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Clinton Forces Dominate DNC Platform Demolishing Key Sanders Issues

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Dr. Cornel West, the noted black public intellectual, said that he in good conscience could not vote for this platform, so he abstained. This duopoly path is bankrupt this election season has taught people that. The Democratic Party is a Corporate machine


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Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 5:17 pm
There is more substantial negative news being reported by the media each day, of Hillary and her smoky historical path. Where there's that much smoke, there had to have been many fires. I heard 3 new reports this evening on PBS and the more reputable Boston stations--(not Faux). The fact that she's dominating the Democratic platform and overtly spitting on Bernie's most honest policies, tells what and who she and her supporters are. Extreme rightwing "hawks", part of the 1% of elitist destroyers and controllers of Earth and all living. So, she dares do and say anything, as she has all sides covered and has a flower-strewn path to the throne as a gift for what she shall return as gifts to them, once seated.

In her memoir, "Hard Choices" she relates that a few years back, she dared defy hundreds of letters demanding she return the ousted Prez of Honduras. He had been democratically elected also. She said no to Congress, The UN General Assembly, most of the heads of all nations and the new Obama administration. She even demanded it be a US-backed coup--and she got it. Well, her 1% rulers of the globe got it for her.

Tons of Hondurans were assassinated, including environmental and human rights activists. Very recently we had a few more murdered there and one had fingered Hilary as being key to their dire fates and ongoing state of affairs. Sound familiar? Her actions severed the Obama administration's ties with Latin American nations, especially S. America.

If you were corrupt and were supported by folks who ruled the world and are the most corrupt on the planet, with their tap roots in Hell, you'd be brave enough to commit any action and know you'd not have to pay any consequences.

That's what folks are willing to vote for, rather than cast their vote for Dr. Jill Stein of The Green Party, who is a female Bernie with fringes on it. At the least your vote elevates that party. At the most, we'd have a president who was Earth's salvation. Thanks Dandelion.


Sheila D (194)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 5:48 pm
I will not vote blue unless it's for Bernie. The DNC has proven itself time and again pro-Conservative, not pro-working class, seniors and poor. Thanx Dandelion.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 6:16 pm
Cornel West is a man of conscience deserving of respect for his moral stand--I might have done likewise in his place. Proves to me that Clinton was giving lip service on progressive issues to lure voters and never intended to do anything on those issues...and thus is unwilling to do what is needed to get back loyal democratic voters and other Bernie supporters and is willing to sacrifice the future of the party since that also means nothing in the party for millennials.

JL A (281)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 6:52 pm
Also, her people's actions give grounds for questioning Clinton's ability to unify and lead the party:
Clinton Appointees to DNC Platform Didn't Support Positions Clinton Claims To Hold

Bill Black says Clinton appointees' lack of opposition to TPP, and lack of support for indexing the minimum wage to inflation, puts into question whether Clinton will be able to unify the party


Animae C (508)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 7:48 pm
"...a lukewarm show of support that his campaign said was NOT a formal endorsement."
"Sanders‘ comments come after weeks of PRESSURE from Democratic Party officials to throw his weight behind Clinton, the presumptive nominee."

Sierra D (20)
Tuesday June 28, 2016, 11:45 pm
funny someone can troll and complain and not even like the article but continue to bash and be mean and harm and harsh and spread evil cruel lies, keep fracking and covering up for what ever reason NYACK or who-ever you are... by the time the multiple complaints catch up to you and that account... cyber rules are in place to take care of you

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 1:44 pm
Shared the article over social media to spread awareness, Dandelion.
I agree with yous, Janice's and AniMae's commentary.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 3:02 pm
Concerning Sanders it was addressed within the article if one cared to read it, because he is a man of his word he will honor that - so no lying. Again, too quick to throw stuff onto the threads without taking the time to read the article - but that is the work of trolls.

From the article:

So Clinton instructed her people to block language, for example, that called on the Democratic Party to prevent President Obama's TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) so-called trade bill from coming up for a vote in the Congress.

Clinton also claims that she's not for TPP, but of course nobody believes her, and now people will believe her even less, because the people who work for her have shot down that party platform plank. The committee voted down Minneapolis black congressman Keith Ellison's anti-TPP plank on the grounds that it would embarrass President Obama. So it seems that for the Democrats it is more important not to embarrass President Obama than it is to protect millions of American jobs. (I also insert, the environment too)

Clinton's people also shot down a proposal to back single-payer health care through Medicare-for-all. Late last year, if you remember, Hillary Clinton said that single-payer would never, ever, ever happen in the United States, and now her people on the platform committee are doing their bit to make sure that that's true.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben, he introduced an idea for a ban on fracking and a moratorium on drilling for new oil and gas on federal land and federal-controlled water, but Clinton's people opted for more fracking and more drilling.

(I insert, no surprise there, while Clinton was trying to gain votes in New York she was saying fracking was bad while at the same time going overseas and pushing it down the throats of a lot of people who didn't want it- amazing when you sweeten the pot with something America will do that will turn a leadership against it's own people's desires)

Arab-American democratic activist James Zogby--he's a Sanders delegate--he asked for some very simple language that would have called for the end to illegal Israeli settlements and occupation of Palestinian land.

And that in fact is the official policy of the United States, and it has been the position of the United Nations for many decades. But the Democrats don't want to offend the Israel lobby, so they shot that down, too.

Congressman Ellison also wanted to index a $15 an hour minimum wage to tie it to inflation. And that's very important as well, because there are lots of corporate Democrats who give lip service to $15 an hour.

Now, in fact, Hillary Clinton gives lip service to $15 an hour. But they also propose that this wage hike to $15 an hour go into effect many years in the future, when $15 won't be worth what $15 is worth now. The Hillary camp shop down Keith Ellison's inflated wage increase as well.

JL A (281)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 4:27 pm
Thank you for your on topic and thoroughly factual comment Dandelion. I appreciate comments that are respectful of all others reading and the person who posted the article like this.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday June 29, 2016, 11:01 pm
With regards to the $15 Minimum Living Wage, I don't know what all the fuss and spittle is about with the right-wingers and Republican Party. Presumably THOSE AMONGST US who disagree with it, ARE HAPPY WITH people earning TELEPHONE NUMBER SALARIES and bonuses. You would even argue, they have earned it, or are worth it?

If it wasn't for any nation's actual WORKFORCE, you know those who clean toilets, clear away your garbage, fill the shop shelves with produce you can buy, wait on at tills whilst you gather yourself to buy your stuff, do the jobs SOME OF YOU hate to do, there wouldn't be ANY REAL ECONOMY.

Hillary Clinton standing in an expensive suit whilst preaching and lecturing over inequality, is just UGLY COMEDY.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 5:10 am
Like so many of us, Bernie does not want Trump as president - Hillary will get unenthusiastic votes from others who do not want Trump. But not from me. Don't trust her, don't like her. She is not the way to change the status quo.

JL A (281)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 6:57 am
So How Progressive Is the Democratic Party Platform?
Apparently not nearly as progressive as the DNC honchos are trying to spin.

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 3:52 pm
I know there are still many that will be "satisfied" believing all the hype over how much "better" the Dem's are so we stay sunk. Fingers pointing see how awful the Republicans are, just be glad we are not them, see we did toss you a couple of bones, maybe if you are lucky and we are in a good mood we'll attach some meat to it.

I know Darren, hear it all too often, can't pay the people a "living wage" but ne're a complaint about those huge salaries and bonus money. Bonus money even when they tanked an economy, yet they still got to get it and keep it while hundreds of thousands kept losing their homes or the bit of savings they had managed to cobble together.

