I'm not fond of Hillary Clinton, but I have to say that Donald Trump is awful. A menace. A bigot. A homophobe. A panderer. A sexist. A fascist. We might as well call him Hitler or Mussolini, Jr. Heaven knows, his rhetoric and false "patriotism" seem to come right out of their playbooks. Just change the group(s) he's scapegoating.

But, then again, I knew Trump was a joke of a person all along and would never win the Presidency because he is just that bad. He is so clueless that three quarters of what comes out of his mouth is a blatant lie. (Just consult the major non-partisan fact-checkers.) His own party is appalled by him. Meanwhile, not that long ago, the man was extolling his tolerance, touting universal health care, and his "New York values," meaning he was pro-choice and okay with gay folks and so forth, until suddenly he had a weird flip in viewpoint and started questioning Obama's place of birth.

It got him a ton of media attention. And heaven knows, that's what Trump needed to stay on the radar after "The Apprentice" got canceled. After all, his brand is worth nothing if nobody knows who the hell he is anymore.

All of this I was willing to take and roll my eyes at. We all know fakes. He's one.

But one thing I will not tolerate is a sexual predator. They infuriate me. Like oh so many women, I have been catcalled, pawed at, molested, raped. I will spare you the ugly details. Suffice it to say that during my teenage years, my best friend's father didn't know how to keep his hands to himself and one of my own brothers, who was in his twenties, couldn't keep his dick in his pants and chose to stick it in me despite my protests and trying to push him off.

I never said a word because there was no one to say a word to and be believed. It's always "he said/she said." And if you argue the case for yourself, you're still going to be dragged through the mud as a whore, or as consenting, or as lying, or as wanting attention, or as whatever it is your molester can claim to get himself off the hook and pin his attack on you.

So, to hear Donald J Trump boast about kissing women--"I can't stop myself"--and then "grabbing their pussy" and claiming he can get away with it because he's famous, and then to watch (at last count) twelve women come forth and say, "Yeah, actually, he's not lying because he did it to me" and THEN to hear people defend this man, and to hear him actually say, "Look, I wouldn't molest her; she's too ugly for me" as some kind of lame defense (which means he would molest someone who isn't too ugly for him) ... it's all too much for me.

Shut the fuck up about Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton is not running for President. And, we have no idea what Hillary knew or didn't know about Bill's alleged affairs/attacks until the Monica Lewinsky scandal. And THAT, my friends, was consensual.

Anyone equating the two things, like Mr Trump is trying to do, is just plain ignorant.

Then again, what can we expect from Donald Trump, who has never been a faithful husband in his entire life, who doesn't correct Howard Stern when he refers to Trump's own daughter in front of his face that she's a nice piece of ass, who insults his ex-wives as "no longer being 10's," and, considering his series of young trophy wives, appears to think women are just things to ogle over anyway?

Of COURSE any woman he finds attractive is just there for the taking, like low hanging ripe fruit, and it's his because he's... well..... famous. Never mind how awful looking he might be, if we must apply stereotypes. No, he deserves whatever woman he wants because he's a man and a very special one in his own mind, I suppose.

Or maybe he isn't that special. He is perhaps the most insecure man of all men. After all, he's the one who couldn't just laugh and let it go and had to assure us all during the GOP primary debates that his penis is "just fine." He's the one who feels the need to brag about his sexual exploits. And he's the one who apparently has to grab women against their wills.

This pig's ass for President of this nation?

No thanks.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Here Is Peace

I'm up at the homestead this July 4th weekend, so naturally Chelle and I have been busting butt as usual working on the property. It always feels like we do so, so much and barely make a dent. Then I looked through some photos from last year and was reminded that yes, actually, we have done a lot.

There's this before and after:

Actually, after and before.

Heck, the house hasn't been up for an entire year yet. It wasn't even completed until this past December.

Under construction
 Aside from clearing up debris around the house, we've added three willow hybrids to the left side of the pond and have three more tall evergreens to put in, along with two cypresses. That'll get done soon. Then, next spring, we know a local guy who has some maple and redwood saplings he's willing to give us, so we'll put those in then. Pine and oak trees are also sprouting up of their own accord. Having always loved the smell of cedar, I also want to put in one of those somewhere.

