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OK,time to get real

Now, everyone here knows I do not like Hillary. If she is the nominee, i willhold my nose and vote for her.

However, this is not just a cute joke, it is outright wicked.

What this is saying is that security is so lax that any nutcase can get close enough to shoot someone, and it is not always funny how this never happens to the rich GOP types?

Yeah, say I am wearing a tinfoil hat,but it is not funny that this happens right when Hillary is running? Can this be a scare tactic?

You know if this women used a gun and shot Hillary, there would be oceans of champagne, from Rush Limbaugh to church picnics.

RE :Read Nirvana's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech


Now, Musician politics blur a lot, especially with artists like REM that are VERY political. Nirvana is also the first Gen X band to get inducted into the Hall of Fame.

So why am I as a Gen Xer ready to puke? Because for all the beauty in the speech, there are a lot of lies I cannot sanctify:

"Nirvana defined a moment, a movement for outsiders: for the fags; for the fat girls; for the broken toys; the shy nerds; the Goth kids from Tennessee and Kentucky; for the rockers and the awkward; for the fed-up; the too-smart kids and the bullied. We were a community, a generation — in Nirvana’s case, several generations — in the echo chamber of that collective howl, and Allen Ginsberg would have been very proud, here."


Yes, a lot of those ugly kids (I was and still am one of them) who were ran over by Boomers did think it was nice to see one of our own on MTV. Nirvana were not the best Political band of our generation (Pearl Jam and REM fit that mold) the most dark (Alice in Chains) most talented (Soundgarden) or even the most controversial (Hole gets that honor as Courtney even made Madonna freak out.) But they were the first that MTV felt they could allow on, and yes, it made a difference.

But the difference was that now MTV could dull any musical genre, or at least find a way to misdirect people from the stuff that was revolutionary. They were not the coffeehouse where people played guitars and recited poems, they were the starbucks that made money pretending to be that. I do not blame the band for this, indeed, Kurt was unhappy enough to kill himself, which is the second reason I cannot endorse this.

In his suicide note, Kurt felt he had to kill himself because this rockstar myth drove him nuts. Kurt, we never thought you were having "one hundred percent fun", so why did you have to kill yourself over that? Your death reinforced the same stupid myth that the damned Boomers did, the idea of the young artist that crashes and burns too young, ala Syd barrett , Jimi Hendrix, etc. We wanted you to be the 40 year old guy Kurt, the guy that still shat and spat on the myths, even as other artists tried to make money off of them. The guy that borught home that most of what the media sells is a joke, especially when they feel something has been safe enough to be given an award, which is only given to those who have become harmless!

And speaking of harmless fools, the last thing I want to see is the image of Kurt and Courtney basking in the glory of Kurt's corpse, and the MONEY. Part of the reason Kurt is dead is that you two were too busy planning the post Nirvana future to bother making sure Kurt got the actual CARE he needed. Troubled artist, how about someone who needed help and was abandoned by his friends and family?

what the Supreme Court's latest decision reveals about voting


Whenever people say "why vote Democratic?" I will point them to decisions like this and Citizen's United. Yes, Elections DO matter, and yes, even if the prospects that Democrats offer for 2016 make me sick, I know that we NEED to get some appointments on that hopeful day when Clarence Thomas or Tony gets that heart attack. The court is packed with young lions on the conservative side, and old, sick justices on ours. You know the GOP is just waiting for one more of the liberals on the Court to die, or to be shot by some "lone gunman that has nothing to do with the right wing, despire having a library of right wing literature, etc."

And when I hear some mealy mouth talk about Sotomayor or Kagan as if they were conservatives, I will have a double laugh. Those two have been a major force in keeping Tony from going completely ape. All the Gay marriages that have happened happened in part because Sotomayor and Kagan held the line.
Posted by DonCoquixote | Wed Apr 2, 2014, 11:35 AM (1 replies)

Why we need multiple candidates in the 2016 Democratic primary

Ok, I realize here that to many, Hillary is not only ordained to be the Party's candidate, but ordained as president. Some have noble reasons, some merely never stopped the 2008 campaign. However, the point of this op is about the Primary itself, as in, why we NEED people to run in the Primary.