And wow, jump all over the poor who use to have a job, a home and now are having to share an flat with their friends, children, or another family member and collect food stamps, now dare they ask to eat. That is asking too much. Yet the welfare subsidies to the Corporate where is the shouting there?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 30, 2016, 11:37 pm
Interestingly, I've encountered two animal rights petitioners now, who are Hillary Clinton devotees. Presumably, their animals rights activism STOPS at the door of bombing others countries, where, undoubtedly, animals will suffer as a consequence.

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 1, 2016, 6:49 am
After that insult and perhaps blackmailing or plain stealing Sanders' supporter email list and having repeatedly received her outrageous email demands, -despite 4 previous requests for "fewer emails",I finally had to UNSUBSCRIBE all email from Enough is enough, basta! Traitors.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 1, 2016, 6:50 am
This is something I've tried to get across for years on C2 Darren. I recall helping a member with their petition to stop the war in Iraq and after a year of both of us pushing hard, we got something like 600+ signatures. But a petition that went on the SAME DAY for protecting coyotes in Nova Scotia, Canada received those 600 names in a matter of a couple weeks or less and went on to far surpass the 1,000 name goal that both petitions had tried to obtain.

This member did turn in his petition on stopping the war in Iraq but he was very disillusioned that too few of the people on C2 seemed to see the LARGER picture. That animals are killed in wars no matter what place on the globe they exist. That bombs drop down upon them just as well as the people and when food supplies are cut off and crops ruined the animals become food to starving humans.

That the monies spent on the war costs the taxpayers greatly leaving fewer coins in the pockets of those who could then turn around and use that money to provide help to needy animal causes. There is major disconnect going on.

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 8:50 am
Last century there seemed to be the understanding that "War is not health for children and other living things." How has that understanding been lost?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 1, 2016, 11:09 am
I'll venture the opinion that Corporate Capitalism has taken root, subverting everything else in its pathway.

Children, especially teenagers are now overwhelmingly immersed in social media, with their mobile cellphones, therefore quality of attention has been severely affected.

The overwhelming pervasiveness of social media/addiction to cellphone usage, PLUS "Rush Culture" embedded within Corporate Capitalism, and mainstream Press/Medio (overwhelmingly right-wing) running the show for the masses, tolerance levels are at their lowest for a generation or two. People are prepared to wage war on each for the slightest thing, because communication is being eroded, because of the social media/addiction to cellphone use. If instant gratification isn't forthcoming, the average Joe becomes a hysterical monster.

Robert B (55)
Friday July 1, 2016, 12:16 pm
So, what do we do? Not vote for Hillary, not vote at all, risk Trump winning? Quite a dilemma. Both parties are rotten with Corporate control. I truly fear for our future if Herr Drumpf wins this. We are between a rock and hard place.

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 1, 2016, 12:26 pm
I think Sheryl gave that answer a million times so far! If Sanders does not make it by some miracle there is only one left to vote for, if it is too late for a write-in campaign.

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 2:07 pm
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Birgit W (160)
Friday July 1, 2016, 2:25 pm
Thanks Dandelion.

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 1, 2016, 2:50 pm
Ben Norton: "suggesting, as he sees it, that the party, ultimately, may not be able to reform from within."
Amen, been saying it all along! just weed it out , incl. Clinton and all her surrogates ! :-) She misses the mark on everything, period. But that is no news.
Thx Judi!

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 1, 2016, 3:11 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion.
With all the Republicans now flocking to the Dem candidate, I don't know how the party can continue to call itself "Democrats." It made me absolutely sick to read what was shot down in the Platform. Although it won't really be finalized until the convention I think. But, it does seem to be "set."

The Dem party has been slowly moving right since the Reagan years. Clinton gave it another big shift with his awful policies. But, Bush shoved the GOP so far right during his term that the Dems just went along for the ride. I was furious back then, and have not seen any significant change back leftward.
So, once again, if Bernie is not the Dem candidate, they will not get my vote---nor the vote of anyone in my family. What do they care anyway? They'll have a whole new batch of former Republicans.....just as Hillary is a former Republican.

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 3:12 pm
Poll: Most Americans Believe the Economy is Rigged Against Them

Economist Gerald Epstein says U.S. workers are beginning to realize that their hardship is due to underlying workings of corporations, the banks, and neoliberal economic policies that are against their interest

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 1, 2016, 3:21 pm
Good grief-those VP picks! both no-go and Warren very much in is well explained there what I meant earlier by "the Warren trap"!

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 4:53 pm
Income Inequality Is At The Highest Level In American History

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 5:06 pm
EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton Scheduled To Meet With FBI On Saturday

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 5:19 pm
Here Is The Draft Of The 2016 Democratic Platform
The full platform committee now needs to approve it

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 1, 2016, 5:32 pm
There seems to be a lot of things lost JL A that use to be common sense or ingrained into most the population.
Thanks for the additional links as well.

Robert I know that there are a lot of people really fearful of Trump so will vote for Hillary out of that fear, and it is exactly what the Corporate is planning on. She is so Republican that many of the neocons and former Bush Administration have no issue voting for her and has come out to say so. Corporate is playing us like a fiddle.

At least Trump has come out to say he is against the TPP, and I know that Hillary has as well but I really do not believe her and even the lobbyist of the Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, doesn't believe her. So as far as I'm concerned you are correct, it's a rock and hard place - so I say piss off to both of those sold out parties - I'm going Green and using my vote to build up the Green Party and also it being my passive resistance vote - which I can't think of a better person to receive it than Dr. Jill Stein.

The link, most Americans feel the economy is rigged against them - well about darn time. That is cause to celebrate I suppose.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday July 1, 2016, 5:48 pm
Thanks for link JLA

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 8:34 pm
Mother Jones copy with some comments of the draft:
Here Is the Democratic Party's Draft Platform
It has plenty to please liberals—but will it be enough to win over Bernie Sanders?

JL A (281)
Friday July 1, 2016, 9:12 pm
A Community of Corruption: How Obama's Promise to Reduce the Influence of Lobbying Failed Miserably
Politico has a special newsletter just to chart the "Influence" peddling.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 1, 2016, 11:00 pm
Shared all of JL A.'s news article links posted over the last 24 hours, over social media.

It will be interesting to see what happens with this FBI meeting, whether any created/fabricated event/atrocity is committed to overshadow it, and whether the FBI are also in the pockets of the Corporate Capitalist machine, or not.

Arild Warud (174)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 2:14 am
These political games by the Killary camp makes me mad and very sad,this was not what I hoped for at the DNC Convention.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 6:28 am
Petition link on TPP in the article:

In Not Opposing the TPP, Democratic Platform Committee Gives Trump a Big Gift
So does Hillary run as a Trans-Pacific Partnership advocate? That is a problem.

10 Economic Woes Generation X Faces
The generation between baby boomers and millennials could be in for a rough ride.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 6:51 am
Black Lives Matter leader warns Clinton of convention protests

The Conflict is Between Wall Street and Main Street within the Democratic Party

Thanks to the Sanders movement, corporate interests in the Democratic Party are a little weaker now than a year ago, says Michael Lighty of National Nurses United

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:34 am
Thank you for posting everything you wrote about Clinton Dandelion, so I can delete that now. Nothing could be more true, than these facts. Now regarding Bernie Sanders endorsing Clinton, or supporting the Democratic Party which was said at the beginning of the debates, which by the way we don't know if he will. He has NOT said he will endorse her (or support her definitively). He has said "We're not there yet". Every time main stream media bullies him into saying this, he couldn't be more clear. This REALLY gets me, along with this next quote...
" Now, Bernie Sanders keeps on saying that he's very disappointed with the way the platform came out in St. Louis, and he continues to say that he's going to fight for universal health care and he's going to fight against TPP and he's going to fight against fracking. But he also says that he's going to support the nominee of his party, who will be Hillary Clinton." THIS IS NOT TRUE! Bernie says, "We're not there yet". Even some of the GOP has gone back on this "Oath" which BTW hasn't been an issue since the 70's.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 8:06 am
Email just receive--note petition url in it please:
"esterday, we launched our petition at MoveOn asking for the full Democratic Platform Committee meeting in Orlando July 8 to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP] deal and to oppose settlement expansion in the West Bank. So far, more than 5000 people have signed our petition.

