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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
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What are your true feelings about supporting the Democratic Party of today?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 10:11 PM (184 replies)

Was the U.S. Invading Iraq and Russia invading Crimea morally equivalent?

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 27, 2014, 01:53 PM (34 replies)

Have you ever known personally of a dog dying soon after being spayed?

I know all surgeries whether on people or animals carry some risk - but I didn't expect this to happen.

I happen to live in a place that is awash with stray dogs and a lack of programs to deal with them other than the municipal dog catchers whose only job is to catch and euthanize. There is only one veterinary clinic within hundreds of miles and I suspect this lack of competition leads to some price gouging. Although I don't honestly know what normal veterinary service prices are these days.

Anyway I already have a very nice 80 pound mixed breed male dog who has lived a pretty happy life with me for the past year and a half. But a number of strays come around looking for some food and actually some companionship. They are the friendliest strays you will ever find. A little native female dog had been coming around to my back porch for several months. I had been feeding her and occasionally allowing her to stay inside especially if it was raining. But knowing that spaying, inoculating and de-worming was sure to cost me a minimum of $1000 to $1400 I had kind of held off.

But last week I actually saw that she was in heat and actually saw her mating with a male dog. Well, not wanting to have a half a dozen unwanted puppies on my back porch and knowing that it was about time I got her some basic veterinary treatment anyway - I decided not to wait any longer. So I brought her in on Monday to have her checkup along with some basic shots and treatments and to schedule a spaying surgery for Tuesday. The vet did tell me that the little dog did have a number of worms, parasites and other common dog illnesses along with inflamed and possibly cystic ovaries. But when I called Tuesday afternoon the surgery was over and it appeared to go just fine - I could pick the dog up to bring home. Of course the poor little thing acted sluggish and somewhat in pain - but, I assumed that was normal. But the following day, Wednesday the little dog would still not eat and seemed to be feeling sick and in pain. So, I took the little dog back to the veterinary clinic when things had not improved by Wednesday afternoon. The vet felt that the dog might be experiencing some typical post surgical pain - but all the essential signs remained positive. He even called me in the early evening to let me know that they had taken the dog for a walk and she was wagging her tail and looking well and no longer reacted to palpating the abdominal area. He could see no reason why I shouldn't be able to pick up the dog in the afternoon the following day.

Then to my shock when I called back this morning the vet very somberly told me, "I'm very sorry, but we lost the dog last night." He was fine when they checked her at about 7:30 pm. Two hours later when they did a routine check - she had already died. The vet's only explanation is that the dogs underlining illnesses from worms and parasites to tick disease to cystic ovaries were just too much. There was absolutely no bleeding in the surgical area - but apparently the dog went into pancreatitis with DIC and simply died of other internal bleeding.

Of course neutering and spaying is very important. But in the future I would be inclined to deal with any underlining illnesses first.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 20, 2014, 05:03 AM (15 replies)

Do you believe the United States of America is currently primarily a force for good in the world or

primarily a force for bad in the world?











Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Mar 17, 2014, 06:38 PM (37 replies)

A GREAT MAN DIED TODAY IN GREAT BRITAIN



Born Lord Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, PC (3 April 1925 14 March 2014), 2nd Viscount of Stansgate. He renounced his hereditary titles as well as his position of class and privilege and swore his heart, mind and soul to the working class and the cause of democratic socialism. He was a was a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.

Here Michael Moore interviews him a few years ago



Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 07:34 AM (19 replies)

Michael Moore Interviews Tony Benn (Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88)

see this thread in LBN

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014754927

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 06:51 AM (4 replies)

Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88

Source: The Guardian


Benn was a divisive figure within the Labour party because of his steadfast support for traditional socialism. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Tributes poured in for one the country's most extraordinary and controversial MPs, who, in what he described as the blazing autumn of his career outside Westminster, came to be regarded as an anti-establishment voice for democracy.

Although he said self-deprecatingly in one of his later interviews: "All political careers end in failure; mine just happened to end earlier than most," many regarded his final decades outside Westminster with greatest affection.

In a statement his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said: "It is with great sadness that we announce that our father Tony Benn died peacefully early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.


Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/14/tony-benn-dies-aged-88-labour-politiican?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2



Formerly Lord Anthony Neil Wedgwood "Tony" Benn, PC (3 April 1925 14 March 2014), formerly 2nd Viscount Stansgate, was a British Labour Party politician who was a Member of Parliament (MP) for 50 years and a Cabinet Minister under Harold Wilson and James Callaghan.

