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According to public disclosures, by giving just 12 speeches to Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and other financial corporations, Clinton made $2,935,000 from 2013 to 2015:
Ameriprise - $225,000
Apollo Mgmt. Holdings - $225,000
Bank of America - $225,000
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce - $150,000
Deutsche Bank - $485,000
Fidelity Investments - $225,000
Gold Tree Asset Management - $275,000
Goldman Sachs - $675,000
Morgan Stanley - $225,000
UBS - $225,000
So these "speeches" that Hillary gave to Wall St. firms were closed to the public and to the media. Which begs the question: what exactly is Hillary telling these huge banks that is so "valuable" to them? Why can't voters know what Hillary is telling the big banks?
Hillary claims she told them to "Cut it out!". Is that what she REALLY said to them in her speeches? If so, why are the transcripts secret, and why are the banks greasing Hillary's palms with millions of dollars to tell them that?
I think the voting public has a right to know what the fuck Hillary is saying to these "too big to fail, to big to jail" banks.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:42 PM (136 replies)
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows: The Demonization of Bernie Sanders
by TomP * Thursday Jan 21, 2016 * Daily Kos
It’s coming folks. Bernie’s gotten too close.
The entire apparatus of the Democratic Party, including surrogates and organizations, has been given the word to destroy Bernie because Hillary has trouble getting votes with her positive message.
It’s going to happen. This is just the beginning. You’ve seen it here, just with kossaks copying conduct and arguments by the campaign and surrogates. (no conspiracy theory). The pundits are jumping on board.
I have no doubt that they can run up his negatives, although whether they run the negatives as high as Hillary has now is unknown. The senator from Vermont has struck fear into the heart of the entire establishment of a party that has long acquiesced to gross economic inequality.
Every vote he gets is a rejection of the Old Politics. People have to learn what this battle is really about, what this Party currently is. Learn from this. Hillary may well win this nomination, but the damage she creates will last for a long time.
So bring it on, demonize the socialist messenger. This will open eyes. They only way we lose is to quit. Even if Bernie does not get nominated, we are not going away.
Instead of “No, We Can’t,” we follow this:
“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
And I will close with another RFK quote:
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:10 PM (11 replies)
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Posted by 99th_Monkey | Thu Jan 21, 2016, 01:42 PM (26 replies)
Heard this on Oregon's public radio today, and posting to illustrate just how fucked-up this thing
in Oregon is becoming. Here we have armed-to-the-teeth land-grabbers inciting an expanded
armed insurgency to take over Federal land at the point of a gun. The FBI? Meh. who cares.
How can any sane human being look at this as anything other than domestic terrorism? How can
our so-called law enforcement agents -- responsible for the safety and security of Federal lands and
buildings -- just sit-by and watch these guys carry-on this way?
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Bundys Urge Oregon Ranchers To Tear Up Grazing Contracts
by Conrad Wilson and Amelia Templeton * OPB * Jan. 18, 201
The militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge asked Harney County ranchers at a meeting Monday night to cancel their leases with the federal government.
The three-hour meeting took place just outside Crane, Oregon, at a hot springs resort.
Ammon and Ryan Bundy, the leaders of the occupation, said they wanted to make Harney County an example of a place free from the federal government. “The opportunity is now, and the place is Harney County,and you are the people,” said Ammon Bundy. “They’ll never be an opportunity like this again.”
The start of the meeting was not unlike a pitch for a timeshare. The lights dimmed and on came a short film with dramatic music. But rather than white sandy beaches, the projected images depicted dramatic landscapes of the American West.
In the nearly three hours that followed, the Bundys and a few of their core supporters led a room of largely Harney County ranchers through a presentation. At times it took on the tone of a civics lesson — one that included readings from pocket Constitutions distributed beforehand. At other times, speakers seemed to invoke the fiery passions of a preacher delivering a sermon from the pulpit.
MORE (including audio clip of this radio broadcast):
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 07:34 PM (11 replies)
Why This Feminist Is Voting for Bernie Sanders
by Kimberley A. Johnson * Jan. 19, 2016 * HuffPost
Last July, I had the opportunity to attend Netroots Nation,(NN) and while having lunch with a group of colleagues, Bernie Sanders walked into the restaurant. The group I was with started cheering and Bernie waved to us. As an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) activist and the spokesperson for the women's advocacy group We Are Woman, I wanted to ask Sanders if he would endorse the ERA on the campaign trail.
The president of We Are Woman, Wendy Cartwright, and I quickly made our way to Sanders as he was leaving and I asked him my question: "Will you endorse the ratification of the ERA?"
