Kings and Queens of Castile |Leonor of England, Queen of Castile and Toledo
“He didn’t marry you to become king. He became king because he wanted to marry you.” ― Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia.
Eleanor of England (Spanish: Leonor; 13 October 1162 – 31 October 1214), or Eleanor Plantaganet, was Queen of Castile and Toledo as wife of Alfonso VIII of Castile. She was the sixth child and second daughter of Henry II, King of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
Eleanor was born in the castle at Domfront, Normandy on 13 October 1162, as the second daughter of Henry II, King of England and his wife Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, and was baptised by Henry of Marcy. Her half-siblings were Marie and Alix of France, and her full siblings were Henry the Young, Duchess Matilda, King Richard, Duke Geoffrey, Queen Joan and King John.
In 1174, when she was 12 years old, Eleanor married King Alfonso VIII of Castile in Burgos. The couple had been betrothed in 1170, but due to the bride’s youth as well as the uproar in Europe regarding her father’s suspected involvement in the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket, the wedding was delayed. Her parents’ purpose in arranging the marriage was to secure Aquitaine’s Pyrenean border, while Alfonso was seeking an ally in his struggles with his uncle,Sancho VI of Navarre. In 1177, this led to Henry overseeing arbitration of the border dispute.
Around the year 1200, Alfonso began to claim that the duchy of Gascony was part of Eleanor’s dowry, but there is no documented foundation for that claim. It is highly unlikely that Henry II would have parted with so significant a portion of his domains. At most, Gascony may have been pledged as security for the full payment of his daughter’s dowry. Her husband went so far on this claim as to invade Gascony in her name in 1205. In 1206, her brother John, King of Englandgranted her safe passage to visit him, perhaps to try opening peace negotiations. In 1208, Alfonso yielded on the claim.Decades later, their great-grandson Alfonso X of Castile would claim the duchy on the grounds that her dowry had never been fully paid.
Of all Eleanor of Aquitaine’s daughters, her namesake was the only one who was enabled, by political circumstances, to wield the kind of influence her mother had exercised. In her own marriage treaty, and in the first marriage treaty for her daughter Berengaria, Eleanor was given direct control of many lands, towns, and castles throughout the kingdom.She was almost as powerful as Alfonso, who specified in his will in 1204 that she was to rule alongside their son in the event of his death, including taking responsibility for paying his debts and executing his will. It was she who persuaded him to marry their daughter Berengaria to Alfonso IX of León. Troubadours and sages were regularly present in Alfonso VIII’s court due to Eleanor’s patronage.
Eleanor took particular interest in supporting religious institutions. In 1179, she took responsibility to support and maintain a shrine to St. Thomas Becket in the cathedral of Toledo. She also created and supported the Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas, which served as a refuge and tomb for her family for generations, and its affiliated hospital.
When Alfonso died, Eleanor was reportedly so devastated with grief that she was unable to preside over the burial. Their eldest daughter Berengaria instead performed these honours. Eleanor then took sick and died only twenty-eight days after her husband, and was buried at Abbey of Santa María la Real de Las Huelgas.
Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, likely violated the law when he failed to disclose payments he had received from Russia and Turkey, the leading Republican and Democrat on the House oversight committee said on Tuesday.
Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, and ranking member Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, said it appeared Flynn had not received permission for or properly reported the funds he received from a 2015 speech in Russia and lobbying work his firm did for Turkey.
The two lawmakers also said the White House had refused to provide them with documents requested by the committee related to Flynn’s security clearance and payments from an organization with ties to foreign governments. The House oversight committee requested the documents last month.
The congressmen spoke to reporters after a classified meeting at which members reviewed documents provided by the Pentagon related to Flynn’s application for security clearance, which Cummings described as “extremely troubling”.
