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Merry meet and a joyous Beltane!

As a mere 'dabbler' in the pagan arts and esoterie, I am seeking any practical real world guidance on "sigil magick." Effective tips, so to speak.

Thought I'd toss it out here and see what I could catch - if anything at all!

Dems fear their primary has reached danger zone

Source: The Hill, by Niall Stanage and Amie Parnes

Positive campaigner my big butt!

The Vermont senator has long drawn contrasts between himself and Clinton, but his attacks have grown more caustic of late, particularly with regard to the former first lady’s links to big financial companies.

At a huge rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on Sunday, Sanders said a speech Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs must have been delivered in “Shakespearean prose,” given the $225,000 fee she received.

He was equally scathing during last week’s debate when Clinton insisted that, during her time as a New York senator, she had “called out” banks for poor mortgage practices.

“Secretary Clinton called them out. Oh my goodness, they must have been really crushed by this,” Sanders responded. “And was that before or after you received huge sums of money by giving speaking engagements? So they must have been very, very upset by what you did.”

More at: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/276757-dems-fear-their-primary-has-reached-danger-zone

Just for us!

Trumpism and Clintonism Are the Future

Source: New York Times, by Michael Lind

Those who see the nationalist populism of Mr. Trump as an aberration in a party that will soon return to free-market, limited government orthodoxy are mistaken. So are those who believe that the appeal of Senator Bernie Sanders to the young represents a repudiation of the center-left synthesis shared by Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In one form or another, Trumpism and Clintonism will define conservatism and progressivism in America.

But on the social and racial issues that are important to today’s Democratic base, it is Mr. Sanders, not Mrs. Clinton, who has had to modify his message. At the beginning of his campaign, Mr. Sanders the democratic socialist focused in the manner of a single issue candidate almost exclusively on themes of class, inequality and political corruption. But because he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, he has had to put greater emphasis on other issues, including racial disparity in policing and sentencing and the environment and immigration.

The centrality of identity politics, rather than progressive economics, to the contemporary Democratic Party is nothing new. In 1982, the Democratic National Committee recognized seven official caucuses: women, blacks, Hispanics, Asians, gays, liberals and business/professionals. Thirty-four years later, this is the base of the Democratic Party of Hillary Clinton. The pro-Sanders left objects to the solicitude of the Democratic Party for Wall Street and Silicon Valley, the sources of much of its funding. But it is safe to assume that most progressives, when confronted with conservative candidates, will prefer incremental, finance-friendly Clintonism over the right-wing alternative. Moreover, the ability or even willingness of Mr. Sanders to help down-ballot or state candidates is doubtful. The next generation of Democrats are figures like Julian and Joaquin Castro and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are much more in the mold of the Clintons and Mr. Obama than of the maverick outsider Bernie Sanders.

Most important of all, it would be a serious mistake to assume that the growing sympathy of many of today’s millennials for the concept of democratic socialism as embodied by Mr. Sanders will translate into a social democratic America in the 2030s or 2050s. Half a century ago, as the Age of Aquarius gave way to the Age of Reagan, many of the hippies of the ’60s became, in effect, the yuppies of the ’80s — still socially liberal, but with new concerns about government spending, now that they were paying taxes and mortgages.


Those wonky politicians!


Let's not forget!

The sexist double standards hurting Hillary Clinton

Why the double standard? “Men are the guys who want to go out and buy the motorcycle, and women are the purse-string holders,” Newton-Small said. “It’s a very traditional role we are putting women into by making them the one saying, no, we can’t do all these really fun things. This is a very stereotypical box she gets put into, which then makes it very hard for her to be inspirational.”

This is the essence of Clinton’s trouble: If she can’t plausibly offer pie in the sky, and she can’t raise her voice, how does she inspire people? This hurts particularly with young voters — the same segment that shunned Clinton in 2008.

Clinton’s “likeability” problem also has something to do with her lack of a Y chromosome. It’s a direct consequence of the imperative that she demonstrate her toughness. Men can be tough and warm at the same time — think Ronald Reagan — but for women, it’s a trade-off.

In 2008, she played down gender and positioned herself as “ready to lead on day one.” This time she took a softer approach but eventually found herself back in the position of arguing that she’d be a better wartime leader than Sanders. For Clinton, “it’s a really tough needle to thread to be tough enough to be a commander in chief and still be likeable,” Newton-Small said.