He replied, "Okay!"
Wendy asked if his answer was enough of an endorsement to create a graphic to post on Facebook. I told her I didn't think it was. He'd been gracious enough to give us an answer, but I felt we really had to nail it down.
Sanders spoke to an enormous crowd later that night. Tenacious Wendy managed to get into the front row and she once again had the opportunity to ask Sanders if he would endorse the ERA. He shook her hand, looked directly into her eyes and said, "Yes, I will." A few weeks later, this quote appeared on his website:
"Not only are we going to expand policies that advance gender equality, we are going to fight to pass the long-overdue Equal Rights Amendment and vigorously defend the critical laws and programs which protect all working people in our country."
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Tue Jan 19, 2016, 01:45 PM (2 replies)
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Overlook His Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism
by Zaid Milani * Jan. 18 2016 * The Intercept
America’s celebrations of Martin Luther King, Jr. typically focus on his civil rights activism: the nonviolent actions that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The last few years of King’s life, by contrast, are generally overlooked. When he was assassinated in 1968, King was in the midst of waging a radical campaign against economic inequality and poverty, while protesting vigorously against the Vietnam War.
This was a campaign whose intellectual roots were found in a younger King, who grew uneasy with the excesses of capitalism around him even as he focused on civil rights issues. In the summer of 1952, he wrote a letter detailing these concerns to Coretta Scott, whom he began dating earlier in the spring. In that letter, he concluded that “capitalism has outlived its usefulness”:
I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems, it falls victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 03:32 PM (14 replies)
Arrest Ammon Bundy and the armed occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.
We respectfully request that you end the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge immediately. At the very least, you owe the American people an explanation as to why the area has not been isolated. Members of their organization can come and go as they please, members of the community can visit the occupied facility, and other right-wing extremist groups such as the Idaho III% can show their support.
Law enforcement inaction up to this point is an egregious violation of public safety and emboldens their erroneous assertions that the US Government has no Constitutional Authority.
Please end the siege of the refuge and arraign Ammon Bundy as soon as possible.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 01:19 PM (14 replies)
Hillary: No We Can't!
By TomP * Monday Jan 18, 2016 * Kos
In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned on the theme of “Yes, We Can!” And while Barack Obama did not accomplish everything we and he wanted to, on many things he tried. When Rahm told him not to even try to reform healthcare because it was not practical, he tried anyway. The ACA is far from perfect. It left almost 30 million Americans behind. But it has helped millions and that’s good.
I’m not going to talk about Hillary’s misleading claims about Bernie, the ACA, and single payer. I want to talk about “No we can’t!”
Hillary talking about Barack Obama in February 2008:
“Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard
“No, We Can’t!”
Hillary in 2016 taking about Bernie Sanders:
I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic
“No, We Can’t!”
Hillary learned from the debacle in 1994 when her health care plan lost.
“No, We Can’t!”
When it comes to breaking up big banks:
“No, We Can’t!”
When it comes to a $15 an hour minimum wage:
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Mon Jan 18, 2016, 12:49 PM (36 replies)
Now they are using the Malheur Refuge as a national stage for white supremacists to promulgate hate, armed insurrection, and land-grabbing Federal property at the point of a gun.
"KrisAnne Hall, a prominent national face of the so-called patriot movement, will visit Burns on Monday to conduct public workshops supporting the point-of-view of those occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sun Jan 17, 2016, 02:12 PM (13 replies)
Bernie Sanders’ Run Is No Fairy Tale
By Eugene Robinson * Jan 15, 2016 * TruthDig.com
If you thought the political landscape couldn’t be more unsettled, think again. In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders is surging. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest—one she could lose.
Has there ever been a worse election to be an establishment candidate? Certainly not in my lifetime. When a pitchfork-populist billionaire is leading one party’s race and a self-described socialist is rapidly gaining ground in the other, I think it’s safe to say we’re somewhere we haven’t been before.
For much of the past year, Clinton led Sanders in national polls by more than 20 points. Now, according to the Real Clear Politics average, her lead has shrunk to less than nine points—and the most recent survey, a CBS/New York Times poll released this week, showed just a seven-point gap.
State polls should make Clinton even more nervous. Her once-comfortable lead over Sanders in Iowa is now just four points, pretty much a toss-up. And in New Hampshire, Sanders—a longtime senator from next-door Vermont—leads Clinton by six points. It is within the realm of possibility that the presumptive Democratic nominee could lose both of the first two states. Then what?
Posted by 99th_Monkey | Sat Jan 16, 2016, 01:05 PM (22 replies)