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Douglas Carpenter

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Gender: Male
Hometown: Corry (Erie County), Pennsylvania 16407
Home country: USA
Current location: Saipan, U.S. Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands
Member since: Wed Jun 1, 2005, 08:56 PM
Number of posts: 19,194

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Well I will say this about the Coca Cola ad - sure it is corporate advertising - perhaps even

corporate propaganda - if you will. It is safe to say the Coca Cola Corporation has not joined the struggle to build the Workers' Commonwealth. But the very fact that such a major corporate icon chose to run its most expensive advertisement it ever ran - are betting their future on an America where dark skin street dancing kids, gay parents, Hispanics, Jews and Muslims live just as much at the core of mainstream American identity as middle class suburbanite White Anglo Saxon Protestants - This shows that in spite of setbacks on the progressive economic agenda - The culture war is being won. The Tea Baggers and rightwing fundamentalist vision for the America they want is being defeated. Coca Cola Corporation certainly knew that their advertisement would cause those people to throw a fit. But they didn't care. They didn't consider their feelings very important at all. They are betting their bottom line on a future America that looks like the diverse America in the most expansive advertisement they ever ran in their entire corporate history. NO it does not address the economic issues we want to address - but still I can't help but consider this advertisement an auspicious sign for all of us who prefer diversity and acceptance over sameness and conformity.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Feb 5, 2014, 07:50 AM (6 replies)

Smearmaster Greenwald's smear campaign against George W. Bush

AS they say - haters are going to hate and smearers are going to smear. Greenwald did not begin his smear career with President Obama - he was doing it way back before Obama came to the White House. It seems that he thinks that just because someone is in powerful position - that they are supposed to be criticized - Imagine that!~!

2008 Bill Moyer interview with Glenn Greenwald about the George W. Bush legacy


He also wrote three books about the George W. Bush Administration; The New York Times-bestsellers How Would A Patriot Act? (2006) and Tragic Legacy (2007), and his 2008 release, Great American Hypocrites.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Feb 2, 2014, 02:17 AM (27 replies)

Gov. Chris Christie booed by Times Square crowd at Super Bowl event

Source: New York Daily News

Christie, whose state is hosting the big game Sunday, was twice booed when introduced on Saturday amid the scandal surrounding his administration. Meanwhile, the New Jersey governor reportedly sent an email to supporters ripping David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official claiming Christie knew of the George Washington Bridge lane closures as they happened.

The once-immensely popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was booed twice Saturday at a Super Bowl event in Times Square.

It was a tough thing for a Jersey guy to hear: Boos rained down Saturday on Gov. Chris Christie like he was wearing a Tony Romo jersey.

The once-immensely popular Christie, his glow lost to scandal, sat stone-faced as he was razzed in Times Square for a typically upbeat Super Bowl event.

“You made it across the bridge?” howled one heckler as the problem-plagued Christie — in a navy Windbreaker and black scarf — sat impassively on the stage at Broadway and W. 43rd St.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/chritie-booed-times-square-crowd-super-bowl-event-article-1.1599080

I must admit - in the beginning- I thought Gov. Christie would weather this storm. But now that is looking ever increasingly unlikely
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Feb 1, 2014, 06:32 PM (23 replies)

Pete Seeger leads singing 'We Shall Overcome' at Occupy Wall Street march- Columbus Circle in NYC

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Jan 28, 2014, 06:08 AM (3 replies)

list of sponsors of the bill to scuttle the Obama Administration's nuclear agreement with Iran

My thanks to Jewish Voices for Peace and the Iranian-American Council for providing this updated list

Cosponsor of S.1881

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
John Barrasso (R-WY)
Mark Begich (D-AK)
Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)
Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)*
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Cory Booker (D-NJ)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA)

Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Susan M. Collins (R-ME)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Michael B. Enzi (R-WY)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Kay R. Hagan (D-NC)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
John Hoeven (R-ND)
James M. Inhofe (R-OK)
John Isakson (R-GA)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Joe Manchin, III (D-WV)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Jerry Moran (R-KS)
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Mark L. Pryor (D-AR)
James Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Tim Scott (R-SC)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard C. Shelby (R-AL)
John Thune (R-SD)
Patrick J. Toomey (R-PA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Mark R. Warner (D-VA)
Roger F. Wicker (R-MS)

