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Name: Catherina
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Member since: Mon Mar 3, 2008, 02:08 PM
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There are times that one wishes one was smarter than one is so that when one looks out at the world and sees the problems one wishes one knew the answers and I don\'t know the answers. I think sometimes one wishes one was dumber than one is so one doesn\'t have to look out into the world and see the pain that\'s out there and the horrible situations that are out there, and not know what to do - Bernie Sanders http://www.democraticunderground.com/128040277

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My eyes! I've had almost all of those people on ignore for years

And that OP lol. I'd forgotten all about that inconsequential person. Thanks for the short laugh but I really can't click through that. It's too vile and my they've been on my ignore list here for years. I'm just glad they dropped their masks enough for everyone to see.

All people like that do is make me work harder to make sure the next President isn't someone who attracts that kind of craziness.

Bernie 2016. Period.

By the brilliant Matt Wuerker at Politico

The racist and anti-Semitic plays coming from Bernie haters are just a repeat of 2008

As a strong supporter of Obama for 2008, whose support was spurred by the racism coming from certain Clinton supporters on the web, I read this with great relish because the Clinton camp never learns and this time the results are even more spectacular

'President Obama knew he won primary after watching as Hillary Clinton unraveled when confronted over her campaign lies about his faith and drug use in secret talk' says Reggie Love

-Reggie Love, President Obama's personal assistant during his 2008 presidential campaign and part of his first term, is releasing a book
-Power Forward: My Presidential Education, tells inside stories from Love's time close to Obama
-In December 2007, Love reveals that Clinton tried to apologize to Obama during a private talk on the tarmac at Reagan National Airport
-A Clinton worker had given an interview attacking Obama's drug use, and her supporters were labeling him a Muslim, so Obama refused her apology
-Clinton was then left on the tarmac 'unraveled,' and Obama later told Love that was the moment he knew he would beat her in the Democratic primary
-Love, who is currently getting his Master's at the University of Pennsylvania, as takes credit for introducing Obama to the music of Jay Z

By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com and Caroline Howe For Dailymail.com

In December 2007, at the height of the Democratic primary, Billy Shaheen, co-chair of Clinton's New Hampshire campaign, went on the record in an interview saying that Obama could never win the presidency as his admissions to drug use in his youth would open the door to let his Republican candidate slaughter him, and possibly even label him a drug dealer.

On this day, Clinton and Obama were both on their private jets parked next to one another on the tarmac when Clinton offered Obama an apology for what had happened.

Love writes: '"I want to apologize for the whole Shaheen thing,” she said. “I want you to know I had nothing to do with it.”

'The candidate very respectfully told her the apology was kind, but largely meaningless, given the emails it was rumored her camp had been sending out labeling him as a Muslim.

'Before he could finish his sentence, she exploded on Obama. In a matter of seconds, she went from composed to furious.

' It had not been Obama’s intention to upset her, but he wasn’t going to play the fool either. To all of us watching the spat unfold, it was an obvious turning point in our campaign, and we knew it.'



The Des Moines Register no longer has the article but WAPO still has something about it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2015/01/29/the-moment-obama-knew-he-would-beat-hillary-clinton-for-the-2008-nomination/

DUPE. See first thread: New York Jews Dumping Clinton for Sanders

Accidental dupe. Please rec/comment in LiberalArkie's thread instead: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251619600

New York Jews Dumping Clinton for Sanders

A new poll shows a majority of New York Jews view Clinton as unfavorable. Biden catching up.

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Published: September 24th, 2015

New York Jews are losing their taste for Hillary Clinton and are moving towards Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, according to a new Siena College poll.

A majority of 54 percent of Jews in New York view Clinton as “unfavorable,” slightly more than the state average of 51 percent. If primary elections were held today, Clinton would come out on top but only with a plurality of 45%, compared with 24 and 23 percent for Biden and Sanders respectively.

Among Jewish voters, according to JPInsider, registered Democrats would give Clinton only 36 percent of their votes. Biden would win 31% of the Jewish vote, and Sanders would pick up 25 percent.

Clinton is in a tailspin and cannot dig her outsell of her deepening e-mail scandal hole, which makes Sanders look more appealing. Biden still has not announced if he will run, and if he does throw his hat in the ring, he will grab support from those who so far have backed off because of his procrastination.

Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said:

For the first time ever, Hillary Clinton is under water with New York voters, facing her worst favorability rating ever in her adopted home state. Her favorability rating has seen a net drop of 21 points since July.



