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  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   2 days 21 hours ago

    What I'm suggesting is that Trump's candidacy is a collaboration amongst Roger Ailes, Donald Trump and the GOP to capture the presidency. My point is that Trump is not an insurgent but the guy and so I'd appreciate that the waters not be muddied (intentionally or otherwise) with irrelevant generic progressive complaints.

    Just like W is a rich, pampered trust fund baby and McCain a rich yet heroic pampered son of privilege (who gets a tepid response for heroism from his national supporters) and Romney is a pampered son of privilege, so too Trump is yet another in the line of pampered, privileged nominees from the right. The only uniqueness to his candidacy is that the veil of the GOP curtain is lifted as we see one from among the highest rung of the benefactor class (the crassest one) insist on taking the task of filling the presidency slot onto himself rather than contribute to its purchase. I'm convinced it's because he's thin skinned and, having been embarrassed by both his failure to produce any relevant information regarding Barack Obama's birth certificate and the teasing he took from the President on that account (perceived as a universal insult to conservatism by the right), he now has a vendetta to fulfill by showing him up. Trump really is the racist pig which so many take him to be in my opinion.

    So, for all you conservative voters: meet the new boss, same as the old boss -- but for his being more of a tight-ass jackass than any paid stooge.

  • Mr Obama TEAR DOWN that WHITE HOUSE   2 days 21 hours ago

    Hundreds of years of black slavery just somehow doesn't register on the America psyche. Or is it Americans unwittingly have been bred to be racist, it's now part of their DNA. After all it was only 70 years ago that half of America lived under an apartheid system. Perhaps that's why America so heartedly supports Israels actions in Gaza.

  • 41 YEARS AGO TODAY marks the end period in which NIXON COMMITTED TREASON   2 days 21 hours ago

    I have always been amazed that some of the worst humans in history have lived to ripe old age. You constantly hear stories of ex nazis still alive, concentration guards who committed crimes of inhumanity , but somehow they manage to live into their 80's and mid ninties and beyond.

    In America such is the case, as George Bush Sr is 91, Henry Kissinger is 92, Ronald Reagan lived to 93. Nixon lived to 81, a lot longer than those 40 thousand American boys in Vietnam who died because of his treason.

  • 41 YEARS AGO TODAY marks the end period in which NIXON COMMITTED TREASON   2 days 22 hours ago

    KPax.. There were a lot of ex and present President criminals that have walked your streets, Reagan, Nixon, Bush Sr, Bush W , Obama. Your whole CIA agency are criminals. All we can do is expose these psycho SOB's and hope someday justice will be done.

  • TX voter suppression   2 days 22 hours ago

    To further conservative causes, step 1) recruit some old nazis.

    In 1973, persuading Joseph Coors to put the money in, Weyrich and Edwin Feulner founded the Heritage Foundation as a think tank[5] to counter liberal views on taxation and regulation, which they considered to be anti-business. While the organization was at first only minimally influential, it has grown into one of the world's largest public policy research institutes and has been hugely influential in advancing conservative policies. The following year, again with support from Coors, Weyrich founded the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress (CSFC),[5] an organization that trained and mobilized conservative activists, recruited conservative candidates, and raised funds for conservative causes.

    The CSFC, founded by Weyrich, "became active in eastern European politics after the Cold War. Figuring prominently in this effort was Weyrich's right-hand man, Laszlo Pasztor, a former leader of the pro-Nazi Arrow Cross organization in Hungary, which had collaborated with Hitler's Reich. After serving two years in prison for his Arrow Cross activities, Pasztor found his way to the United States, where he was instrumental in establishing the ethnic-outreach arm of the Republican national Committee."[8]

    Under Weyrich, the CSFC proved highly innovative. It was among the first grassroots organizations to raise funds extensively through direct mail campaigns. It also was one of the first organizations to tap into evangelical Christian churches as places to recruit and cultivate activists and support for social conservative causes. In 1977, Weyrich co-founded Christian Voice with Robert Grant. Two years later, with Jerry Falwell, he founded the Moral Majority (1979–1989).[9]

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  • A second front in the Political Revolution   2 days 23 hours ago
    Quote MN Matt:

    I am not inspired by Hillary, but it looks like she will be the democratic nominee.