When you imply Hillary is corrupt...

and rail against the millionaire and billionaire class - do you want people to find out you're one?



Why Today Matters for Women's History

Summary: Today the President will designate a national monument for women's equality. Page Harrington talks about why this matters for women's history.

Source: White House Blog by Melanie Garunay

Today the President will designate the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, a site that has been central to the fight for women's equality for over a century, as America's newest national monument. Page Harrington, the site's Executive Director, wrote this message to the White House list to talk about what this designation means for women's history. Didn't get the message? Sign up here.


One day in 1917, a dozen women gathered in front of the White House. They were staging a silent protest to call for women’s right to vote.

Spectators yelled at them, kicked them, and spit on them. They ripped the women’s banners from their hands and threw them onto the ground.

Undaunted, these women brought those tattered banners back to a house across town. They cleaned them – sometimes carefully re-stitching them – and carried them back out the next day, and the next, and the next.

It’s my job today to preserve those same banners, alongside an extensive collection of other artifacts that showcase the struggle and accomplishments of the movement for women’s equality. I do it all from a house that became their final headquarters in Washington, D.C., known as the Sewall-Belmont House.

Today, on Equal Pay Day, President Obama is permanently protecting this house by designating it as America’s newest national monument.


Page Harrington
Executive Director
Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument

Read it all at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/04/12/why-today-matters-womens-history

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Bernie on "Meet the Press" today:


All right, you brought up the whole issue with getting money and the speeches to Wall Street. Would you be on higher ground if you released, you have released less about your taxes and tax returns than any other candidate running for president other than Donald Trump. Where are your tax returns, and wouldn't that put you on a higher ground in calling for Hillary Clinton to say, "Release these speech transcripts"?


We are going to release, I think we've talked about it before. Actually, my wife works on our taxes, we've been busy. We are going to get all of our taxes out. Trust me, there is nothing that is going to surprise anybody.


Are you going to do seven, ten, 15-years' worth of tax returns? So far you've done one.

After a strange pregnant pause, Bernie seemed to again channel platitudes.


We will do the best that we can. But yeah, we will get our tax returns out. Look, the issue facing this country, Chuck, and why our campaign is doing well, is the American people are tired of establishment politics in which the wealthiest people become much richer. And I would hope that we can focus on those important issues.


I understand that. I will leave it there. I know we're going to hear from you a lot in the next ten days. Senator Sanders, thanks for coming on the show.


My pleasure.

Now I'm wondering how the wealthy Sanders family may have become richer over his establishment political career?

Goose/gander, baby!

The Wisconsin Primary Wasn’t All Bad News for Hillary Clinton

She actually improved her overall vote share compared to 2008 and kept the delegate math on her side.

Source: Bloomberg Politics, by Andre Tartar

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won big in Wisconsin on Tuesday, beating Hillary Clinton by a larger-than-expected 13.5-percentage point margin and carrying 71 of the state's 72 counties. Yet there's a thin silver lining in the results for the former secretary of state, who now focuses her attention on the April 19 primary in New York, the state she served for eight years as U.S. senator.

Compared to 2008, Clinton actually managed to increase her overall share of the Wisconsin primary vote, from 41 percent to 43 percent. This was partly thanks to a lower turnout than eight years ago—nearly 110,000 fewer Badger State voters came out to the polls on the Democratic side, to be exact—with Sanders ultimately winning roughly 79,000 fewer votes than then-candidate Barack Obama did. Clinton, meanwhile, came within about 21,000 votes of her 2008 total.

Clinton's particular bright spot was Milwaukee County, the only Wisconsin county she won and home to the state's largest city. Clinton's share of the vote there rose from just 35 percent in 2008 to 52 percent, her greatest improvement statewide. She also made gains in Dane County, home to the state's progressive capital city of Madison, increasing her vote share from 31 percent to 37 percent.

Tuesday’s results mean Clinton ultimately split the state’s delegates 43-57 with Sanders, who will net about 11 of the assigned delegates, according to the Associated Press’ latest count. That leaves him roughly 250 pledged delegates behind Clinton, who, despite her loss in Wisconsin, remains the front-runner.