If you haven't signed and shared our petition yet, you can do that here:

Here's an update on both issues.

On TPP, Time Magazine notes that "Much of the Democratic Party opposes the deal, saying it would outsource more American jobs and hurt businesses," and says that the TPP is "the policy plank where Sanders and his aides believe they have the most leverage," noting that the Communication Workers of America and the American Postal Workers Union are mobilizing to support the amendment against the TPP that Platform Committee member Jim Hightower will introduce in Orlando. [1]

On settlements, Reuters reports that the Middle East peace "Quartet" said Friday that Israel should stop building settlements, denying Palestinian development and designating land for exclusive Israeli use that Palestinians seek for a future state. The Quartet, which includes the United States, said that Israeli policy "is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution." [2]

If the Obama Administration can say this, then Democrats can say it. If Democrats can say it, then the Democratic Platform can say it.

If you haven't signed and shared our petition yet, please do so now:

Thanks for all you do to help make U.S. foreign policy more just,

Robert Naiman
Just Foreign Policy"

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 9:35 am
I signed that earlier in an INSTANT, as I do ALL of Naiman's petitions! Thx!

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 1:26 pm
Another Corporation ​Is​ Suing the US Government Thanks to Trade Agreements

Democratic Party Platform Committee Supports a Wall Street Tax

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 2:01 pm
Sanders’ California supporters can’t quite say goodbye

Out on the left coast, protests and bad feelings march on even as the candidate winds down.

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 2:16 pm
I also sign Naiman's petitions. I just added this last petition onto the story I just posted.
Democrats Try To Bury Palestine in Middle of the Night Along With other Issues

JL A (281)
Saturday July 2, 2016, 7:24 pm
DNC Caught Accepting Money from Union-Busting Companies in New Leak
"A new set of documents leaked by hacker Guccifer 2.0 allegedly shows the Democratic National Committee has no qualms about asking for donations from some of the most evil corporations in America — even the corporations whose values are directly in opposition to the Democratic Party’s stated goals."

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 3:37 am
Platform Committee: Oppose TPP & West Bank Settlement Expansion
There are currently 8,425 signatures. NEW goal - We need 10,000 signatures!

Signed and shared the petition over social media, JL A.

Shared all the other articles over social media, and also commented, shared Dandelion's news/YouTube article.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 5:30 am
BOTH of the main Parties in the USA are in need of some major overhaul. Disgusting. Sell outs both Parties.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 1:49 pm
The only thing keeping Labour genuine Labour, is Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, and that's because an overwhelming number of ordinary people, PLUS Unions (Comprised of ordinary people) voted for him to be elected.

From what I've seen of your politics in the States, the mass of American electorate is presented with the same block of stinky cheese with holes everywhere, but from different angles: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. There are other produce, with Bernie Sanders and Dr. Jill Stein, but the Press/Media machine has pretty much comprehensively subbed them both.

Thank heavens for YouTube as a medium for watching their interviews, AND alternative non-mainstream sources of news and media for the healthier, discerning adult who wants and wishes change in favor of the horrors perpetrated.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 3:30 pm
Julie posted a petition to include ban on fracking in the platform at:

JL A (281)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:15 pm
Sanders Activist Says Progressives Should Walk Out of DNC

Annabel Park tells Paul Jay that there should be no more excuses made for the Democratic Party ignoring the demands of its supporters

Progressive Democrats of America Executive Director: We Will Not Endorse Clinton

Donna Smith of the Progressive Democrats of America tells Paul Jay that her organization will work very hard on the down ballot races instead of endorsing Hillary Clinton for president

Elizabeth Warren's Kick-Ass Speech Tells It Like It Is: What Should Hillary Do?
Heading into the Democratic Convention, the senator from Massachusetts offers the best analysis of our failed monopolistic economy.

By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet
July 1, 2016


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Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival on June 28, Secretary of State John Kerry sought to ease anxiety over an ever-rising global “turmoil and strife” by pointing to an eyebrow-raising fact. "I state unabashedly to every single one of you: The United States of America is more engaged in more places with greater impact today than at any time in American history,” he reassured the audience. “And that is simply documentable and undeniable.”

Kerry made it clear that when he talks about “engagement,” war is a key part of the equation. “We’ve been working with countries to support a new Government of National Accord in Libya,” he said, referencing a dubious state that the U.S. is moving to heavily arm. “I was recently in the United Arab Emirates. I think we’ve come to a common understanding of how to strengthen that government and go after Daesh in Libya. We’re supporting Afghanistan in its fight against extremists and support a sovereign and democratic Ukraine.”

Kerry’s observation of unprecedented engagement may, in fact, be an understatement. As David Vine, the author of the book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, noted in 2015, the United States “probably has more foreign military bases than any other people, nation, or empire in history.” The roughly 800 U.S. military bases around the world compare to a grand total of zero free-standing foreign bases on U.S. soil, Vine reported.

Meanwhile, Ken McGraw, a spokesman for Special Operations Command, told journalist Nick Turse that, by the 9th month of 2015, special operations forces had already deployed to 135 countries—or 70 percent of all the nations on the planet. This compares to about 60 countries under the George W. Bush years. The Government Accountability Office concluded that special operations funding has ballooned from $3 billion in 2001 to just under $10 billion in 2014.

And then there is the steady creep of AFRICOM. Journalist Nick Turse wrote in November 2015, “in recent years the U.S. military has, in fact, developed a remarkably extensive network of more than 60 outposts and access points in Africa. Some are currently being utilized, some are held in reserve, and some may be shuttered. These bases, camps, compounds, port facilities, fuel bunkers, and other sites can be found in at least 34 countries—more than 60% of the nations on the continent—many of them corrupt, repressive states with poor human rights records.”

The Pentagon even runs an estimated 170 golf courses around the world.

Tallying up the list of U.S. direct or proxy wars is no simple task. In a May 2013 article published in the journal Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, Linda J. Bilmes and Michael D. Intriligator noted:

Today U.S. military operations are involved in scores of countries across all the five continents. The U.S. military is the world’s largest landlord, with significant military facilities in nations around the world, and with a significant presence in Bahrain, Djibouti, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Kyrgyzstan, in addition to long-established bases in Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and the UK. Some of these are vast, such as the Al Udeid Air Force Base in Qatar, the forward headquarters of the United States Central Command, which has recently been expanded to accommodate up to 10,000 troops and 120 aircraft.

The authors ultimately concluded that the U.S. was directly or indirectly involved in wars in 74 countries at the time.

As recently as May 2016, New York Times reporter Mark Landler observed that Obama is the “only president in American history to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.”

Kerry is certainly correct to point out that U.S. engagement in vaster than it ever has been before. But as militarized intervention drives the greatest crises of human strife and displacement since World War II, this observation is no comfort at all.

Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, she coedited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.
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JL A (281)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:23 pm
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JL A (281)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:46 pm
oops--see that I pasted more than I thought I had apologies

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 4:58 pm
But it was VERY informative! One of the topics in your long copy list there was also recently touched by Davi Swanson in his latest writing: regarding AFRICOM
"How many zones has the United States divided the globe into for purposes of complete military domination, and what are their names?

