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Some refresher links for anyone who might need them (Re: Neocons, PNAC, etc)

What is a Neocon?

You can compare/contrast the information against any particular candidates you wish, in order to understand who they are before you vote.

Who is PNAC? (Project For a New American Century)

These two links alone, though wikipedia, are fairly well stated and accurate. Read, remember, and digest.

Also, this might help you understand the Bibi/Hillary thing I saw earlier.

PS: I hope Bernie gets his protection detail soon. (Which reminds me of another post I want to make, but I really need to talk to Octafish first).

Peace. #feelthebern

Michiganders: Is there a process for either recalling or impeaching your Governor?

Or otherwise removing from office? It doesn't appear his illegal takeover of Flint ever got any traction? But the wanton and willful poisoning of FLint's residents certainly has MY attention, and I'm not even in Michigan. Please tell me there is. Please tell me there is already a petition...

I'm no lawyer, but can this man finally be disbarred now?

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore: Laws Are Superseded By God

The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, is once again trying to ban marriages for gays and lesbians in his state, handing down an order directing probate judges to stop issuing licenses. But Moore is offering convoluted legal reasoning to mask his true belief: That only his God can decide who gets married.

Moore blocked gay marriages before, claiming his state had sovereignty, but eventually backed off after legal challenges. Now he's come up with a new legal argument: That the Obergefell decision only applies to the marriage bans challenged in the states in that case, which reached the high court: Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio. Thus, he claims, it's yet to be seen whether it applies in Alabama.

This would of course be equivalent to saying that Loving v. Virginia, the case that struck down bans on interracial marriages in 1967, only applied to Virginia, or Lawrence v. Texas, which struck down sodomy bans, only did so for Texas. We could in fact pick case after case in which the Supreme Court did not specify that the ruling only applied to the locality in question and say the same thing. In other words, Moore's argument is ludicrous.

And it's actually cowardly for Moore, who has proudly offered his true reasoning in the past: He doesn't believe the Supreme Court has the authority to hand down such decisions because the high court is subject to God's law, which he believes bans marriage for gays and lesbians.

more at link:

When will they stop using the term "progressive" when they are talking about

average, middle of the road, middle class voters? The country hasn't moved right, only the politicians have.

On edit: If they keep it up, I may have to start referring to Mrs. Clinton as "right-wing".
Posted by silvershadow | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 07:59 PM (2 replies)

Is the Federal Election Commission Gearing Up to Mess With Sanders?

On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted out a quote from the campaign trail, seems like no big deal, right? The problem is, the tweet came from his Senate account, not his campaign account, and the general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center is saying that using his Senate resources for his presidential campaign is a violation of the rules.

I do not want to be liked by everybody. I want to be liked and supported by working families because I am going to take on Wall Street.

The statement, a sentiment he has echoed throughout his entire Senate career, was from a campaign speech he gave on Tuesday evening at Iowa Western Community College — which is where some are saying that things get muddy.

It also came just days after the New Hampshire Democratic debate, where Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton stated on the debate stage that “everyone should” love her, referring to her relationship with CEOs in corporate America.

more at link:

I was thinking, in light of all the DNC/Clinton shenanigans, I should start referring

to Bernie in any of my posts as "Bernie Sanders, the presumptive nominee". I mean, if HRC can extrapolate somehow getting there from where she is, surely the actual clear front-runner should be afforded the same courtesy. Plus it has a nice ring to it. Bring on the primaries, we are ready!

Hey real quick: Can someone please point me to a link where I can double my donation?

If DU does, that's great. If not, another blue site? Thank you so much! I would like to make a small donation today, and because i can't give much I'd like to at least have it doubled.
Posted by silvershadow | Thu Nov 5, 2015, 04:24 PM (2 replies)

Exclusive: Feds Investigate Hobby Lobby Boss for Illicit Artifacts

In 2011, a shipment of somewhere between 200 to 300 small clay tablets on their way to Oklahoma City from Israel was seized by U.S. Customs agents in Memphis. The tablets were inscribed in cuneiform—the script of ancient Assyria and Babylonia, present-day Iraq—and were thousands of years old. Their destination was the compound of the Hobby Lobby corporation, which became famous last year for winning a landmark Supreme Court case on religious freedom and government mandates. A senior law enforcement source with extensive knowledge of antiquities smuggling confirmed that these ancient artifacts had been purchased and were being imported by the deeply-religious owners of the crafting giant, the Green family of Oklahoma City. For the last four years, law enforcement sources tell The Daily Beast, the Greens have been under federal investigation for the illicit importation of cultural heritage from Iraq.

These tablets, like the other 40,000 or so ancient artifacts owned by the Green family, were destined for the Museum of the Bible, the giant new museum funded by the Greens, slated to open in Washington, D.C., in 2017. Both the seizure of the cuneiform tablets and the subsequent federal investigation were confirmed to us by Cary Summers, the president of the Museum of the Bible.

From its founding in 1970, the Greens’ Hobby Lobby chain has been more than simply a suite of craft stores. The Greens have used it as a model of a business run on Christian values. Stores are closed on Sundays in order to give employees time to attend church. The company employs four chaplains, and offered a free health clinic to staff at its headquarters long before free health care came into political vogue. The Greens have also used the Hobby Lobby platform to spread their Christian message far and wide: the company annually places full-page ads celebrating—in their words— “the real meaning of Christmas, Easter, and Independence Day” in newspapers across the country.

But the Greens went from evangelical players to bona fide Christian celebrities in June of 2014 when they won a Supreme Court case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. It granted them exemption from the Obamacare mandate to provide certain forms of contraception to their employees; forcing the company to do so, the Supreme Court ruled, would have violated the Greens’ deeply-held Christian beliefs.

(*note: I didn't post to LBN because i wasn't sure this is mainstream source)
much more:


Question: Is there anywhere I can go online to place my predictions on the outcomes

of races? Like, all the Governor's races, or particularly all the US House Seats?

Bern, baby, Bern!

For those of us of a certain age:

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