The pond will be on the agenda for next spring, too. By then the aspen we put in last year should be thriving, and we need to get the pond aerated and healthy again. Once that's done, we can add a few trout as they'll have a place in shade towards the back where two other low trees with overhanging limbs are. We normally catch and release, although the big trout worth eating can be found in the creek when the summer tourists haven't caught them all.

Then there's the orchard, where three apple trees already are, the fire having miraculously jumped over that area. We need to get it better irrigated and then will add more fruit trees--certainly cherry and pear, maybe a few others. We do have blackberry bushes all over the darn place as well. Manzanita is sprouting up here and there, too, and as long as we don't let them take over, they'll be a nice addition. Red buds are coming up, too.

I also think about our beautiful fishing hole (ignore those dead tree limbs!)

Summer, with sweetpeas
Winter, with snow

And the daffodils, hyacinth, and tulips of spring, along with the irises, begonia, and daylilies of summer, all of which I put in myself around the house . . . although with the spring flowers comes the memory of stepping backwards onto a loose lava rock, spinning around midair, and slamming down face first on the ground! My students all thought I'd gotten into a fight with my chin banged up and bruised like that. I was more graceful when I was drinking booze, and that's a fact. Nowadays I seem to attract accidents.

Be careful gardening in this bed.


I think fondly of our first Christmas here.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

And then, of course, there's everybody's favorite room in the house--the loft.

Here is also a good place for a nap.
A loveseat is now stationed permanently in front of the loft window, and it's the perfect place for morning coffee or for curling up with a good book.

So, no, I can't be displeased with how the house and property are coming along. No, maybe . . . I think what actually displeases me is that I can't be here around the clock all the time. What is it about nature? It regrounds me, reminds me of what's important: I'm part of a natural community of trees, soil, rock, plants, animals, water, sun. I'm part of something bigger than me. Out here, on a starry night in the quiet, I'm reminded of who I am. It's so easy to lose that sense of reverence and connectedness in the city. There, my mind is occupied with things like the election or what else can I do to keep my students interested or how in heaven's name did Johnny Snowflake even get his driver's license, much less land in my Advanced Comp. class. Who passed this guy? *shakes fist*

Here is peace. So, here we will work our butts off, again and again and again, until we have built a total retreat. I expect it's a job that will never be complete.




Friday, June 17, 2016

The World Will Turn....



I used to listen to this song when I was a teenager growing up in Richmond, Virginia. White kid, gay, surrounded by anger and more piss and vinegar than anyone should have to bear. It always made me feel better.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

CA Imp. Info if You Are Voting June 7th #VivaBernie #Sanders2016 #FeelTheBern

If you are an independent and not a Democrat and you wish to vote for Bernie at the polls June 7 or in early voting, be please aware of the following, and DO NOT ACCEPT A PROVISIONAL BALLOT, no matter what they tell you. Insist the poll workers are misinformed and tell them it is your right to vote a crossover ballot. The crossover ballot to vote for Bernie is simply this: the regular Democratic ballot. Read on, and SHARE, SHARE, SHARE!

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION / POR FAVOR COMPARTA ESTA INFORMACION

1. Don’t write Bernie Sanders' name in your ballot. If you don’t see his name printed on the ballot that means you have the wrong ballot, and you have to exchange it for the correct ballot. If you are registered as a No Party Preference voter, you have to ask for a crossover ballot for the Democratic Party. The Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, on the official website http://www.sos.ca.gov/.../political.../no-party-preference/

, clearly states that an NPP voter may ask for a ballot for any of three parties. These parties notified the Secretary of State 135 days prior to the elections that they would allow NPP voters to vote their presidential ballot. This means that they cannot run out of ballots, because the cross-over ballot is identical to the ballot of a Democratic Party member! The particular section states:
“Why? Each political party has the option of allowing NPP voters to vote in their presidential primary election. 135 days before the election, political parties must notify the Secretary of State's office whether or not they will allow NPP voters to vote in their presidential primary election. The above three parties notified the Secretary of State that they will allow NPP voters to request their party’s presidential ballot for the June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election.”
• American Independent Party
• Democratic Party
• Libertarian Party

