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If they're not already in the One Percent, what do these HRC supporters expect will happen to them and their friends and families if HRC is elected? The all-ashore-that's-going-ashore whistle has been sounded, the gangplank has been removed and the boat has pulled away from the dock for the 1%,Corporate Ark, and if you're not already on board, you will never, never get there!
It's not just poor and middle class Republicans who vote against their own best interests.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Aug 11, 2015, 03:25 PM (0 replies)
With her campaign style of claiming to be all things to all people, and with all those wealthy, we're-so-hip young trust fund babies who can afford to work for her campaign for free as "interns", someone is bound to suggest, HRC needs to rap!
What's the rap equivalent of "ain't no ways tired"?
What's she doing with all those hundreds and hundreds of campaign interns & advisors? She doesn't need them for her cookie-cutter, endless series of fund-raising soirees at McMansions in gated communities. Their lives must be damn boring. I picture them secretly and enviously following Bernie's campaign on their I-phones and wishing they were with the cool kids in the Summer of Bernie.
Bet they're checking out DU - so in the tradition of the olden, golden days of DU, when we routinely gave shoutouts to "Agent Mike", here's a shoutout to you, Agent Muffy!
Posted by Divernan | Tue Aug 11, 2015, 01:57 AM (0 replies)
The analogy I would make is to compare her candidacy in the general as the equivalent of a shark feeding dive - an activity in which I've participated several times. You have all the divers settled in well away from the area where the shark bait will be handled by the dive leader, before the container is opened and the smell quickly spreads through the ocean.
The shark dive master is fully protected by a dive suit specifically designed of stainless-steel mesh, manufactured to give both protection and range of motion. It takes a specialized machine 70 hours to individually weld enough chain mail to make a suit — ring by ring, link by link, almost 500,000 in total. And it takes a skilled craftsman another 40 hours to cut and assemble that suit completely by hand.
So the GOP voting base is the pack of sharks which will be in a feeding frenzy, and HRC is right in the middle of them. Not only is she in the middle, but her "divesuit" has accumulated decades of chinks in the armor from all the scandals and past, recent and on-going actions of both her and Bill, and the GOP will be tearing at and exploiting them as ferociously as sharks attack bait.
Not a pretty picture, is it. And even worse, she will drag down other Dems on the ticket.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 04:07 PM (1 replies)
And this erudite article explains why:
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 10, 2015, 02:07 PM (9 replies)
Just by way of contrast, while Bernie is attracting historic, record-breaking crowds for a primary candidate, his opponent "wowed a Park City crowd" of (are you ready for this? Hold on to your hats, folks) SIXTY (60!), in a private home in a gated community - no press or public allowed, thank you very much.
The headline on this link (from the HRC group): Hillary Clinton wows a Park City crowd.
The "report" failed to quantify the crowd, identify the host or location (other than private home), the charge for admission, or whether the press was admitted.
by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD
Posted: 08/07/2015 04:46:53 PM MDT
Curious as to what constitutes a "crowd" in Park City, I googled and found a more descriptive news report.
Posted by Divernan | Sun Aug 9, 2015, 06:14 AM (0 replies)
Good, positive local news coverage from 3 main Seattle papers, the Seattle Times, the Puget Sound Business Journal and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Is Seattle Bernie Sanders’ kind of town? The Democratic presidential candidate brings his fiery, anti-corporate rhetoric to Seattle on Saturday for two rallies that could attract thousands.(subheadline)
Ellen O’Shea, an organic farmer from Chimacum, Jefferson County, had planned to share a car and ferry ride with a couple friends to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday in Seattle.
Bernie Sanders is raising money at the Comet Tavern on Saturday: No Medina mansion for him(headline)
Posted by Divernan | Fri Aug 7, 2015, 06:03 PM (23 replies)
That stress level you experience is not healthy. Concrete facts, such as numbers attending, venues, amounts charged to attend, etc., are just that - facts, not smears. If you were really comfortable with HRC's campaign style, you wouldn't get so upset, and you would be able to calmly, and without repeated use of the word "fucking" explain why you believe her campaign style is preferable to Bernie's. In fact, you would welcome the opportunity to do so.