    If Senator Sanders is not the president, the next best thing is if he and people like him control what goes to the president.

    If Bernie does not win the endorsement, how would you feel if he took the might of his campaign to focus on a few senate seats, and or House races. Not to win them for democrats, but to win a group that if added to the democratic seats would give them the majority.

    This way they would be in a position to set the agenda, because without them the democrats would not have a majority. Consider the sway the tea party has had with the republicans.

    What are your thoughts?

    1) Bernie Sanders' big leverage is the Independents

    Because NY was a closed primary, 3 million people could not vote, of which 80% would have gone for Bernie Sanders.

    That means that New York, rather than a win for Hillary, could just as easily have been a landslide for Bernie Sanders.

    And so it goes in other states that have open primaries. I thought he might lose Rhode Island because 66% of polling places had been closed. However, the Independents saved the day.

    These Independents are not going to turn out for Hillary Clinton in November. Which alone makes a Trump win more likely.

    2) Concessions

    I would demand major positions in the Clinton Administration. And anything that would prevent Hillary Clinton from going to war, as she is more than inclined to do.

    Also, you really can't have domestic spending reform, without ending spending on the empire - over 1,000 bases worldwide. And her backers are looking for global domination.

    So when Hillary Clinton is talking about a domestic agenda, she knows she is lying most of the time, and just saying what she needs to say to get elected.

    At least, she should end this not $15,- but $12,- an hour nonsense, and pretend that this why people voted for her. The Independents aren't going to turn out for her for a compromise that makes no sense, except to the board of low wage specialist Wal-Mart, where she was a director. How about a living wage instead?

    Also, nothing less than debt free education is going to make the Independents turn out for her.

    - $15,- an hour or more
    - Free college, i.e. no student debt, plus cost of living support
    - National funding of education instead of funding through property taxes
    - No invasion of North Korea or Vietnam.

    Money spent on foreign adventures cannot also be spent domestically.

    Oh and by the way, California still has to vote.

  • Clinton: I'll defend Israel but push for 'two-state solution   3 days 8 min ago

    I do agree that she will say anything to get elected. I don't believe she gives a damn about helping the Palestinian people. They need help and are being ignored globally, while the Israeli government continues genocide and imprisonment on these people. It's a constant, current, holocaust without end.

  • 41 YEARS AGO TODAY marks the end period in which NIXON COMMITTED TREASON   3 days 20 min ago

    Exactly Zapdam! I'm reading David Talbots book right now, "The Devil's Chessboard". It's a review of the corrupt Dulles brother and the good ole USA Establishment/government. Corrupt then and now. And the wheels on the bus go round and round.

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 40 min ago

    I've heard these fights all my life! From litter, deforestation, pollution, poisonous pharmaceuticals, and the list goes on! But that's just it! It continues!

    I've written letters, called congress members, protested where I could, spoken to my family members and friends when I felt the time was right.

    Unfortunately, I'm considered a "Debbie Downer", because most don't want to hear the truth. It's a bummer. We don't need 10 or 20 years to adjust to a cleaner way of living. The technology is here and has been for a long time. Everyone just has to buy into it. We pay for wind power in our home and while it cost more we know it's for our future and for the betterment for this planet. Now, (alternative energy use),is here, it is here , end of story.

  • I will not support the LESSORS of either of the two evils -not again   3 days 49 min ago
    Quote al3:

    For those "Bernie or Bust'ers" that subscribe to the theory of an accelerated collapse under GOP rule, and a new progressive era after - wouldn't voting directly for the GOP be a more decisive step towards bringing on that collapse?

    While I do believe another 1929-style crash or WWIII might wake up some of the truly ignorant people and get them to question the conventional narrative they've been fed by the mainstream media (i.e. capitalism can do no wrong, global warming is a hoax, military interventions are necessary and unavoidable, etc.), I'm not necessarily in favor of provoking said crisis. It's a heavy price to pay, many lives would be at stake, and there's no guarantee the outcome would be better than where you started. It's very likely you could end up with something akin to fascist Germany, Italy, or Spain circa the 1930s. We've seen this shift in some of the poorer EU countries where they're currently facing a depression-like crisis.