The closer any information gets to Trump, the more obstructive the White House will be on ANY cooperation with the investigations. AND, as long as McConnell and Ryan are getting what they want, they’ll stay out of it!
would you look at this officer. Here we are again.” Taehyung chuckled and
dropped the bag of money to the ground.
the air Taehyung! You are under arrest!” The officer yelled aiming the gun at a
then, shoot me.” Taehyung smirked
we won’t kill you, we’re taking you to court and they will decide, either you
get to spend the rest of your life in a cell or if I get the joy to pull the
trigger of my gun against your head.”
snorted at his response.
I heard that before? Hmm… Oh wait! Every other time we’ve stood here like
this.” Taehyung said.
the last time Taehyung.” The officer said and lowered his gun, taking the
handcuffs out of his pocket and walking towards Taehyung.
Taehyung the officer stopped in his steps as the sound of a trigger getting
pulled cut off the silence in the room.
do that if I was you.” You said, aiming a gun to the back of his head. The
officer raised his hands above his head and you snatched the handcuffs from
him. You grabbed his arms and crossed them behind his back and cuffing his
your knees!” You yelled, pushing his shoulder down. The officer sat down on his
knees in front of you, making you able to see your love, smirking at you.
Taehyung pulled out a gun from the hem of his jeans and aimed it to the
officer, you aiming your own gun to the back of his head.
Taehyung said, squinting his eyes, looking at his name tag. “You pick. Me, my
lovely lady here or both.” Taehyung said.
you! My men will storm this place any second now and I’ll make sure you get to
spend the rest of your life in jail Taehyung!” The officer yelled. Taehyung
raised his eyebrows and kicked the officer in the shoulder, making him fall to
his side. He walked over and rolled him over by bressing his foot against his
again?” Taehyung said, gesturing his hand to the outside where about 4 other
officers were laying on the ground, executed.
gasped and closed his eyes at the terrible sight.
my love.” Taehyung smiled at you, then he aimed his gun to the police officers
head and pulled the trigger.
grabbed your hand as you ran to the back entrance, picking up the bag of money
on the way. The car was waiting outside and with no time to waste you hoped in
and drove away in full speed.
at your hang out, also known as your current home.
out of the car and the two of you walked inside. Taehyung threw the bag on to
the coffee table and then turned to you.
deal.” You smirked.
his hand on your cheek, wiping away a splat of blood.
beautiful.” He said, his eyes mesmerized by you. You smiled at him before he
pulled your face closer, pressing his lips against yours.
You woke up
the next day, Taehyung tightly clinging to you in his sleep and his hair messy.
You got yourself out of his grip and walked out of the room, hearing the sound
of the sheets move as Taehyung searched for your body.
in to the kitchen and opened the fridge, sighing at its emptiness. Going
grocery shopping was quite a burden based on you and Taehyung being one of the
most wanted people in the country, plus the fact that you had been too busy to
go shopping the week. You found an apple in the bowl on the kitchen counter and
You took a
bite of it, waiting to hear the sound of Taehyung squirming from your absence
in his sleep. But today was one of those days he had managed to wake himself up
from it. He walked in tot the kitchen, failing to hide his relief.
bed.” He pouted.
“You know I
can’t sleep without you.”
echoed through the corridor at the police station.
killed him boss. All of them.” The sheriff panted.
or Joe?” The boss asked, his tone serious.
boss groaned, slamming his fists against his desk.
locating their hide out boss but we haven’t-“
waste your time doing that!” The boss cut off.
should we do boss?” The sheriff asked, his voice revealing his nervousness
towards the boss.
can’t get to Taehyung, we’ll make Taehyung come to us.” The boss smirked.
most treasured possession to me.”
“What is that
go!” Taehyung smiled, adjusting your scarf so it covered the lower half of your
“Or wait I
forgot something” Taehyung said, pulling the scarf back down and kissing your
lips. He pulled it back up again and smiled. “There.” He said and pulled his
own scarf up.
put on your sunglasses and then stepped out of the car, parked close to the
entrance in case of emergency.
a trolley and then walked in to the grocery store.
people shot glances at your sunglasses and scarves as you walked through the
citizens, we pay for our food like everyone else.” Taehyung chuckled.
was a small local store in the nearby village. You pushed the trolley to the
cashier and started to place all the items on to the checkout while Taehyung
proceeded to pay.
card sir?” The lady behind the cashier asked.