Traducción: NO ESCRIBA el nombre de Bernie Sanders en su papeleta de votación. Si no ve el nombre de Bernie Sanders impreso en su papeleta de votación, eso quiere decir que tiene la papeleta de votación equivocada y tiene que intercambiarla por la papeleta correcta. Si usted se ha inscrito como votante sin preferencia de partido, tiene que pedir una papeleta o balota cruzada (crossover ballot) del Partido Demócrata. El sitio web del Secretario de Estado, Alex Padilla, (http://www.sos.ca.gov/.../political.../no-party-preference/
) dice claramente que un votante sin preferencia de partido puede pedir una papeleta de votación de uno de 3 partidos. Los tres partidos siguientes notificaron al Secretario de Estado 135 días antes de la elecciones que permitirían que los votantes sin preferencia de partido (NPP por sus siglas en inglés) podrán votar su papeleta de votación presidencial:
“¿Por qué? Cada partido político tiene la opción de permitir que los votantes sin preferencia de partido voten en sus elecciones presidenciales de primaria. 135 días antes de la elecciones, los partidos políticos tienen que notificar al Secretario de Estado si van o no a permitir que los votantes sin preferencia de partido voten en sus elecciones presidenciales de primaria. Los tres partidos indicados con anterioridad le notificaron al Secretario de Estado que van a permitir que los votantes sin preferencia de partido pidan la papeleta de votación presidencial para su partido para las elecciones presidenciales de primaria del 7 de junio de 2016.”
• Partido Americano Independiente
• Partido Demócrata
• Partido Libertario
2. What follows is copied directly from the Secretary of State’s website; I have translated it because no translation was provided. / Lo que sigue viene directamente del sitio web del Secretario de Estado: Lo he traducido porque no hay traducción provista.
How to request a party ballot? The NPP voter may ask their county elections office or poll worker, at their polling place, for a ballot for one of the above three parties. An NPP voter may not request more than one party's ballot.
A vote-by-mail voter is who is also an NPP voter may contact their county elections office or complete and mail or deliver a vote-by-mail ballot application to their county elections office. The vote-by-mail ballot application must arrive by May 31, 2016.
¿Cómo pedir la papeleta de votación de un partido? El votante sin preferencia de partido puede pedir una papeleta de votación en la oficina electoral del condado (lista en este enlace county elections office) o a su trabajador electoral en el sitio de votación, para uno de los tres partidos que se enumeran más arriba. No podrá pedir una papeleta de votación de más de un partido.
Un votante por correo que también es un votante sin preferencia de partido podrá ponerse en contacto con su oficina electoral del condado o completar y enviar por correo o entregar una solicitud para votar por correo a la oficina electoral del condado. Esta solicitud tendrá que llegar a más tardar el 31 de mayo de 2016.
3. It is recommended that you vote early in person at your county registrar's office, if you not been able to vote by mail, but if that is not possible, PLAN TO VOTE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE IN THE MORNING ON JUNE 7 so that you are first in line to get whatever ballots they may have available. If you have a problem voting, have that problem in the morning rather than at the last minute late in the evening. / Se recomienda que vote temprano en persona en la oficina electoral del condado, si no ha podido votar por correo, pero si eso no fuera posible, PLANEE VOTAR LO MÁS TEMPRANO POSIBLE POR LA MAÑANA EL 7 DE JUNIO, para que esté en línea en caso de que haya algún problema con el número de papeletas de votación. Es mejor lidiar con un problema a primera hora que a última hora.
4. The California Elections Code, Section 14000, provides that voters “may take time off at the beginning or end of a shift to allow for sufficient time to vote, with up to two hours of that time being with pay.” / El código electoral de California en su sección 14000 provee que los votantes “podrán tomarse tiempo ya sea al principio o al final de su turno para tener el suficiente tiempo para votar, y hasta dos de esas horas serán pagadas.
5. Please notify your employer at least two working days prior to the election if you are taking time off to vote, again, either at the beginning or the end of your shift. / Por favor comuníquele a su empleador al menos dos días antes de las elecciones si se va a tomar tiempo para votar, de nuevo, al principio o al final de su turno.
6. Final warning: Go to the website for the Secretary of State and print the information provided there; if you speak Spanish, you may also take a translation of that content. This way they will not be able to tell you there are no more crossover ballots. The website states that these three political parties have allowed NPP voters to ask for their ballots. / Aviso final: Vayan al sitio web del Secretario de Estado e impriman la información que se describe en ella; si hablan español, también pueden llevarse la traducción de ese contenido. Así no podrán decirles que no hay más papeletas de votación cruzadas. El sitio web indica claramente que estos tres partidos políticos han permitido que los votantes sin preferencia de partido podrán pedir sus papeletas de votación.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Preakness Day Late Pick 4

Well, will Nyquist win the second leg of the Triple Crown? Hard to say when the track will be a mess. He has won over a wet track, but Exaggerator, who was gaining on him in the Kentucky Derby, likes wet tracks so much that he seems to speed skate over them. Like, Bonnie Blair.

