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...and that is why I love---and support---Mother Hillary.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:49 AM (8 replies)
Finally figured it out. This is America, the land of the rugged individual. When so many self styled liberal pundits join each other in lock-step to declare that they would rather poke out their eyeballs with flaming hot skewers than allow former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be our Democratic nominee, it can mean only thing---they love the woman. They are trying to bolster her middle of the road creds for the general. They know that she will be the nominee, and therefore they are playing Br'er Rabbit in the Briar Patch.
"Oh please, Mr. Democratic primary voter. Don't make me vote for Hillary Clinton in the general. I'd rather do anything than that. Yes, I would."
Brilliant strategy! Declare that she is a "war hawk"! That will reassure the independents who are worried about terrorists and who fear that a woman does not have the balls to keep them safe. Remind us that she attended Christian prayer breakfasts in Congress---last I heard, only about 80% of the American electorate consider themselves Christians. What else? Oh, yes. The Patriot Act. Because voting to give the telecoms immunity was such a thorn in the side of Obama during the 2008 general election. Yes, indeed, I can not remember how many soccer moms and NASCAR dads I heard questioning Obama's judgment on that one. While you are at it, blame her for the Iraq War. Since even the most historically challenged American recalls that Bush/Cheney and Powell are the ones who tricked us into war, this will make you look like a bunch of idiots with a grudge, negating the effect of any other barbs you may lob her way.
So, all you playful progressives, keep it up! Tell mainstream America over and over again how absolutely, disgustingly moderate you think Senator Clinton is. And while you are at it, repeatedly mumble "She's ok on women's and children's issues. I guess. For what that's worth." That way you won't have to worry that the nation's women---who tend to be a little left of middle---might take your ranting at face value. In fact, alienate as many women as you can. It will only solidify her base, which will rally around her as they perceive her being the target of yet another witch hunt. Yes, it means that many of you will suffer, condemned as sexist pigs for your increasingly shrill attacks on the woman. But hey, your personal reputation is a small price to pay in order to pave the way for Eight More Years!
Oh, and consider this. What if Clinton has decided to take a page from her husband's playbook? Bill Clinton chose to run with Al Gore rather than a VP from the North or West, because picking a running mate like himself made him seem more self assured in the eyes of voters. More comfortable in his own skin. So, if I were Bill Clinton, I would suggest that Hillary pick a strong woman to run with her. A woman like Elizabeth Warren. But I'd keep it quiet. That way when Clinton and Warren do their surprise team up at the convention, it will be one of those "Let's all come together" moments that Democrats love--like the one in 2008 when Obama chose Clinton to be on his team. I saw that one coming from a mile away, though many at the time called me crazy. "What? Obama embrace Clinton? That woman is the evil-anti Obama! It will never ever happen!"
Isn't politics fun! And don't you wish you were a fly on the wall when Clinton and Warren had their little talk? Who here really believes that if Clinton offered Warren the VP slot--and a shot as the highest office herself in eight years---Warren would "Just say no"? How does it feel knowing that Hillary Clinton has the power to do what you only wish that you could do---put Elizabeth Warren in the White House?
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:25 AM (3 replies)
I'm gonna make this fast and easy, because folks don't have the attention span they used to. This will not be a twenty paragraph OP with links and pics. This will be a 20 item list.
1. Gas Is Going to be $2 a gallon this summer
2. Exxon's profits are dropping
3. If we invade Iran, oil prices will go back through the roof
4. Jeb Bush is in the pocket of Big Oil
5. Jeb Bush helped write the "Project for a New American Century" in the 1990s, which called for invading Iraq and Iran, "liberating" their oil.
6. Jeb Bush's Brother, W. used 9-11---which happened on his watch due to his ineptitude---as an excuse to invade Iraq.
7. Oil prices were through the roof under W.'s watch.
8. In 2005, W. wanted to invade Iran, too, but the Pentagon would not let him. Did not want war on three fronts.
9. Did I mention that oil prices are going to drop to $2 a gallon this summer? Yeah, I did. Twice. This is the third time. That is because cheap gas is what this is all about. Or rather, the oil industry's plan to raise the price of gas back to $4 a gallon.
10. The NeoCons and their puppets---NYT, WaPo, certain factions in Israel, the GOP---are now demanding that we invade Iran. They are currently trying to soften up the American public to accept the idea of another war for oil in the Middle East.
