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John Barbour's Last Word on the Garrison Tapes

This is a terrific interview. If you're too young to have heard about John Barbour, you'll catch up to some early television productions that line his resume. He's also one of the most well versed persons to be interviewed on Jim Garrison and the Kennedy assassination for some time on Black Op Radio.

Here's the YouTube:

It's just ONE THING... Inequitable Distribution of Wealth, Stupid...

I wonder how many people are willing to talk about a wealth tax? I think it's high time we did...

One of the simplest of neutralizing the heat around here is to discuss the recognition of where we should be with wealth distribution. I say, it's WAY past time to establish a tax on wealth that is similar to those that exist in MOST European countries. It's a way of admitting that true democracy includes some democratic socialism. We've always operated that way when our government responded to the inequitable past. History has proven this already. And, when looking at the misuse of the budget, including its shortfalls, it's easy to figure out where the money has gone and how much money to redistribute.

A wealth tax would require the very wealthiest Americans (my definition is those worth millions of dollars) to pay taxes on their accumulated wealth, rather than enabling them to get richer without giving anything back to the society that makes their wealth possible. That kind of tax could raise tens of billions of dollars a year. It's fair. The other way that has been going on for FAR too long is NOT fair.

Here's something else... We can also reverse the inequitable distribution of wealth by closing loopholes in corporate taxes. If we eliminated tax breaks for corporations, corporate subsidies, and other forms of corporate welfare, we could save $125 billions a year.

Here's where some of that money could be applied to health care, education, social services and to balancing the budget.

Why this isn't on the mind of EVERY working family? Think of it.. elect a government that will look out for their interests and fight for a fairer distribution of wealth. This is no mystery. It's just one thing, but it's big in itself. Lots of posts here criticism "where the budge comes" from to do what you want to do to rectify social justice.

Or, maybe it ISN'T... because THAT is the message that is getting out.

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If We Are Serious About Transforming Our Country...

If we are serious about rebuilding the middle class...

If we are serious about reinvigorating our democracy....

We need to develop a political movement which, once again, is prepared to take on and defeat a ruling class whose greed is destroying our nation. The billionaire class cannot have it all. Our government belongs to ALL OF US.... NOT JUST THE ONE PERCENT.

Somebody recently pointed that out. I think every person on this board understands what he meant. It does not mean we are looking for SOMEONE to create this outcome. It doesn't mean that it's transformation is felt with a mere win of the presidency. No, it means that we have to do the hard thing. After all these years of being trained to be so passive, it means it's TIME to do the hard thing.

We need to create a culture which, as Pope Francis reminds us, cannot just be based on the worship of money. We must not accept a nation in which billionaires compete as to the size of their super-yachts, while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep out on the streets.

Many a person doesn't recognize that this country used to practice Democratic Socialism to a much higher degree. It was so high in its accomplishment compared to what passes for Democracy today that we stopped recognizing what it means to socialize the benefits of Democracy.

It means...

We stop having the top one-tenth of 1 percent owning nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent.

It means...

The middle class stops disappearing where median family income is $4,100 less than it was in 1999.

It means...

Americans realize that "the wealthiest country in the history of the world" stops having more than half of older workers without retirement savings... ZERO... while millions of elderly and people with disabilities are trying survive on $12,000 or $13,000 a year.

It means...

Americans stop being known for having 29 million of us with NO health insurance and having even more of us underinsured with outrageously high co-payments and deductibles.

It means...

We stop paying the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. ONE OUT OF FIVE PATIENTS CAN'T AFFORD TO FILL THE PRESCRIPTIONS THEIR DOCTORS WRITE.

If we no longer wish to be caught up in this obscenity of living between the haves and have nots, we need to realize that this big task is ours.

We own it, so do not think it will take one person to deliver us from this shame ownership.

Cross posting from "the other part of DU"....

But, you guys may be more open to sweet potato pie OR Sweet Potatoes like some of those DUers...

Sweet potato pie.... Do you good when you make it this way ...