Now, let's go ahead and say we know, with a 2 + 2 = 4 level of certainty, the Hillary will win both the primary and election. The problem is, right now, she has NO reason to even humor the left. Go ahead and read the Huffington Post, and you will see people like Mark Penn who support Hillary, but trash anything left at every turn. Yes, these are people who share the GOP delusion that Obama is a leftist. They actually think Hillary needs to tack to the RIGHT.

First off, that is a recipe for disaster. If the GOP runs a Chris Christie, then he can get props for attacking Hillary in a rude, nasty way, which will make Jane and Joe sixpack happy. If all Hillary offers is "I like the right wing too" then she will get mowed down trying to act more like a right wing jerk than the people who are the real thing. As Truman put it, people will pick the real republican over fake ones every time, and sadly, Clinton does not seem to get that. Now, if the GOP gets desperate, and runs someone like Rand Paul, things get UGLY, because while we all know Paul is, at best, a Trojan horse for the Billionaires, he can be different enough in tone. Imagine a debate where Paul discusses peace with Iran, while Hillary keeps making a case that "Assad must go!" We will bleed the vote among people who, ranging from the Medea Benjamins, to the veterans, who are just sick of war already!

So, the purpose of let's say a Robert Reich or Bernie Sanders or Liz Warren would be to pull Clinton to the left, because we know there is a very strong pull to the right already. The left needs to show that yes, we are here, yes you do have to listen to us. The fact this would be done in the Democratic party itself insulate against third party trojan horses that are simply meant to divide the left again.

Is Bitcoin in any way valuable?

In light of the MT. Gox blowup, I wish to start an discussion; is there any real value to Bitcoin?

I will offer my opinion, which I admit, can be wrong.

The idea behind bitcoin is not a terrible one. We DO need some form of currency that is not based in traditional sources, if nothing else because those sources tend to be running out, or at the very least, sources of national strife. There does need to be a way of defining value in other forms, energy, labor, not just geological stuff.

That being said, there is nothing backing or regulating bitcoin. If the UN got involved, maybe there could be something, as they could value currency and have the reach to prevent the shenanigans that every state engages in.

As is now...it is nothing, a con game at best. My hope is that perhaps it could be retooled into an actual tool, something to prevent the wars that will result from gold or petroleum.

Doonesbury 2/23/14


It just speaks for itself. I bet most of us at DU would be under 4.0 in Rosie Hubner's list. If so, Good. America is not a place for sycophants and servants.

Priviledge, what it is, what it is not

OK, before I start, let me lay down the following disclaimers, things which many would agree are common sense, but to quote Voltaire "common sense is not so common."

First off: I am not saying that being part of the majority gets you gets a man what he wants, or that it even stops him from being exploited. There are indeed, many white/straight/males that are very much getting the short end of the stick. Joe Bageant wrote about how very often, the same white males that others were angry at were often poor and desperate.

I am not saying that there is any guilt that should be felt, because guilt frankly does not do any good. Guilt tends to stop action, rather than make things happen.

What I am saying is this: if you happen to be a part of whatever group society considers the majority, you will enjoy certain privileges others do not have. Does it mean you will be rich?, no. All it means is that out of all the problems you will have, there are certain ones you will not be as likely to face. It's a small detail, but small details can make the difference.

If people bring up privilege, please, do not always take it as an attack, or a guilt trip. Yes there are people who may play it that way, but some people are just trying to bring up that the powers that be have extended you some things in the hopes that you can be manipulated out of solidarity with others.

Russia vs Finland In Olympic Men's Hockey Tournament, (spoiler alert!)


I know sports would not normally fit, but considering that this year's Olympics has been laced with politics, I say it fits.