11. Jeb Bush's number one problem if he runs for president will be his brother and father's oil-hawkish tendencies---they both went to war in the Middle East---and the fact that Jeb also is a well documented hawk who advocated invading Iran for its oil back in the 1990s.
12. America wishes we had never gotten into Iraq. America is leery of getting into Iran.
13. Jeb Bush's best chance at being president is to trick Dems into nominating someone who is not well known, so that the GOP controlled MSM can shape the debate on that person's "character." You know, call him or her a "waffler" a "fake". This will put the Dem nominee on the defensive like McGovern in 1972, keeping him or her from focusing on Jeb's many weaknesses.
14. Jeb Bush will crash and burn if he has to run against someone who already has a well known persona that can not be morphed by the MSM. Or against someone who is too charismatic to be trashed.
15. The Dems must nominate someone who is absolutely charming in person that no one in the press will want to trash his or her character---like another Obama---or someone with so much history that the public already knows the person. Howard Dean, Al Gore or Hillary Clinton all fit the bill. In other words, we need either charisma or fame. Or both. Give me a nominee with charisma and/or fame and I will jump on the bandwagon. Give me someone who is unknown to the majority of independent Americans and that person had better have "I wanna drink a beer with him/her" potential.
16. So, if you want someone fresh and new, ask yourself "How many independents will want to drink a beer with my candidate?" If the answer is "Not too many, but he or she will do great things once in office!" you are backing the wrong candidate.
17. If Jeb "wins" or steals this election, we will be at war in Iran, our national debt with go through the roof again, you will be paying $4 a gallon for oil.
18. Since this is a free country (for at least two more years) you have a right to ignore number 17 and parrot the GOP whose current talking point for the Dem primary is that Clinton is a "war hawk". Go on. You know you want to say it. War hawk, war hawk, war hawk. Rand Paul called her that on Meet the Press last year. Rand Paul told the nation's Democrats that if they nominate Clinton, she will be perceived as too "hawkish" for independent America. I am sooo glad that Rand Paul has our party's best interests at heart. (Yeah, I am being sarcastic).
19. Anyone who rushes to defend Rand Paul and spit on Hillary Clinton in the replies to this thread is, by definition, a Republican. No, this point is not negotiable.
20. The "enemy" is not any Democrat. The enemy is Jeb Bush/the NeoCons/ and Big Oil.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sat Mar 14, 2015, 12:26 PM (13 replies)
Still the most unbeatable combo we have. The fact that so many Republicans are all over Clinton---i.e. three separate House committees--proves that they are scared of her.
The latest little bit of pathetic criticism which I read here at DU was that Clinton looked old. And tired.
Dudes and Dudettes, you think women in office is "old and tired" because you are Democrats. You will not determine the outcome of the general. That will be the unaligned so called Independent voters who have to have something fun and new given to them in order to capture their attention and get them to the polls. Well, to them, Clinton/Castro will be extremely new and lots of fun. When a woman with a real shot at winning is at the head of the Democratic ticket, it will be the hottest ticket around. We will see a national debate on gender. We will see a few NASCAR dads vote against her out of fear of a strong woman. We will see even more Soccer moms and GOP women vote for her in disgust at the wretched behavior of the NASCAR dads.
We will discover who really wears the pantsuits in this country.
And with Castro on the ticket, we beat the GOP once again when it comes to the ever growing Latino vote---and pave the way for President Julian Castro in 2020 (I am betting she won't run for re-election) or in 2024.
If we can only persuade Al Franken to run a (pretend) campaign so that he can take part in each debate and drive up the ratings, the Democratic primary will be even more fun and more new. We also need a couple of uber-lefties to get out there and scare middle America with their uber-lefty talk, so that middle America realizes that Clinton is not the Marx spouting Lesbian witch that the Republicans will try to portray her as being.
I can not wait.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Mar 12, 2015, 01:47 AM (2 replies)
Here's a lesson that I learned in 1968. Back then, I knew people who loved Hubert Humphrey, LBJ's VP and the eventual Democratic nominee after the food fight on steroids in Chicago. The folks who loved him were often (but not always) Black. They loved him because of all the things that he had done for Civil Rights. As LBJ's VP, he had worked like a dog to gather the necessary vote to pass the Voting Rights Act and other legislation.
However, equal rights under the law were not the only issue on the table in 1968. The other big topic of concern was the draft. Young men were dying in Vietnam, in a war which LBJ could not win but from which he could not extricate the country, either. Realizing what a mess Vietnam was, LBJ decided not to run again, so that he could concentrate on ending the war. His man, Henry Kissinger, conspired with the GOP candidate Nixon to derail the peace talks and keep the war going, because the war was Hubert Humphrey's big weakness among Democratic voters.
