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It's the environment, stupid

I can talk (or write) at length on the many ways in which I differ with the mainstream Democratic Party. Like many others in this nation, I don't fit comfortably into a two party duopoly political system. I've also concluded that changing the system itself is going to involve more effort and time than I have left as a living human being, and so I am willing to live with the system we have while I call attention to those matters that I believe can be dealt with through this antique constitutional republic.

Should we return to the Democratic Party my grandfather help Humphrey break?

My mother's father was an upper crust Bostonian, one term congressman, mayor of Cambridge, MA, a very powerful and influential lawyer in Boston and a relatively important backroom player in Massachusetts Democratic politics. He also suffered from COPD, which may explain why he seemed to be, in my humble opinion, a total SOB. My dad died on a detox when I was 12 and I grow up mainly in working class factory towns outside New York City. Every year for 2 weeks in summer, we would go visit. I came to loathe that snotty upper crust scene.

One Hobson's Choice Deserves Another

Yes, Hillary, we will absolutely still vote for you because we have no other rational choice. But by choosing Kaine over Elizabeth Warren you weakened your chances of winning, and also limited Democratic gains in Senate and House seats if you do win! Tim Kaine is clearly on the record as supporting bank deregulation and TPP, no matter what he now says, and that's exactly the wrong campaign message, and Trump understands this.

Need a reason to feel good about your Presidential vote this year?

My last blog post was October 27, 2011. Then, I don't know why exactly, I just posted what could have been blog essays on the message board. Oh well, all done there, like it or not. So here I am, writing jones crying out to be satiated, and I'm wondering if it's the end for me after twelve years on the Thom Hartmann site. Will I need a new place to get my fix? We'll see, I guess.

Bernie or Bust forever

Really don't mind if you sit this one out. Before I begin, I just want to thank Senator Sanders for his wonderful, amazing campaign. He may not have "won" a nomination, but he brought the Enlightenment back to life. I donated time and money thinking I was helping (my little bit) to bring in a brighter future. That future is still coming. I hope to see Bernie and Sen Warren heading purse-string Committees. "Berniecrats" aren't done, I am looking at 2 new Reps and a Senator to back.

Plea to a president H.R. Clinton...

Dear Madame Secretary, If you are fortunate enough to convince the Bernie voters to give you their, now understandably, tepid support Please don’t spit in their faces should they elect you. You have the option of continuing to support short-term, neoliberal 1%, Death agendas – or becoming a Great Historic American Leader.

I’m voting for Bernie (by voting for Hillary)

I’m an all-in, feelin’ the Bern, Bernie or Buster. That’s why I’m voting for Hillary. I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton. I felt positively nauseous last Sunday afternoon as I listened to her introduce her hardly progressive running mate while I read about the leaked emails proving that Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC stacked the deck against the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Vote Hillary -- BUT Create a Contingency Hammer...

Look, I get it. We Have to vote for Clinton in swing states. I Absolutely Trust Senator Sander’s judgment and will follow his lead – into Hell if necessary. Trump is too dangerous, etc. We all know this. As the military say; we have to go to war with the tools we’ve got. Our greed-driven media, our 2-party system, and so on, ARE rigged and we need to correct it. But Trump will put us farther back than we are now and we will lose what progress we have gained.

Hillary did NOT Hire DWS

To counter the hysteria running around the internet, read this:
This was probably a face-saving attemp to help rescue DWS's political career. Dumb move on Hillary's part? Yes. DWS running Hillary's campaign? No.

Daily Topics - Tuesday July 26th, 2016

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A Mother's Complaint About Trump's "Cynical Use" of Benghazi

New York Times
Letters To the Editor
July 22, 2016

To the Editor:

As Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens' mother, I am writing to object to any mention of his name and death in Benghazi, Libya, by Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican Party.

I know for certain that Chris would not have wanted his name or memory used in that connection.
I hope that there will be an immediate and permanent stop to this opportunistic and cynical use by the [Trump] campaign.

Oakland, Calif.

How Hillary could Win or Loose - Edward Luce - Financial Times

Financial times article titled: "The fight of Hillary Clinton's life" by Edward Luce. Excellent discussion, well worth your time.

Daily Topics - Monday July 25th, 2016

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Universal Body Cameras-Good for the Police, the Public, and Taxpayers

High quality, wide angle, secure body cameras on all law enforcement officers would be beneficial to all sides of the present police brutality vs. police protection issue.

In the highest profile cases that now cause division between the police and some members of the communities that they are entrusted to protect, high definition, high impact, secure body cameras would have given clear evidence as to whether the police or suspect(s) involved broke the law.

The greatest revolutionary act in the history of humanity

Will happen this week. It has long been pointed out that the first social classes in human society were male and female.

It has also often been pointed out that slavery in the U.S. was often legally defined and justified as being not unlike the position of wives. Basically, women after marriage ceased to exist as anything separate from their husbands. They had no right to own property, control of their own bodies, their children, or their salaries.

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Trump Gets His Talking Points from Storm Front

Donald Trump’s call on Russia to hack and release Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails was one of the stranger moments in what’s been one of the stranger campaigns in American history.

It was a sign that Trump is either stupid or trying to join the Ronald Reagan/Richard Nixon club of Republicans who have betrayed their country to get elected president.