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Luminous Animal

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HILLARY'S message to 'Urban America'. Respect gun culture.

“You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said.

“You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”

Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 12:42 AM (24 replies)

Obama's message to 'Urban America' respect rural gun culture

"Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that."


Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Oct 6, 2015, 12:34 AM (13 replies)

From Hillary's PAC: Gov. Bill Clinton apppoints his wife as chairwoman of the Rural Health Advisory


While he was Governor of Arkasas, Ms. Clinton also sat on the board of directors for Arkansas headquartered Wal-Mart was $18,000 a year for doing it and Arkansas based TCBY. Both contributed to Bill Clinton's governor campaigns.

Jane O'Meara Sanders made $4900 a year for her work on the radioactive waste commission. An appointment that has been described on this board as "plum" and "cushy" with zero evidence of either.

The biggest chunk of the Sanders' income last year came from the senator's $174,000-a-year congressional salary. (His occupation, as noted on his federal return: "Government Service.") Sanders' presidential campaign spokesman, Michael Briggs, explains the Sanders took in another $39,281 from Social Security benefits; $4,982 from the senator's Burlington mayoral pension; and $4,900 from Jane Sanders' governor-appointed spot on a low-level, radioactive waste commission.

I am aghast at the cronyism. Aghast I tells ya. Far more disturbing for me is the fact that Ms. Clinton sat on the board of directors of at least two disgusting corporations.

Hillary Clinton announced yesterday that she is resigning her seat on the boards of directors of three companies because she is working full time on the presidential campaign of her husband, Bill Clinton.

In doing so, she is giving up a significant portion of the couple's income. Last year, Hillary Clinton reported earning $60,700 from being a director of Wal-Mart, TCBY Enterprises and LaFarge Corp. This was far more than Clinton's $35,000-a-year salary as Arkansas governor and more than a quarter of their $235,000 total income.


Clinton joined the board of Wal-Mart, the nation's largest discount retail chain, in 1986. She joined TCBY Enterprises, a yogurt manufacturing and franchise firm, in 1989 and LaFarge, the U.S.-based arm of a French concrete company, in 1990.

Top executives of Wal-Mart and TCBY, both based in Arkansas, have made donations to her husband's races for governor.


Funny thing about LaFarge (a company that paid Hillary $31,000 a year to sit on their board)

Bill Clinton is renowned today for the millions he commands as a public speaker and business consultant. But in the early 1990s when he was making $35,000 a year as the governor of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton was the family's breadwinner, earning more than $100,000 a year from her law firm salary and corporate board fees. Lafarge, a U.S. cement maker owned by a French conglomerate, was one of her largest sources of income, paying her $31,000 a year to serve on its board. Shortly before Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, Lafarge was fined $1.8 million by the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution violations at its Alabama plant. A year later, the Clinton administration reduced that fine to less than $600,000. Hillary Clinton had left the board in spring 1992 after her husband won the Democratic nomination.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Mon Sep 28, 2015, 04:39 PM (8 replies)

Hillary's historian refutes Sanders claim that this country is "created on racist principles".

In an OP for the NY Times, historian and advisor to Hillary Clinton, Sean Wilentz, claims that Bernie Sanders threatens to

"poison the current presidential campaign. The United States, Bernie Sanders has charged, “in many ways was created, and I’m sorry to have to say this, from way back, on racist principles, that’s a fact.”"

And that, Sanders, stating such is furthering "one of the most destructive falsehoods in all of American history."

He then goes on to myopically restrict the topic of racism solely to the institution of slavery and defends the Constitution with merely tolerating slavery as a local institution rather than enshrining it as a national law as proof that Sanders is promoting a falsehood. Unbelievably, he attempts to downplay the three-fifths clause and the fugitive slave clause.


Fortunately, he is getting his ass handed to him in the comments.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Wed Sep 16, 2015, 03:31 PM (258 replies)

Excellent. Thanks.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 02:22 PM (0 replies)

"Wall Street Journal’s Scary Bernie Sanders Price Tag Ignores Health Savings"

The screaming headline on Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal reads “Price Tag of Bernie Sanders’s Proposals: $18 Trillion.” This would comprise “the largest peacetime expansion of government in American history,” the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper warns.

The provenance of the figure is in many ways besides the point. Readers are intended to bug their eyes out at such a massive sum, and tsk-tsk at the deeply unserious, budget-busting promises of a democratic socialist. It’s the numerical version of a smear campaign.