Breaking: Carly Fiorina and HP Scammed Taxpayers Out Of $4 Billion


The Daily Beast has just released a troubling report which seriously calls into question her judgement and motivations as a CEO and her moral integrity as a person. It also indicates just what kind of a opportunistic and heartless patrician she really is.

Under Fiorina, Hewlett-Packard heavily lobbied the U.S. government for a tax holiday – the Homeland Investment Act of 2004. Piteous moaning about the burden of having to pay corporate taxes and how it was restricting them from creating jobs was met with open arms by the George W. Bush Administration, which bent over backwards for the oligarchs and gave them a tax break on money earned overseas. Their tax rate was dropped from 35% to 5.25%, and HP saved $4.3 billion dollars.

Fiorina then decided that her personal finances were more important than the workers of her company or even the health of the company herself, and poured four billion dollars into stock buybacks, where a company artificially inflates its own stock by putting its own money into it, funneling the profits directly to Fiorina and the shareholders- which was specifically prohibited in the tax holiday bill in the first place.


Carly Fiorina’s $4 Billion Job Scam at Hewlett-Packard

As CEO, she lobbied for a tax holiday on corporate profits to create jobs. Instead, the money was used to buy back stock while HP fired 14,500 workers.


Take, for example, the cynically named Homeland Investment Act of 2004. The bill was passed as part of the equally cynically named American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 after intense lobbying with Hewlett-Packard in the forefront.

The purported aim of the legislation was to generate economic growth and therefore jobs at home by according corporations a one year “tax holiday” on billions in overseas profits they had stashed offshore.

The result was a $265 billion corporate giveaway.

The windfall was supposed to go toward research and development, and other job-creating endeavors.

Instead, almost all of it was put into stock buybacks as a way of funneling cash to stockholders, these prominently including CEOs.

Never mind that the bill prohibited such buybacks.


Hewlett-Packard saved more than $4.3 billion and put more than $4 billion into stock buybacks. It laid off 14,500 workers.

To make it all even uglier, Hewlett-Packard lobbied for the Homeland Investment Act as a member of something called the Homeland Investment Coalition—this at a time when the “war on terror” was intensifying and the word “Homeland” made everyone think of national security.



I have no answer... Just

something that pains the soul

Saudi Arabia to be head
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of UN Human Rights Panel

Let's not forget her Syria debacle that the White House is pissed off about now

Finger-Pointing, but Few Answers, After a Syria Solution Fails


WASHINGTON — By any measure, President Obama’s effort to train a Syrian opposition army to fight the Islamic State on the ground has been an abysmal failure. The military acknowledged this week that just four or five American-trained fighters are actually fighting.

But the White House says it is not to blame. The finger, it says, should be pointed not at Mr. Obama but at those who pressed him to attempt training Syrian rebels in the first place — a group that, in addition to congressional Republicans, happened to include former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

At briefings this week after the disclosure of the paltry results, Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, repeatedly noted that Mr. Obama always had been a skeptic of training Syrian rebels. The military was correct in concluding that “this was a more difficult endeavor than we assumed and that we need to make some changes to that program,” Mr. Earnest said. “But I think it’s also time for our critics to ‘fess up in this regard as well. They were wrong.”


The idea of bolstering Syrian rebels was debated from the early days of the civil war, which started in 2011. Mrs. Clinton, along with David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, and Leon E. Panetta, then the defense secretary, supported arming opposition forces, but the president worried about deep entanglement in someone else’s war after the bloody experience in Iraq.



UN issues urgent call for Saudi Arabia to stay execution of juvenile offender

Source: Independent

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr crucifixion: UN issues urgent call for Saudi Arabia to stay execution of juvenile offender

Mr al-Nimr was sentenced to death for being involved in anti-government protests when he was 16 or 17 years old

Adam Withnall
Thursday 24 September 2015 11:05 BST

The UN has issued an urgent call for Saudi Arabia to halt the execution of a young man who faces imminent beheading and crucifixion for crimes he reportedly committed as a child.

A Saudi court has upheld the sentence of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the son of a prominent government dissident, despite growing and high-level international condemnation.

Mr al-Nimr, who was arrested in 2012 for his participation in Arab Spring protests when he was just 16 or 17 years old, could now be put to death at any time.

