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I'm posting this here to avoid interaction with the cast of K Street irregulars over at GD Primaries, AND because I take this as encouraging to we Bernie supporters as a sign that HRC's financial support is drying up in the critical state of Pennsylvania. One of the links includes a photo of Bill getting a warm reception in Bethlehem during HRC's 2008 campaign. Not this time around!
Not only did he cancel the Bethlehem appearance, but attendees at his Pittsburgh fundraising reported a low turnout. He "popped in and out" for a 30 minute speech, and the Allegheny county Democratic chairwoman tried to spin the low turnout as an "intimate gathering". Note the campaign reported the number as "100 to 150" - with no photos or independent verification of that number. They could hardly admit to less than 100, could they!
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/12/10/Bill-Clinton-holds-fundraiser-for-Hillary-today-at-Consol/stories/201512100156 The Post-Gazette reported "attendees" estimated crowd at 100. But again, any Clinton fan who had just shelled out $500-$2700, would put the gloss of the minimum acceptable number of 100.
As detailed and cited/documented in an earlier thread, the Clinton campaign was pushing Bill to appear at 20 fundraisers in December, including 3 today spread across the state of Pennsylvania. A luncheon at Pittsburgh at Noon, followed by events at 4:30 p.m. in Bethlehem and 7:45 p.m. in Scranton. All in all, a punishing schedule for a man with his cardiac (quadruple by-pass) health history.
The Thursday cancellation of the Bethlehem fundraiser was barely 24 hours beforehand, but he still was going through with the other two. All these events were closed to the press, as per usual for either Clinton's fund-raising events held behind closed door at undisclosed, elite locations.
In the absence of any explanation at the time of the announcement, or any response to a reporter's queries to Clinton Campaign headquarters, I suggest there was an embarrassingly low response. If you don't got the money, honey, Bill don't got the time. Another possibility is that the physical demands of his 20 fundraising events in one month is taking a toll on his health.
Bill Clinton's Bethlehem fundraising put on hold (headline)
Posted by Divernan | Fri Dec 11, 2015, 07:26 PM (15 replies)
In the early 1970's, I was a Research Fellow for the National Institute of Mental Health, and as such was conducting a study of elderly residents in high rise apartment buildings for low income elderly in Pittsburgh. One woman I interviewed was the daughter of a West Virginia coal miner. Since I myself am the grand daughter of a coal miner who helped organize his union, even when the Pinkertons came in to fight them, I was interested when she told me she'd written a poem about coal-mining families, and asked if I could read it. I was so touched by it, I copied it, with her permission. That was over 40 years ago, and I just came across it in some old papers. The term "sealed in" refers to miners who were forever entombed in mine collapses. This elderly poetess must be long gone by now, but I think she would be very pleased, and even honored, to have you take the time to read her poem.
TWENTY TWO SEALED IN
I hate working in coal mines.
My wife and children are always crying
Everytime I go down in the coal mines.
I keep telling them I can soon decline.
I am getting too old to work in the mines.
The children sometimes say,
Daddy, please don't go today.
We are willing to give up
Such as Christmas stuff.
Toy trains running on tracks
We only ask,
Please, don't go back
In the old coal mines.
Because it would cause an awful lot
of suffering and crying
If you don't come back.
If we only have these rags on our back
And this old shack,
We will have you
And that's a fact.
(Written by Ella G. Nichols, Age 67; copied by me on Saturday, August 12, 1972)
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 07:30 AM (0 replies)
I mean, who ya gonna believe? The Hearst Corporation & Debbie Wasserman Schultz (who willingly swallowed its lie) or IBEW Local 1228? I'll take IBEW Local 1228 for a gazillion, Alex!
Station went back on their word about negotiating before debate
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 10, 2015, 06:36 AM (16 replies)
Flight time from Iowa to New Hampshire is only 2 hours and 42 minutes. Oh, the hardship if she was on a 10 seater private plane, instead of a 19 seater! I mean, might she have to sit directly across from a Secret Service person? Quelle Horreur!
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 9, 2015, 05:30 PM (1 replies)
Only the biggest and best is (just barely) good enough for Hillary.
Bill Gates OWNS a Dassault Falcon. See that's why Hillary feels she and Bill aren't really rich - because they have to RENT a private jet, and the very wealthy they aspire to hang with OWN their private jets.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Dec 9, 2015, 05:10 PM (0 replies)
The main story is the same old, same old Clinton fundraiser - in secret luxury location. $500 minimum donation for admission to the event, and $2700 to get a photo w/him. The semi-secret schedule is Pittsburgh at 12 noon; Bethlehem at 4:30 p.m. and Scranton later in the evening. Interestingly, the announced Pittsburgh co-host, Penguins CEO Morehouse is having heart valve repair/bypass surgery tomorrow, so is highly unlikely to be hosting anything 2 days later. And coincidentally, Bill Clinton has been hospitalized twice with heart disease, including a quadruple by-pass surgery.
According to the report, Bill Clinton is scheduled for 20 fundraisers across the country in the month of December. TWENTY.
Would any cardio doctor approve this schedule for a 69 year old patient with his health history? Would anyone who cared about the man? If he were my Dad or spouse, I'd say, WTF are you trying to do? Kill yourself?
But there is the money factor. When HRC visited the elite Fox Chapel suburb for her Conversations with Hillary fundraiser, photos were also $2700 each. Her handlers were adept at lining donors up, moving them next to HRC for a photo, and herding them out to make room for the next in line. Average time - 10 seconds. There were no conversations with her in the photo line. Let's say things slow down a bit with Bill - to 15 seconds per photo op. That's 4 photos per minute, times 60 minutes, which equals a rate of 240 photos in an hour. That translates to an hourly rate of $ 548,000. That's even more lucrative than HRC's 30 minute speeches for $200,000/$275,000.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Dec 8, 2015, 06:21 AM (2 replies)
Rahm was right about one thing - if he had not suppressed that tape until after his election last fall, he'd have been out on his ass from Chicagoland. He'd have never gotten ANY of Chicago's black vote. He, being an egotistical narcissist, had great expectations of running for national office following his time in Chicago. Now there is a second murder tape about to be released re the Chicago police, and Rahm's ambitions are dead in the water. Politically speaking, he is Dead Man Walking.
From today's Chicago Tribune:
Posted by Divernan | Sun Dec 6, 2015, 03:48 AM (0 replies)
According to snippets from both HRC's and WJC's books, her father was psychologically and physically abusive. Even one of HRC's strongest supporters discussed this in DU's Hillary Clinton group. http://www.democraticunderground.com/110713163
Posted by Divernan | Sat Dec 5, 2015, 10:52 AM (3 replies)
Count your garden by the flowers
Many happy returns of the day!
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 3, 2015, 05:42 PM (1 replies)
Sestak did this in October of 2013, following a blowout 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, which sent a plume of contaminated drilling water & natural gas 75 feet into the air & flowing into the ground for 16 hours before being capped. A failed blowout preventer triggered BP's environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
I post this to illustrate that he is not in the pocket of Big Fracking.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/harrisburg_politics/Sestak_calls_for_EPA_oversight_of_Marcellus_gas_drilling.html#g0rEfW7tm3QUGK72.99
Posted by Divernan | Thu Dec 3, 2015, 12:37 PM (1 replies)