Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will not be 'intimidated' from speaking in West Virginia's McDowell County, 'one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states,' after officials pulled the plug on a Monday town hall event. 'If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be intimidated from going to McDowell County, West Virginia, to hold a town meeting, they are dead wrong,' declared Sanders in a Facebook post on Sunday after the state's National Guard announced the meeting ... would not be able to take place at the Welch National Guard Armory two days before it was scheduled to occur.

'If they don't allow us to use the local armory, we'll find another building. If we can't find another building, we'll hold the meeting out in the streets,' vowed the Vermont independent. 'That town meeting will be held. Poverty in America will be discussed. Solutions will be found.' ...

An upcoming speech in Topeka, Kansas on Feb. 25th had to be moved to a larger venue after more than 1,500 tickets were sold in one week. In the West Virginia state capital of Charleston, where U.S. President Donald Trump won 57 percent of the vote, Sanders addressed a crowd of over 2,000 people on Sunday evening."

-- >The NYT and major media just doesn't cover the Bernie revolution. Like corporate owned media in prewar Germany, our newspaper of record prefers a fascist to a politician who would challenge the system.


Common Dreams:
"Anti-abortion groups called for 'Defund Planned Parenthood' demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to pressure President Donald Trump to strip the women's health provider of federal funding.

Then, Planned Parenthood supporters got organized. And the response has been massive: Hundreds of different counter-demonstrations, large, small and in between, were held across the country Saturday - overwhelming the anti-choice rallies.

In St. Paul, Minnesota a police commander on scene estimated the original protesters numbered about 500 while the counter-protesters numbered about 5,000 to 5,500. Similar reports are coming in from all around the country."

-- >The NYT printed a small Reuters article about the protests and counter protest. No mention of the size differences between them. The NYT always downplays the resistance in the streets.


Common Dreams:
"A man who was fired from his job as a pilot on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, after the Guardian revealed that he was charged with a violent crime, was this weekend at the president’s estate in Florida, claiming to be part of his security team.

Vincent Caldara, who was accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, was at the US president’s private resort, Mar-a-Lago. ... The exact nature of Caldara’s responsibilities was unclear. He appeared to be a member of a team of local Republicans voluntarily assisting with the president’s visit, each of whom was wearing lanyards featuring a White House seal. Caldara did not respond to an email seeking comment.

However, the 56-year-old former New York police officer, who was also chairman of the Trump campaign’s 'Florida law enforcement coalition', suggested publicly that he was helping to provide security for Trump."

-- >Criminal police fascists working for the president? Doesn't interest the NYT, which didn't cover the story.

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