The young man’s case has been the subject of fervent campaigning from rights groups including Amnesty International and Reprieve, who say he was tortured and forced to sign a false confession before being sentenced to “death by crucifixion”.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/ali-mohammed-al-nimr-crucifixion-un-issues-urgent-call-for-saudi-arabia-to-stay-execution-of-10515294.html

In more *cheerful* news

U.S. State Department “Welcomes” News That Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel

Last week’s announcement that Saudi Arabia — easily one of the world’s most brutally repressive regimes — was chosen to head a U.N. Human Rights Council panel provoked indignation around the world. That reaction was triggered for obvious reasons. Not only has Saudi Arabia executed more than 100 people already this year, mostly by beheading (a rate of 1 execution every two days), and not only is it serially flogging dissidents, but it is reaching new levels of tyrannical depravity as it is about to behead and then crucify the 21-year-old son of a prominent regime critic, Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, who was convicted at the age of 17 of engaging in demonstrations against the government.

Most of the world may be horrified at the selection of Saudi Arabia to head a key U.N. human rights panel, but the U.S. State Department most certainly is not. Quite the contrary: its officials seem quite pleased about the news. At a State Department briefing yesterday afternoon, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner was questioned by the invaluable Matt Lee of AP, and this is the exchange that resulted:


More: https://theintercept.com/2015/09/23/u-s-state-department-welcomes-news-close-ally-saudi-arabia-chosen-head-u-n-human-rights-council-panel/

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

You didn't think shit except to try to smear me as a "self-hating Black woman"

Get the fuck away from me. I have no respect for you and your malice or any desire to ever engage with you. Take that as a permanent position.

You must be kidding

Scroll down to post 31 http://www.democraticunderground.com/11874079 and that's one of several examples.

I have no respect for neolibs and lovers of corporate America regardless of color. When the ties that bind are something as shallow as your skin color, rather than the content of character, count me out.

The lamest but persistent attacks to derail my threads about social justice, the surveillance state, not warring or exploiting POC around the world for profit, came from the AA forum. Why would I, as a "self-hating Black woman" waste my time with people who think that just because Obama and I have the same skin color, I'm duty-bound never to criticize him?

Let me give those people a hint. Papa Doc, who murdered many members of my family, was Black too, even Blacker than Obama. I am in no way duty-bound not to criticize someone when they're wrong. Especially when they're defending corporate America, Wall Street, staging coups like in Honduras, stealing elections in Haiti to keep the people slaving away in sweatshop factories (that be the Clintons), destroying entire countries inhabited by brothers and sisters of color like Libya and selling $60 Billion worth of weapons and clusterbombs to crucifying murderers like the Saudis who, with our weapons, pushed 6 million people to the brink of starvation and 10 million children in the *immediate needs* category at the UN.

There are quite a few of us who don't post there and refuse to. That number only increased when Black Bernie supporters were blocked from that forum by a White host and Clinton-supporters, who were some of the worse defenders of racism for 2008, swooped in as the new best friends. The loudest, most obnoxious voices there aren't even Black, or minorities even. Tell me again why I'd want to post there?

"Skin is thin but class will kick yo ass" - Amiri Baraka

The pope name-dropped a radical Catholic activist, and Bernie Sanders couldn’t be happier

The pope name-dropped a radical Catholic activist, and Bernie Sanders couldn’t be happier

By David Weigel September 24 at 12:02 PM

Bernie Sanders (2nd row down, center) liked what he heard. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was the lone Democratic presidential hopeful -- and the only Jewish contender -- in the House chamber for Pope Francis's speech. When he left, he was beaming, as the pope had cited an American Catholic whom Sanders had plenty of praise for.

"The name Dorothy Day has not been used in the United States Congress terribly often," said Sanders in a short interview. "She was a valiant fighter for workers, was very strong in her belief for social justice, and I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history. This would be one of the very, very few times that somebody as radical as Dorothy Day was mentioned."

Day was arguably the least famous of the four Americans Francis cited in the speech, but she was a vital and controversial figure on the American left. Like Martin Luther King -- also cited by Francis -- she had a thick FBI file, compiled by agents tracking her support for democratic socialism and opposition to foreign wars. "We need to change the system," Day wrote in 1956. "We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists 'of conspiring to teach (us) to do,' but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York."


Sanders, well aware of Day's views and her critics, considered it bold and telling that Francis would praise her. "He is willing to identify with an extraordinarily courageous woman whose life was about standing with the poorest people in America, and having the courage to stand up to the very powerful," he said. "You know, her newspaper was the Catholic Worker, and she stood with the workers of America and fought for justice."

The Vermont senator was less concerned by Francis's glancing mentions of other issues that animate progressives, such as climate change and gay rights. "He knew where he was speaking," said Sanders. "I think he does not want to be rude, as a guest. But I think his calling out for social justice, his talking about income and wealth inequality, his talking about creating an economy and a culture that works for everybody, not just a few, is a very, very powerful message."

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