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Bernie’s Real Record On Veterans

What makes the Vets For Bernie organization select Senator Sanders as this so-called champion of veterans, when the facts show that Representative Bernie Sanders was completely ineffective in passing anything on behalf of veterans or veterans affairs during his sixteen year career in the House and nearly as ineffective in doing so during his almost eight year Senate career.

Maeby Gever, the Blue Route January 1, 2016 | There is an organization called Vets For Bernie that is promoting the Independent Senator from Vermont as their preferred candidate for President in 2016. Occupy Democrats has picked up a list of “bills” that is part of a promotion that says:

“Bernie Sanders Has Filed More Bills For Veterans Than Any Congressman In The Past 30 Years”

Colin Taylor, the writer of the article referenced above claims that:

“Throughout his long and storied career in the US Congress, he has sponsored or co-sponsored nearly seventy bills specifically devoted   to our brave veterans and improving their lives, both in and out of uniform.”

Maeby Gever: I am the voice of my human parents, 60 and 58 years old, both retired lawyers. Dad worked privately as personal injury lawyer in the Philadelphia, PA area and mom spent her entire career as a lawyer for a US Defense Department Agency, the last four years as Chief Counsel. 

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How the Oregon militia standoff became a battle with a Native American tribe

  • Thirty rightwing militia battling federal government and Paiute Indians native to the land for thousands of years both claim right to Malheur wildlife refuge.
  • “If people are giving away land here, they should give it to us,” she said. “It’s ours. It’s always been ours.” --Alma Kennedy, member, Burns Paiute Tribe
  • The Whitest Privilege in Oregon

John M Glionna, you like reading this article, consider joining the crew of all reader-supported Evergreene Digest by contributing the equivalent of a cafe latte a month--using the donation button above—so we can bring you more just like it. Charlotte Rodrique, the chairwoman of the federally recognized Burns Paiute Tribe, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

Wednesday 6 January 2016 | The press conferences were spaced two hours apart on Wednesday – one by armed militia leader Ammon Bundy, the other by a local Paiute Indian tribal leader. They expressed competing visions for the future of a swath of federally managed land in rural south-eastern Oregon.

At issue: who has more of a say over the contested Malheur national wildlife refuge? A band of mostly out-of-state commandos who have seized control of the property to make a point with the federal government, or Native Americans whose ancestors have lived on the land for thousands of years?

John M Glionna, National Writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a freelance journalist specializing in literary nonfiction. Teaches news-thinking at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Based in Henderson, Nevada.

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The Whitest Privilege in Oregon, Nicholas Pierce, Huffington Post

The same people that skewer Black Lives Matter for being discordant and disruptive, the same people that post in my feed mocking Tamir Rice, the same people who post over and over again about how Eric Garner should have just followed the rules, and the same people that say Michael Brown deserved what he got for allegedly refusing to comply with police orders -- are the exact same people who get an erection every time some stars-and-bars waving neo-confederate chambers a round in the direction of a cop.

Inside The Backwards Ideology Driving The Right-Wing Militiamen Who Captured A Federal Building

The Lesser of Two Evil Game of Pretend Must End

  • Find Your Courage
  • Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy.
  • Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States

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Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Mike Cavlan for this contribution. Jan 3, 2016 | Two weeks ago, more Dems voted for a Republican corporate handout bill and CISA provisions (helping to destroy internet freedom & indoctrinating government spying on its citizens into law) than Republicans. It took Obama to take away Habeas Corpus and sell the TPP & the anti-war movement has basically died under this Democratic President. Endless war, corporate rule, and the oppression of the American people will not end until we stop playing this two party game of pretend.

Here is Hillary on foreign policy:

Here is the video on the appropriations bill with links to roll call and articles on CISA in video description:

Habeas Corpus/Obama:

On (Hillary) Clinton RECORD with TPP - she is one of it creators, her after the fact election year denials are empty lip service:

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Series | 2014 Mid-term Election Guide, Part 8: Ralph Nader explains how voting for the ‘least worst’ candidate corrupts democracy, Eric W. Dolan, Raw Story

  • You’re desperately supporting the least worst candidate because the other guy is worse. So you lose your bargaining power, and they don’t have to give you the time of day the minute you indicate you’re a least worst voter.
  • The left has lost its nerve and its direction.
  • Yes, I’m Voting Third Party. No I’m Not Wasting My Vote.


Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Need for Civic Education in the United States, Robert Alexander, Huffington Post

  • Failing to acquire an understanding history, culture, institutions, religion, economics, language, and how governmental processes work to help us critically analyze what is happening domestically and on the international front leads to bad candidates and poor decision-making.
  • It is time for some civic literacy in this country. Only then can we expect more of our candidates, our policies, and our future.
  • Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little About How America Works


Inside The Backwards Ideology Driving The Right-Wing Militiamen Who Captured A Federal Building

(Clive) Bundy’s ideas about federal land use find no support in the Constitution, in Supreme Court precedent, or even in the views of one of America’s most prominent conservative institutions.


Ian Millhiser, Think Progress Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter .
 JJan 4, 2016 | Two interlocking issues drove what appears to be slightly more than a dozen armed men to seize control of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service building in Oregon on Saturday evening. The first was the incarceration, release and eventual re-incarceration of two men convicted of arson by a federal court. The second is a much broader dispute over whether ranchers are free to encroach upon federal lands without interference by the federal government itself.

Yet, while a federal judge’s illegal sentence — and the appeals court’s order commanding him to increase that sentence — may have been the triggering event that sparked this small-bore insurgency in Oregon, it was also just a spark cast into an existing pile of explosives. The reality is that the right-wing insurgents behind this incident are driven by an ideological battle that stretches back many years, and that was most recently fought by anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy and his armed supporters during a famous standoff with federal officials in 2014.

Ian Millhiser is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund and the Editor of ThinkProgress Justice.

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