You ask, further up thread, post 7, what the difference is between seeing Bernie "live" and seeing him on Youtube. Obviously, to many thousands of people, who go to his events with no expectation of actually talking with him, that difference is worth the effort for them to attend in person. Over the decades, I have gone to considerable effort to attend live performances/presentations/speeches of people who are politically/historically significant and/or whom I admire for their talents and accomplishments. I've been privileged to watch & hear, live & not recorded, Sam Rayburn, JFK, Bob Dole, Geraldine Ferarro, Bill Clinton, Walter Mondale, George W. Bush, Al Gore, Bob Casey, Tony Bennet, Luciano Pavorotti, Raul Julia, Bernadette Peters, Maggie Smith, Paul McCartney, James Galway, Liam Neeson, Yo-Yo Ma, Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand, Kenneth Branagh, Daniel Radcliffe, Juliette Moore, Bill Nighy, Antonio Banderas, Aidan Quinn, Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, to name some.
I've seen photos of Mayan pyramids in central American jungles - and they in no way compared to the thrill of climbing several myself. I've seen videos of divers exploring sunken ships, but that is NOTHING compared to the thrill of wreck diving on the sunken WWII ships of Truk Lagoon. I've seen video of glaciers calving - but wow! the actual sound and sight of that phenomena at Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska. I was on the island of Montserrat for a week while its volcano was erupting - more than just seeing or hearing a video of it, there was the feel of the fine grit of ash covering every surface, and the acrid smell of sulphur. And living in Cocoa, Florida in the '60's, I got to watch many rocket launches, both daylight and at night from my back yard - plus one overwhelming experience watching a Saturn launch from the VIP guest section at Cape Kennedy.
And see, here's the thing (as Adrian Monk would say), once you've had one of these live, real life experiences, for the rest of your life, when you see a photo or video, or hear the recorded voice or musical performance of any one of those examples, you flash back to the excitement, the electric thrill of your actual, in person experience.
When it comes to really huge political rallies, there is a gestalt, a whole which is far more than the sum of its parts. The passion and excitement of such an evening can carry over to the rest of the campaign and beyond, and participants will treasure that.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 3, 2015, 10:00 PM (0 replies)
Commentary: Hillary Clinton’s Shameful Vote on Cluster Bombs
By Paul Rockwell
Tuesday March 18, 2008
Posted by Divernan | Mon Aug 3, 2015, 09:35 AM (2 replies)
I can't help but notice you've taken to posting the cryptic comment "Bookmarking" or "Bookmarking, again" on threads I've posted on which support Bernie &/or are critical of Hillary. and I am sincerely unclear why you do this or what it means. So please clear up my confusion and explain what the terse phrases "bookmarking" or "bookmarking, again" mean to you.
For example, I occasionally bookmark a thread because it contains valuable links - in other words, I like it. I might say, "Great thread. Bookmarked"; or "K&R bookmarked"; or "Bookmarked to read later" as a compliment/thank you to the OP. In the instant thread you have expressed displeasure because the topic has been posted before, but provide no substantive debate, discussion or comments on the topic itself. So what is the value to you of bookmarking the thread?
Are your bookmarks the internet equivalent of Dickens' character, Madame Defarge and her knitting in A Tale of Two Cities? Even on a literal level, Madame Defarge’s knitting constitutes a whole network of symbols. Into her needlework she stitches a registry or list of names (one might say, bookmarks), of all those condemned in the name of a new republic. I sincerely hope that is not the case. Because that would contribute nothing to the political debate and it implies some future "payback" which even in the volatile primary season is out of place on DU.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Aug 1, 2015, 11:51 AM (1 replies)