Answer: Six. They are Northcom, Southcom, Eucom, Pacom, Centcom, and Africom. (Jack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack were already taken.) In normal English they are: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Western Asia, and Africa.

Now here comes the hard question. Which of those zones has a new would-be commander who was just encouraged by a prominent Senator in an open Congressional hearing to acquire the authority to murder people in his zone without getting approval from the U.S. president?" [--]

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 5:06 pm
And a POTUS Clinton-not Trump- would be the one to push and bring those "enterprises" of the militaristic empire to completion. Better believe it!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 6:17 pm
And who is the lesser of two evils......

JL A (281)
Sunday July 3, 2016, 7:13 pm
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this one tells us what he hopes from advocates and delegates

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday July 4, 2016, 12:16 am
It is a question of connecting the various dots, as you say in this thread:
Noam Chomsky on Globalization, Inequality and Political Alienation

Shared your posted articles over social media to spread awareness.

JL A (281)
Monday July 4, 2016, 7:11 am
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On coup anniversary, examining the U.S. role in Honduras

JL A (281)
Monday July 4, 2016, 5:12 pm
Is Hillary Clinton Making History or Maintaining the Status Quo?

JL A (281)
Monday July 4, 2016, 5:31 pm

Sanders Supporters: Check Out This Amazing Piece of American History for a Path You Might Take
A "no" vote for corporate farms may have implications for those trying to make the DNC platform more progressive.
"On June 14, North Dakotans voted to overrule their government’s decision to allow corporate ownership of farms. That they had the power to do so was a result of a political revolution that occurred almost exactly a century before, a revolution that may hold lessons for those like Bernie Sanders’ supporters who seek to establish a bottom-up political movement in the face of hostile political parties today."

Maryann S (114)
Monday July 4, 2016, 5:52 pm
Thanks for sharing Dandelion!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday July 4, 2016, 11:44 pm
No Sh$$$T Warren Buffett, Congress likes you. . . I wonder why?

Shared all your new posted article references over social media, JL A.

That last link is worth a good read:

In June 2016 the NPL [Non-Partisan League] effectively took over the Republican Party. In November 2016 NPL-endorsed candidates won every statewide office except one and gained a majority in the state Assembly, although not in the Senate. By that time the NPL boasted 40,000 members, an astonishing number given the state population of only 620,000.

In the succeeding legislative session the NPL was able to implement parts of its platform: a grain grading system, a nine-hour workday for women, regulation of railroad shipping rates and increased state aid to rural schools. But the Senate narrowly defeated the key to implementing NPL’s broad vision: a constitutional amendment to allow for state-owned businesses.

[. . .]

In 1932, North Dakotans voted 57 to 43 to ban corporations from owning or leasing farmland. In 1963, the legislature enacted a law that required pharmacies be owned by a state-registered pharmacist. The effect was to ban chains, except those operating at the time the law was passed. In 1980, North Dakotans voted to establish a State Housing Finance Agency to provide mortgages to low-income households.

In recent years several of these laws protecting independent farmers and businesses have come under attack by big corporations. After several attempts by Big Pharmacy failed to convince the legislature to repeal the Pharmacy Ownership Law, Walmart spent $9.3 million to finance a ballot initiative. In November 2014, the initiative lost by a vote of 59-41.

In 2015, big corporations did convince the legislature to overturn the 1932 anti-corporate farming law.

This June, North Dakotans voted to reinstate the old law by a resounding margin of 76-24.

Today the economic structure of North Dakota reflects its focus on independent and cooperative businesses. The Pharmacy Ownership law, for example, has markedly benefited North Dakota. A report by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) found that on every key measure of pharmacy care, including quality and the price of drugs, North Dakota’s independent pharmacies outperform those of neighboring states and the U.S. as a whole. Unsurprisingly North Dakota also has more pharmacies per capita than other states. Its rural residents are more likely to have a nearby pharmacist.

What Should Bernie’s Brethren Do?

Before we develop a strategy for winning office, we need to take a page from the NPL playbook and develop a platform, one consisting of specific, concrete policies, not a laundry list of all desirable policies.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 10:18 am
Elevated concern: have just read that Obama contacted Elijah Cummings to tell the committee to include TPP Support in the platform!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 10:29 am
OUTRAGEOUS!!! So much for "not embarrassing the prez" my a**** what a kick- of for his campaigning with HRC in SC! Hope they'll get SOME eggs at least..
Any soource Judi?

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 10:31 am
They must have gathered tens of thousands petition signatures by now-goes to show once again: your voices DON'T COUNT !

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 10:32 am
oops, menat NC, not SC

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 10:34 am
That on top of the FBI's statement Comey NOT recommending charges...

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 11:19 am
Disgraceful.....thick as thieves the whole lot of them.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 11:24 am
Best I could find on this thus far Angelika ....I must leave and meet the bus from granddaughters camp.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 12:02 pm
Can we please call it BLACKMAILING

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 1:27 pm
There was a reason I've been registered as an Independent. I wouldn't of registered as a Democrat except to vote for Bernie.

Once I KNOW, after the Convention, officially - and I don't expect those Established super duper delegates to change their spots.....not for the people.....not for the environment.....

no they most likely will vote for Hillary - but the day I know for certain I will go to the Election Office and change back my status.

Blackmail - Corruption call it whatever name you want - it's a platform for the 1%

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 2:19 pm
In England, there are moves to displace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of Labour.

It's extraordinary the parallels between our two counties that the "powers-that-be" want to hang on to their power so much, at the expense of the actual electorate,

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 2:22 pm
BTW Judi, your link given on 4 July 5:31 PM, that Alternet story -
has some funny typos in it ;-)
"In June 2016 the NPL effectively took over the Republican Party. In November 2016 NPL-endorsed candidates won every statewide office except one and gained a majority in the state Assembly, although not in the Senate. By that time the NPL boasted 40,000 members, an astonishing number given the state population of only 620,000."
;-) Pretty sure they meant to say June and November of LAST century, 1916!

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 2:27 pm
Darren, yes we know, been following that drama there just the same. But how is that new or surprising? Not!
GB hasn't been called their poodle for nothing. Or brothers in arms, if you so wish.

JL A (281)
Tuesday July 5, 2016, 7:07 pm
I agree on the typos Angie...I can't remember what email I saw the TPP lobbying (one of the groups focused on the issue, not a candidate)...
Comey did find felony level violations, yet they were not prevalent (in the available evidence--quite a bit proved to be unrecoverable) and did not find intent to violate the law.

Few laws are written where intent is a factor on whether or not a violation happened--when no intent, it isn't murder one for an example yet it is still a charge--2nd degree or manslaughter. Petraeus never showed intent either, for an example.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:04 am
Thx Judi. Which ever group claimed that, they probabbly wouldn't have done so without some solid evidence, I guess. Everything just STINKS so badly to high heaven, a nasty plot if you ask me and that includes this FBI failure! No wonder Lynch preannounced the's "accept" whatever the FBI would recommend! I bet it has all been prepared in advance.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:09 am
* SHE'D* accept..typo

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 6:59 am
Another platform petition:

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 7:43 am
Sanders Policy Advisor: The Political Revolution Continues to Philadelphia
Bernie Sanders policy advisor Warren Gunnels says though there were losses in the DNC platform draft over TPP and fracking, there were victories for progressives over federal reserve policy, financial regulation, and the death penalty

Why Bankers and Financiers Benefit from Low Inflation Policy

PERI's Gerald Epstein explains why financial institutions like the IMF promote fiscal policy that reduces investment, economic growth, and employment

"He raised expectations by putting forward an agenda that’s based on what we need, not simply what we can win within the current political moment."
"Yet the failure of neoliberal policies to serve ordinary Americans and ignite imaginations shows why a bold progressive agenda isn’t just a moral imperative, but a political necessity. Precisely because the neoliberal consensus is crumbling, a progressive alternative is pivotal to preventing the insurgent right from advancing a racist and nationalist agenda. Now is not the time for tinkering. Our communities cannot afford to wait for incremental reforms to add up to the sea change we need. If movement history tells us anything, it’s that we’ve never won more by demanding less. "

What’s Next for the Progressive Movement?
Bernie Sanders has shifted the goal posts for the Democratic Party.