Taehyung said and placed a pile of bills on the cash machine.
finished unloading the trolley and your eyes wandered to the poster on the window
of the store. It wasn’t the first time you saw it but it reminded you about how
careful you actually needed to be while in public.
had your own and Taehyung’s mugshot’s on it and a big text saying “Wanted”
above. Underneath it was a bounty of 100 000$ and the bold text saying Wanted alive written.
the trolley past the cashier and began packing the item in to the bags.
kindly ask you to take of your sunglasses, security regulation for cash
payment.” The cashier said.
sighed and raised his sunglasses, winking at the cashier. She gasped and looked
over at you and then to the poster.
here.” Taehyung said and the cashier nodded.
like a rec-receipt?” She stuttered.
Taehyung said and grabbed the bags from you.
was not the first time. It never happened that people would scream or anything
like that. They would freeze on the spot out of fear.
placed the bags in back of the car and you drove back home.
stopped the car outside of your house but placed his arms in front of you as
you were about to step out.
wrong?” you asked.
Taehyung said and grabbed the gun he had hidden under the car seat. You did the
same and grabbed one of your own guns.
here who shouldn’t be.” Taehyung said and began to step out of the car. “Stay
here baby.” He said and closed the car door.
You looked around
the yard out of the window, your hands tightly holding your gun.
walked up the porch of your house and turned around to overlook the garden
before proceeding to walking around the house. To you everything looked at per
usual, but then you noticed the unfamiliar footprints in the mud. You opened
the car door and stepped out of the car. You didn’t like it when Taehyung took
small missions like this upon himself. You biggest nightmare was seeing him
injured, being behind bars or worse… killed.
around the shed close to the car, your hands ready to pull the trigger on the
gun. You walked around and it turned out to be clear. This was when you did the
Taehyung come out from behind the house and lowered your gun, his eyes were not
aimed at you but behind you as he screamed.
the gun again as you turned around, but it fell from your hands as well as
yourself, hitting the ground. A man in uniform stood behind you holding a huge
barrel, swinging it at your head as your turned around, causing you to fall to
the ground unconscious, your head pulsating hard from the hit.
ran over aiming his gun at the man, firing but missing. The man pulled out a
gun and aimed it to your head.
Kim hands in the air where I can see them and drop the gun or she takes her
final breath.” He said.
threw the gun to the ground and raised his hands, panting.
my boss Taehyung.” The man chuckled and hunched down, placing the gun directly
to your head.
had his hands raised all the way up and watched with a terrified expression as
he moved your hair with the gun.
you know why I’m here.” The man said.
I can give you more than that, just leave her alone.” Taehyung said.
here for money Mr. Kim.” He chuckled.
close. I am the boss of the officers you and your little wife here killed.” He
out of officers so you had to come here yourself!” Taehyung snorted.
“I am also
a part of the Federal Bureau of investigation.”
Taehyung and I must say it has been a pleasure watching you and your little
wife’s small adventures. But this is where it comes to an end.”
me!” Taehyung yelled. “Leave her alone!”
The man put
his gun in the hem of his trousers and picked you up, lifting you over his
plan Taehyung. Hand yourself in or your wife gets handed to the afterlife.” He
said and walked away with you on his shoulder.
You woke up
in a grey room. In it was a something that looked like it might have been a bed
once and a night stand.
had bandage around it and by the door was a melted ice pack.
and stood up from the floor, peeking out of the little window in the door.
in prison, you were at the station.
You saw an
officer holding guard further down the corridor.
going to be easy, you smiled at yourself as your yanked the sheets off the bed.
walked back and forth in the living room.