You see, all those young men subject to the draft and their friends and family members hated LBJ as much as Blacks folks loved him. I remember, in the same week, going with my 3rd grade teacher (Black) to greet LBJ when he arrived in Austin and attending an anti-war rally where he was vilified by my mother's UT friends.
The hatred of LBJ rubbed off on Humphrey. Being LBJ's VP, he could not run against the war---it would have been disloyal. So, he was labeled a hawk. He was reviled. A man whose focus had always been on domestic equality under the law was suddenly transformed into some kind of war criminal. No one cared about the good he had done at home for underprivileged people. They looked at him and saw only WAR. They were convinced that his only reason for being in politics was to promote war.
Humphrey lost by the narrowest of margins. Nixon, who ran on a campaign of "Four years is enough to end a war" promptly escalated the war and illegally invaded Cambodia and Laos. He is responsible for many more deaths of young US men. No doubt, some of those men stayed home in 1968 as a "protest vote" against Humphrey the Hawk. Some of them probably voted for Eugene McCarthy. And their votes may well have cost them their lives.
What does this mean in 2016? Be very careful of labeling any Democratic a "hawk" and deciding that a protest third party vote or stay home vote is the best way to turn the party to the left. Those protest third party votes in 2000 did not turn us to the left. They gave us eight years of Dumbya and then a middle of the road Obama. Those protest third party votes in 1968 did not turn us to the left. They gave us the Killing Fields of Cambodia. The Washington Post (briefly) turned us to the left because Nixon/Mitchell threatened some of Katie Graham's media holdings and so she turned loose two of her reporters on Nixon in order to get even. That is not likely to happen again, not with our current MSM. If we buy another GOP Neo-con we will be at war in Iran. If the Dems keep the White House, we won't. It is as simple as that.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Mar 11, 2015, 02:44 AM (34 replies)
Colchicine is one of those ancient drugs that doctors have been using forever. Like aspirin and morphine, no one has a patent on it, because it is so old that its use predates patents---
That was until 2009 when a wily pharmaceutical company conducted clinical trials to see if colchicine was effective in treating gout. No surprise about the outcome. Doctors had been using the medication for decades to successfully treat gout. The surprise came when URL Pharma---which was later purchased by Takeda---applied for an exclusive patent on colchicine based upon their low cost no risk trial---they knew that it was going to work. The FDA gave URL Pharma--and later Takeda--the sole right to sell the gout medication in this country.
Prior to the FDAs decision, colchicine was available as a low cost generic made by over 20 companies. Once URL Pharma/Takeda got the patent, they were able to raise the price so high that average Americans could no longer afford it. The ugly truth is spelled out in the amicus brief filed by the American College of Rheumatology
What's next? Will Pfizer do a trial, discover that aspirin prevents strokes and heart attacks and apply for a patent so that they can get the exclusive right to sell it at $5 a pill? Maybe Sandoz can do studies of marijuana's affect on nausea and get a patent to control all weed that is sold in the US. Marijuana would get a lot more expensive, but we could be assured that it would be available. The government would never ban a drug that could make Big Pharm a ton of money. Maybe someone should patent water--you know, H20. Has anyone done an official trial to see what effect oral rehydration with H20 does for heat exhaustion? Maybe Smith-Kline could become the sole licensed water dealer in the US---and we could pay $5 for a glass of water.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Mar 10, 2015, 02:08 AM (13 replies)
That's right. DU is frothing at the mouth, demanding that Some---no make that Any Democrat play Dorothy and throw a big bucket of water on the Clinton Witch and dissolve her before she has her witchy way with us. How do I know? Because I read the posts here, which commonly ascribe Clinton with superhuman---magical, witchy powers.
1. Hillary " the War Hawk" Clinton: Funny, I thought that was Rand Paul's name for her. So why is that DU's favorite name for her? Guess a lot of us just love the wit and wisdom of Rand Paul. Anyway, Hillary singlehandedly started the war with Iraq because hers was the only Senate vote that counted. She is so all powerful that if she had voted the other way, every other Senator would have followed her lead. Plus, she is responsible for Afghanistan, too. Obama was lying when he said he would escalate the war in Afghanistan if elected. He was trying to appeal to the independents. He would have been a total peace-nick.... except that Hillary used her witch powers and her position as SOS force him to commit more troops to Afghanistan and to invade Iran---oh, wait. She didn't seize the opportunity to invade Iran. I wonder if that was part of some super-tricky Hillary witchiness.
