Bumbastories Annual Mid-April Socio-Political Report

As Bernie Sanders continues to gain momentum – that’s momentum, not delegates – I looked back to find a Bumbastories’ Breaking News report of May 2015 where this proud magazine purportedly “scooped” the story of Bernie Sanders” public announcement that he was running for president. Interesting to see how far things have progressed. There was also a little political commentary inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, and also a Sports report about the Clippers in that magazine that still ring true. Hey, the NBA playoffs have started! Go Clippers!

What follows is a compost, er re-post



Bumbastories News Updates…… Sanders Announces!

Bernie Sanders, independent senator from the proud state of Vermont, a relentless progressive who seems to have some balls as well as brains, is going to seek the Democratic Party Nomination for the office of President of the United States. Bernie is running for president, taking on Hillary, who currently looks a bit shaky. Immediately we say that poor ol’ Bernie has no chance. Why?? Ross Perot was a viable third-party candidate and influenced the debate on the deficit. Jimmy Carter was not a household name at first. What if people (that’s us, campers) suddenly showed strong support for Bernie? What if progressive Democrats and other progressives, as well as people who simply seek a truthful representative, what if they made their presence felt?  What if they organized and supported Sen. Sanders if only to have a voice and to establish a counterweight to the present oligarchy? OK, that’s enough politics for a while. how about Up a Lazy River, played by Maybank and Bumba the other day?


**************************************** Worried: Watch Out: More Political Commentary Kurt Vonnegut, in his Preface to Breakfast of Champions offers a comical (dark, but comical), nutshell version of American history. He talks of the white pirate-marauders who got off their ships and subjugated the red people (the red people were defeated because they repeatedly underestimated the marauders’ capacity for cruelty). The white marauders then then brought over black people as slaves to work the fields for them. Kurt then goes on to analyze the absurdity of the national anthem. He concludes his summary of American history: “It was always about race”. Politics all comes down to economics, economics comes down to education and privilege, and it all comes back to race. The latest offenses in Baltimore join a long, long string of brutalities against Blacks. Perhaps video cameras will help. Transparency (or honesty as they used to call it) in government is always good, and it’s interesting to see who opposes disclosure of information. The fight for truth and justice goes on. Personally, we at Bumbastories are worried. We sung the Worried Man Blues yesterday. Click to hear.

Oh, it’s cryin’ time again, you’re gonna leave me, I can see that far away look in your eyes, I can tell by the way you hold me, darling, That it won’t be long before it’s cryin’ time, Now they say that absence Makes the heart grow fonder, And that tears are only rain to make love grow, Well my love for you could never grow no stronger, If I live to be a hundred years old, So, it’s cryin’ time again, you’re gonna leave me, I can see that far away look in your eyes, I can tell by the way you hold me, darling, That it won’t be long before it’s cryin’ time, Now you say that you’ve found someone you love better, That’s the way it’s happened every time before, And as sure as the sun comes up tomorrow, Cryin’ time will start when you walk out the door, Oh, it’s cryin’ time again, your gonna leave me, I can see that far away look in your eyes, I can tell by the way you hold me, darling, That it won’t be long before it’s cryin’ time. ************************************ Sports Update: OK, Clippers fans. It all comes down to one game tomorrow night at Staples Center. Game 7 against the reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. All the games have been great. The playoffs (the first round) have been entertaining so far. And the Clippers-Spurs series has been the marque match-up, and the best one. Both teams are great. images-2 images images-1 As a Clippers fan for 25 years already, the taste success is sweet. Can the Clips move on to the next level? May the best team win. **********************************

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  1. I’d like to vote for Bernie Sanders, Bumba. I’ve been following him off and on for some years. I think the rest of the world should have a say in who becomes US president, don’t you – since US policy affects so much of the world. So lets hear it for Bernie. Yay!

    1. That’s true about the entire world being caught up in American politics. The way this run will play out will be interesting. On the other hand, I don’t see why the entire world needs to be subjected to watching the Republican candidates campaign! The media shows no mercy. Yay for Bernie!

  2. A great round-up collection Bumba and exciting times ahead. Imagine living so long and having to decide, in a new century, between a Bush and a Clinton . . . On another note I have to tell you how excited I was to be in Bakersfield a few months ago. Sadly it was not long enough but long enough to feel like a stranger in town!

  3. I am for Bernie. He is the one person in Congress who seems to have, as you say, brains and brass. Unfortunately, I don’t have much confidence in either for the voting public.

    Money, underlies all of our issues. And, when you have a SCOTUS that votes for a handful of billionaires to buy our elections, what hope do any of the remaining issues have?

    1. SCOTUS I had to look it up. Sounds like a medical illness. Well, it’s the Supreme Court. Yes, these days are not without their tragedies. Yes, the control by those people and entities with money is nearly total. But the power always resides with the people. And (as I say in my book The Phantom Speaks, and it has a cute illustration of a baseball player swinging a bat) “at least they can go down swinging”. Keep swinging.

  4. a progressive politician, I never thought I would see the day, that just leaves convincing the great unwashed to actually support change get get undisallusioned (it’s a word and i will make it’s new Wikipedia entry later I promise). Could such a thing be possible…

  5. I think Bernie Sanders is a breath of fresh air. Interestingly, his brother is running for Parliament in the current British election. If he doesn’t win (and he most likely won’t) I believe he is going to join Bernie’s campaign. Now I was a Hillary supporter in the past and I will support her again but Bernie sticking pins in her can only be a good thing… maybe it will be a Hillary and Bernie ticket! I’m good with that!

  6. Per RMW, I love Bernie but I think Hillary should choose Juan Castro as her running mate, as he ticks all the boxes (young, Latino, progressive, experienced Mayor, I think, from the Southwest to balance her locations, etc.). Just my two centavos.

  7. Already you’re picking a running mate! but for two centavos, it’s OK to speculate. The campaign trail is long, long. Did you see Mike Huckabee’s announcement? Hilarious, but a sad remender of what this campaign is going to look like. Bernie could be a breath of fresh air, or a tank of oxygen.

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6 thoughts on “Bumbastories Annual Mid-April Socio-Political Report

  1. It is surprising to see how far Bernie has come. I didn’t see it happening at all. So sad it’s always a numbers game with delegates. Something seems pretty screwy to me, Bumba. We don’t know how the chips will fall.

    1. Bernie said a number of things that penetrated a lot of minds, and perhaps a lasting movement for reform is the result. Of course there’s still a large demographic of blockheads.

  2. A lot has changed in one year. I wanted Bernie to be a bit less angry, but he is expressing an anger that has been brewing on the left since the Nixon years. Sigh. I will be glad on November 9th (at least I think I will — I assume a Democrat will win, given what is transpiring on the other side).

    1. Yes, but it all comes down to Pennsylvania and Ohio in any case. Fingers crossed, but a Trump candidacy is a gift to the Democrats. Sander’s message on campaign finance reform and the need to do an end run or somehow elude or overwhelm the current ruling class/machine has struck a chord and has reached many. Hurray for Bernie.

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