1 - 10 inch pie crust
2 3/4 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar, or less to taste
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup Myers rum
2 large eggs
1 (7 ounce) can evaporated milk (or re-constitute non-instant milk, making it thick)
pinch of orange peel (dried)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (f)
Beat the sweet potatoes and butter with an electric mixer until smooth, add sugar, nutmeg and rum, and continue beating until incorporated.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk, beating continuously. Stir in the orange peel.

Transfer filling to the pie crust, and smooth the top with a spoon.

Bake until pie is set in the center and lightly brown, about 40 minutes

That'll teach ya not to like sweet potatoes...

Clinton's Weaknesses Are Hidden by Republican Disarray

NOV 22, 2015 12:15 PM EST
By Albert R. Hunt

There's cause for concern in Hillaryland, the constellation of Democratic advisers, supporters and politicians counting on the former secretary of state to lead the party to a sweeping victory next November.

Hillary Clinton's nomination is almost a forgone conclusion, barring any unlikely legal or health issues. Democrats will offer a more coherent and unified front for the general election than fractious Republicans.

Still, this optimism is based on the weakness of the opposition, and ignores the candidate's own glaring vulnerabilities.

The worries of some Clinton insiders are focused on the general election. There is an "enthusiasm gap." She doesn't excite important constituencies: young people, independents, possibly even minority voters.

To be sure, a number of women, especially middle-aged ones, are energized by the prospect of electing the first female U.S. president. That's a strong asset.

But Clinton has a striking problem with young voters. A recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed a solid plurality of young voters has a negative view of Clinton. She did even worse in Bloomberg Politics national poll.

Bloomberg View Link: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-11-22/clinton-s-weaknesses-are-hidden-by-republican-disarray

52 Years Ago... The Peace Speech, American University...

This is one example revealing Kennedy's threat to the MIC and everyone who would benefit from war.

Bernie Sanders want to raise minimum wage to $15, Hillary Clinton wants to raise it to $12...

How do you weigh in?

Official 2015 Democratic Party Survey COULDN'T BE MORE BIASED...

Just received something that pretends to call itself a party survey it in the mail today (At the top of the survey is my DNC Membership #, Registration, Survey Tracking Scalene, please return by Dec 15, and the rest of the blah-blah-blah.)

Here's why it's biased -

After section I (personal information), there is a section II, III, IV, V (comments) and VI (soliciting contributions)

With the exception of where one fills out personal information and gives comment, every section has a multiple choice question. It even recognizes every Republican candidate running in the 3rd part of section III with the question, "Which Republican presidential hopeful do you believe would be the hardest to defeat in 2016?"

However, Section II, (The 2016 Elections) has no multiple choice and there is no objective reason as to why. That section's question is, "Which Democratic candidate do you support to be our Party's 2016 presidential nominee?"

One has nothing to check off. Therefore, unless you get a VAST alternative amount of daily news that includes Bernie Sanders, many Democrats would have to come up with it. That's right... WRITE IT IN!

Now WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE a survey who's content potentially could be weighed has no way of quantitatively evaluating the Democratic candidate?

Why, when you pick up media talking about the 2016 Presidential race, can you unconditionally see Hillary Clinton's name referred to over and over. MANY of these (also biased) articles don't even bother to MENTION Bernie Sanders name.

This THIS official party survey pretends to quantitatively evaluate who Democrats support in 2016.

I've never been as insulted by the attempt by these party hacks to misrepresent my party as much as I was when I pulled the envelope open and feasted my eyes on this HORRID example of a survey. This is PURE horse shit. And, it's now being circulated into mailboxes guaranteed to offer yet another data set that PRETENDS to address what we want in this country.

Well I couldn't let it go without a call, which I just finished. I recommend that you give them your opinion. I was told DWS would be given my complaint. I added how disappointed I was in her as Chair. I told the person answering the DNC in Washington that it was INSULTING, and that I wasn't happy with the Chair's performance, and this was ONE MORE REASON for feeling that way.

BTW, the phone number of the DNC is 1-877-336-7200. Let them know how you feel, assuming you got this piece of shit in the mail, too.

Champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey's Feeling the Bern...

(cross-post from Bernie Sanders Group)
Im voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesnt take any corporate money, Rousey said. I dont think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.

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