He had no control
of himself without you, the fact that you were gone and at risk to die because
of himself tortured him.
die! You won’t die… He repeated in his head, over and over again.
to hand himself in. He was going to kill the bastard who kidnapped his wife in
front of his eyes and save you. He walked in to your bedroom and opened the
closet, grabbing a handful of ammunition and guns.
the sheet in to three long pieces, braiding them together. This method worked
every time and never failed you.
the braid over the lamp, tying it and making a loop on the end of it.
over to the little window and yelled out. “Yah! I’m going to hang myself!”
stormed over to your cell at once, you knew they wanted you alive.
through the window as you placed the loop over your head and as expected the
there!” He yelled as he walked in to the room.
allow people to kill themselves, especially not criminals. You should be aware
of this already Mrs. Kim.”
must have forgotten.” You said, taking the loop off to the officer’s surprise.
me the sheet.” He said.
You said and kicked him in the groin, making him hunch over in pain and quickly
placing the loop over his head. You kicked him, making him trip and the sheet
around his neck tighten. You grabbed the keys off his belt and kicked yet again,
causing the weight on the sheet to kill him.
You ran out
of the room, searching for more guards but none were to be seen.
stopped the car outside of the station and entered the building, firing and
killing everyone who entered his sight. An easy task since the station was
currently running low on officers thanks to Taehyung and yourself.
walked amongst the corridor searching for the Boss’s office, but he stopped as
he suddenly thought of an easier way.
walked over to the red box on the wall and smashed it, causing the fire alarm
to set off.
stepped out of their offices, some to their own death and some to see Taehyung
and step back inside.
down to the end of the corridor, but continued around the corner. On his way he
heard fast footsteps heading his way and raised his gun yet again. He walked
around the corner and flinched almost pulling the trigger as you bumped in to
pulled you close to him tight and kissed your head.
“I was so
worried.” He cried out.
“We need to
get out of here!” You said, taking him back to the current situation.
right!” Taehyung said and grabbed your hand.
didn’t care about killing the boss now, all he needed was you and now he had
you. All he wanted to do was escape and take you to safety.
You ran down
the corridor only to be meat by the boss himself at the end of it. Taehyung
quickly handed you one of his guns and both of you aimed at him, himself aiming
one back at you.
going anywhere.” He said.
kidnapped my wife!” Taehyung yelled.
hanged my last officer.”
looked over to you quick and you raised your shoulders up and down.
At the same
moment you saw the men in suits standing outside on the parking lot through the
glass door behind the boss.
Kims.” He said.
behind you and saw 4 men in suits behind you as well, aiming guns at you.
Taehyung looked at each other. You had a plan for what to do if a situation
like this was ever to happen… But when it now came to it, neither of you could
do it. You couldn’t aim the gun to your love, neither could he aim it at you.
You didn’t have the power to kill each other so you dropped the gun to the
ground and placed your hand on your head, Taehyung doing the same.”
to kill the love I see.” The boss snorted. “Take them away and check for extra
guns.” He ordered and walked out of the door.
behind you searched you both and handcuffed you. The two of you were pushed out
of the door, a few cameras flashing in your faces, the headlines of tomorrow
Criminal couple caught!”
as you and Taehyung were pushed to separate vehicles and driven away to the FBI
Well at the
HQ you and Taehyung were pushed inside the same room and locked in. The room
was of high security, never seen before of neither of you.
you so stupid to put us in the same cell?” Taehyung laughed, threatening an
escape even though he knew it wasn’t possible.
you could get to spend your last time together.” The boss said through the
you mean?” You asked, Taehyung holding his hands on your hips from behind.
really think there is a point in keeping you two alive!?” He laughed. “Everyone
knows what you did! You killed tons of people, officers and innocent, robbed
banks, stores and even vending machines! We are giving you the same destiny as
your victims. Execution.” He said and slammed the cover of the window shut.
around and faced Taehyung, his eyes filled with sadness.