    But to answer your question about voting GOP instead of Green... Ignoring the fact that Donald Trump is completely unqualified to run a country and would probably flip-flop on every issue he's campaigned on, it would be counterproductive, because it would send the wrong message. Yes, the result might be the crash some are advocating for, but the two parties would view those votes as validation of conservative ideals. i.e. They'd think the country was shifting to the right. Whereas if they see Green party numbers on the rise, then they'd have to accept the country is embracing progressive values, or shifting to the left. Considering the fact the Democrats have been governing to the right for the last 20+ years, not so subtle differences in messaging like voting Green instead of GOP would make a huge difference.

    It also makes no sense to vote against your own self-interest when another candidate represents exactly what you're fighting for, even if that candidate's chances of being elected are poor. Why would a progressive want to validate anti-Muslim sentiments or the building of Berlin-style walls along the nation's borders? It would make more sense not to vote at all than to vote GOP. Even Hillary starts to look good if you consider Trump's platform is based on Michael Savage's insane and scary worldview.

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 1 hour ago

    I like your very rational comments. Aside from the clathrates that are becoming unstable, the continuous permafrost has 1 trillion tons of carbon in the top 3 meters of which at least 50% is expected to thaw this century and much of it will be emmitted as methane. Just 1 billion tons of that carbon emitted as methane will dwarf CO2 emissions. Abrupt climate change is in the works.

    I'm involved with a project that has technology which can remove the CO2 from smokestacks at coal-fired and oil-fired power plants and industrial plants without the need for sequestration. I causes the CO2 to dissassociate. We expect to start making the devices later this year. This is the only known advance in technology that could rapidly reduce CO2 emissions. However, manufacturing these devices will take time and it may already be too late but we need to make that effort because there's a chance it may help.

    We have to save what we can. We really need to start focusing on adaptation as the abrupt climate change may be so abrupt that we'll have no infrastructure to handle the mass migration from the coasts. Also, we'll lose our coastal seaports and airports so we'll lose the means to deliver basic necessities we now get from overseas to the inland population. That has been poorly considered.

    So, Queenbee, keep you comments coming!!
    Alan

  • 41 YEARS AGO TODAY marks the end period in which NIXON COMMITTED TREASON   3 days 1 hour ago

    Yes, and nothing happened to the psycho. that he and many many others deserved!

  • Justice for Dog Shot in Face and Left to Choke to Death (PETITION)   3 days 1 hour ago

    Just reading the title makes me sick but I can't make myself read the details. I can't watch the horrific animal cruelty commercial either. My head isn't buried in the sand but I don't need these images in my memory. We donate to great animal charities and that is all I can handle. I'm well aware of the sickness with some people and animals. Enough.

  • Is Donald Trump Just the Next FOX NEWS/ Roger Ailes Sponsored GOP Candidate for the 0.01%?   3 days 1 hour ago

    The media in theUSA has enough power to elect whoever wants. The media is owned and operated by the 1%.

  • Volunteer military   3 days 1 hour ago
    Quote al3:

    I support some type of draft, as well as heavy tax increases, to feed the war machine. Otherwise, we're anesthetized to the true costs.

    As conservative columnist Steve Chapman wrote:

    "We fought two wars without raising taxes to pay for them. If Americans had known that invading Iraq was going to cost them real money, right away, they would have said: No, thanks." [Emphasis mine]

    http://townhall.com/columnists/stevechapman/2012/12/02/higher_taxes_smal...

    If that is what you beliee in re-instate the draft. See how far that you get.

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 2 hours ago

    If the methane clathrate emissions already indicate a serious positive feedback loop has already been triggered then Kerry signing on at this late date may already be a case of too little, too late.

