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If you really want to win the General Election in 2016.......

you better get in real tight with the PoC community. That's a fact, jack, take it to the bank. I'd say, hell, if you want to be the Democratic nominee period, you better get in real tight.

I'd say a lot more, but then this forum would be bombarded by non-regulars.

The assholes in my "ranks" here on DU are pushing me away from Bernie, to be frank

I'm looking at Martin O'Malley more carefully now. If the idiots want to promote Bernie, they are backfiring. If they want to destroy the Bernie community, they are succeeding marvelously. These people need to get a grip. Be nice. Be polite. Be positive. Sing his praises. Otherwise, STFU.

I only have a few people on ignore right now, but I'll be glad to expand that list

I'm pretty much troll-proof. I can spot an attempt to bait me or piss me off a mile away. As soon as I see it, boom, you're on ignore. No hides in 11 years, so it must be working. Watch me get a hide for this post lol

The worst troll is, ironically, probably one of the most popular people here. All I'm going to say.

This community is being alert-stalked

I'll do my best, despite my limitations, to support you. It's wrong. It's un-Democratic. It's fascist. It's beneath the original dignity of this board.

I hope Mr. Skinner thinks this over very very carefully, and evaluates each case on its own merits. 1SBM and Bravenak did NOT deserve time-outs.

Is the drought any better in CA ? What are the forecasts ?

I've heard about the el Nino coming. Thanks. All the best to you CA folks!

to Zappaman for this link: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2015/09/10/el-nino-california-drought/72017258/

very sincere question about Governor O'Malley

I'm not a troll. Been here for almost 11 years, and I don't troll.

My question: What are the factors behind Governor O'Malley's showing in the polls ? I think he's a good man.

yes you will


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President of the United States is an administrative position primarily, correct ?

Martin O'Malley was Governor of Maryland, which is an administrative position. I think that's an accurate statement. ETA: Lincoln Chaffee was Governor of Rhode Island, so I stand corrected again.

AFAIK, he is the only person with real administrative experience in this race. Before you chide me, I am an authentic Bernie supporter. If you search DU, you will see that fact.

What are your thoughts on this ? Hopefully we can have a snark-free and relatively civil discussion. Have a good day, and thank you in advance.

eta: I stand corrected. They all have experience. I simply see Governor of MD as the best experience, which probably doesn't align with my support for Bernie.

eta2: If O'Malley was an asshole (like Bush) or was a bad Governor (like Bush), then his admin. experience would not matter. AFAIK, he is a good man and was a good Governor. If you have evidence to the contrary, I'd like to see it.

Grovelbot: Should he return, stay in retirement, meh ?

For you newbies, when DU used to have donation drives, Grovelbot was the mascot. We all had a chuckle (I think) and pitched in. The donation drives stopped a few years ago. I know the drives were more work for the admins, but damn I enjoyed them. Of course, you can donate to DU at any time!

What do you think ? Bring him back ? Keep him in retirement ? Meh ? Other ?

Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserveóor Too Little?



There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fedís annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A.

Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims:

Very low rates were necessary when the economy was deep in recession. Now, with growth up and unemployment down, the near-zero rates are creating speculative bubbles. They are not really stimulating the economy much, as corporations put cash into stock buybacks and bankers park spare money at the Fed itself. So letís get on with a more normal borrowing rate.

Opponents of a rate hike counter that the economy is a lot weaker than it looks. Wages are going nowhere. A lot of the jobs that have pushed down the nominal employment rate are lousy jobs. Chinaís economy has just hit a big wall, which will slow down global growth.

more at link above
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