Anyway, with an off track and soft turf, I hate to go too deep ($$$) on most legs in my tickets, so I decided to keep this one cheap and bet it for only .50c. Betting this at a dollar would run you $24. This Pick 4 starts with Race 10 and ends with the Preakness (Race 13).

Good luck to all the horses and jockeys today, and may they all come back safe and sound.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Chill Out! Bernie Will NOT Split the Vote #SenSanders #FeelTheBern #Sanders2016

C'mon, folks. You can stop pressuring Bernie supporters to switch their vote to Clinton. Just let us finish out the primaries and the Democratic Party will assess where it is.

Bernie Sanders has already said he will not run as a third party candidate if he doesn't get the Dem nomination. He has already said that he will support Hillary Clinton because even if he disagrees with her on certain issues such as US interventionism, fracking, and campaign finance reform, she would still be better than a Donald Trump. Stop worrying about the Dem Party being horribly split. You can bet that loyal party Democrats will vote blue no matter who.

Now. Having said that, here is the ACTUAL issue to give some thought to. Independents in this country now outnumber the number of people registered to either the Dems or the GOP. It is going to be independents who decide the general election--will they choose Trump or will they choose Clinton, or will they write in Bernie, vote Libertarian, or vote Green Party? Or will they just stay at home?

We cannot know. The only data we have on this is what general election poll head-to-heads indicate. They have consistently shown that in a general election, Sanders beats Trump by a wider margin than Clinton, and in some key battleground states, the margin between Trump and Clinton is narrowing.

The Democratic Party will have a big decision to make. Does it risk putting Clinton forth (a weaker candidate, as polls are showing, and one who may face the scandal of a DOJ indictment--fair or not, doesn't matter--prior to the election in Nov), or does it put forth the candidate who would take not only the Dem vote, but ALSO a good portion of the independent vote, and the Green Party vote?

In my mind, a Clinton nomination would be more likely to split the voters who would otherwise likely vote Democratic this time around. That's not a good thing. She just doesn't have the appeal to independents because she carries too much "big money, paid for" garbage around with her and too many people dislike things she did as Secretary of State. She's vetted, all right, and the record is ugly to many folks. (Just like for many people, the fully vetted Sarah Palin is an awful choice.) This fact may be annoying if you like Hillary Clinton, but if you want to beat Trump, you need to accept that she is wildly unpopular. People who dislike Trump dislike Hillary every bit as much.

As for Bernie being too risky because he's a Democratic Socialist, that's a paranoid argument. You can tell Bernie has tons of support from people who know full well he's a Democratic Socialist because--look at the crowds he gets at his rallies! Clinton doesn't attract crowds like that at all. Bernie isn't that far behind her in pledged delegates, and very few people even knew who he was before the primaries began. Progressive minded people are not afraid of socialism. Nor do they even want to end capitalism. They just want to see more of their tax dollars being spent on them as opposed to being spent on subsidies and tax breaks for wealthy people and corporations. The ONLY people who would not vote for Bernie because he's a Democratic Socialist are people who would not vote for either Sanders or Clinton in the first place: diehard right wingers.

Let us also remember that this has been a Democratic primary, not an open one. In many states, independents could not even vote unless they changed party registration. The general election is a whole different ball of wax.

If, before the Dem convention, neither Clinton nor Sanders clinches in pledged delegates so that it's the super delegates whose votes will make the difference, the decision of "who is the candidate more likely to beat Trump" is on their heads and no one else's. The Democratic Party has an opportunity in front of it to win overwhelmingly if it nominates Sanders (Dem vote, indie vote, Green Party vote). If it nominates Clinton, as I've said, the party loyalists will get on board. And the party will have to hope that's enough.

Me? I'm hoping the Democratic Party chooses to go with common sense, and the common sense candidate is Bernie Sanders.