You said caressing his cheek.
stop myself.” He said and pulled you close to him.
dying because of me.” He cried.
“No I’m not
Taehyung! I’m as guilty as you.”
“You were a
back from the hug and pulled your face close to his, kissing you passionately.
you.” He said, between the kiss.
“I love you
“Time is up
love birds!” an FBI worker said, swinging the door open. You were sat across
Taehyung lap, the two of you hugging each other.
up and he handcuffed you both, he together with the guard then led you out to
the yard of the facility.
surrounded by high fences, the top covered with sharp wire.
pushed the two of you down on your knees in the middle of the yard as the boss
approached with a gun, accompanied by a doctor holding a tray of syringes.
Mrs Kim. It’s a pleasure to finally have the two of you here.” The boss said
and loaded his gun.
a long time but you finally payed us a visit.” He smirked.
boss and the doctor stood multiple people, some taking notes, more doctors and
the doctors were there to make sure you died and to pronounce the two of you
Mrs Kim. You are here for committing the following crimes; Robbery, theft, blackmailing,
kidnapping, trespassing and murder. As well as keeping a large amount of illegal
weapons hidden in your home, that has been found during the search through your
house that took place earlier this day.
The punishment you will receive for this according to law is execution. “
The boss said.
swallowed and looked over at you by his side, placing a kiss on your cheek. The
yard was silent, all eyes on you both.
beside the boss began to prepare the syringes.
over at Taehyung and meet his eyes, his eyes having that mesmerized look to
them whenever he saw you.
walked over to your side and inserted the syringe in your arms, then proceeding
to doing the same to Taehyung.
could do was smile at each other in this situation. Taehyung leaned forward and
kissed your forehead before kissing you for one last time on the lips.
stepped forward and aimed his gun at your heart.
syringe is what kills you, this is just for fun.” He said and pulled the
echoed through the yard and you fell back against the ground next to Taehyung,
his eyes filled with tears.
kill me.” He whispered as the boss approached him. But to his surprise the boss
freed his hands from the cuffs and handed the gun to Taehyung.
you should have the honor.” He said.
couldn’t hide his smirk.
syringe will kill you in few minutes if you don’t.” The boss said and took a
turned the gun and aimed it at the boss, a huge grin on his face as he pulled
hit the boss in the throat, causing him to fall down, the doctors rushing to
“You were supposed
to kill him before he had the chance to do that! That was our back up plan in
case he wouldn’t kill himself idiots!” Someone yelled.
looked down at you by his side and bit his lip in an attempt to stop his tears.
He laid down next to you and clung to you as he always would do when the two of
you were sleeping.
the gun at the crowd surrounding the boss and shot in to it before aiming the
gun to his own heart and pulling the trigger.
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Neo-Babylonian Tablet Dated to the Reign of King Darius II, 423 BC, from Nippur
The tablet is dated to the 29th day of the 4th month of the first year of the Achaemenid King Darius II (August 5th, 423 BC). It was discovered and excavated with 729 tablets and fragments of the same class by the Babylonian Expedition of the University of Pennsylvania at the end of May 1893. The collection of tablets was found in a room, about 20 feet below the surface on the northeastern ridge of the ruins of Nippur. This room had been used as a business archive by the apparently wealthy and influential firm of Murashu Sons of Nippur, bankers and brokers, who lived in the time of the Persian Kings Artaxerxes I and Darius II.
The rectangular clay tablet is inscribed in Neo-Babylonian cuneiform writing on all six sides and it documents a mortgage; an orchard and an uncultivated tract of land pledged by two men, Abda and Banunu, to Bel-nadin-shumu, senior member of the firm Marashu Sons of Nippur, as security for the payment of a large quantity of dates, and including the names of eleven witnesses and the scribe Ninib-abu-user, the seal impressions of four of the witnesses on the upper, lower, and right edges of the tablet, the thumbnail impressions of the two debtors on one side.