To Hillary Clinton supporters: The facts on where the race stands

Memo by Robby Mook, Campaign Manager, Hillary for America

Thanks to nearly 9 million voters across the country and the support of people like you, Hillary Clinton has built a nearly insurmountable lead among both delegates and actual voters. Contrary to the claims of the Sanders campaign, in measure after measure, Clinton has shown the broadest support of any candidate currently running for president. We know that the misleading spin will continue, but we wanted you to know the facts about the real state of the Democratic primary.

The facts and the path forward are both clear:

•Plain and simple — Hillary Clinton is winning with voters: With more than half of the primary votes already cast, Hillary Clinton has earned nearly 9 million votes — including 2.5 million more than Bernie Sanders. She has received 58 percent of the popular vote. That support includes key parts of the Democratic and the Obama coalition, including African American voters, Latino voters, union households, women, and seniors. In addition, a recent survey by Gallup showed that her supporters are more enthusiastic about her than Sanders’ supporters are about him.

•When more people vote, Hillary Clinton wins: Contrary to some of the spin you may have heard, when turnout is high, Hillary Clinton wins. In fact, Clinton has won 17 of the 21 states where more than 7 percent of eligible voters turned out. On the other hand, most of Senator Sanders’ wins come in states that hold caucuses, where overall voter turnout is typically much smaller.

•On average, turnout in primaries or caucuses that Clinton won was four percentage points higher than in primaries or caucuses that Sanders won. Nearly four times more people participated in the primaries and caucuses that Clinton won than participated in the primaries and caucuses Sanders won. In states Clinton won, an average of 742k turned out compared to fewer than 200k where Sanders won.

•The delegate math is on our side: Hillary Clinton has a lead of nearly 230 pledged delegates — and with each passing week, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely that Senator Sanders will be able to catch up. In order to do so, Sanders has to win the four remaining delegate-rich primaries — New York, Pennsylvania, California, and New Jersey — with roughly 60 percent of the vote. To put that in perspective: Sanders has thus far won only two primaries with that margin: Vermont and New Hampshire. Needless to say, the size and demographic makeups of New York, Pennsylvania, California, and New Jersey are decidedly different than Vermont and New Hampshire. And these figures don’t even include superdelegates, where Clinton has an overwhelming lead.

•Hillary Clinton is the only candidate tough enough to beat Donald Trump: While the Sanders campaign is aggressively trying to spin Democrats into believing their candidate matches up better against Trump, they fail to mention three key points:

1. Although both candidates consistently beat Trump in polls, Clinton maintains her lead even after sustaining millions of dollars of negative Republican attacks. Sanders has yet to have a Republican attack ad run against him in this campaign, but certainly would in the general election — and general election polling at this stage in the race would not predict the full impact of those attacks;

2. Maybe that’s why exit polls consistently show that Democrats believe Hillary Clinton is by far the strongest candidate to take on Donald Trump. When asked which candidate had a better chance to defeat Trump in November, Democrats in Florida chose Clinton by a margin of 76–20. In Ohio, by a margin of 66–31, and in North Carolina, by a margin of 68–26;

3. While many political experts question the validity of general election polls this early in the race, only one candidate actually has earned more votes than Donald Trump. While Clinton has 1 million more votes than Trump, Trump has received roughly 1.5 million more votes than Sanders thus far.

•The Sanders campaign’s path forward relies on overturning the will of the voters: The math being what it is, the Sanders campaign has struggled to explain their path to the nomination. Their latest strategy involves a combination of trying to flip pledged delegates at state and county conventions, while also convincing superdelegates that he deserves their support — despite the fact that Hillary Clinton has won 58 percent of the popular vote and a majority of pledged delegates thus far. For most of the campaign, Senator Sanders has criticized the role that superdelegates play in the nominating process, but as he now campaigns without a clear path the nomination that relies on the voters, he’s aggressively courting their support.

We could not be prouder of the support Hillary and this campaign have earned across the country — from a wide range of voters in states across the country to elected leaders to party and union activists, and groups fighting for issues ranging from reproductive freedom to workers’ rights to climate change to gun violence prevention.

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to continuing to build a campaign that will ensure we win the White House in November.

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