Explanation of the FBI recommendation that makes sense to me now:

Here’s Why Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Didn’t Rise To Level Of ‘Gross Negligence’
Legal experts say her actions fell short of past cases where information mishandling was intentional.

Hillary Clinton Isn’t Getting Indicted. Here’s Why.

Hillary Clinton Unveils Debt-Free College For All, Adopting Major Bernie Sanders Plank
The plan includes eliminating tuition completely at in-state public universities for families making under $125,000.

9 Ways Democrats Have Gotten More Progressive In Just 4 Years

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 7:56 am
Thx-that's ONE (other) Epstein who makes sense for a change!
I have yet to study those explanations that supposedly "make sense" why HRC got no indictment far to me it sells badly.
I heard her campaign speech live yesterday in SC, stunning to notice she stole ALL of Sanders' proposals, yet they're only LIP SERVICE from HER mouth! Even if for real, it is clearly out of despair to ensure her victory. Lowest of low, what an incredible POS! No less so POTUS, doing what he can do best.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 7:57 am
*SMELLS* badly, but "sells" fits too.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 8:21 am
Keith Ellison's petition to support his anti-TPP amendment in Orlando:

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 8:51 am
Angie, the counter-arguments that also make sense:
In Email Investigation, FBI Makes Political Decision To Not Recommend Charges For Clinton

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 8:59 am
Sanders Files Permit Request for Huge Rally on Eve of Democratic Convention

Permit application request estimates crowd of 15,000 to 40,000 people could attend event in Philadelphia's Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 9:40 am
Thx, signed Ellison's petition earlier-with NO HOPE, likke all other petitions- and will check out the commondreams article. I did so far understand what was written on that..but yet, even if there's no legal respnse or damage, the POLITICAL damage to her is obvious, should be anyway!
and yes, they SHOULD turn upside down if need be the whole administration to apply to rules. Basta!

I wish Bernie good luck with that filing for permit, didn't someone already claim there would be ZERO RALLIES permitted and Philly completely circled by Police-and /or army even..?

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 10:34 am
As soon as Hillary started to see Bernie Sanders making gains in growing crowds she started to parrot him. A lot of meme's going around about that "obvious" about turn she did. She'll say anything to get elected and I don't in a heartbeat think she means it.

I heard she was thinking of some ways to win over the younger Bernie Sanders voters guess she has with the education link you left JL A. Eliminating tuition for families making under $125,000 will garner attention to her from them. Took her long enough, she must be worried on getting into the White House for I know it isn't because she "feels our pain" out here in the "real world" of struggle.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 2:27 pm
I doubt Hillary Rodham Clinton has ever done an honest day's work in her entire life.

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 3:40 pm
Email just received:
"the arrogant establishment in the Democratic Party had absolutely no respect for the progressive political movement that Senator Bernie Sanders jumpstarted.

Earlier today, they proved it.

When Bernie spoke to the House Democrats this morning, he shared with them his belief that the goal “...isn't to win elections, the goal is to transform America." And how did they respond to this simple message about sticking to our beliefs? They booed him.

That’s right -- the House Democrats, including party leadership, booed Bernie Sanders for having the courage to speak truth to power about this election."
Makes one ashamed of Democrats IMO with such shameful behavior.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 3:53 pm
As I suggested earlier- DROP them for good! Unsubscribe to all of their BS, it is plastic, fake, fraud!
David Swanson had it right! I posted that before -
"The place for our passion and even our "unity" is not in a political party that destroys everything we hold dear and calls our continued subservience "unity." We have 60% of the U.S. public that simply cannot stand Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. That may increase as we're forced to endure more and more of the pair of them. If all of those people, or even half of them, backed Jill Stein she might win. But that requires imagining a fair system of elections and of communications that does not exist.

When people fall in behind those so-called public servants, failure is guaranteed."[-]

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 5:36 pm
I like the NYT take Walter just posted--good grounds for a different nominee IMO:
F.B.I.s Critique of Hillary Clinton Is a Ready-Made Attack Ad
US Politics & Gov't (tags: )
Walter L - 41 minutes ago -
The New York Times this morning is not covering Hillarys ass quite the contrary, they are encouraging doubts about her fitness to be a candidate for President. Hillary Clinton may not be indicted on criminal charges over her handling of classified em

JL A (281)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 6:27 pm
Clinton Jumps on the Free College Bandwagon, but Will Her Plan Work?
The presumptive Democratic nominee hopes to eliminate in-state tuition for families earning less than $125,000.

Sheryl G (359)
Wednesday July 6, 2016, 7:00 pm
Booed him! Shameful behaviour at the very least.....obviously they haven't a clue to what is needed nor willing to even want to learn what is needed. Arrogant is correct.

I like how Kyle broke down one of Bernie Sanders recent speeches and I also placed the speech in the thread. Kyle "gets it".....
Powerful Warning To the Democratic Establishment

Clinton is worried of being elected is why she did that with the College to try and get the younger voters that were for Bernie. Because she wasn't speaking that way in the debates.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 2:47 am
Who else other than myself saw her and potus' appearance and speeches in Charleston live? SICKENING !
Everything negativ about HRC thus automatically also reflected on Obama! His exaggerated praise for her was telling and equally sickening!

Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 11:52 am
They are worried Angelika, oh the accolades will be forthcoming from so many now. You should see the PAC ads running on TV now for her, so sweet, kind, caring, her calling and duty for life. With her smiling and there hugging little children.

The other ads are Trump, the nightmare of children, making him to be the nightmare that crawled out of from under their beds. I seldom watch TV but there is a comedy that Kaileah and I like and watch it many nights so the ads come on. They'd be amusing if it wasn't so sickening......election? Nothing but attack ads or Mother Teresa.

Trump is suppose to be hurting financially right now so we'd get the opposite had he the money and I do suspect closer to the election he'll use what he has then. As I say, election? Is more like a sideshow while the world squirms because both of them should not be in the positions they are in. But when the 1% picks them all the 1% cares about is who will work for the 1%.

I wouldn't be surprised that there are private bets of high stakes gambling money as to who will win. Some might even toss some funds to Trump just to hedge their bets, not because he'd be the better of the two just because he'll make them more money.

Too many fearful will run to Papa Trump to protect them, build that wall, nuke the middle east, and bring jobs to make America better again. On the other side the liberals that will throw away their souls to vote blue no matter who - that statement in and of itself is very telling, isn't it?

Go Green people is the absolute best choice we have and if we ALL did it we could have it. THE GREEN PARTY

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 12:18 pm
Shared that link to the Green Party over social media, Dandelion

Angelika R (143)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:55 pm
hmm, not so much demolished anymore it appears... this is what the PAC calling themselves ECU (End citizens United) and apparently are attached to the democratic party, have emailed shortly ago:

REPORT: Bernie Sanders to concede Democratic nomination, endorse Hillary Clinton as soon as Tuesday
Senator Bernie Sanders just confirmed that he will likely suspend his campaign for President and endorse Hillary Clinton as soon as Tuesday.