Benn's campaign to renounce his hereditary peerage was instrumental in the creation of the Peerage Act 1963. In the Labour Government of 19641970 he served first as Postmaster General, where he oversaw the opening of the Post Office Tower, and later as a notably "technocratic" Minister of Technology. In the period when the Labour Party was in Opposition, for a year he was the Chairman of the Labour Party. In the Labour Government of 19741979 he returned to the Cabinet, initially as Secretary of State for Industry, before being made Secretary of State for Energy, retaining his post when James Callaghan replaced Wilson as Prime Minister. During the Labour Party's time in Opposition during the 1980s, he was seen as the party's prominent figure on the left, and the term "Bennite" has come to be used in Britain for someone of a more radical left-wing position.

Benn topped several polls as the most popular politician in Britain. He has been described as "one of the few UK politicians to have become more left-wing after holding ministerial office." After leaving Parliament, Benn became involved in the grass-roots politics of demonstrations and meetings, and was the President of the Stop the War Coalition for the last decade. He was a vegetarian from the 1970s until his death.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Benn
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Mar 14, 2014, 05:21 AM (12 replies)

The term "Corporatist" or "Pro-Corporate Democrats" are utterly naive terms.

Because in a corporate dominated capitalist society especially one as corporate dominated and capitalistic as the United States - of course the political class are Pro-corporatist and have been at least since the rise to power of the modern corporation. It is hardly a secret that the entire campaign system and lobbying system are overwhelmingly dominated by corporations and that is true whether the Democrats or Republicans are in power. Come on!! No one can possibly be so naive to not know that. FDR and LBJ were Pro-corporatist Democrats just as much as Clinton and Obama. The difference is LBJ and FDR were Presidents during an era when the unions were a lot more powerful and alternatives to corporate dominated capitalist society were still being espoused in rather mainstream debate.

To not be Pro-corporatist would require politicians who would NOT take their money and who would build their political influence from other sources than the corporate lobbying industrial complex. How many politicians are like that? I suppose Bernie Sanders and no more than half a dozen others.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 06:02 PM (7 replies)

When will America be ready to elect a progressive president running on a progressive agenda?

When will America be ready to elect a progressive president running on a progressive agenda?

Perhaps some people think my question is silly because we already have one and with Hillary waiting in the wings we are all set to elect another one in 2016. But I suspect most people who think that are those too young or too unfamiliar with the world before Ronald Reagan when Keynesian economics dominated and even many Republicans accepted both the short term and long term agenda of the New Deal and the Great Society.

So when I say progressive It means a campaign that defines entitlement reform and welfare reform as moving our country as rapidly as possible toward a genuinely comprehensive social economic security system such as we find in almost every other modern democracy. It means publically sponsored and completely comprehensive healthcare for all such as we find in almost every other modern democracy. It means a livable wage for all those who work and those who cannot work due to no fault of their own such as we find in most other modern democracies. It means rights for workers enshrined into law that equal or exceeds those in most of the liberal democracies of Western Europe. It means reducing military spending and moving away from the quagmire of an unsustainable military empire.

For almost forty years we have heard that these may be good long term goals - but we cannot run on them now. We need to move more and more to the "center" in order to win. Then perhaps during the next election cycle or maybe the one after that - then finally we be able to run the great progressive campaign.

At the same time during most of the last forty years the rightwing which forty years ago would have been considered the lunatic fringe extreme right - has pushed the boundaries so far to the right - the "center" at least on economic issues is now being defined in the mainstream of the media as something pretty close to where the far right used to be. While what is being called liberal or even "far left" is more or less close to what thirty to forty years ago would have been considered moderately conservative. After all in 1976 Gerald Ford picked Bob Dole as his running mate to appease the rightwing of the Republican Party - the Senator who along with George McGovern designed the Food Stamp and School Nutrition program. That is how far our public debate has drifted to the right.

So, when can we have a progressive campaign again? Can we do it in 2016? If not - when?

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Please excuse my melodrama - but sometimes when I think about these questions I recall this campaign song Johnny Rivers wrote way back in 1972 for the McGovern campaign. It seems to me the words are even more relevant now than the were then.


Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Mar 12, 2014, 06:20 AM (23 replies)

If Sen Sanders runs as a Democrat - do you believe he could win the nomination and go on and win the

General Election?


As a disclaimer of my own bias - Because Sen. Bernie Sanders has such incredible persuasive abilities and is able to explain the progressive social democratic perspective in such practical bread and butter terms that more often than not - he at least wins the respect of even many conservatives and because issue by issue he is more in tune with the vast majority of ordinary Americans than any major candidate in recent memory - Yes, I personally do believe it is possible he could win the Democratic Party nomination and go on to win the general election. However, I think it is more likely that he would have a strong influence that could bring back progressivism into the mainstream of national political discussion for the first time in more than a generation.











Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 PM (91 replies)
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