But how did the Journal arrive at $18 trillion? They added up the 10-year price tags of seven programs Sanders has endorsed in his candidacy for president. It turns out that $15 trillion of the $18 trillion, or 83 percent of the total, comes from just one of these programs: establishing a single-payer health care system.


Accounting for cost inflation in health care and extending that out for 10 years, on our current trajectory we would spend more than $30 trillion, compared to the $15 trillion of a single-payer plan, which would totally supplant it.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 02:15 PM (1 replies)

Bernie responds to Clinton attack via Jennifer Epstein Bloomberg Politics correspondent

And, as reported by Jennifer, he elaborates:

Jennifer Epstein ‏@jeneps 15m15 minutes ago
Sanders on pro-Clinton super PAC's attack on him: "It was the kind of onslaught I expected to see from the Koch Brothers or Sheldon Adelson"

Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 01:09 PM (121 replies)


Clinton campaign has criticized Bernie Sanders for making a deal with Venezuela to supply discounted fuel to assist the poor during the harsh Vermont winter months. Vermont was one of six states that negotiated for fuel with Venezuela because the U.S. Government was unwilling to supply relief.

A Clinton campaign SuperPac, David Brock's (ex-Republican operative) "Correct the Record" asserts it can legally coordinate with the candidate, and circulated a hit email criticizing Sanders for making a deal that would save lives in his state of Vermont.

Super PACs are typically prohibited by law from coordinating with candidates, but Correct the Record will not be a typical super PAC. The group will not run ads, but instead does all of its work online, which it says will allow it to coordinate with the Clinton campaign.

The so-called “Internet exemption” was not intended to be used this way (it was created before the existence of super PACs), the Washington Post notes, but experts say Correct the Record is unlikely to face reprisal.


(H/T to DUer virtualobserver)
Posted by Luminous Animal | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 12:59 AM (82 replies)

Really. June 6th. 7 days in New Hampshire after his official announcement in Vermont.

Accountability for any LEO/CO who breaks the law (re citizens or prisoners); he references SC killer cop being indicted. Prosecute them.
Community policing; integration with the people not occupation and military gear.
Training and better pay for police.
Shift our $$ priorities from jailing AA youth to education and job opportunities for them.


And this from July 1st. Prior to Net Roots Nation

One day before Net Roots Nation

So, no. He did not refuse to talk about "anything but economic equality". And I am really getting sick and tired of this canard being posted over and over again.

Posted by Luminous Animal | Sat Aug 15, 2015, 11:17 PM (7 replies)

About this gun thing. Let's see what Obama has said and done.

I think that the only legitimate flack that I can give Bernie is his original vote against the Brady bill.

Bernie makes the point that people should address the difference of how guns are viewed in an urban environment as opposed to a rural environment. There are a few in GD-P who are claiming that the subtext to this is: "White rural gun owners, good; black urban gun owners, bad."

But here is what Obama said, ""Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family's traditions, you can see why you'd be pretty protective of that."

Bernie has also stated that urban advocates need to listen to rural gun owners.

Here is what Obama has said on that point, "So it's trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes."

Bernie has stated that even though he is not a gun owner (and I don't think he even shoots them), he supports those who enjoy the hunting life and realizes it is often a family outing.

Here is what Obama has said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations," Obama told The New Republic in an interview published Sunday. "And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake."

He also says he shoots skeet at Camp David.


Obama supports universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles, so does Bernie.

One of the other votes that people are criticizing Bernie for is his vote to allow guns on checked luggage on AMTRAK. In 2010, Obama signed just such a law. Another law that Obama signed was one allowing people to carry concealed weapons in National Parks and wildlife refuges. Both actions earned him an "F" from the Brady Foundation

Here is an excerpt from an op-ed that Obama wrote for the Arizona Star in 2011:

Now, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. And the courts have settled that as the law of the land. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that's handed from generation to generation. Hunting and shooting are part of our national heritage. And, in fact, my administration has not curtailed the rights of gun owners - it has expanded them, including allowing people to carry their guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

The fact is, almost all gun owners in America are highly responsible. They're our friends and neighbors. They buy their guns legally and use them safely, whether for hunting or target shooting, collection or protection. And that's something that gun-safety advocates need to accept. Likewise, advocates for gun owners should accept the awful reality that gun violence affects Americans everywhere, whether on the streets of Chicago or at a supermarket in Tucson.


Posted by Luminous Animal | Fri Jul 10, 2015, 07:21 PM (1 replies)
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