Then follows another poll..of course.. (...How would Bernie’s decision affect your opinion of the race? Will you vote for Hillary? Stay home in November? We want to know either way.)


Sheryl G (359)
Thursday July 7, 2016, 6:55 pm
Thanks Darren. They even have a special page for the Bernie supporters.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 8, 2016, 6:16 am
I'm sure they do want to know either way Angelika, she spends millions trying to figure it all out. I know you had stopped and I did as well - providing them with the answer they seek.

Too many have been pushing Bernie out the door for months now - they wanted him out before he barely got in. Back in the Iowa and New Hampshire elections they wanted him out, okay, he had his fun, he won New Hampshire, next door to his State of Vermont. Now go away Bernie.......

JL A (281)
Friday July 8, 2016, 7:08 am
The Strange Gaps in Hillary Clinton’s Email Traffic

An analysis of the released emails raises questions about whether Clinton deleted a number of work-related emails—and if she did, why.

and new on just one of the petitions on the TPP:

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 8, 2016, 7:31 am
:-)))))) WOW- 702.000 sigs! SHARE SHARE SHARE- lets hit the MILLION!

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 8, 2016, 7:39 am
Bernie previously had VOWED to take the fight "all the way to the convention"-we have ZERO reason to mistrust his words! Regardless of what the beltway press whores write in pure speculation, twisting the words in his mouth. There was NO "commitment", certainly none without conditions attached!

Same as they prematurely wrote him a looser of the primaries, they now write him a quitter of his candidacy. LIES LIES LIES:

Sheryl G (359)
Friday July 8, 2016, 9:55 am
702,000 heads up Democrats of the Establishment.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday July 8, 2016, 2:49 pm
Shared petition over social media.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 11:39 am
Sanders claims victory as Dems approve $15 minimum wage in party platform

Clinton Reaffirms Support For Public Option In Bid For Sanders Supporters

Bernie Sanders, Please Stay In The Race. America Needs You Now More Than Ever

The Democrats Ignore the 500-Pound Lobbyist in the Room

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Deal That Sanders, Clinton and Trump All Oppose

How the FBI's Judgment Still Damages the Clinton Campaign

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 11:51 am
Thx Judi! Is there any article with a complete summary of the Orlando outcomes so far?
“We should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over time and index it"-- meaning WHAT ?
"should"? "over time" ?

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:04 pm
The TPP DEFEAT is not going to sit well with Berners -are we going to see WAR over that denial?
"That, however, was an area in which Sanders was defeated this weekend. Though Sanders and Clinton both oppose the pact, it is supported by the Obama administration.

The draft platform will not include the strong language opposing the TPP that Sanders had hoped and pushed for"
from Politico link above...

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:05 pm
Angie, The index to inflation part was the amendment--the other as imposed by the nonSanders members of the smaller committee.
I haven't seen a summary--the meeting just began last night so I expect it to trickle out until meeting over, when summaries most apt to happen.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:17 pm
Absolutely mind-boggling poll there:
"...72 percent .. had either not heard of the deal or had heard "not much" about it. ...48 percent knew nothing about the TPP."

With such a vast indifference for politics I sometimes think perhaps Americans deserve no better than getting screwed... That saying comes not incidently, stating people deserve the leader they vote in.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:25 pm
I will have to excuse them to a certain extent where the media is to be blamed, failing their job miserably, but intentionally. Yet, in internet age there is less of an excuse. Brainwashing and indoctrination to religious fanaticism, entertainment and sports hype as deflection from policy issues have done a full job on society.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 12:35 pm
Thx Judi. In my understanding language like "we should" does NOT express "we WILL" ! "OVER TIME" to me sounds like HRC's proposal re fossil fuels- phasing out, only here the opposite= phasing in.
When it SHOULD read "we will immediately raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15/hr".

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:10 pm
True when and important when writing law; a Party's Platform cannot be done for the "we will" standard ordinarily unless they are in power in Congress and/or POTUS.

How Semi-Secret Spending Took Over Politics

State and local super PACs are increasingly reliant on “grey money”—donations that trace back to other PACs—obscuring their actual sources of support.

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:31 pm
Canova email:
" Earlier today, Debbie Wasserman Schultz showed up at the final Democratic platform meeting before the DNC convention — and it was just in time to watch her hand-picked committee members vote down another resolution opposing the disastrous and job-killing trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Here’s the truth: an overwhelming majority of Democrats oppose the TPP — including Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton — because it will outsource jobs, harm our environment, undermine our national sovereignty, and increase the cost of prescription drugs.

More or less, the main supporters of this trade deal are the multi-national corporations who stand to benefit from it and corruptible politicians, like Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who have taken huge campaign contributions from corporate special interests.

Once again, our insider opponent has rigged the process to ensure that her donors, not working Americans, get exactly what they want from the Democratic Party."

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 3:47 pm
Guess I can simply repeat my comment at July 9, 2016, 12:04 pm..only this time perhaps NOT phrase as a question- very likely we WILL see war..not necessarily literally.

The investigation and indictment of DWS sadly will take a while, wish it comes immediately! Put them all together in one cell where they belong!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 5:46 pm
'Sanders backers frustrated by defeats at Orlando platform meeting '

Watch- 'Video 'Democratic Platform Committee Meeting, Day 2 Part 1 '

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 6:50 pm
Thanks for the news:Way too little won IMO--the corporate control of politics and government will be allowed to grow and income inequality will increase instead of reduce if anything and the war machine will consume what money there is to spend...sigh

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 7:48 pm
She's repeating her claims that align with possible perjury charges...

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 7:51 pm
Insiders: Hillary's not out of the woods yet on emails

'This is not a win,' said an Iowa Democrat. 'Comey eviscerated all the excuses for Hillary and her team’s behaviors.'

JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 7:59 pm
"p in her email scandal, with Democrats trying to paint it as a victory while Republicans hammered her over FBI Director James Comey's statements. | Getty

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JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:02 pm
oops...pasted more than I though again--so sorry.

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JL A (281)
Saturday July 9, 2016, 8:17 pm
From an email just received:
The news of the big fix just came over the wire.

The slimeballs at the DNC, under pressure by our cowardly snake of a
president, with the limp complicity of all our totally compromised
chump so-called union leaders, just defeated repudiation of the TPP
(Trans-Pacific Partnership) in the Democratic party platform . . .

We're. Not. Going. For. It.

Give them a piece of your mind. Or suffer with a corporate boot on
your neck for all eternity.

Tell Bernie to keep up the fight. All submissions go to him as well.
Tell him to screw the DNC.

Refusal To Take A Position On The TPP Is A Deal Breaker Action Page:

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:30 am
Shared articles and no_TPP link over social media.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 4:16 am
Time for the counter war machine- even if that's not the political revolution Bernie had in mind. Looks to me like the right time for the American Spring-or blow the chance forever after.
Perhaps there will be some courageous, brave front runners to start it, they cannot incarcerate thousands, tens of thousand or more or shoot at them...

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 4:18 am
Watch all sessions at the C-Span link I gave above-and you'll know why. It is plain sickening.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 6:32 am
maybe THIS IS the "counter war", the actual revolution: Please DO READ !

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' Green Party presumptive nominee offers to step aside and let Bernie Sanders be the candidate'
"Please, let it happen." - I'LL ECHO Mr Lifson!!

Should Bernie refuse, I tend to think that perhaps he finally came to think maybe the commander-in chief office would overwhelm him a bit and he rather contents himself with having reached several major issues *apparently* resolved and contributed to unifying the party. He couldn't be more wrong with that, tho!