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So a few days ago my father informed me that he applied for Social Security retirement, and ‘listed’ me on his application. I had no idea what he meant by that and didn’t know what that would mean. Well, today I found out.
We are stopping your monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments beginning January 2017. We are not able to send further payments because we need correct information about your name, address, or bank account.
Please call or contact your local Social Security office as soon as possible.
We are also changing the amounts you were due for October 2016 through November 2016. Your amounts have changed because your situation has changed.
The paper goes on to say that my payment amount for October/November was corrected to 872.83 from 869.4. December/January correction is listed as being 628.50 from 869.4, and that they’ll send me a letter about ‘overpayment’. It goes on to say that I’ve been living in someone else’s home. I do not. I live in an apartment with friends, cats, and a roach infestation. My name is on the lease and one of the utilities.
When I first heard about Bernie Sanders, I really didn’t know who he was. I thought he might be some Libertarian Tea party guy coming in from the fringes. Or maybe a rogue Republican like Rand Paul. I was resigned to the idea that Hillary is the only Democrat contender, and therefore, it was going to be another business-as-usual campaign season that I’d try desperately to ignore.
But then I started seeing memes of things he was saying. Things I wholeheartedly agree with. Who the heck is this guy? Eventually, I saw so many of these that I decided to do a bit of research. That’s when I discovered that he’s a political unicorn. By all evidence of politicians before him, he shouldn’t exist. Yet, the evidence was solid. He’s the real deal.
Here’s what I discovered:
Before he started his political career, in the early 60’s, he was very active in the Civil Rights Movement and in college was a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He coordinated sit-in protests against segregation. He was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League.
His start in politics was in 1971. He was a member of the Liberty Union Party, which grew out of the anti-war and people’s party movements. He ran for senator in 1972 and 1974. IN 1974 he finished third, only 4.1% behind the victor. In 1979 he directed the American People’s Historical Society, where he made a documentary about Eugene Debs.
In 1981 he ran for and became mayor of Burlington, VT and won three more times, beating out both Democrat and Republican candidates. While there, he funded Community Trust Housing and his administration sued the local cable company and won reduced rates for customers.
After four terms, he didn’t run and taught political science at Harvard and Hamilton College.
In 1990, he ran for Congress as an Independent and won with 56% of the vote. He described himself as openly Socialist.
He voted against the use of force in Iraq in 1991 and 2002 and opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He has been very vocal against the Patriot Act. When it passed, he sponsored several amendments to curtail the power of the act and voted against every reauthorization of the Patriot Act.
He repeatedly called for an investigation into the Bush administration for their actions leading up to the Iraq war and for the illegal leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA agent.
In 2005 he proposed an amendment to disallow the gov’t from obtaining people’s library and book buying records. He consistently voted against every attempt to censor or surveil the internet.
He ran for Senate in 2006 and beat Republican Rich Tarrant by a 2-1 margin. He was re-elected in 2012 with 71% of the vote. During this time, both the NAACP and the NHLA gave him voting scores of 100%.
He very vocally opposed bailing out the banks and inspired many online petitions to oppose the same.
In 2015 he became the ranking minority member of the Senate Budget Committee and presented a report aimed at rebuilding the middle class, raising the minimum wage, and increasing Social Security payments.
On April 30, he announced his run for President, refusing any SuperPAC funding, saying "I don’t believe that the men and women who defended American democracy fought to create a situation where billionaires own the political process.“ Elizabeth Warren, who chose not to run, openly endorses Sanders. After four days, his campaign raised $3 million, all from small individual donations averaging $43.
In the last month, he has drawn larger crowds than every other candidate, regardless of party.
His platform includes:
Income and Wealth Equality
Raising taxes on capital gains and the wealthiest 2% of Americans, which he would use to lower the taxes of middle and lower classes.
Introduced legislation to break up the "too big to fail” banks.
Opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would dwarf CAFTA and NAFTA.
Rebuilding America’s infrastructure of bridges, roads, and creating a modern rail system on par with what is in Europe and Japan, which would create millions of jobs.
Introduced legislation to aid the creation of worker-owned co-ops, something he’s openly supported since 1976.
Eradicating student loans by making public universities tuition-free.
Seriously tackling global warming by transforming our energy from oil and fossil fuels to sustainable energy like wind, solar, and hydro energy.
Ending wiretapping and other forms of mass surveillance.
Increasing benefits for veterans.
Creating a true universal health care system on par with that of most of Europe.
Creating a guaranteed paid family, sick and vacation leave, including 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.
Calling for police accountability.
Also, he’s a non-practicing Jew (atheist), and is strongly in favor of separation of church and state.
Creating equality of pay for women.
To back all of this up, and show that he doesn’t just give lip service, but actively fights for these things, throughout his career he has sponsored the following (this is a short list of just a few. Go to govtrack.us to see everything he’s sponsored):
S. 1719 Low-Income Solar Act S. 1631 Keep Our Pension Promises Act S. 1564 Guaranteed Paid Vacation Act S. 1373 College For All Act S. 1364 Medicaid Generic Drug Price Fairness Act of 2015 S. 1206 Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Exist Act S. 922 Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act S. 731 Social Security Expansion Act S. 2905 Carbon Pollution Transparency Act of 2014 S. 2901 10 Million Solar Roofs Act of 2014 S. 2450 Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014 S. 2422 Ensuring Veterans Access to Care Act of 2014 S. 2411 United States Employee Ownership Bank Act S. 1982 Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 S. 1583 Mental Health Support for Veteran Families and Caregivers Act of 2013 S. 1581 Survivors of Military Sexual Assault and Domestic Abuse Act of 2013 S. 1168 Restore Our Privacy Act S. 332 Climate Protection Act of 2013 S. Amdt 210 Requires Labels on Foods with Genetically Modified Ingredients S. 329 Sustainable Energy Act S. 3433 Clean Coasts and Efficient Cars Act of 2010
He also co-sponsored these (a partial list, full one at votesmart.org):
S. 2578 Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014 S. 2223 Minimum Wage Fairness Act S. 2199 Paycheck Fairness Act S. 815 Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 S. 47 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 S. Amdt 3058 Expands TRICARE Coverage of Autism S. Amdt 3018 Prohibits the Indefinite Detention of Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents S. Amdt 2156 Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program S. Amdt 2111 Prohibits Pharmaceutical Companies from Delaying the Release of Generic Drugs S. Amdt 2108 Prohibits FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Fish S. 2230 Establishes a Minimum 30 Percent Tax Rate for High-Income Taxpayers S. Amdt 3989 Debit Card Fee Regulations
This track record of fighting for civil rights, equality, sustainability, fairness, and overall humanity proves he is for real. He has never been for sale. He has never wavered in doing right by all of us. He supports everything that most of my friends support. His words and his voting and sponsoring record aligns consistently.
No other candidate, in this or any other election, has had a level of integrity, consistency of vision, and progressiveness that even approaches Bernie Sanders. They had nice words, but their records did not match those words, and therefore we ended up fooled again.
Every other candidate either wavers their position with public opinion, takes corporate funding, or their words do not match their record, which itself often fluctuates with political winds.
Please, try to find some dirt on him. Find evidence of wrongdoing. Show accusations of corruption. Find a scandal. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
In the meantime, consider this: just once, wouldn’t you like to cast your vote for someone who has always supported the things you support? If the above isn’t the kind of thing you support, then by all means, vote for someone else. However, the vast majority of my friends are in alignment with the same values Bernie Sanders has always had.
If he loses, what we’ll be left with is the same crap we’ve had all our lives. A President that panders to corporate interests and is for sale. Just once, let’s support real hope, not a campaign slogan of hope.