The idea that the Russians would win the Gold in front of their own country was a major PR goal of the Russians. Now, morale will be tamped, especially since they did not lose to those hated Americans, but to the Finns, the people Moscow likes to abuse.

Czar Putin will not be pleased, and I pity these poor guys when they get home.

However, I am not slamming all Russians, just the powers that be. I am gloating the same way I gloated when Mitt Romney and his crew were found to be turning Salt Lake City into a brothel of political graft, all with the blessing of the Mormon high brass.

However, in light of:

and the threats to gay people, I am sorry, but I will be happy to see the bud fall from the Olympic Rose. If we want a true amateur competition where people come together in the name of sport and humanity, it will not happen as long as both corporate raiders and demagogues call the shots. Until a true international governing body is in control, a non profit like the United Nations, then all the Olympics will be is the cattle market where the political and corporate scum compete to see who can best exploit the athletes, many of whom are children who have been put through abuse that would merit jail in truly civilized societies.

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On Tue Feb 18, 2014, 01:13 PM an alert was sent on the following post:

not really. plenty of people equally agree with recommend at the wrongness. 152 rec at this point.


This post is disruptive, hurtful, rude, insensitive, over-the-top, or otherwise inappropriate.


Seabeyond's claim that Manny made a joke about the president and watermelon is a very serious charge, but she doesn't provide a link. I don't think people should be able to make charges like this without some backup, so I think this should be hidden in case anyone thinks it's true.

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Tue Feb 18, 2014, 01:16 PM, and the Jury voted 1-5 to LEAVE IT.

Juror #1 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I don't see where anyone asked for a link. Many of Seabeyond's comments are worthy of a hide for sure, however this is not one of them. Leave.
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT
Explanation: No explanation given
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: I love third way manny, but he even apologized because he knew he stepped over the line. If many admitted the charge was valid, then Seabeyond is valid.

By the way, if you vote to hide this, do NOT hide behind the "no comment" idea. If you want to punish someone, explain WHY.
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE
Explanation: No explanation given

Thank you very much for participating in our Jury system, and we hope you will be able to participate again in the future.

For the record, I am juror number 5. My beef here is not with the idea that some people say things over the line. Seabeyond and MannyGoldstein are two of my favorite posters here, because even if I disagree with them, perhaps especially when I disagree with them, my brain muscle grows from the challenge. The idea that you get exposed to challenges to one idea's or knowledge is the whole purpose behind DU, either that, or we might as well just exchange Cat pictures. But here is my beef,..if people are going to vote to punish, which we all know could result in banning or tombstoning, why can't they at least put a reason why? If you are going to take the time to punish someone, at least read the charges. If you cannot take the time to comment on why you punish someone, then perhaps you should not be in the position to punish someone.

and if this means I get put on Jury Blacklists, C'est la vie, although the example I showed shows that, if nothing else, I do actually READ the article I judge. And no, if Manny or Seabeyond were to step over the line, I would call them on that, as I have told both of them personally.

Dunn: to all the people that say "he will die in prison"

Florida has little problem with people dying in prison. Indeed, there are many people who were on Death Row who were found innocent, and even so, the death penalty marches on. Companies make MONEY from prison, and companies are trying to rewrite laws so that more people, not just minorities, go to prison. The only reason this guy will die in prison is because of a prison stuffing law that makes using a gun get more time, which was offered as a dog bone to the people tired of Florida Gun Violence.

But the fact is, Florida is still unwilling to convict someone for KILLING a BLACK PERSON. If he only shot once, and kill Jordan, then it is very possible none of these other charges would stick. That just means the bigots will practice more, and use the gun laws until the art of killing Black kids becomes a science, which the lawyers will gladly aid in. Already the yahoos down here are saying "they didn't convict him for shooting the black kid, only the truck."

Dunn will be imitated, as was Zimmerman, and 2014 and 2016 will be deadly as the GOP will do everything to make sure voting democrat is illegal, by the Legal means and the winked at illegal means.
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