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 9:05 am
Many thanks JL A and Angelika for the many links and the conversation from the last I had been here on the thread, which was starting with JL A Saturday July 9, 2016, 11:39 am. Sorry had family over yesterday, I cooked and we had a gathering for my daughter's birthday and did a combination of my granddaughter along with her, although we did a children's water fun at the park for granddaughter back in May so her school chums could attend. Anyways, was tied up most of the day.

I'll touch on a few points and then catch up on the links left so I'll not comment on those until I read or have watched.

The $15 minimum wage is long overdue and anything of short of all large companies to start immediately and for the "truly small" Mom & Pop to give them a year of gradual increases. Not sure if that could be so if not, everything immediately. I say if a business can't pay their employees a living wage then perhaps they should not be in business.

The flip side to this is the shame of having allowed these big box stores to drive out small business to start with and I do know the smaller businesses must struggle to compete against these big box stores. If any of the businesses should be assisted until this society can break up some of these "mega Corporations" then it should be the "truly small" business - not what many tmes passes as "small".

If this $15 can not be given quickly, and is dragged out over many years as I've seen written in various place, the only thing that happens is people suffer long and by the time that $15 arrives it will not be worth $15 and we'll be no further ahead than today. $15 is a minimum and that certainly isn't getting anyone rich but at least will allow people to eat and hopefully keep a humble roof over the head.

It use to be that students held those minimum wage jobs or retirees who wanted a few extra dollars, with wage stagnation too many people are having to completely live on that income raising their entire family on it. $15 will allow families to get off of subsidized tax supported programs if they are working, it might in turn help to offer those who are on disability low pensions or unemployment a bit of an increase to help them.

So I agree with JL A statement below.......

Thanks for the news:Way too little won IMO--the corporate control of politics and government will be allowed to grow and income inequality will increase instead of reduce if anything and the war machine will consume what money there is to spend...sigh

And even that I see as a bone being tossed out.......what good is maybe $15 an hour if TPP enters our lives. A few crumbs given today will be swept away tomorrow with TPP.


Sheryl G (359)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 9:47 am
I think that would be a great thing, if Bernie Sanders doesn't win over the Superdelegates at the Convention to join The Green Party. Actually the Green Party is more Progressive than the Democratic Party but the old lame Party that use to be for the underdog and the working class has fallen down serious on it's face, is still the one holding the power at the moment.

If Bernie Sanders went to the Green Party it would do two things, give us a chance to have Bernie at the helm for President and even if not, this would bring to light that there is a Green Party - it would be noticed and spoken about and checked into.

If we can't move the Established dino's then we must go elsewhere to where there is already an agenda to push us forward into a greener, cleaner, hopeful, and more peaceful future. The Green Party has built up in a lot of years the knowledge of many things and has an infrastructure within it. The internet is where a lot of the younger people in particular are gaining their information and let's be honest with ourselves they are the future and the ones in DC, with few exceptions, are not moving them to a place they see much of a brightness in that future.

I would say Angelika the press has kept many people in the dark as many of the older ones gain their news via CNN, FOX, and MSNBC. The last has been sold out to right wing Corporate speak now completely but I could see it coming during the Keith Olbermann days when he moved too far left for that Corporate entity. Ed Schultz got removed when he stopped talking about "shared sacrifice" and caught on fully to what was the underlying causes.

Chris Hayes has totally disappointed me and Rachel, who has done some wonderful reporting has shown her clear bias towards Hillary and I'm not sure why being a gay woman as it was Bernie Sanders who was out front a long long time ago on gay rights issues and in full support, Hillary on recently coming on board. Hillary's policies do not help the poorer and middle class working women in fact she has supported policy that has made it harder on women. Thank goodness for the integrity of Melissa Harris Perry who told them to take the job and shove it as she wasn't going to be their "token bobble head" African American woman.

But the American people in large numbers have become lax in understanding their government and what is truly going on in the world around them let alone even within their own Country. We either have the right listening to the likes of Rush Limbaugh and so totally pulling over to that side until now we have Trump that we have those people paying attention but paying attention to what? There are some Progressives that do what they can to counter balance this - however the great majority of people I'd say over 40 are just there accepting the ride.

Too many my age are thinking "we have agencies in place that are watching out for things" and heck that is not happening at all, this one piece on Big Pharma The Revolving Door Between The FDA and Big Pharma can be replaced by many governmental agencies suppose to be watching over lots of things, not to mention the ones elected are suppose to work for the people not solely the 1%. So they are in the dark and some don't even know they need to turn a light switch on.

But the ones that really pain me is the one's who are using the internet and know how to use the internet and are on a website that is always providing all sorts of information and they fail daily to expand their horizons. How many cute little bunny videos do you need to look at daily among other things. Spend half the time normally on the computer to branch out, you might save more whales and trees by doing so.

And if it was just the USA who suffered by getting the Country they deserve one might want to go there but the USA throws a long shadow around the world so what we get that cancer spreads far and wide. I also don't like using that term because there are people who are doing their best each day not to end up with such a government, and children who do not have a chance of saying what they'd want who suffer, so this is something to take into consideration as well.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 11:57 am
Why Democrats Should Be Cheering For Bernie Sanders

Perez: Clinton has to earn back trust

Can we really tolerate more of the same?
California’s recovery has downside for those on lower rungs

State’s $2.5 trillion economy now world’s sixth largest

However, recovery from recession has downside

Income gap widens, state moves toward two-tier society

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:10 pm
Very revealing (especially since an aspect so-called alternate media haven't even mentioned):
Newest email accusation: Hillary Clinton is not sophisticated

Lawmakers stunned at FBI director’s suggestion Clinton lacked savvy on classified info

Portrayal is at odds with Clinton campaign’s Twitter and Snapchat presence

But Clinton’s emails also detail her struggles with technology

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 12:42 pm
As previously stated in another thread, there's enough controversy on Hillary Clinton, that, especially in Britain, she would have stood down, as the Press/Media intrusion into her affairs would have been too damaging for her to keep standing.

Shared the earlier news about the Green Party's Jill Stein's offer to Bernie Sanders, over social media to spread awareness.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 1:00 pm
In other words, indeed, 'Trump's words and Bernie's early hints :
SHE'S UNQUALIFIED! Period, end of story.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 2:01 pm
In platform draft, Sanders wins on climate, loses on trade

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 2:07 pm
Darren, people have to have ethics and an understanding of public service vs. personal power quests to recuse themselves or do things better for their Party, the people, the country and the world...Edwards showed that kind of class and leadership in a way we have never seen from the Clintons.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:00 pm
This thread is not about Snowden--it is about the future of the Democratic Party (e.g., young people who voted for Bernie more than Clinton and Trump combined) and whether they are willing to change as Sanders can lead them enough to have a future. The Clinton cadre on the committee voted down everything that might make politicians freer from the corporate donors or might lead to a higher ethical standard (like Obama sought after 2008 that the DNC undid related to lobbyist influence--like as superdelegates).

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:05 pm
Tina also sang 'I'm your private dancer' and by that pretty accurately described all those fake dems!

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:11 pm
Nyack, you have the absolute right to any opinion that passes through your brain, regardless of how wrong it is.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:33 pm
You're the one ranting and raving about having an opinion, then opining about it.

You're engaged in a mental construction of a chat between various creations within your brain, and projecting your imagined view created out onto this forum.

It's amusing to watch isn't it?

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 3:41 pm
Those of us who respect other members, limit our opinions expressed on single threads to the topic posted and post those other opinions on threads they apply to (or consider posting stories if no one else did to express opinions on subjects not showing up as others' posts).