    We are about 20 years delinquent to be making symbolic gestures. it may boggle minds but the FAILURE if the US and any other significant contributor to carbon emissions to already aggressively address abrupt climate change should be the ultimate in crimes against humanity.

    I hope we still have time. The collective foot dragging of our government is unconscionable.

    Also unconscionable is the tendency to move the goal posts and pretend we have decades to act. Because there is the possibility that it may already be too late; we need to stop thinking in a future tense and deal with the present reality of global warming..RIGHT NOW. Because any more delays may seal the majority of mankind's doom.

  • Enough With the Attacks on Thom Hartmann   3 days 2 hours ago

    Irony is... The clarion call for civility while being a butt to everyone else. Don't know what slurs or uglies Thom has had to put up with but suspect he has big boy panties and therefore does not need a cadre of psuedo intellectual black panther types to run interference for him.

    People express their opinions and if Thom does not like it... Well he can surely respond or delete. But let's talk about the stereotypical denigration of white people expressed in your posts.

    Since I am also black, I am just going to say that comments about respect and protocol means treat others how you would like to be treated.

    Leave the 'white privilege ' digs along with cracker comments out of your admonishment lest you be seen as a hypocrite with double standards.

    Play nice..

    Being a liberal surely does not mean eternal flagellating verbiage at the whim of some militants exercising 'black privilege'..ergo the ability to indulge in the very same negative behavior you decry in whites.

    Miss all of us with your "protect Thom" pontifications and have several seats, black boys and grow up..don't start no ish... Won't be none.

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 2 hours ago

    "John Kerry" : the man who won the 2004 presidential election!

    Ohio is another reason we need NATO to oversee our third world like elections!

  • I AM listening to Bernie's words   3 days 2 hours ago

    Ante Bellum, very well said. The present generation whether Republican or Democrat appear not only self centered and immature but petulant.

    I am watching in amazement as Liberals (like Republicans )actually believe they know how Indies vote or that their party has the lion's share of the Independent vote.

    First off... THERE IS NO INDEPENDENT PARTY OR PLATFORM. What Indies want can be as different as each independent so there is no way to truly quantify a subjective vote for millions of parties of ONE.

    Trump supporters think they have the Indie vote... Bernie supporters think they have it... You both may be wrong.

    I know at least 20 Indies who will not support Bernie and I know many who like Trump or Hilary.

    My amazement is that in a year when the Presidency is a Democratic race to lose the party appears ready to self sabotage and join the GOP in political seppuku.

    How childish .. Petulance masquerading as a principled choice. If Bernie does not become the candidate, they will BOYCOTT Hilary.. It is as if the GOP self immolation hysteria has spilled over to the Democrats, of Cruz and the GOP prayer line is being answered.

    So they destroy having the white house to make a point to the party. There is a phrase for that:

    "Cutting off your nose to spite your own face". Trump could not have asked for better if he had infiltrated the Democratic party with neocon shills.

    What short sighted unity..and after this.. The same party fracturing and angry as the GOP hot mess..BROUGHT TO Dems courtesy of ill bred children who want their way...or else. Lol

  • Sad but necessary meme: Bernie FOREVER But Hillary in November   3 days 2 hours ago

    I am neither young nor naive. I do write too much though. New to forums. The reason for getting Hillary to say she won't veto Bernie's (our) agenda on camera is so that she can be embarrassed into signing the bills we care about. She won't fight for single payer health insurance, but if she promises to sign a public option when it hits her desk, then she will have to sign it if we can get it through the House and Senate. Refusing to do so would cost her politically and Hillary is a politician first. She watches the wind and does what she needs to do to stay relevant.

    Remember, If Bernie doesn't make the nomination he will still be in the Senate. The number of liberal Senators is growing. There is Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Cory Booker, Tammy Duckworth, and more I don't know about. There is a good chance that Alan Grayson will win in Florida and Russ Finegold in Wisconsin. The entire House is up for election every two years and the Republican party is imploding. If half the people excited by Bernie's measage stick around and vote in 2018 maybe we can take the House. If not 2018, then 2020. We win in the long run. The country is changing. Legislation happens in Congress not the White House. Do we belive a liberal agenda is possible or not? If what we want is to make good laws happen, then letting a Republican win is not in our own interest. A Republican will surely veto everything we want. But Hillary won't. I mean, she can be embarrassed into signing our laws if she can be pressured into promising to sign now.