2. Hillary "the Lawless" Clinton: Hillary never met a law that she did not break. Just to prove she could. Using her crystal ball, she looked ahead in time, saw that there would be a law in the future requiring government officials to use their government email accounts and so she deliberately and maliciously used her own email account just so she could brag later that she broke the law--and got away with it.
3. Hillary "The Bankster" Clinton: Know why the Obama Administration did not indict Goldman Sachs? It's because Hillary would not let them. To quote from a recent Greatest DU thread. "She is snuggled up good and tight with organized crime crews like Goldman Sachs that stole our future." Never mind that Clinton was SOS and Holder was Attorney General. It was her job---as the Universal Mom--to protect us from the Banksters and she blew it. And while we are on the subject of a recent Greatest Thread...
4. Hillary "She Who Squashes Our Civil Rights Beneath Her Stiletto Heels" Clinton: That witch! She voted for the Patriot Act in 2001, forcing every single other US Senator at the time--except Russ Feingold--to vote for it too. She must have an awesome magic wand. I want one of those. And---OMG!---she forced Obama to vote in favor of reauthorizing the Patriot in 2006! How dare she!
5. Hillary "She Who Is Just Asking for It" Clinton: My all time favorite friendly fire criticism. It goes something like We can not support her because she is too divisive. She deliberately forces people to hate her. It is her own fault that the press plants phony stories about her. She should be nicer, then people would like her more and they would stop saying all those mean, false things about her. If she was not so mad with her own witchy power, she would stop trying to get people to hate and fear her by doing all those awful things she does. You know, like
All this Hillary Has Witch Powers talk is not new. The Press, Republicans and Democrats commonly ascribed supernatural powers to her during the 2008 election. Every time an opponent stumbled, it was because Hillary stuck a pin in a voodoo doll. Every time Matt Drudge slimed a Democrat it was because Hillary Made Him Do It! She turned the ultra-left of left wing New Hampshire Democratic primary voters into white hood toting KKKers who voted not for her but against Obama. Her cackle was the subject of months and months of MSM debate. She was accused of using her sexuality to try to sway the minds of weak willed men---MSNBC spent 23 minutes talking about her cleavage. Her tears were crocodile tears. She was a "whore" (to quote Randi Rhodes) who slept her way to the top---nice trick considering that the press also labeled her frigid and a Lesbian. She was Medea, according to Chris Mathews, the evil mother who wanted to "crib death" her opponent's campaign. Oh, and then there was her magical, witchy stare. A quote from Comedy Central that sums up all the craziness of those who fear the Big Bad Hillary Witch
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri Mar 6, 2015, 03:30 PM (4 replies)
At the start of this year, I had no particular opinion about Sen. Hillary Clinton except that I knew that she was the front runner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, and, if nominated, would probably win the general.
Two months later, after reading the never ending stream of crap that keeps getting written about her, I must say that I hope that she is the party nominee. I pray that she is the nominee. America needs Hillary Clinton. DU needs Hillary Clinton. The House GOP really needs Hillary Clinton.
The anti-Hillary rhetoric is so shrill and so mindless that at this point, I firmly believe that giving in to it would be like giving in the Catholic Church when they insisted that the sun revolved around the earth and anyone who said different was a heretic. The only way to convince those suffering from pathological Hillary Hatred (I think this may be a DSM category) that their unreasonable fear of the woman is not justified is to let them observe her as president. Maybe, if they see that she does not invade every other country on earth and does not strip us all of our Social Security and Medicare and does not force men to wear veils and walk seven paces behind their wives and does not use her legendary witch powers to control our minds and sap us of our precious bodily fluids---
Maybe then they will find something more interesting to talk about. Like slime mold. Or golf handicaps. Anything but yet another Hillary Clinton conspiracy theory.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu Mar 5, 2015, 03:40 AM (189 replies)
Be extremely careful about anything that the corporate media says or does about any Democratic presidential candidate. Seriously. If you do not believe me, go read the Rolling Stone piece about the Press V. Al Gore. Remember, Kerry Was a Waffler, NBC beat the Drums of War for Iraq, and we had 24-7 panty sniffing when Clinton was president. Oh, and "America Held Hostage" during Carter.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Mar 3, 2015, 03:32 AM (7 replies)
For many in the third world, western Europe---Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain seems like heaven compared to the places where they were born and live. The irony is that some of these hellish places are the hellholes which they are because Western Europe and later the United States continue to enrich themselves by plundering the resources of their colonies. Yes, the little Colony that could, the U.S. has become a colonial superpower itself. Go figure. Apparently the right to life, liberty and happiness--and property rights---only applied to white men who could trace their ancestry to Europe.