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 5:30 pm
From an email just received:
"If this is controversial in this room, it is the only room of Democrats in which it is controversial." Michael Lighty of National Nurses United said this to the Democratic Platform Committee yesterday, before it voted down his proposed amendment to include single-payer healthcare in the Party Platform, by a vote of 66-to-92. Single payer is supported by 81% of Democrats and 58% of U.S. residents.

The vote followed testimony from Ce Cole Dillon, a Clinton delegate who testified "If not having healthcare is bad, in communities of color for women it is a tragedy. Black women predominantly live in the old states of the Confederacy, who all opted out of the ACA. We need healthcare!" The vote followed testimony from Cornel West, who asked "how do we elevate rights as opposed to privileges?" From Dr. Pam Gronemeyer, who pleaded that "it's time the Democratic Party also became the party of humanity."

Single payer was one of the only issues the Clinton campaign refused to develop compromise language on, and you can see Clinton's whips in the background giving the thumbs-down instruction to their delegates during the vote"

Angelika R (143)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 5:46 pm
Hellbent to once again push through her 'Hillarycare', without a jota changed. We know why.

JL A (281)
Sunday July 10, 2016, 8:31 pm
A good point Angie--her ego may want to protect the childrens program as a separate entity, since it was the only health care reform she managed to make happen as First Lady, and cannot admit someone else figured out how to effectively do single payer when she couldn't and gave up back then.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday July 11, 2016, 6:34 am
Angelika - thanks for the laugh, almost spit my tea out this morning "Tina also sang 'I'm your private dancer' and by that pretty accurately described all those fake dems!"

Thanks JL A for correcting the thread on Snowden, but her comments concerning him among others on here allow me to see the Republican - no wonder she pushes for Hillary all the time.

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 7:05 am
You are welcome Dandelion and Clinton's own words were she couldn't figure it out so I guess Nyack believes Clinton was lying about it.

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 7:12 am
Should have also mentioned that Nancy posted highlights of Bernie's accomplishments posted in DK (a publication with admitted pro-Clinton bias) including noteworthy bipartisan successes in Congress--something I've never heard was a part of Clinton's record so she speaks of what she has never succeeded doing herself that he can do...

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 8:43 am
What the Democratic Party Platform Tells Us About Where We Are on War
It shows the limits of party politics—and the necessity of social movements to challenge those limits.

It's Bennis so maybe also in another source for those who have used up their free views at The Nation

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 10:07 am
Article that includes, among other things, how she went wrong on health care and the weaknesses of her approach to building policy:

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 11, 2016, 12:19 pm
Haven't seen any articles lately (stopped visiting DK,since I noticed that, yeah), highlighting where she was RIGHT ever.., was she? where, when?

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 11, 2016, 12:23 pm
Unless there was a recent change, swing, that same applies also to The Nation btw, too often right-leaning

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 12:47 pm
That is GOP possible VP Newt Gingrich's question of the day Angie...
Why Hillary Clinton Is Right About Pfizer
Hillary Clinton has been superb in shining a global spotlight on women’s rights and empowerment,” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof told The Story Exchange.
Seven Ways Hillary Clinton Changed Our Politics

K.A. Geier

June 6, 2008

How did Hillary Clinton affect the 2008 Election, and progressive politics, over the course of the primary?

ABC News: Hillary 'May Have Been Right' — 'Predicted' ISIS Would Use Trump in Video

it would be reader perspective if she were right it this one

this also came up on the search, yet I am not finding those words in the article--this may be what the search considered it to be:
"The best case I could find for Hillary as kickass StateSec comes courtesy of PolicyMic, which I hope is on her payroll given how much they suck up to her. An article titled "5 Top Highlights in Hillary Clinton's Secretary of State Tenure" cites "People-to-People Diplomacy" (all that travel), "The Importance of Economics" ("helping U.S. companies win business overseas"), "Restoring American Credibility" ("outreach to [the military junta in] Burma," "brokering a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel," and "coordination with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will likely give the U.S. greater leverage to pursue a robust peace process in 2013" — but "likely" didn't pan out…why doesn't Mo return my calls anymore?)."

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 11, 2016, 12:59 pm
In otther words-there ARE NONE, and she's never been right yet! I know you meant no harm Judi, but just don't mention me and Gingrich in the same one sentence again please! :-) ( Pfizer! of all-lmao)

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 11, 2016, 1:09 pm
".. shining a global spotlight on women’s rights and empowerment". Agree, only need to exchange one e for an a.!

JL A (281)
Monday July 11, 2016, 5:46 pm
IMO anyone who votes for Clinton must continuously take action to hold her accountable to every move towards progressive policy she has made during this campaign, including TPP opposition, and to continue pushing her towards better positions on everything Bernie supported for us.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 7:26 am
Looks like she also forced him into marriage! I can only hope the millions will flock to the Greens, I'm calling this deception.
'Finally, Clinton and Sanders enter a political marriage. Will it work?'

'Clinton and Sanders unite for the war on Trump

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 8:57 am

“Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president. And I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.” - Bernie Sanders, 12 July, 2016


Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 8:59 am
Looks like you've just received the verdict of capital punishment. Consider us all on death row now.

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Tuesday July 12, 2016, 9:26 am
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Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 12:38 pm
I agree Angelika. I can't help but think this police killings played into the "if we have Trump in we'll have more of these police killings." Kind of to hell with the citizens being squeezed at every angle and being murdered, as you mention Angelika the death row around the world.

As I left on other threads I will say:

I thank Bernie Sanders for all he did in the past and I'm sure he'll do more in the future. However on this point I highly disagree with him endorsing Hillary Clinton. He could say he was going to vote for her, his vote but not to endorse.

I wanted the fight to go right to the Convention and let the Superdelegates make the choice as to Bernie or Clinton. This fear of Trump is overblown, Bernie stepped out too soon, we don't even know if the RNC will make Donald Trump their Candidate there is lots of rebellion going on over there.

I had no intention of voting for anyone in the Democratic Party except for Bernie, is why I signed back on to vote for Bernie, of which tomorrow I shall remove myself off their rolls. This will be my quiet protest and I'm in hopes that someone will keep track of the week after and how many changed their Party affiliation.

So maybe some of Bernie's supporters will take his lead and join the Hillary Clinton camp but I'm going to Dr. Jill Stein of THE GREEN PARTY

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 1:22 pm
Have shared that link, Dandelion, thanks.

Angelika R (143)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 1:34 pm
When you do get the TPP in effect, and I would bet you WILL, you know whom to thank for it...
I too am about ready now to call Bernie a sore looser to be content with "well over 90% of what he wanted" (quote Weaver), missing the crucial 10% there! This affects us here as well as it sets the stage for Merkel signing on to the TTIP as well, despite the onging debate here.
Why only why did he have to refuse Jill Stein's offer and RUSHED = obviously pushed to this endorsement TODAY!!?, so prematurely!? sigh )

Watching her speech today instantly incited my vomit reflex, again. Her fear machine of Trump did a full job and even Sanders fell for the bait.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday July 12, 2016, 1:47 pm
There is more to this I suspect - we'll have to see what leaks out in the coming weeks. Yes, why now, when he could of gone out gracefully by not having the count with the Superdelegates. He could of said, well sorry folks I stayed to the bitter end.

The TPP was critical. What good is $15 an hour and some other things if TPP is set in motion. That $15 an hour, if it ever does start as I'm hearing stretched out over years, will be wiped out when the jaws of TPP start sinking in.

This has been the stranglehold we've been living under, the Democrats can toot their horn on a few places like "choice" or gay rights but the real major issues that affect all of us are overlooked and for too long too many people have settled for the lesser of everything.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday July 13, 2016, 1:24 pm
I agree with Dandelion. . . perhaps a lot in the background we don't know about yet.
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