  • Volunteer military   3 days 2 hours ago

    I support some type of draft, as well as heavy tax increases, to feed the war machine. Otherwise, we're anesthetized to the true costs.

    As conservative columnist Steve Chapman wrote:

    "We fought two wars without raising taxes to pay for them. If Americans had known that invading Iraq was going to cost them real money, right away, they would have said: No, thanks." [Emphasis mine]

    http://townhall.com/columnists/stevechapman/2012/12/02/higher_taxes_smal...

  • I will not support the LESSORS of either of the two evils -not again   3 days 3 hours ago

    Voting Green is namby-pamby in my book. To me, it's kind of like trying to commit suicide but failing, maybe because you really didn't want to die in the first place. In states that are not in play, I guess it makes sense to try and get matching funds, butin the swing states, if one is so disgusted with Dems, just go ahead and vote for Trump. For those "Bernie or Bust'ers" that subscribe to the theory of an accelerated collapse under GOP rule, and a new progressive era after - wouldn't voting directly for the GOP be a more decisive step towards bringing on that collapse?

    For all their spitting and spewing, most of the RW talk hosts that I listen to - and their callers - plan on voting for their own "lesser evil."

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 3 hours ago

    I've been an Independent since 1982. I can truthfully say if Bernie was the choice of the Democratic party, I and my cadre would vote for Trump. We are near bankrupt as a country and all Bernie seems to think about are idealistic ways to become a socialist country.

    A country can loosen the restrictions of socialism and embrace capitalist aspects but it is not sustainable the other way around.

    Both my husband and I were born in Europe so are familiar with socialism AND the necessary underpinnings to making socialism work.

    You want socialized medicine? Hospitals must be government owned and health care workers must have been trained by the government with wage and expenditures government dictated.

    Free schooling? Career pathways, salaries, and institutional costs must be, like healthcare entirely government managed.

    Any part not controlled will attract greed, graft, corruption and fiscal abuse.

    American pockets are not limitless. Bernie Sanders is an idealist who negates the limits of socialism on a capitalistic system and fails to admit that as President he would HAVE NO POWER to grant free education which would necessitate hijacking all private colleges and removing partcof States rights.

    To us, Bernie while well intentioned, is ignorant of the true effectiveness of socialism and is irresponsible in making promises he cannot keep about systems he only understands as an idealogue.

    Bernie would make the inevitable slide of the US info chaos a Democratic failure and blunder..Trump's failure would be no less spectacular, but at least it would be consistent incompetence for the GOP.

  • I will not support the LESSORS of either of the two evils -not again   3 days 3 hours ago
    Quote Combad57:Voting is no substitute for taking to the streets which I expect will happen sooner than later.
    I would agree with that.

    I think the French are showing us how it should be done. Not that I'm condoning violence, of course.

    Quote :Two dozen police injured and more than 120 arrests during night of demonstrations nationwide against watering-down of worker rights.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/29/france-labour-law-protests-...

    Imagine that. Getting so worked up for labor rights. Seems we have no problem getting so worked up for the social issue flavor of the week, but for labor, like the French?

  • Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN   3 days 3 hours ago

    If the methane clathrate emissions already indicate a serious positive feedback loop has already been triggered then Kerry signing on at this late date may already be a case of too little, too late.

    We are about 20 years delinquent to be making symbolic gestures. it may boggle minds but the FAILURE if the US and any other significant contributor to carbon emissions to already aggressively address abrupt climate change should be the ultimate in crimes against humanity.

    I hope we still have time. The collective foot dragging of our government is unconscionable.

    Also unconscionable is the tendency to move the goal posts and pretend we have decades to act. Because there is the possibility that it may already be too late; we need to stop thinking in a future tense and deal with the present reality of global warming..RIGHT NOW. Because any more delays may seal the majority of mankind's doom.

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