One hundred twenty-five years ago, the so called Plains Wars ended when the U.S. stole yet another chunk of Lakota territory, slashed rations for the Lakota on the reservations, then turned around and outlawed the Ghost Dance by which the Natives hoped to reclaim their land, their buffalo herds and their freedom. One hundred-twenty-five years ago, Tatanka Iyotake (aka Sitting Bull) was murdered and then Spotted Elk and 300 his followers were killed as they attempted to surrender. The dead at Wounded Knee included woman and children who were chased down and murdered up to two miles from the initial battle site, giving the lie to the soldiers' claim that they fought in self defense.
Wounded Knee was no accident. It was an object lesson. Indian Agents across the west then advised their own Natives to settle down---with the implied threat that what happened at Wounded Knee could happen to them. It was Colonialism's last stand in the United States. After that, our government was careful to maintain at least a semblance of fair play when depriving Americans of their land and lives. Abroad, anything still went and no excess was too excessive, especially if we could claim that we were fighting the scourge of communism. Hey, the South China Sea was full of oil and gas.
Ironically, colonialism abroad helped the poor, downtrodden workers of Western Europe to improve their own lot. When dock owners in London decided to cut the already pitifully poor wages which they paid to day laborers for unloading cargo, the laborers balked. And 100,000 stevedores, firemen and other workers balked with them. They staged the Great Dock Strike of 1889. One year before, the women who worked making matches at Bryant and May in London staged the first ever successful strike as the public realized that British women were working in conditions akin to slavery. The Great Dock Strike was much bigger. The dock owners knew that hunger would eventually force the workers back to their jobs. All they had to do was wait---
And that is when colonialism turned around and bit the capitalist hand that fed it. Australian workers, no doubt remembering the poverty and tyranny that forced many of them from their home country, gathered enough money to keep the striking workers fed. The dock owners capitulated. Labor had one of its early, great victories. And today, if you are a British citizen, you have all kinds of rights and benefits, because of the efforts of those early union organizers and those early strikers and their compatriots in the colonies who made their fortunes depriving Aboriginal Natives of their land. Today, if you are a United States citizen you have all kinds of rights, privileges and advantages because we sent the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears and stole the Black Hills of Dakota when gold was discovered.
I present this slice of history from 1889 to prove a point. If you get too fixed on a single problem and a single solution to the problem, you lose sight of the big picture. London's East End workers rose from third world living conditions thanks to colonialism. That same colonialism committed cold blooded theft and semi cold blooded genocide against the Natives of North America. Colonialism abroad quickly turns to colonialism at home as the rich realize that they can use colonial tactics on their own countrymen. Once any one of us starts treating anyone anywhere in the world as expendable, the door to hell is opened and we all end up burning.
Those who say that there is only one issue that matters this election---the economy--had better think about whose economy they are referring to. The economy of the guy who lives in Detroit? The economy of the child soldier in Africa? The economy of the infant girl being exposed because she is not wanted in India? The economy of the Silicon Valley engineer? The economy of those who still languish on Reservations in our country? Because what makes one of them money may cause the other to starve to death or to die at the hands of right wing paramilitaries.
So called Women's and Children's issues---making sure that no policy is unfair to or kills any child anywhere so that someone else can have more money than he or she needs---are not merely optional. So called Women's and Children's issues are essential if we are ever to end the hopelessness that breeds war. No one anywhere will ever be able to build a tower high enough or secure a mortgage with interest low enough or accumulate a pension fat enough to protect him or her from the devastation that can happen when a single child anywhere is treated as expendable. Karma is not an esoteric concept. Karma is what happens when our own lack of love for others comes back to bite us on the ass.
If you think you can have economic security while ignoring the plight of women and children, you are delusional. But don't feel too bad. You are only parroting what your corporate masters have told you. Get your own slice of the pie, first. After you are set for life, then you can begin to do something for the_____
Welcome to hell. Enjoy your stay. Count your money. Pay no attention to that nagging little itch at the back of your mind. That's just your conscience speaking to you. No one ever suffered for not listening to their conscience.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Mar 2, 2015, 01:18 AM (2 replies)