*has indicated he/she does not
support a vote on S.1881
at this time


Here is a list of Senators who publicly oppose S.1881 and support a diplomatic solution with Iran

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
Richard J. Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Tim Johnson (D-SD)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD)
Christopher Murphy (D-CT)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)
John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Mark Udall (D-CO)
Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)


Here is a list of Senators who have not yet taken a position on whether or not to scuttle the agreement with Iran

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
Max Baucus (D-MT)
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)
Al Franken (D-MN)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI)
Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Edward J. Markey (D-MA)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
Jack Reed (D-RI)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Brian Schatz (D-HI)
Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Jon Tester (D-MT
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 10:44 PM (11 replies)

Elizabeth Warren Goes All Foreign Policy on Iran Sanctions Bill


Elizabeth Warren – an unyielding progressive on economic issues – does not often make headlines in the foreign policy department. However, today she made waves by coming out strongly against the Iran sanctions bill which threatens to derail President Obama's diplomatic progress.

Warren made her position clear in a letter to constituents, which was described by Warren's spokesperson Lacy Rose in the following way:

“Senator Warren believes we must exhaust every effort to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue through diplomacy, and she does not support imposing additional sanctions through new legislation while diplomatic efforts to achieve a long-term agreement are ongoing.”

Warren broke her silence today along with Senator Patty Murray, who as part of the Senate Democratic leadership proved that a definite rift within the Democratic Party on the sanctions bill exists – a rift which may prevent the bill coming up for a vote.


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Jan 22, 2014, 05:36 PM (25 replies)

How liberal/progressive vs. centrist do you think President Obama would be if he could be?

Okay we all agree that no politician can get all their agenda through - Some maintain that President Obama would be a lot more progressive if he had the Congress and other political forces on his side. Others maintain that he really is a centrist, at best a center-left centrist - but perhaps even a somewhat center-right centrist. What do you think?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 05:03 PM (12 replies)

Huffington Post Travel: Saipan: The Most Beautiful Place In America You've Never Heard Of (PHOTOS)

since I have lived here for the past two and a half years - I thought I would do a little promotion

Indeed, Saipan is part of America -- it's the most populated of the Northern Mariana Islands, an insular chain with a complicated history that became administered by the U.S. after World War II, and has been a U.S. commonwealth since 1978. People born there are U.S. citizens. The official currency is the U.S. dollar. As of 2009, the Northern Mariana Islands has had a representative -- non-voting, like all the territories' representatives, but still there -- in the U.S. Congress.

Indeed again, as everyone who's lived there can tell you, most mainland Americans don't know any of that. Regrettably, the ones who do are probably aware of the island -- which is in Micronesia, just north of Guam, south of Japan, east of the Philippines and west of Hawaii -- due to its tainted reputation stemming from a political scandal involving a certain Texan who later appeared on Dancing With The Stars.

Certainly, life on a tropical islandhas problems, as does life anywhere. Sometimes, like with that dancing Texan, it's just that the problems are a little more unusual.

But know this: at least in Saipan, you'll experience those unusual problems in a setting that is quite spectacularly beautiful, with beaches, scuba diving, golf, festivals, hiking, history, wildlife (some of which has been eaten into near-extinction, much of which hasn't), still more beaches, a charmingly weird mascot and year-round temperatures in the 80s

read and see more:


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sun Jan 19, 2014, 02:18 AM (17 replies)

Do you agree with the death penalty under ANY circumstances in the United States? Do you agree with

life in prison at hard labor under harsh conditions without ANY CHANCE of parole EVER?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Jan 18, 2014, 07:54 AM (20 replies)

How to torment fast food workers

Most fast food workers and most telemarketers make about the same amount of money - Telemarketers can be annoying - no doubt - And no doubt fast food workers are for the most part peddling unhealthy - cardiac disease causing and carcinogenic poison masquerading as food. Both groups are clearly people who made the wrong life choices to end up at the bottom of the barrel.

Since there have been a number of suggestions of how to torment one group of people at the very bottom of the social economic spectrum - perhaps people have some suggestions about how to go on the offensive against this other group of harmful parasites.

I hope I don't need the icon
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 02:27 PM (18 replies)
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